Celebrate the Harvest in Niagara Falls

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Woman picking fruit Besides the falling leaves and nippy weather, autumn is known for the bounty of the harvest. A plethora of fruits and vegetables come into season, allowing communities to stock up on important produce before the winter freeze. The fall harvest is a magical and beautiful time for agricultural communities around the world, and Niagara Falls is no exception.

The Niagara region is astoundingly fertile, and plenty of farms and orchards produce tons of deliciously fresh produce for local restaurants and grocery stores. Some of these places allow visitors to come pick their own fresh fruit and vegetables and experience the fertility of the harvest for themselves. If you want access to the choicest produce, plan a trip to one of Niagara’s orchards on during your fall trip the falls.

Parkway Orchards

In the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake just minutes from Niagara Falls proper, Parkway Orchards has huge groves of all types of fruit trees. Open year-round, Parkway Orchard has fruits to pick in almost every season, so you can bring your family to the farm no matter when you come to Niagara Falls. Some of the fruits you can pick straight from the trees are:

  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Apples

Apples are the only fruit the orchard is sure to have in October, but if any of the other fruits look enticing, you can plan your trip around the fruit season. Also on the premises is a fully stocked gift shop with already-picked fruits ready for you to take home in addition to various jams, jellies, and pies made fresh from the farm. Bring a bit of your orchard experience home or give a gift to your friends who couldn’t come.

Kurtz Orchards

Fruit orchard Also near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Kurtz Orchards Farm and Marketplace offers plenty of fresh produce and products for travelers looking for Canada’s harvest bounty. Take a tour of the grounds and see the fruitful trees and fields in all their glory.

In the Kurtz Marketplace, you’ll have access to a completely unique orchard experience. Fresh fruits, including peaches, cherries, apricots, plums, strawberries, and more, are piled high waiting for you to sink your teeth. Also fresh from the farm are aged specialty cheeses and various fruit pastries and ice creams that are unparalleled in the region. Or, if preserves are more your style, sample some of the jams, jellies, and pickled goods available for purchase.

You will be able to sample new gourmet tastes created from international inspiration or even take a full lunch with fresh ingredients from the on-site bakery. You can be sure that the food you eat at Kurtz will be local, fresh, and seasonal, made from the highest quality ingredients you could imagine. While you dine, you’ll get views of the gorgeous orchard grounds, replete with turning autumn leaves.

If you fall in love with more than just Niagara on your visit, Kurtz Orchards is a beautiful place to host wedding ceremonies or receptions, and they are happy to cater with their delicious and fresh cuisine.

September Festivities at Niagara Falls

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Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons for the Niagara Falls region. Temperatures are cool and comfortable, trees burst into flames of reds and browns while their leaves prepare to fall, and the falls are simply as gorgeous as ever. If you’ve heard of the majesty of Niagara Falls in autumn and know you want to experience it for yourself, you should consider booking a trip to Niagara during September. The wealth of festivals and festivities accompanying the overwhelmingly beautiful change of season is sure to provide a fulfilling vacation for everyone in your group. Here are just a handful of Niagara’s September events to whet your appetite for your fantastic Niagara Falls vacation.

The Shaw Festival Featuring “Cabaret”

Nearby Niagara Falls proper is the small but lively and beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Every year, this town hosts the Shaw Festival, a tribute to Bernard Shaw in the form of witty and powerful theater. The plays shown on stage during the Shaw Festival are anything but ordinary, and this year in September you have the opportunity to see the groundbreaking and celebrated musical “Cabaret.” A challenging story set in pre–World War II–era Berlin, the play is as emotional as it is entertaining, though it does contain adult themes perhaps less suitable for any vacationers under 15.

Niagara Wine Festival

nfhblog70.jpegBy now you’ve probably heard plenty about the burgeoning wine culture in and around Niagara Falls. The quality of wines available from local vineyards certainly is only improving as vintners discover the plentiful soils and beneficial climate of the region.

The 63rd annual celebration of Niagara’s wine country occurs September 18th through 28th, and features over 100 different wine-related events. Here’s a short list of the activities you can look forward to if you indulge in the festival:

  • Winery tours
  • Wine tastings
  • Concerts
  • Regional cuisine
  • Wine seminars
  • Street parades

Most varietals of wine are seeing expansive growth, so wine lovers of all stripes can find a vintage to sample. Plus, as you can see from the list, there are plenty of non-drinking events, so the younger set or those choosing to abstain will still have plenty to do.

Who’s Live Anyway?

nfhblog61.jpegImprov comedy is usually a crowd-pleaser, as it mixes quick wit with ridiculous situations to include a variety of comedy styles to excite any sense of humor. Attending a comedy show is a must in Niagara at any time of year — the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Theater has won plenty of awards and runs almost every night — but in September, travelers and natives alike will have the opportunity to see some of the best comedians in action, live.

Due to popular demand, the well-known cast of TV’s improve hit “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” are coming back to Niagara at the end of September. Join the prolific Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray of “Mad Men” fame for more than 90 minutes of uproarious improve comedy and song. If you love laughing to tears after these funny men do their work on TV, you’ll be rolling on the floor during their live show. You’ll get to give them your own suggestions, and you might even be asked to participate on stage! This is a no-lose event for comedy-lovers looking for vacation ideas.

Top Camera Tips for Your Niagara Falls Vacation

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nfhblog60.jpegOf course it’s important to “be in the moment” when you’re on vacation — experiences aren’t real experiences when you’re fussing about something and not seeing and hearing what’s around you. However, no vacations are 100 percent unforgettable; some details are sure to slip through your memory’s cracks. Make sure to think about these camera options while you’re packing for your Niagara vacation to make sure you come home with all the memories you made during your stay.

Think Waterproof

Niagara Falls is wet. So much of Niagara Falls’ activities take place in or around the falls, which means you and your belongings are likely to feel some of the spray of the rushing water. If you have extremely delicate or costly photography equipment, you might forgo bringing it along while you ride the Maid of the Mist or Journey Behind the Falls. You don’t want to irreparably damage your priceless equipment — not to mention jeopardize participating in other Niagara photo-ops — because some water seeped in to the intricate tech.

Instead, look into waterproof camera options. Plenty of companies sell inexpensive disposable waterproof cameras that can even go fully underwater without experiencing damage. Alternatively, you might find waterproof covers for your equipment if you really want the best pictures you can get; rain hoods are useful, but you might need something more extensive just to be safe. No matter what, to preserve your experiences of the falls’ relentless onslaught, you’ll need something that won’t be damaged by the elements.

Think Big

The grand vistas around the falls barely fit into your field of vision when you’re there, so capturing them with a camera is truly a feat. This is where your different lenses will help you out. Wide angle lenses allow you to include more of the scenery in your picture, but come in a variety of sizes.

If you like quirkier photos, you might bring along a fish-eye lens to get an interesting perspective of the falls and surrounding areas. Moreover, the curve of the lens might allow you a wider view of certain landscapes.

Think Light

nfhblog61.jpegNiagara Falls is all about lighting. From the breathtaking pastels of sunrise, to the eye-catching, bright explosions of fireworks, there are plenty of opportunities for the light-lover to snap dazzling photographs.

If you’re still using film cameras, you might look into purchasing a variety of films for the various lighting situations. The color temperature of the film will affect how your subjects appear in different lights, and slower films might be better for night photography.

Bring a Tripod

One of the more fun lighting tricks you can perform with cameras is a long exposure. If you bring along your tripod, you can leave the shutter open to get pictures of the falls over a long period of time. These photographs almost capture the actual movement of the rushing water. Plus, if you use your tripod and long exposure at night, the colors of the falls and the lights of the surrounding city will look even brighter.

What Not to Wear to Niagara Falls

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nfhblog50.jpegOnce you’ve planned your vacation — from the hotel to the activities — it seems all that’s left before your trip is the packing. For some reason, this is often the hardest part of the whole journey. How can you possibly pare down your wardrobe into a handful of outfits? What if you forget something absolutely crucial or you just don’t want to wear the shirts you’ve chosen? What is going to be climate-appropriate for your trip? We can’t make the packing process go completely smoothly, but we can help you on that last point. Here are some packing tips for the different climates you might experience, so you can get the most out of your Niagara vacation.

Spring

There’s still some snow on the ground in the spring months, but the temperatures are still entirely bearable with the right layering of jackets. Snowfall usually ends before April, but you really shouldn’t plan to do any outdoor camping before May.

You can expect daytime temps between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temps in the 30s, and the weather can be a bit unpredictable. Make sure to bring cold weather clothes, including light jackets, heavy jackets and warm socks.

Summer

Summer is high tourist season in Niagara, and it’s no surprise why. Temperatures remain comfortable all day and night, with highs hovering in the 80s and lows only dipping into the 60s Fahrenheit. It probably depends on what kind of weather you’re used to, but most folks feel most comfortable in shorts and T-shirts, especially if they have a bunch of activities planned.

Some kind of rain gear might come in handy if you plan on getting close to the falls. Though popular tour groups often provide plastic ponchos to save the majority of your outfit from the moist onslaught of water, you should still weigh the durability of your bottoms and shoes when choosing your outfits. You don’t want to find yourself sliding around the deck of the Maid of the Mist while your Manolo Blahniks get drenched.

Fall

The temperatures do dip a little in the fall, but the weather is still manageable for most vacationers; plus, the magnificence of the trees’ flaming leaves makes a couple more layers totally worth it. The climate is comparable to that of the spring, but it can get a bit wetter. Your suitcase should contain layer-able clothing plus some rain jackets and boots in case you get a little wetter than you expected away from the falls.

Winter

nfhblog51.jpegIf you are looking to see true and unique beauty, you really must see Niagara Falls in the dead of winter. Though you might miss out on some of the features of the high season, you will get to experience the lakes and rivers when they are completely covered in ice, which is a quiet beauty unlike anything you’ve seen.

If your interest is piqued in a Niagara winter vacation, you’ll need to pack extremely warm. During the day, you’ll be lucky to see highs in the upper 30s, but at night you’ll want to be bundled up warm for temperatures in the negatives.

It’s a Wild World Around Niagara Falls

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nfhblog30It’s obvious that Niagara Falls is a place that is attractive to any kind of vacation-goer. Relaxers, explorers and revelers alike can find the perfect attractions to help them unwind. If you are a type who enjoys experiencing the great outdoors, you must know about all the astoundingly beautiful hiking opportunities at the falls and nearby spaces. However, even if you are a true nature lover, you still might not know what critters you might find living amidst the falls’ surrounding parks and forests. Here’s a short list of the wildlife you might spot while you’re wandering around the falls during your fantastic Niagara Falls vacation.

Swimmers

The New York side of the falls has plenty to offer those looking to find life in the waterways alongside hiking or riding trails. Literally hundreds of different fish species inhabit the waters around Niagara Falls. Avid anglers or astute students of aquatic life might be able to discern in particular the abundant lake trout, lake salmon, small- and largemouth bass and panfish. With the right permits, you might even be able to catch some for dinner!

Flyers

nfhblog31.jpegIt seems that any bird can be majestic, but that doesn’t bar us from claiming that our own feathered friends are particularly grand. At any rate, the falls region can truly boast more than 300 species of wild bird, many of which are endangered or at-risk. You’ll easily spot the bright feathers of common birds such as cardinals, blue jays and robins. Plus, the ornithologists in your group will probably be able to distinguish the finches, thrushes and chickadees that almost overwhelm our trees’ branches.

The indigenous birds of prey, for those who enjoy the adrenaline and excitement in bird-watching, include turkey vultures, hawks and several species of owls. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see a great horned owl, one of the larger and more recognizable of the owl family.

Larger and more familiar birds of the region include the ubiquitous Canada goose and heron, which children will enjoy identifying. The plentiful ducks are always a family favorite, as well, though we ask you not to feed any wild animals you may spot on your travels.

Walkers and Crawlers

Mammals in the region make up as many as 53 species, and almost all of them have familiar names. Most of our mammals are small and furry: among other small rodents, squirrels, raccoons and even skunks — though you need not worry much about being sprayed if you stick to proper wildlife etiquette. If you’re quiet and respectful, you may be able to spot white-tailed deer or red foxes. At one time, you might even have caught a glimpse of a black bear or mountain lion, though many of these hunters have been driven out of the region by development and human activity.

Many of the mammals in the area are accustomed to human presence, but again we ask that you refrain from feeding the wildlife; we want to keep the animals happy and healthy in their own habitats, and encouraging comfort with humans prevents our furry, feathered and scaly friends from living a satisfying life.

Where to Catch a Show in Niagara Falls

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NFHblog7.jpegNiagara Falls is much more than just the falls. Once you’ve taken in the falls from both sides, as well as from above, below and behind, you can still find plenty to occupy yourself in and around the town of Niagara Falls itself.

Book a hotel room close to the action so you can enjoy one of Niagara Falls’ celebrated shows. Whether you’re looking for an adults-only night out or entertainment for the whole family, Niagara Falls will not disappoint. Drive to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake this summer to catch the world-famous Shaw Festival, or take in a dinner show or gawk at a magic act. If you’re looking for a thrill, try the local IMAX Theatre.

Greg Frewin “Imagine”

Greg Frewin’s magic show “Imagine” is great for kids of all ages. The Vegas-style review features the world-renowned magical talents of Greg Frewin, as well as stunning appearances by his rare and exotic tigers. Mr. Frewin has won first place in all the world’s biggest competitions of magic and has performed at the Tropicana, The Flamingo Hilton and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. His magic act has also been featured on global television more than 35 times. “Imagine” takes place at the Greg Frewin Theatre, a 700-seat dinner theatre at 5781 Ellen Ave. in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show is Canada’s is the longest-running musical dinner show in Canada — it’s now in its 21st season. Winner of seven Niagara Falls Attraction of the Year awards, this dinner show has attracted more than 600,000 guests from around the world. Characters include the Singing Mountie, who will serve you a family-style meal of French Canadian pea soup, salad, roast beef, Atlantic haddock, roast chicken, vegetables, potatoes and maple chocolate cake. Songs range from modern pop hits to rustic folk songs.

Shaw Festival

Every summer since 1962, the Shaw Festival has showcased works by George Bernard Shaw and others of his period. Modern plays are showcased alongside contemporary ones. The festival is held at the four theaters in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake, just a 30 minute drive from Niagara Falls. This summer’s plays include “Cabaret,” “When We Are Married,” and “The Philadelphia Story.”

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Now that you’ve seen the falls for yourself, take a trip back in time when you watch “Niagara: Miracles, Myths & Magic” at the Niagara IMAX Theatre. Get a birds-eye view of the falls as you go back to a time before they were discovered by Europeans. Watch as the Great Blondin completes the first tightrope crossing of the Niagara River in 1860, and see 63-year-old schoolteacher Annie Taylor become the first person to go over the falls in a barrel. After the film, take in the Daredevil Exhibit located inside the theatre.

If you’re looking for something to do at night in Niagara Falls, why not take in a show? The area boasts some of the best entertainment in North America. Whether you’re in the mood for history, magic, music or classical theater, there’s something for everyone in this romantic city.

Grand Tour Dejardins Heads to Niagara Falls

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DSC_0510.JPGThe Grand Tour Desjardins, a veritable bike touring institution in Quebec, brings together an impressive pack of more than 2,000 cyclists, who travel some 600 kilometres in seven days at their own pace.

From August 2 to 8, an impressive convoy of some 2,000 cyclists will travel hundreds of kilometers through the municipalities of Hamilton, Simcoe, Port Colborne and Niagara Falls.

The Grand Tour Desjardins is a turnkey bike touring event, including meals, accommodations (hotel or camping), en-route supervision, mechanical support and baggage transportation.

They can also take advantage of the daily activities offered, such as bicycle touring workshops, cinema and artistic performances at the Bistro du Village, as well as catch up on the latest news in Le Dechaine, the Grand Tour Desjardins daily newsletter.

Bike trip – Itinerary :
Departure/arrival : Hamilton, Ontario
Sunday, August 2nd, 2014 : Travel day
Day 1 – August 3rd, 2014 : Hamilton to Simcoe (89km to 155 km)
Day 2 – August 4th, 2014 : Loop around Simcoe (86 km to 178 km)
Day 3 – August 5th, 2014 : Simcoe to Port Colborne (118km to 142km)
Day 4 – August 6th, 2014 : Port Colborne to Niagara Falls (86km to 128km)
Day 5 – August 7th, 2014 : Loop around Niagara Falls (49km to 75km)
Day 6 – August 8th, 2014 : Niagara Falls to Hamilton (86km to 134km)

What You Get for Walking Across Niagara Falls on a Tightrope

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NFHblog5.jpegDaredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, who famously crossed a tightrope traversing the Niagara Falls in June 2012, has now been honored with a statue commemorating his accomplishment. The statue was erected on Goat Island, about 25 yards from where Wallenda began his journey, on the U.S. side of the park. The 4.5-foot-high, two-ton limestone marker includes a piece of the cable Wallenda used to complete his historic crossing. Wallenda was the first person to tightrope walk over the actual falls, and the first permitted to attempt such a journey at all since 1896. Previous Niagara Falls tightrope walkers attempted their feats further downstream.

One for the History Books

Nik Wallenda’s June 15, 2012 crossing of the Niagara Falls by tightrope occurred only after Wallenda petitioned the American and Canadian governments for permission for two years. Tightrope acts crossing the falls had been banned for over a century, since 1896. Civic leaders say the publicity stunt brought Niagara Falls back into the public eye as a vacation and honeymoon destination.

About 129,000 people — 125,000 on the Canadian side and about 4,000 on the American side — watched the tightrope crossing in person. A further 10 million people around the world watched the 26-minute, 1,800-foot crossing on television. When he set foot on Canadian soil, customs officials were ready to inspect Wallenda’s American passport.

A Career-Boosting Feat

NFHblog6.jpegOn July 7, 2014, New York State officials unveiled the monument honoring Wallenda and his historic crossing. The marker, which sits on Goat Island on the American side of the falls, overlooks the Horseshoe Falls and Terrapin Point, where Wallenda’s tightrope wire was strung.

Jack Glennie, who works in the Niagara Falls visitor center, designed the monument, which is topped by an actual piece of the tightrope wire Wallenda used. Glennie used his 20 years of experience as a commercial artist to design the monument. The limestone used in the monument came from the park area, and the bronze plaque affixed to the monument sports a photograph of Wallenda crossing the falls, taken by Buffalo News photographer James P. McCoy.

Wallenda had dreamed of tightrope walking the falls since he first visited them at age four. He called the monument a “huge honor” and declared, “My heart will always be here because this was the walk.”

His successful completion of the Niagara Falls walk opened doors for Wallenda. In 2013, he was able to tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, and this year, he plans a tightrope feat in Chicago.

Nik Wallenda comes from a long line of tightrope walkers and circus performers. The Wallenda Family has been performing acrobatic feats since the 1780s. Wallenda’s great-grandparents, Karl and Helen Wallenda, performed with the Ringling Brothers Circus. Karl Wallenda was killed when he fell from a tightrope in Puerto Rico in 1978.

The unveiling of a monument to Nik Wallenda, the performer who became the first person to cross the Niagara Falls on a tightrope, took place earlier this month in New York. Wallenda declared the monument an honor, and stressed the deep emotional connection he feels with the Niagara Falls area. Canadian officials have expressed their intention to erect their own monument to Wallenda on their side of the border.

Images by Dave Pape from Wikimedia Commons.

Are You Brave Enough for Niagara Falls’ Newest Daredevil Water Sport?

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NFHblog3.jpegIf you’ve ever wanted to soar high into the air via jetpack, you’re in luck — the latest extreme water sport craze has come to Niagara Falls. Flyboarding, which allows you to rise to heights of 35 feet on a water-powered board, has been taking the world by storm. Now, with help from FlyBoard Niagara, you can be the first of your friends to try the new sports craze.

What Is Flyboarding?

Flyboarding was invented in 2011 by French personal watercraft racer Franky Zapata. The device is powered by the engine of a Jet Ski, which forces water through a hose attached to the bottom of the flyboard. A handheld throttle allows the rider to control twin jets of water that can propel him or her up to 35 feet into the air or 35 feet under the water. The rider is secured to the flyboard via bindings similar to those found on a wakeboard. Bending and swaying allow the rider to move about in the air.

With practice, the flyboard rider can do more than just launch him or herself into the air. He or she can do tricks, such as backflips, or dive in and out of the water like a human dolphin. Though it might seem intimidating, it doesn’t take long to learn to flyboard. The typical flyboarding session runs about half an hour, and most people get the hang of the device in about 15 minutes.

Flyboard in Niagara Falls

NFHblog4.jpegWhen you’re planning your trip to Niagara Falls, don’t forget to make time on your itinerary to try flyboarding. If you love extreme sports or water sports in general, you’ll love flyboarding. Craig Bagshaw launched FlyBoard Niagara earlier this summer, along with partner Rodney Moore. Bagshaw runs the business out of the Greater Niagara Boating Club.

Bagshaw left his full-time job operating heavy equipment to open FlyBoard Niagara. Since his partner, Moore, still works full-time, Craig Bagshaw gets some help running the business from his son, 17-year-old Tyler. The younger Bagshaw is adept at performing flyboard tricks; when business is slow, he helps drum up customers with his demonstrations. Tyler also drives the Jet Ski that powers the flyboard.

Flyboarding rates are set by the Zapata Racing Company, which sells franchises like the one Bagshaw and Moore own. A 30-minute, one-person flyboarding session costs $149, while a 60-minute session, which can be split between two people, costs $249.

The device can accommodate riders of all shapes and sizes. FlyBoard Niagara welcomes teenage flyboarders, as long as they have their parents’ permission to try the sport. Riders will be welcomed every day for the rest of the summer.

If you’re traveling to Niagara Falls this summer, don’t miss your chance to try flyboarding, an exciting new water sport that lets you leap through the air and water like a dolphin, or fly around like a superhero. This latest addition to the area’s attractions is just one more reason to visit Niagara Falls — as if you needed another.

All About This Summer’s [NO] VACANCY Exhibition in Niagara Falls

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NFHblog1.jpegFor over 200 years, honeymooners and tourists have flocked to Niagara Falls, drawn by the area’s natural majesty. Naturally, the tourist industry in the region has flourished. Numerous attractions have vied for attention from tourists to Niagara Falls over the years, but the area’s motels have always benefitted perhaps the most from the tourism industry.

The heyday of motel culture in North America also coincided with the heyday of Niagara Falls’ popularity as a honeymoon destination, between the 1920s and 1950s, when cars became popular and the release of the Marilyn Monroe film, “Niagara,” bolstered the falls’ reputation as a romantic destination. The [NO] VACANCY Exhibition, currently open at the Niagara Falls History Museum and the Niagara Artists Centre, offers you the chance to explore how your modern Niagara Falls hotel room evolved from the motel of yesteryear.

Where and When to See the Exhibition

The [NO] VACANCY Exhibition consist of two installations: one at the Niagara Falls History Museum and one at the Niagara Artists Centre. If you’re the nostalgic type, don’t miss the interactive exhibit at the Niagara Falls History Museum, located at 5810 Ferry St. on the Canadian side of the border. This half of the exhibition will explore the history of motels and motel culture in Niagara Falls.

You’ll get to follow the industry’s peaks and valleys as you learn about the experiences of tourists visiting the falls in the early half of the 20th century. You’ll get a firsthand look at the clothing, furniture, decor and cars of the period. You’ll hear the personal stories of Niagara Falls tourists visiting at the height of motel culture. Finally, you’ll learn how the architecture of the motel boom survives in Niagara Falls today. This part of the exhibition is open from May 17 to September 7, 2014.

The second part of the Exhibition, at the Niagara Artists Centre, examines the state of the Niagara motel industry today. The exhibition consists of member installations and a photography exhibit by artists Zach Slootsky and Oliver Pauk. This part of the exhibition is open from June 21 to September 20 at the Niagara Artists Centre at 354 St. Paul Street in St. Catharines, ON.

A Tourism Destination for Centuries

NFHblog2.jpegTourists have been flocking to Niagara Falls since the early 1800s, when Theodosia, the daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr, visited the falls for her honeymoon in 1801. Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, also honeymooned here with his American wife in 1804. Since then, tourism has become inextricably woven into the fabric of the community, with Niagara Falls becoming one of the world’s most popular destinations for honeymoons and weddings. For many newlyweds visiting the falls today, honeymooning here has become a family tradition.

If you’re visiting Niagara Falls this summer, you have a rare opportunity to delve into the history of motel and car culture in North America in general and Niagara Falls in particular. Take in the [NO] VACANCY Exhibition at the Niagara Falls History Museum and the Niagara Artists Centre, and get a glimpse of the falls as your parents or grandparents would have seen them.