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Where to View May-October Niagara Falls Fireworks

Niagara Falls fireworks
Niagara Falls Spring Summer fireworks

What will make your spring, summer, or autumn Niagara Falls trip even better? Plan it around the dazzling Niagara Falls fireworks. Check the online schedule for May 18-Oct. 8 displays. Nothing compares to combining exciting pyrotechnics with the stirring splendors of cascading natural wonders. Reserve your Niagara Falls Hotels accommodations near the fireworks. Niagara Falls vantage points to behold this stunning spectacle include your Fallsview hotel, Queen Victoria Park, Oakes Garden Theatre, and Journey Behind the Falls.

Show Schedules

Carrying on a 25-year tradition, Niagara Parks fireworks make the falls even more mesmerizing. All shows explode from the river’s edge, planning to start at approximately 10 p.m. Free concerts precede these big colorful events. Weather conditions from rain to high winds may necessitate cancellations. If that happens, you can still enjoy Niagara Falls fireworks from dusk to midnight, 1 a.m., or 2 a.m. many evenings. Energy-efficient spotlights tint the rushing water an enchanting rainbow of shades.

Fallsview Hotels

You can marvel at the flowing falls by day and the sparkling fireworks in the night sky when you stay in the famous Fallsview tourist area. Access numerous Falls Avenue Resort attractions and eateries from these hotels:

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls: A late 1920s treasure, the four-star Crowne Plaza stands majestically amid the glorious falls. Its recent upgrade made its classic Victorian charm and sublime amenities even more exceptional. Enjoy plush beds, a shopping concourse, and indoor swimming pool with whirlpool. Visit the Rainbow Room, a renowned Italian restaurant, to savor panoramic views that are as wonderful as the delectable cuisine.

Sheraton on the Falls: Indulge in four-diamond luxury with modern appeal and amazing waterfall backgrounds. The Sheraton features comfortable suites and rooms with private refrigerators. Shared guest areas include indoor and outdoor pools. Dining treats range from Windows by Jamie Kennedy for tempting locally grown specialties to Fallsview Buffet’s tasty international variety. Both ensure breathtaking falls and fireworks sightings.

Your Canadian Fallsview hotel options extend to Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, Marriott on the Falls, and Skyline Hotel. Peer out any window to see the unbelievable surroundings, overflowing with crashing water and picturesque scenery.

Queen Victoria Park

American Falls fireworks
American Falls fireworks from the Canadian side

Choose this prime garden location on Niagara Parkway to delight in spectacular sights from every angle. Take in sweeping vistas of the Niagara Falls fireworks from the Grand View Marketplace. Open since 1888, Queen Victoria Park features beautiful floral displays, hanging baskets, rock and tea rose gardens, native to international plants, and lush greenery. Relax on park benches and lawns under mighty shade trees. Year-round admission is free.

Oakes Garden Theatre

At the Queen Victoria Park entranceway, you’ll notice this captivating garden. Besides being an ideal spot to watch the falls and fireworks, it hosts summer concerts, movie screenings, and other events. This 1936 architectural wonder features a pergola curving along the landscape’s contours to overlook the central amphitheater. Popular Oakes Garden Theatre sites include the ornate iron gates, serene Japanese garden, wishing bridge, lily ponds, and rock gardens.

Journey Behind the Falls

Where can you get a unique Niagara Falls view from the back and bottom? Descend 150 feet by elevator at Journey Behind the Falls. Traverse the 150-foot tunnel network to pairs of portals and observation deck levels. During this after-dark experience, you’ll witness a deluge of 20 percent of the earth’s fresh water supply plunge a staggering 13 stories! Up close at the Horseshoe Falls base, watch the rainbow-colored cascades and fireworks show. Operation hours vary by month and day. Check the online schedule for any specific date to see if it extends until the fluctuating dusk illumination or 10 p.m. pyrotechnics set-off time. A hooded rain poncho will protect your hair and clothes from the spray. If you plan to shoot photographs, make sure your camera is waterproof.

Booking Accommodations

Reserving one or more rooms or suites for yourself and your family or other traveling companions is easy online. Niagara Falls Hotels features 165 possibilities from luxurious resort hotels and cozy inns to kid-friendly motels and homey bed and breakfasts. If your crowd enjoys adventurous vacations, consider a campground instead. Then book your chosen accommodations online. Our website is a comprehensive tourist resource for more than just lodgings. Discovering diverse restaurants and attractions will help you prepare for your memorable Niagara Falls trip.


Couple Alert: Niagara Falls Package Inspires Romance

Are you dreaming about an idyllic retreat for two? Escape to Canada’s magical 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort. Book a Niagara Falls romantic getaway that combines lavish hotel accommodations for one night with gift cards for three delightful Fallsview meals, wine tasting passes, a relaxing spa visit, and refreshing cocktails. The surprisingly reasonable bundled prices will amaze you and your sweetie. This sneak peek will tempt you to enjoy this enchanting Ultimate Couples Experience together.

Luxurious Hotels

Romantic Niagara Falls hotel stay.

Live out your date night fantasies at one of these welcoming Niagara Falls Hotels:

Sheraton On The Falls: Massive windows surrounding this soaring tower allow breathtaking views of cascading water. In various premier to premium Sheraton rooms and corner to two-story suites, the signature beds and jetted bathtubs are heavenly. Keep champagne in your in-room refrigerator to toast your love privately. Nearby attractions like Hornblower Niagara Cruises are easy to reach.

Crowne Plaza Fallsview: Stay close enough to the falls to feel the thrilling rush. Standing tall in regal elegance, this historic hotel’s recent update ensures exceptional amenities in classic Victorian grandeur. New beds that encourage deep sleeping may induce sweet dreams. On-site spots range from Hershey’s Chocolate World to a soda shop. Use Crowne Plaza’s indoor walkway to exciting gaming at Casino Niagara.

Delicious Meals

Relish three scrumptious Fallsview feasts at:

Prime Steakhouse: You get a $25 gift card to taste amazing cuisine at Prime Steakhouse Niagara Falls. This magnificent Crowne Plaza restaurant serves sophisticated and delicious dishes like succulent steaks, fresh seafood, pasta, burgers, and more.  A huge windowed wall showcases wondrous views of the falls and fireworks.

Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant: Enjoy $20 of free Italian specialties that blend old-world traditions with modern artistic inspirations and locally sourced ingredients. At Massimo’s Italian, dinner entrees range from pasta to beef tenderloin. End your meal with tempting tiramisu. Tall windows reveal spectacular scenery including illuminated falls after dark.

Fallsview Buffet: Enter this Sheraton On The Falls smorgasbord with $20 gift card. Savor diverse flavors from a delectable medley of self-serve and live-preparation stations. Enchanting waterfall and fireworks backdrops make the Fallsview Buffet romantic.

Wine Tastings

Couples wine tastings in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Two Trius Winery passes let you sip some amazing varieties and vintages at:

Inniskillin: Canada’s first estate winery set up lush vineyards near the Niagara River more than 35 years ago. This large-scale industry leader offers award-winning Inniskillin premium and ice wine tastings. In nice weather, laze in lounge chairs on the grounds for stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment’s dramatic cliffs and caverns.

Jackson-Triggs: Sprawled across 11.5 acres, this powerhouse winery dates back 25 years. Its visitor education tours take you way beyond the vineyard. In Jackson-Triggs warehouses, discover the fascinating premium winemaking process on a grand scale. Sample fine award-winning varietals during your enlightening experience.

Relaxing Spa Visit

Your $20 credit at the Sheraton’s newly renovated Fallsview Christienne Spa lets you indulge in peaceful bliss for less. The serene haven’s warm interior features windows overlooking flowing water. An enticing blend of aromatherapy scents, sounds, and sights enriches the soothing ambiance. Choose uplifting facials, comforting massages, revitalizing body treatments, refining manicures, or smoothing pedicures. Luxuriate in additional options including steam room, dry sauna, and hydrotherapy tub.

Refreshing Cocktails

Enjoy two free drinks of your choice at either of these hangouts:

Hard Rock Café: Sip your favorite cocktails amid an astonishing music memorabilia collection. This Casino Niagara hot spot dedicates separate rooms to legendary Elvis and the Beatles. Each boasts impressive collectibles from gold records to movie posters. The Hard Rock Café immerses your senses in rock tunes, music videos on TV screens, historic mementos, and rushing waterfalls. The rollicking sounds and illustrious sights will put you both in equally upbeat moods.

Sheraton Lobby Bar: Niagara Vines invites you to sip and socialize in the hotel’s heart. Stop by any evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for cocktail specials with snacks. The lobby bar may look and feel upscale, but the dress code is casual.

Want More Time?

This Ultimate Couples Getaway introduces a small portion of the celebrated Falls Avenue Resort’s delights. Extending your stay for more leisurely alone time is easy. Just add another night at your chosen hotel with rates starting at $119. Fill your extra time with other incredible tastes, activities, and romance.


Preview Your Visit via the Live Niagara Falls Webcam

Niagara Falls Aerial Shot
Niagara Falls from high up above

Go online anytime to observe two popular tourist spots via the Niagara Falls webcam. Live high-definition feeds from the sky-high Sheraton on the Falls Hotel provide panoramic views of Canada’s majestic Horseshoe Falls and equally impressive Rainbow Bridge. Staying at your choice of 165 luxurious to comfortable Niagara Falls Hotels will make these fun attractions easy to reach. Discover what to expect on your exciting trip below.

Niagara Falls Overview

This world-famous spectacle on the Ontario, Canada and New York, USA, border has been fascinating international visitors for decades. Melting glaciers formed Niagara Falls nearly 12,000 years ago. Previously, honeymooners found this breathtaking wonder a romantic destination. Daredevils engaged in stunts like walking on tightropes above the rushing water and crossing the roaring cascades in barrels.

More recently, sightseers come for the setting’s natural beauty and physical phenomenon’s uniqueness. Goat Island separates Niagara River’s two main waterfall areas. The left Canadian bank’s larger Horseshoe Falls has a 185-foot height. It boasts a 2200-foot curved crest that resembles a horseshoe. On the right bank, American Falls measures 190 feet tall by 1060 feet across.

Horseshoe Falls Streaming Video

From an amazing 23rd-story vantage point at Sheraton On The Falls Hotel, this webcam overlooks magnificent Horseshoe Falls. Still photos can’t compare to seeing this forceful waterfall and exciting fireworks shows in real-time action. Horseshoe Falls claims about 90 percent of Niagara River’s water, after hydropower generation diversions. Viewing this picturesque spot 24/7 via live streaming footage will make you eager to plan or enjoy your Canadian visit.

Rainbow Bridge Webcam

Bridal Vale and American Falls
The Bridal Vale, American Falls and Rainbow Bridge

What’s the scenic way to cross the American/Canadian border and encounter the waterfalls? Drive 1,450 feet across beautifully arched Rainbow Bridge above Niagara Gorge. Check out this locale via the Rainbow Bridge webcam anytime while arranging your trip. Discover current weather, road conditions, and traffic flow before your arrival and whenever you use the bridge. It provides four lanes for vehicles with $3.75 U.S. and $4.75 Canadian dollar (CAD) tolls along with welcoming pedestrians and bicyclers ($1 in each country’s currency). All methods are thrilling experiences with nature’s splendors surrounding you.

Area Attractions

To see the falls in person, park across from Horseshoe Falls. On the other side of the street, peer over the edge into the mist for an awe-inspiring rush. If you want to grasp the falls’ immense power more closely, enjoy a Hornblower Niagara Cruise. Additional adventurous options include taking a jet boat tour of whirling Devil’s Hole Rapids and soaring through the sky with WildPlay on an exhilarating MistRider Zipline.

As a popular tourist area, Niagara Falls boasts fun and entertainment for all ages besides the waterfalls. Diverse attractions include theme and water parks, casinos, theaters, museums, festivals, golf courses, sky diving, botanical gardens, wildlife parks, forts, shopping, spas, beer and wine tastings, fine dining and theme restaurants, fireworks displays, and nightclubs.

Overnight Accommodations

The Niagara Falls hotel options are as abundant as the area’s cascading and spraying water. From luxury resorts and hotels to cozy motels and inns to quaint bed and breakfasts to family-friendly campgrounds, you’ll find suitable accommodations for you and your travel companions. Here’s a sampling of various types of possibilities:

Sheraton On The Falls Hotel: When you stay where the Niagara Falls webcam originates, you’ll relish the same spectacular views from your four-diamond room with comfy beds.

Holiday Inn by the Falls: Guest room amenities range from queen- and king-size beds to whirlpools to private balconies. Relax at the on-site Nordic Spa.

Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls: Enjoy conveniences including sitting areas and upgraded bathrooms, freebies from breakfast buffets to HBO movies, and inviting public spaces like the atrium terrace.

Blue Moon Motel: You’ll appreciate optional yet affordable one to three beds, whirlpools, and kitchen apartments.

Lion’s Head B&B: This highly rated and elegant home offers beautiful guest rooms, ensuite bathrooms, and gourmet French breakfasts.

Campark Resorts: Over 400 cabins and tent sites give you access to hot showers and bathtubs, miniature golf, arcade, horseshoes, volleyball, and more.

Many other comfortable accommodations with attentive service at great rates are close to top attractions. Start exploring your hotel and activity options online today to make your trip unforgettable. If you’re planning far enough ahead of time, keep checking the Niagara Falls webcam to see what awaits you in upcoming seasons.


How to Stay Active on Your Next Niagara Falls Vacation

Staying active while on vacation can lead to many unexpected and exciting experiences, especially in Niagara Falls where a number of unique facilities and beautiful outdoor destinations are waiting to be discovered and explored. Here are some of the best activities to do in Niagara that will keep you active on your next vacation.

Hike in the Niagara Glen

Hiking is one of the top activities to do in Niagara this summer.
Hiking is a great way to stay active in Niagara.

As the weather gets warmer, walking and hiking in the Niagara Glen is a great way to stay active while visiting Niagara Falls. Located deep in the Niagara Gorge, the Niagara Glen consists of 4km of paths that wind through pristine Carolinian Forest.

And while you walk you can take in the beauty of wild flora and fauna, prehistoric geological formations, and the rapid waters of the Niagara River and Niagara River Whirlpool.

Take Advantage of Your Hotel’s Gym and Pool

Stay on top of your daily exercise routine by taking advantage of the fitness centre and pools located inside your Niagara Falls hotel. A stay at the Sheraton on the Falls gives you access to a state-of-the-art fitness centre with cardio and strength training equipment, free weights, and a host of fitness studio equipment along with two Fallsview pools.

And after your workout you can unwind at the Christienne Fallsview Spa inside the Sheraton on the Falls, which features an amazing Hydrotherapy Infinity Tub, eucalyptus scented steam room, dry sauna, and sweeping views of the Horseshoe and American Falls.

Climb to the Top of Brock’s Monument

Biking is one of the most popular activities to do in Niagara in summer.
Bike along the Niagara River Recreational Trail.

Situated atop the Niagara Escarpment in Queenston Heights, Brock’s Monument is a 56 metre high monument honouring Major General Sir Isaac Brock – one of Canada’s heroes of the War of 1812. The monument opens to the public on May 14th, allowing visitors to climb the 235 steps to the top and enjoy a spectacular view of the Niagara Frontier.

Visitors can also tour the battlefield where the Battle of Queenston Heights took place, visit the small museum honouring Sir Isaac Brock, and spend time surrounded by beautiful nature in Queenston Heights.

Bike Along the Niagara River Recreation Trail

If you’re looking for a great cycling destination in the Niagara region, the Niagara River Recreation Trail is the place to be. The 56km trail takes you along the beautiful Niagara River, extending from historic Fort Erie to Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Whether you want to cycle a portion of the trail or travel its entire length, you can keep active this summer by fitting some cycling time into your Niagara Falls agenda.

There are so many great activities to do in Niagara this spring and summer, so make sure to check them out on your next visit to the region!


How to Get the Best Fallsview Casino Experience in Niagara Falls

Featured Hotel Package: Ultimate Casino Experience

Fallsview Casino & Casino Niagara
Ultimate Casino Packages

How can you do and see more for less in Niagara Falls? Purchase an Ultimate Casino Experience package. In Canada, the betting and drinking age is 19.

Exciting Bundle Combines Hotel, Attractions, and Dining

  • One night at a Niagara Falls Hotel in Canada: Your choice of Crowne Plaza Fallsview, Sheraton on the Falls, or Skyline Hotel
  • A $50 voucher for 24-hour fun at Fallsview Casino or Casino Niagara
  • Three gift cards for fabulous meals: $25 for the Rainbow Room, $20 for Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant, and $20 for the Fallsview Buffet
  • A $20 credit for Fallsview Christienne Spa
  • Pair of wine-tasting passes for Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs Wineries

Three Renowned Hotels Ensure Relaxing Retreats

Crowne Plaza Fallsview: For decades, this elaborate Victorian jewel has been a traveler’s favorite. It provides everything for a delightful vacation from classic styling to modern amenities. Comfortable beds, Wi-Fi, indoor pool, whirlpool, and a shopping concourse are just the beginning. For scenery and service as fine as the gourmet Italian specialties, the vast windows surrounding the lavish Rainbow Room let you take in spectacular waterfall panoramas. You’ll appreciate indoor access to Casino Niagara, the three-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, all Falls Avenue attractions, and diverse restaurants.

Sheraton On The Falls: This towering haven ensures a premier location to the falls. Luxurious Fallsview accommodations with jetted bathtubs, two-story suites, and corner suites come with huge windows for sweeping waterfall views. Amenities include wireless internet and refrigerators as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Enjoy meals at Windows by Jamie Kennedy and Fallsview Buffet. The Sheraton features direct connection via an indoor walkway to popular tourist attractions spanning from Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Adventure City to Hershey’s Chocolate World. Other top sites like Hornblower Niagara Cruises are easy to access.

Skyline Hotel: Unique lodging arrangements house larger families comfortably. Some single rooms offer the convenience of three queen-size beds. For fun sleepovers, Bunk Bed Suites accommodate up to six guests in two attached rooms. You’ll appreciate modern amenities from refrigerators to internet access. An indoor skywalk with climate control is the easy way to reach numerous Falls Avenue attractions, retailers, and eateries. Kids will love the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Iconic themed dining options range from Hard Rock Café with legendary music memorabilia to tropical-inspired Rainforest Café.

Ultimate Couples
Ultimate Couples Packages

Two Famous Casinos Make Visits More Fun

Fallsview Casino is Canada’s largest gaming resort overlooks majestic Niagara Falls. This grand and elegant 2.5-million-square-foot casino boasts plenty of slot machines (over 3000), gaming tables (130 Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Caribbean Stud, and others), and a poker room. Sample the impressive Galleria’s shops and restaurants like the Grand Buffet, 17 Noir, Canyon Creek Chophouse, Golden Lotus, Mama Mia’s!, Falls Deli, Subway, Tim Hortons, and Starbucks. Visit the intimate Avalon Theatre where famous music and comedy headliners perform, the amazing Dragonfly nightclub, R5 lounge, and Breeze Bar.

At Casino Niagara, enjoy this 95,000-square-foot players’ club with a newly renovated second level, slot machines including video poker (1300), table games (40 Blackjack, Roulette, Mississippi Stud, and more), poker room (26 tables), and new interactive Xbox and PlayStation games. Savor Casino Niagara’s Market Buffet, LEV2L Sports Bar, and Perks Café meals, snacks, and your favorite beverages.

Additional Discount Packages Ensure Vacation Variety

One exciting trip to Canada will make you look forward to your next one. With so many wonderful options in Southern Ontario’s thriving tourist area, consider expanding your horizons when you return. Other Niagara Falls packages feature Falls Avenue accommodations, popular attractions, lively entertainment, and delicious meals. The addition of Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls with a quaint indoor atrium brings more lodging, amenity, and dining possibilities. Check out these incredible bargains:

Spring Break Passport: March 9-April 8 escape provides $300 worth of fun with family-friendly attractions like Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.

Waterpark Getaway: Fallsview Indoor Waterpark features 16 waterslides, a gigantic wave pool, and much more.

Ultimate Couples Experience: Get romantic while dining, wine tasting, unwinding at a spa, and sipping cocktails.

Niagara Winery Experience: Package includes transportation to four award-winning wineries for guided tours and wine tastings.

Ultimate Spa Experience: Unite a relaxing couple’s massage at tranquil Christienne Fallsview Spa with dining, cocktails, and wine tastings.

Niagara Culinary Experiences: Combining celebrity chefs with wineries creates tempting treats and sips for traveling gourmets.

New Year’s Eve Packages: Various celebrations pair live music with fantastic fireworks displays.

There are plenty of Niagara Falls packages and deals for the Fallsview Casino. No matter what time of year you are looking to travel, you can find accommodations that will make your trip to Niagara Falls one to remember. Book at any of one our properties today!


Top Niagara Falls Attractions to Check Out | Niagara Falls Hotels

Top Niagara Falls Attractions for Your Canadian Escape

Top Niagara Falls Attractions for Your Canadian Escape

Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Hornblower Niagara Cruises at the Brink

A vacation in the Canadian Niagara Falls area promises breathtaking scenery and diverse activities from relaxing to thrilling. Marvel at majestic waterfalls and explore nature’s other spectacles from birds to plants before enjoying a magical fireworks show.

Where to Stay

How can you get the most out of popular attractions? Book conveniently located lodgings that keep you close to the action. Most hotels in Niagara Falls, Canada offer accommodations for suit singles, couples, and families. You’ll appreciate easy access to a wide variety of adventure, entertainment, and dining possibilities.

The top 10 hotels in Niagara Falls, Canada offer comfortable accommodations, preferred amenities, and attentive teams. Choose housing with refrigerators, microwaves, fireplaces, Wi-Fi, private balconies, beaches, indoor and/or outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, spas, fitness centers, babysitting services, shops, and/or restaurants.

Are you looking for Niagara Falls Canada hotels with historic cozy charm? Consider smaller bed and breakfasts like lovely Greystone Manor, a 1912 gem. Guest rooms with private entrances and bathrooms, mini-fridges, and wireless internet access ensure solitude among timeless elegance. Share local experiences with fellow travelers over delicious breakfasts.

Want more options? Check out all 165 Niagara Falls hotels that include something for everyone at the best available rates. Envision yourself in a luxury resort with jacuzzi suites in the tourist district’s grand Fallsview high rises. Family-friendly choices range from motels and inns to campgrounds. From homey to romantic, parkway B&Bs that overlook the Niagara River are picturesque retreats.

What to Do

Hornblower Niagara Cruise: Canada hosts North America’s oldest attraction. Witness raging waterfalls in a 700-passenger catamaran. Departing from Niagara Gorge’s base, you’ll pass American Falls and Bridal Veils Falls, landing in Horseshoe Falls’ gushing waters.

Journey Behind the Falls: Wonders await within a bedrock tunnel behind Horseshoe Falls’ impressive sheet of water. Cataract and Great Falls Portals offer amazing views of an astounding 13-story shower thundering down into a basin. Ponchos provide protection against the mist. Outside, behold the falls from observation decks.

Niagara Whirlpool Aero Car: Enjoy the excitement of soaring over Niagara’s whirlpool in a classic cable car. This round trip invites 35 sightseers to watch the river turning counter-clockwise with fantastic panoramas of Niagara’s roaring rapids and gorge.

American Falls
American Falls and International Rainbow Bridge

White Water Walk: View the wild white-water stretch on this unique boardwalk. Observation decks will help you survey Niagara River’s raging rapids. Due to the treacherous waters’ speed and tall waves, the footpath is the ideal way to experience this boat-free zone.

Cave of the Winds: Descend 175 feet downward in an elevator into Niagara Gorge. Standing close to Bridal Veil Falls in a poncho on the Hurricane Deck, you’ll feel a windy spray resembling a massive storm. Visit the World Changed Here Pavilion to discover how an adventurer harnessing the falls’ power created alternating current.

Bird Kingdom: Observe exotic feathered or scaly creatures at this large world-class aviary. Vibrant birds like African grey parrots, blue crowned pigeons, budgerigars, and eastern rosellas fly freely around the rainforest. Stop at the captivating Animal Encounters area to hold and take photos with macaws, iguanas, boas, and more. Watch the Night Jungle’s fascinating nocturnal residents including bats, owls, and reptiles.

Butterfly Conservatory: Admire 2000-plus vivid butterflies in this lush, magical wonderland. Visit the conservatory’s Emergence Window to witness the miracle of caterpillars turning into butterflies. See various inhabitants feeding and take pictures throughout this paradise.

Aquarium of Niagara: Outside, marine life artist Robert Wyland’s life-size whale mural offers a peek at the underwater scenes awaiting you inside. Enjoy 30 exhibits featuring 200 aquatic species like sea lions and seahorses plus penguin, tidal pool, and shark feeds. Displays represent ecosystems from coral reefs to the Great Lakes. Educational opportunities encourage conservation.

Niagara Glen Nature Reserve: Escape to this peaceful nature retreat that overlooks Niagara Whirlpool’s stunning rapids. While exploring Niagara Gorge paths winding through this pristine forest region, you’ll spot native plants and animals. Follow designated Niagara Glen trails only, leaving nothing but footprints behind.

Clifton Hill: Kids love this popular amusement park’s six big attractions including Dinosaur Adventure Golf, Movieland Wax Museum, and Zombie Attack. For incredible Niagara Falls views, take a ride on the giant SkyWheel.

Niagara Falls Fireworks Show: This memorable display explodes across the dark sky, illuminating magnificent Niagara Falls Friday nights. Double check schedules online since weather conditions can cause last-minute changes.

With many different activity and hotel choices, a trip to Niagara Falls is always a good idea. Now is a better time than ever to see deals for hotels in Niagara Falls, Canada. Plan your vacation today!


4 of Niagara’s Best Markets to Visit this Spring

If you’re planning a getaway to Niagara Falls this spring, set some time aside to shop for fresh local produce and amazing specialty products at any one of these unique Niagara markets.

Niagara Falls and St. Catharines Farmers Markets

Niagara Falls and St. Catharines

Niagara markets offer fresh fruits and vegetables this spring.
Fresh fruit available at Niagara’s farmers markets.

Visit the Niagara Falls and St. Catharines farmers markets to shop for fresh local produce and amazing artisan food items. Many fruits and vegetables are now coming into season including apples, rhubarb, carrots, beets, and radishes, which you can buy directly from local Niagara growers while they’re at their freshest.

The Niagara Falls Farmers Market is located at 5943 Sylvia Place and is open on Saturdays from 6am-12pm, while the St. Catharines Farmers Market is located at 91 King St. and is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6am-2pm.

Spring to the Market

Club Italia, April 18th

Spring to the Market is a hands-on marketplace event taking place at Club Italia where you can shop for a variety of food, fashion, and cosmetic items, and experience expert cooking and styling demonstrations, spa services, DIY workshops, mystery prizes, and more.

This special spring event is hosted by the Niagara College Event Management Program with proceeds going to the Niagara College Nourishing Minds Program. Admission price is $5.

Etsy: Made in Canada Niagara Spring Market

The Hare Wine Co., April 28th

Shop around for great hand-made products made by Niagara Etsy artisans at the Etsy: Made in Canada Niagara Spring Market on April 28th. Taking place at The Hare Wine Co. in Niagara-on-the-Lake from 10am-4pm, this countrywide pop-up market offers some of the very best in homemade local goods.

Canadian Gifts & Marketplace

Canadian Gifts & Marketplace is an open-concept Niagara market and store.
Canadian Gifts & Marketplace inside the Sheraton on the Falls.

Sheraton on the Falls Hotel

Located in the lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls, Canadian Gifts and Marketplace is a unique open-concept shopping experience where you can shop for amazing souvenirs and merchandise, and indulge in fresh food and drinks at the Fresh Market Bakery. It’s located just a short walk away from the world-famous Horseshoe Falls and is a great place visit when you want to take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a little retail therapy.

Visit any of these Niagara markets this spring for wonderful merchandise and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences.


What to Do this St. Patrick’s Day in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls St. Patrick's Day illumination.
Horseshoe Falls illuminated in green lights for St. Patrick’s Day.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Niagara Falls with these fun and exciting events happening in the city this Saturday March 17th:

Niagara Falls Green Illumination

This Saturday March 17th in partnership with Tourism Ireland’s “Global Greening” campaign, the Canadian Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls will be illuminated in vibrant green lights in honour of St. Patrick’s Day.

The illumination will be taking place from 9pm to 1am at the top of the hour along with a number of other iconic landmarks around the world including the Colosseum in Rome, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sydney Opera House, and Empire State Building.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Niagara Brewing Company

Niagara Brewing Company on Clifton Hill will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday with great beer, live music, and Irish stew! Put on your green gear and get ready to celebrate with live music starting at noon and a live performance by the Danny Boys starting at 8pm.

And along with awesome beer like a new American Pale Ale and the signature Niagara Premium Lager you can enjoy traditional Irish stew made with chunks of seared beef and vegetables stewed in a Hennepin Stout, served on top of delicious garlic leek mashed potatoes.

Doc Magilligan’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub on Lundy’s Lane is having a four day St. Patrick’s Day celebration starting on Thursday March 15th with a St. Patrick’s Day Kick Off Party and featuring a St. Practice Day event on Friday March 16th, St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, and Irish Family Day on Sunday March 18th. Festivities will include live music all throughout the weekend, performances by Irish dancers, a full Irish menu featuring Corned Beef & Cabbage, Fish & Chips, and more!


Nightly Niagara Falls Fireworks Shows Coming this Summer

Fireworks Over Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls fireworks being launched from the Niagara Gorge.

Summer in Niagara Falls means the return of fireworks over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and this year, in celebration of the Falls Fireworks Series’ 25th anniversary, there will be daily fireworks shows happening all throughout the summer!

The new and expanded fireworks schedule includes 111 shows and kicks off on Victoria Day (May 18-21) and Memorial Day (May 25-28) long weekends. Shows will be happening:

  • May 18-June 17- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays
  • June 18-September 2- Daily
  • September 7-October 8- Weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays

The Falls Fireworks Series is Canada’s longest-running fireworks series, which is definitely worth celebration. Each fireworks show will take place at 10pm and can be best enjoyed from spots like the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, Table Rock Welcome Centre, Queen Victoria Park, the Niagara Parkway, Fallsview restaurants, and Fallsview hotel rooms.

Take in the spectacular sight of fireworks over the Horseshoe Falls and experience the best of summer in Niagara!


Top 10 Canadian Foods to Try on Vacation | Niagara Falls Hotels

10 Quintessentially Canadian Foods to Try in Niagara Falls

For many, traveling is all about getting out of the house and trying something new. One of the best things you can open your mind to on a vacation is new foods. When you think of Canada, you might not immediately picture unique cuisines, but you’d be surprised at the amount and quality of quintessentially Canadian foods available. Canada is a land rich in delicious and fascinating foods, so on your next trip to Niagara Falls, seek out some of the following top 10 Canadian foods and satisfy your craving for a culinary adventure.

Maple Syrup
Canadian Maple Syrup

1. Maple Syrup

Of course, one of the most Canadian foods to try has to be anything maple-syrup flavored. You’ve surely heard the phrase: “as Canadian as maple syrup,” and it’s no wonder, because the country produces around 80 percent of the world’s pure maple syrup and is the largest exporter of maple products globally. You’ll also find the iconic maple leaf front-and-center on the Canadian flag, so it’s not surprising that everything maple-flavored is closely linked with Canada.

When you’re on a visit to this part of North America, you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to testing out maple products. For starters, enjoy some of the purest and freshest maple syrup you’ve ever tried on some pancakes or waffles, or chow down on baked goods with maple flavoring, such as doughnuts. There are also maple candies galore to try, with maple toffees being particularly popular. (These also make a wonderful souvenir to take home with you.) There is a lot of other Canadian food to try, but don’t miss out on what they are famous for.

2. Poutine

Americans might think of French Fries as one of their most patriotic dishes, but Canadians have added some flavors to these fried potato goodies to make it truly their own. Their concoction is called poutine. If you’re looking for a tasty, heart-clogging food to try in Canada, an ample serving of fries, layered with savory gravy and chewy cheese curds, will do just the trick. It will give you a classic local dish with a satisfying amount of flavor and texture.

Gourmet chefs have experimented with poutine and added ingredients like foie gras or black truffles over the years, but we’re partial to the regular standby. For something a little meatier without going too far from your everyday favorites though, just add some bacon or other meat to your poutine. Alternatively, use poutine as a side with a memorable Montreal smoked meat sandwich. This is a bit like the pastrami sandwiches found all over New York City in delis, but uses some different spices.

3. Butter Tart

You can’t make a list of top 10 Canadian foods without Butter Tart. If you’re looking for something sweeter when searching for a good Canadian food to try, order up a serve of butter tart. This no-fuss dessert has been around almost as long as Canada itself. It is comprised of a flaky, buttery, pastry shell filled with a type of custard made of butter, eggs, sugar, and syrup, usually of the maple variety. The tarts can be runny or firm, depending on the pastry chef’s inclinations; and they’re often topped with raisins or nuts for extra pizazz.

4. Nanaimo Bar

You might have had some of this slice before, but never realized that it actually originated in Canada and is another example of famous Canadian foods. The tasty Nanaimo bar is a no-bake, bar dessert which was named after the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia (it’s found on the pretty island of Vancouver Island, just off the coast of Vancouver).

Nanaimo bars are usually made with a graham-cracker crumb base, with some coconut and walnuts potentially added, then filled with a vanilla-custard center and topped with chocolate ganache. Amazing, right? There are numerous variations on this combination, too, such as peanut butter and mint chocolate, so there’s a bar to suit every taste. It has to be on your list of food to try in Canada. Maybe you’ll just have to try them while you’re in Niagara Falls!

5. Beavertail

If you’re a vegetarian, don’t be turned off by the name of this other classic Canadian sweet treat. Beavertails are essentially balls of dough molded into the shape of a beaver tail (hence the name) and then fried. After that (yes, there’s more!), the dough is topped with anything your heart desires. The most common toppings are chocolate and fruits, though various other candy bars are popular as well. This pastry concoction is decadent and delicious, so it’s strange that it’s barely heard of below the border. One of the less famous Canadian foods, Beavertail is still a must-taste treat!

6. Game Meat

The forests in Canada are extensive, with almost 90 percent of the country uninhabited. This means the wild animal populations are allowed to flourish, giving Canadians access to the choicest game meats anywhere in North America. If you identify as a carnivore, here are some of the meats you might like to try while visiting the Great White North:

  • Boar
  • Bison
  • Reindeer
  • Moose
  • Elk
  • Deer
  • Rabbit

7. Ketchup Chips

When you just need something to nibble on when relaxing in one of the top 10 hotels in Niagara Falls, pick up a bag of Canada’s favorite ketchup-flavored potato chips. Canadians swear by the salty chips which are doused in a tangy reddish powder, even if Americans have never caught onto the fad. We know you’ll fall in love with them as much as we have, though one piece of advice: keep a napkin handy to wipe the extra flavoring off your fingers, or you might see little red fingerprints all over your clothes and face. There is probably a good number of Canadians who will be outraged to learn Ketchup Chips are so low on a list of Top 10 Canadian Foods.

8. Bannock

Another Canadian delicacy to try out from a bakery or restaurant is bannock. Taking its name from a traditional Scottish flat bread, bannock is a type of griddled bread. It is a very versatile foodstuff and can be used as a replacement for standard bread in pretty much anything. It can be used instead of focaccia in gourmet sandwiches; made into a base for hot dogs or burgers; and eaten by itself but topped with things like icing and sugar to get a doughnut-like snack. If you’re planning to go camping while in the Niagara region, note that bannock can be made simply over a campfire, too.

9. Tourtière

You might have had plenty of meat pies in your time, but have you ever had a tourtiere? With the French-sounding name, it’s no wonder that this Canadian meat pie dish originated in the province of Quebec. It is typically made using ingredients such as pork, beef, veal, and/or potatoes, and wild game is also regularly added to give even more flavor. A traditional tourtiere with be loaded with perfectly spiced meat surrounded by flaky, golden crust, and it’s the perfect choice to warm you up in the winter months.

10. Montreal Bagels

If you’re a fan of bagels, you can’t leave Canada without having tried what are labeled as Montreal bagels, the signature baked goods of the city. These food items are smaller, denser, and sweeter than the type of bagels New York City is known for, and usually come topped with sesame or poppy seeds. To eat like a local, spread yours with lox and cream cheese.