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Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition is Heading to Niagara Falls

Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition in Niagara Falls.
Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition in Niagara Falls.

This November, countries from all over the world will head to Niagara Falls to compete in the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition as part of Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights celebration. The competition will feature 18-minute pyrotechnic shows presented by each country and spectacularly light up the skies over Niagara Falls.

Participating countries include:

  • China – November 9, 2018
  • Finland – November 16, 2018
  • Brazil – November 17, 2018

Each show starts at 9pm and can be enjoyed from Queen Victoria Park, along the Niagara Parkway, or from a Fallsview room at a spectacular Niagara Falls hotel. And don’t forget to check out all of the other amazing events and lighting displays that are a part of this year’s Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights, which kicks off on November 3, 2018!


Niagara Falls Welcomes New Year’s Eve Revelers

Celebrate New Year's in Niagara Falls
Celebrate 2019 New Year’s in Niagara Falls Canada

Celebrating the last night of 2018 and the dawning of 2019 in Niagara Falls gives you numerous possibilities. Illuminated falls. Winter Festival of Lights. Free party in Queen Victoria Park. Fireworks above the flowing water. These are just some of the exciting events occurring on Dec. 31. Niagara Falls Hotels make this annual occasion even more special. Pick your favorite activities and lodgings below.

Illuminated Falls: 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Three Niagara Gorge locations emit hundreds of programmable LED lights to create nightly waterfall illuminations. You can view the glowing colors that paint stunning vistas from many spots including your Fallsview guest room. Tinted cascades stand out from a dark sky, elevating this natural wonder’s mesmerizing beauty.

Winter Festival of Lights: 5 p.m.-Midnight

Tour the nearly 5-mile route traveling through beautiful Niagara Parks, scenic Dufferin Islands, and other popular tourist districts. More than 2 million colorful lights create various Winter Festival of Lights illuminated displays. Glittering sights include 3-D angels, Canadian-American flag, Zimmerman Fountain, 15 3-D Canadian wildlife (bison, deer, and moose), Noah’s Ark, soaring Skylon Tower, Power Generating Station’s light show, over 50 light-wrapped trees and laser light shows.

Join the million-plus international visitors who enjoy this treasured 89-day holiday spectacle each season. This year’s full dates are Nov. 3-Jan. 31, 2019. Rather than charging admission fees, Festival Ambassadors accept donations at the Dufferin Islands exit. Suggested contributions are $5-$10 for cars and $1 for coach bus passengers. Proceeds enhance future lighted displays.

New Year's Eve fireworks in Queen Victoria Park
Queen Victoria Park New Year’s Eve fireworks

Queen Victoria Park: 8 p.m.-Midnight Fireworks

Dress warmly for the free outdoor party that will welcome 60,000 expected revelers. The all-Canadian lineup will feature live entertainment and music with assorted eats and drinks. End the evening at this major Queen Victoria Park event by watching the dazzling midnight fireworks show. It launches from Skylon Tower, Niagara Gorge, and over the majestic falls.

Fireworks: 9 p.m. and Midnight

To view illuminations and fireworks from three Skylon Tower locations, ride an exterior glass elevator up to a height of 775 feet above Niagara Falls. The Revolving Dining Room serves continental cuisine with 4:30-10 p.m. dinner seatings. Summit Suite Buffet offers a tempting selection 5-10 p.m. If you just want a great vantage point, visit the outdoor or indoor observation deck 5-10 p.m. for dramatic 360-degree city and waterfall views.

Room/Meal/Party Hotel Packages

Over 165 Niagara Falls, Canada, hotels provide a wide range of accommodations for couples, friends, and families. Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve packages enhance your trip by including extras from meals to parties for less. Make your reservations early to claim your money-saving preference. Walk to the Queen Victoria Park party from these four top properties:

Sheraton on the Falls: Booking your room at this popular hotel for New Year’s Eve Niagara Falls lets you choose from two dinner options. The Fallsview Buffet combines a delectable variety with an illuminated waterfall backdrop. Upgrade your Sheraton on the Falls package with an early family meal. To feast while watching fireworks, select the later seating. It features wine, DJ music, dancing, and midnight toast. You can dine and bring in the New Year at the same location.

Crowne Plaza: This classy haven adds two three-course dinner seatings to your lavish guest room. Savor Massimo Capra’s contemporary Italian specialties early or late at the hotel’s fabulous Rainbow Room. The Crowne Plaza’s Fallsview setting ensures amazing illumination and fireworks sightings.

Marriott on the Falls: To join a rousing New Year’s Eve party Niagara Falls, stay at the Marriott on the Falls. Your package includes a deluxe room, dinner in Milestones on the Falls, hotel Greatroom party (DJ music, dancing, and midnight toast), and breakfast buffet.

Marriott Fallsview: Choose the property closest to the falls to enjoy the enchanting winter scenery. The Marriott Fallsview package features deluxe accommodations, dinner at the on-site Morton’s Grille Steakhouse, hotel Greatroom party, and buffet breakfast.

Other Dinner and Nightlife Options

The Niagara Falls area is home to many eateries specializing in international flavors. Top recommendations include Casa Mia Ristorante, Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse, and Koutouki Greek Cuisine. Young adults may want to party at bars or nightclubs like Blush Ultra Lounge, Club Se7en, and Dragonfly Nightclub. Stop into Casino Niagara or Fallsview Casino Resort for 24-hour gaming excitement. Wherever you stay and celebrate in Canadian Niagara Falls, this New Year’s Eve will be memorable.


Everyone Saves with Niagara Falls Hotel Packages

Journey Behind The Falls
Niagara Parks Commision Journey Behind The Falls

Travelers from families to couples and friends to singles can enjoy more entertainment for less money by reserving Niagara Falls Hotels packages. Featured Falls Avenue Resort properties provide guest rooms close to included tourist sites and restaurants. Explore your options below.

Fun for Families: Lodging/Attraction Deals

Family hotels in Niagara Falls cater to all ages. Check out Skyline Hotel & Waterpark’s Niagara Falls family packages. Your group can stay up to two nights and use up to four passes for year-round splashing thrills. A convenient enclosed walkway connects the hotel and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. This 3-acre locale features 16 waterslides, Tidal Wave pool, Beach House’s rain fortress and play area, Tiny Tots Splash Park, Horseshoe Hot Springs and outdoor activity pool with sundeck. Enjoy Beach Club food and Beach Bar beverages and cocktails. Your Waterpark Getaway Package also provides early access to this family-friendly destination.

Kids love the Skyline Hotel’s bunk bed suites and video games. Parents appreciate moderate rates and popular amenities like refrigerators, coffee makers, Internet access and upgraded bathrooms. Visit on-site Perkins Restaurant & Bakery for any meal or dessert. Bring pillows, blankets and snacks to the indoor tropical courtyard to watch family movies. A covered skywalk takes you to nearby spots from Adventure City to Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Ultimate Couples Packages
Ultimate Niagara Falls Couples Experiences

Attention Adults: Accommodation/Activity Discounts

Other Niagara Falls packages for grownups contain lodgings, attractions and dining:

Ultimate Couples Experience: Sensational food, wine tastings, spa treatments and cocktails for two make this getaway romantic.

Niagara Winery Experience: Enjoy several guided winery tours with wine tastings and transportation, three fabulous meals and relaxing spa services.

Ultimate Spa Experience: Combine soothing massages with refreshments, three enticing feasts, cocktails and winery tastings.

Ultimate Casino Experience: Play at Casino Niagara or Fallsview Casino, eat three marvelous meals, luxuriate in spa indulgences and sip wines.

Niagara Culinary Experiences: Gourmets can choose from top wineries’ excellent vintages and celebrity chefs’ appealing specialties.

New Year’s Eve Packages: Join any of the multiple celebrations that mix one or two meals and entertainment or parties with majestic waterfall views.

The packages above feature three additional properties:

Clifton Victoria Inn: From welcome amenities and complimentary services to neighboring entertainment and eateries, this inn is a convenient choice. It offers Jacuzzi suites, upgraded guest bathrooms, a soaring atrium, lounge, whirlpool, swimming pool and sauna. Freebies include buffet breakfasts, Internet, HBO movies, local calls and parking. Casino Niagara is a popular tourist spot close to Clifton Victoria Inn. The stunning falls are a block away.

Crowne Plaza: This grand landmark hotel supplies modern amenities and superb service in an upgraded Victorian setting. Guest rooms include Deep Sleeper Beds, free Internet, coffee makers, complementary coffee and tea, and hair dryers. Visit the Crowne Plaza’s Starbucks Café and indoor pool with whirlpool. The lobby’s shopping concourse features a soda shop, Hershey’s Chocolate World and gift shop. Reach Casino Niagara via the sheltered walkway.

Sheraton on the Falls: Comfortable accommodations and generous amenities at reasonable rates make this hotel ideal for various travelers. A block from the cascading wonders, its impressive height ensures magnificent sights. Enjoy plush Sheraton Signature Beds, Internet access, the lobby’s Starbucks Café and bar, outdoor and indoor pools, spa, and fitness center. Take the enclosed passageway from Sheraton on the Falls to Casino Niagara.

Delicious Dining Bargains

Many packages include gift cards for Niagara Falls, Canada, restaurants like:

Prime Steakhouse: Relish this contemporary eatery’s timeless Fallsview flair. Sample handcrafted cocktails, wines, and inspired entrees from steak to fresh seafood. The kitchen prepares memorable Prime Steakhouse servings to suit your taste perfectly.

Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant: Try refreshingly modern dishes with classic Italian tastes while enjoying spectacular waterfalls and seasonal fireworks. Innovative fare combines Massimo Capra’s authentic recipes, locally sourced ingredients and fantastic wines.

Fallsview Buffet: Feast on the Sheraton’s gourmet spread at any of its three daily meals. From wide-ranging options to live cooking stations, Fallsview Buffet’s variety pleases even picky eaters. Marvel at the dazzling sunrise above the falls over a tasty breakfast. Fireworks emblazon the dark sky during lovely romantic dinners.

Book Your Choice Today

Any Niagara Falls vacation package and hotel you choose helps your travel dollars go farther. Staying in the action-packed tourist district lets you spend more hours having fun and less time getting to attractions and restaurants. Reserve your preferred deal today.


Niagara’s Most Exciting Fall Celebrations

Autumn in Niagara
Fall is an amazing time of year to visit Niagara.

Experience the best of the fall season in Niagara Falls this September and October at a number of exciting local celebrations. Here are some of the top Niagara events to check out this fall.

Chinese Harvest Moon Celebration

September 24, Montebello Park

The harvest moon is the full moon that falls closest to the fall equinox, which this year will be visible on the night of September 24th. And you can view the beautiful orange-coloured moon and celebrate the harvest in Montebello Park in St. Catharines.

Stop by the Chinese Harvest Moon Celebration to experience:

  • Games and Chinese cultural dances
  • Moon cakes and Chinese-inspired cuisine
  • Chinese games and lantern-making ceremonies
  • Live music

The celebration is from 5-10pm and admission is free.

Niagara Falls Oktoberfest

October 5th & 6th, Scotiabank Convention Centre

Beer lovers unite! The Niagara Falls Oktoberfest celebration is taking place on October 5th and 6th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre and admission is totally free!

You can taste beer from a number of great local breweries including Niagara Brewing Company, Brimstone Brewing Co., and the Exchange Brewery, enjoy live music, and indulge in delicious German fare like pork schnitzel, chicken schnitzel, beer-braised Oktoberfest sausage, German potato salad, and braised red cabbage with sauerkraut.

Canadian Thanksgiving

October 8th

Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving on October 8th with a number of exciting events happening throughout Niagara, including:

  • Skylon Tower yellow illumination
  • Fireworks over Niagara Falls at 10pm
  • Inniskillin Winery’s Thanksgiving Market Grill

All Hallows’ Eve

October 20th, Old Fort Erie

On October 21st, 27th, and 28th you can embark on a spooky All Hallows’ Eve ghost tour at Old Fort Erie and experience Halloween traditions, 1812-style on this historic battlefield. It will be a fun and frightening evening that ends with refreshments and the annual burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy. Tours are available at 7:30pm. 7:45pm, and 8:00pm.

There are a number of great fall celebrations and Niagara events happening all season long, so start planning your Niagara Falls getaway today to experience them!


What to See and Do this Labour Day Weekend in Niagara Falls

Fireworks for labour day weekend in Niagara Falls.
Fireworks over Niagara Falls.

The start of the school year is just around the corner, which means it’s time for one last summer hurrah. A visit to Niagara Falls is a great way to make the most of the Labour Day long weekend, and there are so many fantastic sights to see and attractions to check out! Here are a few of our picks for what to see and do this labour day weekend in Niagara Falls.

Coca Cola Concert Series & Falls Fireworks

The Coca Cola Concert Series in Queen Victoria Park draws to a close this Labour Day weekend with a lineup of free performances from:

  • Ben Hudson – August 31st
  • The Howling Horns – September 2nd
  • Under the Influence – September 3rd

Performances are from 8-10pm and are followed by spectacular fireworks over Niagara Falls. The daily fireworks shows run until September 3rd and will be happening on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holiday Mondays from September 7th to October 8th.

Niagara Brewing Company

Stop by Niagara Brewing Company on Clifton Hill to sip some awesome new brews, which are on the rotating taps for a limited time. Right now you can try exclusive brews like Clockwork Berliner Weisse, Annie’s English Ale, Irish Red Ale, and Cream Ale, along with their four signature beers.

And don’t forget to grab some delicious snacks and sit out on one of the brewery’s two outdoor patios to soak in as much of that summer sunshine as you can!

Niagara Speedway & Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower boat ride to the Falls.
Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride.

You’ll definitely want to check out a few attractions while in Niagara Falls this Labour Day weekend and Hornblower Niagara Cruises and the Niagara Speedway are at the top of our list. Hornblower Niagara Cruises offers iconic boat rides to the Falls and has a number of different experiences to choose from, including:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour – 20 minutes
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour – 20 minutes
  • Falls Illumination Cruise – 40 minutes
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise – 40 Minutes

And don’t miss out on the Niagara Speedway, which is one of Niagara’s newest summer attractions! This elevated outdoor go-kart course is the first of its kind in Canada and features a 4-storey helical spiral followed by a 2-tiered coaster style ramp.

Majestic Monarchs at Butterfly Conservatory

On September 1st and 2nd you can stop by the Butterfly Conservatory on the Niagara Parkway for their Majestic Monarchs event, which will teach you all about the migration of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly.

The event runs from 11am-4pm and will even give you the chance to help tag butterflies that are ready to embark on their journey south.

We hope your Labour Day weekend in Niagara Falls is one for the books!


The Tale of the Iron Scow

The iron scow.
Iron scow in the upper Niagara River.

This year marks the centenary of the iron scow (or “Old Scow”) wreck in Niagara Falls, and Niagara Parks will be paying tribute to this event with the unveiling of a new plaque on August 6th, 2018.

In honour of this historic Niagara landmark, let’s revisit the story of what happened on that fateful day on the Niagara River when the iron scow became legend.

The Incident

It was August 6th 1918 when a small dumping scow with two men aboard was dredging up sandbanks on the Niagara River, upstream from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The scow was approximately 1.6 km up-river when it broke loose from the tugboat that was meant to bring it back to shore and began heading for the brink of the waterfall.

After breaking loose, the scow got caught on a rock shoal 838 yards from the waterfall’s edge, leaving the two men stranded in the middle of the turbulent upper rapids of the Niagara River.

The Rescue

The harrowing rescue mission of the two men onboard the marooned scow involved heroic efforts. A rescue boat couldn’t be sent to reach them, so instead, a lifeline cannon was brought to the scene by the U.S. Coast Guard to shoot a line from the Toronto Power House to the barge. It was this method, along with the tireless efforts of many people that brought the men back to shore using a breeches buoy rescue device.

The Legacy

While the two men were able to return to safety after the wreck, the iron scow still remains stuck in the upper Niagara River, just a short distance away from the brink of the waterfall.

Join Niagara Parks in honouring this historic Niagara Falls event on August 6th, 2018. The event takes place at the old Toronto Power Generating Station on the Niagara Parkway from 7-8pm.


Planning a Kid-Approved Family Vacation to Niagara Falls

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Niagara Falls.
Family fun at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.

Celebrate the summer season with a Niagara Falls family vacation that kids and adults will love! Home to exciting attractions, themed restaurants, and affordable accommodations, Niagara is the perfect place to plan a kid-approved weekend getaway for the whole family!

Attractions

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Kids and adults alike will love all of the thrills and excitement that Fallsview Indoor Waterpark has to offer! Featuring 16 waterslides, a full-sized wave pool, 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, plunge bowl, outdoor activity pool, adult-only Jacuzzis, and more, the waterpark offers a full day of  water fun just steps away Niagara Falls.

And Fallsview Indoor Waterpark makes it easy to book a family getaway with fanastic hotel & waterpark getaway packages that give you access to the waterpark and connect you with amazing Niagara Falls hotel stays.

Niagara Speedway Go-Karts

One of Niagara’s newest and most thrilling summer attractions is the Niagara Speedway located right on Clifton Hill. The Niagara Speedway is an elevated outdoor go-kart course spread across four acres, featuring a 4-storey helical spiral and a 2-tiered coaster-style ramp. It’s a fast and exciting attraction for people of all ages!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

No summer visit to Niagara Falls is complete without a Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride, which takes you into the mist and as close as you can get to the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls . Hornblower offers a number of iconic Niagara Falls journeys including:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour (20 minutes)
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour (20 minutes)
  • Falls Illumination Cruise (40 minutes)
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise (40 minutes)

And to make your Niagara Falls boat voyage even more convenient and unforgettable, Hornblower offers Mobile Ticketing Scan & Go, 360° views, free wifi, and onboard refreshments!

Dining

Sweet Jesus Ice Cream

Sweet Jesus ice cream cone
Sweet Jesus’ signature Krusty the Kone flavour.

Located at the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, Sweet Jesus ice cream shop offers innovative and delicious soft serve creations that you’ll have to see (and taste) to believe. Some Sweet Jesus signature flavours include:

  • Birthday Cake – made with vanilla soft serve, cream cheese icing, birthday cake bits, and rainbow sprinkles.
  • Hella Nutella – made with chocolate and vanilla twist soft serve, Nutella sauce, wafer cookies, Corn Flakes, and toasted pistachios.
  • Krusty the Kone – made with vanilla soft serve, cotton candy pieces, cotton candy sauce, and rainbow sprinkles.

And with straight up soft serve, limited-time seasonal cones, and dairy-free options, Sweet Jesus is a delicious dessert experience that everyone can enjoy!

Rainforest Cafe

Embark on an adventure in dining at Rainforest Cafe Niagara Falls. Located on Clifton Hill, Rainforest Cafe offers an extensive menu of family favourites like burgers, salads, sandwiches, and pastas, which can be enjoyed inside a unique rainforest-like dining room. Kids will love the animatronic animals and 80-foot bubbling volcano, while the indoor thunderstorm every 30 minutes complete with lightning, thunder, and a wall of rain is sure to impress the whole family.

Accommodations

Clifton Victoria Inn

Clifton Victoria Inn is a family-friendly hotel in Niagara Falls located across the street from Falls Avenue Resort and just one block away from Niagara Falls and the Clifton Hill tourist district. It’s a great place for families to stay on a Niagara Falls family vacation as it offers spacious Family Suites and amazing amenities like a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free wireless internet, and free parking.

And with great family getaway packages that bundle together accommodations and attraction experiences, planning a Niagara Falls family vacation has never been easier.

Sklyine Hotel and Waterpark

Another fantastic Niagara Falls hotel for families is the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark. The Skyline offers a variety of guest rooms for groups of all sizes including family suites that have 3 queen size beds to accommodate up to six guests.

The Skyline’s central location and indoor climate-controlled skywalk to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Skyline Hotel & Waterpark also connects you to the best accommodations, dining, entertainment, and attractions that Niagara Falls has to offer.


Top Niagara Music Events to Attend this Summer

Niagara's live music events are happening all summer long.
Niagara’s live music events happening all summer long.

Summer’s finally here and it’s the perfect time to catch amazing live music events in one-of-a-kind venues all around Niagara. Here are 3 Niagara music events that you won’t want to miss!

Coca Cola Concert Series

June 1 – September 3, Queen Victoria Park

The Coca Cola Concert Series is back for another year in Queen Victoria Park, featuring live musical performances from local Niagara artists across a variety of exciting genres. You can catch these free live performances on select dates from June 1st – September 3rd at 8pm, which finish with a spectacular fireworks show over Niagara Falls at 10pm.

This year’s series will kick off with performances from Graywater, Gravely James, Chelsea Crites, The Treetops, Jessica Wilson, Ear Candy, and more!

Jackson-Triggs Summer Concert Series

Jackson-Triggs Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is once again hosting their popular Summer Concert Series from June through September, featuring incredible live musical performances in a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre in the vineyard. Concert Only and Concert & Cellar Dinner tickets are both available.

This year’s Summer Concert Series performers include:

  • Whitehorse – June 15, 2018
  • Broken Social Scene – June 16, 2018
  • Serena Ryder – June 22-23, 2018
  • Alan Doyle – July 4-5, 2018
  • The Trews – July 6, 2018
  • The Sheepdogs – July 7, 2018
  • The Tenors – July 13-14, 2018
  • Johnny Reid – July 17-18, 2018
  • Matt Andersen – July 19, 2018
  • Finger Eleven – July 20, 2018

For the full lineup and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.greatestatesniagara.com/Store/Amphitheatre-Tickets.

Sugarland

Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls

Grammy Award-winning country music duo Sugarland is coming to Fallsview Casino Resort on July 6th and 7th, performing hits like Stuck Like Glue, Stay, All I Want to Do, Baby Girl, It Happens, and more. Tickets start at $150 and can be purchased at Fallsview Casino’s Resort’s Box Office or online.


Celebrate Long Canada Day Weekend in Niagara Falls

July 1st - Happy Canada DayJuly 1st is Canada Day, the 151st anniversary of this nation’s 1867 self-governing status. Visitors can join patriotic residents celebrating this great country’s freedoms, values, and diversities Friday night, June 29 through Sunday, July 1. This year’s annual tradition features a parade, music, art and car shows, food vendors, birthday cake, fireworks, and more. Review the details below to discover fun activities and welcoming Niagara Falls hotels.

Friday, June 29

4-7 p.m.: Jazz After 4 (Niagara Falls City Hall)

Saturday, June 30

1-7:30 p.m.: Busk 4 a Cause (City Hall). Entertainment and donations

Sunday, July 1

8 a.m.: Register for 9 a.m. 1- and 5-K Runs/Walks (Oakes Park)

10 a.m.: Niagara Falls Concert Band (Niagara Falls Public Library exterior)

11 a.m.: Parade (Victoria Avenue to Queen Street/Crysler Avenue)

Noon: Birthday cake for first 3000 revelers (City Hall)

12-4 p.m.: Children’s Zone (Rosberg Family Park):

  • 12:30-1:30 and 3-4 p.m.: Mad Science Fun Station
  • 12-4 p.m.: Face painting; community group displays
  • 12-4 p.m.: Niagara Falls Public Library’s Story Walk
  • 12-4 p.m.: Hands-on exotics

12-4 p.m.: Children’s Zone (Queen Street/Erie Avenue):

  • Toronto Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • Zip line
  • Electronic animal rides
  • Inflatables
  • Rock climbing
  • Mini-putt
  • Face painting
  • Reptile Kingdom

12:15-6 p.m.: Main Stage entertainment (City Hall):

  • 12:15 p.m.: 283 Performing Arts Company
  • 12:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies
  • 1 p.m.: Greg Frewin Magic Show
  • 1:30 p.m.: High School Musical
  • 1:45 p.m.: The Legends’ superstar tributes
  • 2:45 p.m.: Passport raffle drawing
  • 3 p.m.: Niagara Students Rock Concert

12:30-4 p.m.: Live entertainment (Queen/Ontario Streets)

  • 12:30 and 2 p.m.: Kobbler Jay Show
  • 1 p.m.: Isabella Hoops circus act
  • 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.: Pymoreo Show
  • 3 p.m.: Hip hop violinist
  • 3:30 p.m.: Magician Mark Correira

1-4 p.m.: Live entertainment (Queen Street/St. Clair Avenue)

  • 1-2:30 p.m.: Hip hop violinist
  • 1-4 p.m.: Paradisaea Aerial Dance
  • 1-4 p.m.: Magician Michael Francis
  • 2:40 p.m.: Bubbleology Show

1-4 p.m.: Live entertainment (Queen Street/Crysler Avenue)

  • 1, 2, and 3 p.m.: Country singer Randy Thomas
  • 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.: Juggler Eric
  • 3 p.m.: Red Dawg Taekwondo
  • 3:30 p.m.: Comic/juggler Checkers

1-4 p.m.: Extreme sports, music, and dance (Queen Street between Crysler and St. Clair Avenues)

  • 1-1:30 and 3-3:30 p.m.: Krusher BMX Stunt Team (bike motocross)
  • 1-4 p.m.: Chill Zone bean bag chairs; inflatable darts
  • 1-4 p.m.: Hula Hoop Fun Zone; Eclipse and DJ Boogie; Skateboarding
  • 1:30-2 and 2:30-3 p.m.: NBA All-Star Basketball Trick Show
  • 2-2:30 p.m.: Bubbleology Show
  • 2-2:30 p.m.: Happy Feet Dance Show
  • 3:10-3:45 p.m.: Bubble Station

1-4 p.m.: Rosberg Family Park Children’s Stage:

  • 1 p.m.: Welcome
  • 1 p.m.: Bubbleology Show
  • 1:30 p.m.: Mad Science Show
  • 2 p.m.: Isabella Hoops
  • 2:30 p.m.: Magician Mark Correia
  • 3 p.m.: Sally Sue and Denim Burns Show
  • 3:30 p.m.: Princesses Show features Belle, Elsa, and friends

Ongoing:

  • Art Show (Queen Street from St. Clair Avenue to Ontario Street)
  • Car Show (Queen Street between Victoria and Crysler Avenues)
  • Caricatures; henna tattoos; face painting
  • Food vendors
  • Water station: Fill reusable containers (Queen Street/Erie Avenue)
  • Bike valet (Rosberg Family Park)
  • Baby Changing Station (Queen Street/Erie Avenue)

Evening (Queen Victoria Park):

  • 8 p.m.: Concert Series (Illumination Tower Stage)
  • 10 p.m.: Fireworks

Overnight Accommodations

To stay near the fun, check out the top 10 hotels surrounding the Niagara Falls Canada Day festivities. Choose from various lodging options from standard rooms to luxurious suites for families, couples, and singles. Popular amenities include Internet, in-room movies, refrigerators, microwaves, whirlpools and private balconies. Common areas range from swimming pools and fitness centers to lounges and restaurants.

Would you like the hotel with the best view in Niagara Falls, Canada? Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa offers lavish accommodations closest to the cascading water. Rooms feature plush beds, coffee makers, hair dryers, and more. Relish breakfast at Terrapin Café with a spectacular waterfall backdrop. Visit Lobby Lounge for quick snacks or leisurely cocktails. Casual yet elegant Morton’s Grille serves fresh seafood, steaks, burgers, and salads. Tranquil Serenity Spa’s rejuvenating treatments include massages and facials.

One of the classiest Niagara Falls hotels in Canada with Fallsview scenery is the Crowne Plaza. Just one block away from the famous natural wonder, old-world opulence meets modern conveniences. Enjoy comfy beds, pay-per-view movies, making your own complementary coffee or tea, and shopping. Prime Steakhouse Niagara Falls classics extend from steaks to fresh seafood and cocktails to wine.

Want more options? Niagara Falls Hotels boast over 165 diverse properties for every lodging preference, group size and budget. Book your choice online today.


Two Canadian Casinos Offer Grand Niagara Falls Views

Niagara Falls Casinos
Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort

Gaming is even more exciting when Niagara Falls grandeur surrounds two popular casinos. Get all the key details on Canada’s Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara before you depart on your thrilling Ontario trip. Everyone who enters these always-open casinos, bets, wins, and drinks alcohol must be 19 or older. Who’s ready for never-ending fun?

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

If you’re seeking an elegant casino hotel, Niagara Falls, Canada, is your ultimate destination. Book your stay with Niagara Falls Hotels for the best rates. Enjoy lavish overnight accommodations with a 200,000-square-foot gaming space at the four-diamond Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort on Ontario’s Fallsview Blvd. The area’s newest and biggest casino resort’s 374 luxury suites and rooms soar high above Niagara Gorge on a cliff, providing stunning Horseshoe Falls and vibrant city backdrops. This hotel boasts wonderful amenities, 24-hour room service, indoor pool, fitness center, and spa indulgences like facials, manicures, massages, body wraps, steam room, and whirlpool.

As a guest, you can access the resort’s massive gaming floor easily to try your luck at 3000-plus slot and video poker machines (1¢-$100 denominations). Over 130 table games include baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean stud, craps, and roulette. Join one of the poker room’s 26 tables. Check the casino’s website for the latest promotions like Tuesday Date Nights and Thursday Rendezvous for Two. After spending specified amounts, visit the Players Advantage Club Booth. Show your receipt(s) to receive rewards including free slot plays in various sums. Put some of your winnings toward personal treats, souvenirs, or gifts at diverse Galleria shops.

Fallsview Casino’s over 20 casual to fine dining options suit every taste with an international flair from authentic Asian and Italian to classic Canadian cuisine. Grab quick bites at Auntie Anne’s, Falls & Firken, Canyon Creek, Johnny Rockets, Tuscan Market, Shoeless Joe’s, Mama Mia’s, Subway, Famous Coffee Shop, Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, and Sweet Point. For relaxed meals, visit Grand Buffet, Golden Lotus, Noodle Bar, Sushi & Oyster Bar, or Falls Deli. Refined palates may prefer Ponte Vecchio and 17 Noir.

Sip your favorite cocktails at lounges and bars. When you’re in the mood for live entertainment, settle into Avalon Theatre. The all-star lineup has included such renowned recording artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick Jr., John Legend, Matchbox 20, Tim McGraw, Steven Tyler, and many others. Various famous Niagara Parks and Niagara Falls attractions are just an easy walk from the casino resort.

Casino Niagara

Casino Niagara
Niagara Falls Casino Niagara

For more betting action, visit Casino Niagara, the classic Niagara Falls, Ontario, casino on Falls Avenue. Two players’ floors spread popular games across 95,000 square feet. Choose from 1500 slots (1¢-$5 denominations) and 45 table games from Mississippi stud and blackjack to Spanish 21 and roulette. Refer to the casino website for current Players Advantage Club promotions such as Double Point Mondays to multiply your winnings and Friday Ladies Nights to receive exclusive prizes.

At Casino Niagara, you get to relish personal favorites at restaurants offering wide menu selections. Enjoy whatever you’re craving at three dining and beverage spots. All are close to Casino Niagara’s gaming area that promises nonstop excitement. That means you can devour quick bites before betting or celebrate afterward by clinking drink glasses.

Fuel yourself hastily with deli sandwiches, chips, pastries, and coffee or tea at Perks Café. Sample numerous international varieties at Market Buffet. Combine sporting events with pub eats and drinks in LEV2L Sports Bar & Entertainment. This premier gaming and sporting restaurant’s 50-plus high-definition plasma screens broadcast action-packed games. Place wagers on multiple sports. Get an adrenaline rush by testing your skills at the interactive gaming zone’s hottest sports-oriented challenges. Live entertainment ranges from eclectic local bands to acclaimed tribute shows to hilarious comedy acts.

Lodging Options

You may want to choose lodgings close to a casino or other attractions you plan to visit. Because the Niagara Falls Hotels website contains over 165 properties of all kinds, you’ll find multiple options to meet your needs. The Victoria Motor Inn on Ontario’s Victoria Ave., for example, is just a short walk to Casino Niagara and the must-see falls. It features newly updated guest rooms, Jacuzzi tubs, and an outdoor swimming pool. Search for the perfect resort, hotel, motel, inn, or bed and breakfast for your party. Make your reservations today so the fun can begin.