Niagara Falls Information

Winter Festival of Lights

The Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls in the winter months into a spectacular display of light and imagination for the last 75 years. The Tradition continues beginning in November as 3 million LED lights brighten the night and create a magical atmosphere in Queen Victoria Park directly across from the Crowne Plaza.

Each night, 365 days a year Niagara Falls are bathed in a rainbow of colours. During summer months the Falls are lit up from 9pm to midnight. Start time varies throughout the year, but begin at nightfall.

Niagara Ice Wine Festival

A Celebration of Niagara’s Finest, award winning Ice Wines. The festival includes Black Tie Gala dinners hosted at Sheraton on the Falls, educational seminars, ornate Ice Bars, and outdoor Ice wine tasting. Niagara’s Ice Wine festival is a must see, and has been included at one of the top 100 events in North America by the America Bus Association.

Fallsview Casino Marathon

The Crowne Plaza is once again a proud sponsor of the only marathon in the world that starts in one country and finishes in another. Beginning in Buffalo, NY and finishing in Niagara Falls, Ontario the Casino Marathon consists of: Half-Marathon Run, Half-Marathon Walk, 10km Run, 5km Run.

Niagara Falls Facts

  1. The word “Niagara” was derived from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “the strait”
  2. Niagara Falls is 12, 000 years old
  3. Niagara Falls are the second largest falls in the world next to Victoria Falls in South Africa. What makes Niagara Falls spectacular is the combination of volume and height.
  4. 2800 cubic meters of water flows over the edge of the Falls per second during the summer peak, and falls at a speed of 65 km/hr.
  5. The sound of the Falls has been described as thunder, and is caused by air bubbles breaking as they are slammed up and out of the water.
  6. The plunge pool beneath the falls is 35m(100 feet) deep.
  7. It is estimated that Niagara Falls erodes at the rate of 1foot per year.
  8. The Niagara generating stations supply one quarter of all power used in New York State and Ontario.
  9. All the water flows from 4 Great Lakes (Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie) north through the Niagara River into Lake Ontario and through the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean.
  10. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls attracts more than 12 million visitors a year.

Travel Documentation

All citizens are now required to present a passport or approved document including an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced Identification Card at all border crossing while travelling through North America.

For more information, please visit http://www.getyouhome.gov/ or http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html.

Tax Refunds

The Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive program offers rebate to certain property and services used in the course of holding a foreign convention in Canada.

For more information on the Visitor Rebate Program or Foreign Convention/Tour, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/gst-tps/rbts/vstrs/menu-eng.html.

You can also phone:

  • From within Canada, call toll-free at 1 (800) 668-4748
  • From outside Canada, call (902) 432-5604 (long distance charges will apply).

Currency Exchange

While the hotels will accept both Canadian and American currency, the best method of payment when using US dollars is by credit card as the exchange is handled by the credit card company and based on the exchange rate of the day.

Please be aware that exchange rates may vary within the Tourist district when paying by cash with American currency.

Legal Age

The Legal age for gambling and drinking in Ontario is 19 years old.

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