Murder at the Old Fort Eerie: A Community Event

image001On September 12, locals and visitors to Niagara Falls can gather at the historic Old Fort Eerie to participate in a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: solving a murder. That’s right: Murder-mystery nights are back at the Old Fort Eerie, and everyone is invited to play a character and solve the crime. Here’s all you need to know about the event before you head up to Niagara Falls with magnifying glass in hand.

About the Old Fort Eerie

The Niagara region has always been a contentious parcel of land; even the Iroquoian tribes fought over the Onandaga flintstone that is rich in the area. When the French moved in during the 17th century, they build a fort, dubbed (however uncreatively) Fort Niagara, on Lake Ontario as their primary post. When Great Britain seized control of New France after the Seven Years War (known in the United States as the French and Indian War) they built a line of communications along the Niagara River and around the northern Great Lakes. Of these, Old Fort Eerie was the very first and served as a supply depot and port for ships traveling to the northern Great Lakes.

During the American War for Independence, Fort Eerie saw its first action. Unfortunately, the combination of fighting and harsh winter weather caused the building to crumble, and a newer, stronger fort — made of Onandaga flintstone — was commissioned to be constructed just above the older one.

During the War of 1812, Fort Eerie changed hands between the British and Americans several times and served as a strategic stronghold during battles in the Niagara region. To this day, Fort Eerie stands amidst the bloodiest battlefield on Canadian soil due to the vicious battles fought for its control.
The British continued to occupy the fort until 1823; after that, it fell into disuse. Some of the fort’s stones were incorporated into nearby St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Irish Republicans called the Brigade of Fenians used the fort as headquarters during their raids around Ontario. It was only much later that the ruins became a landmark for locals and visitors alike, who enjoy exploring the ruins, learning the history, and picnicking on the lawns.

Today, Old Fort Eerie is a testament to the long-lived strife endured by the now-pacific Niagara region. The Niagara Parks Commission ensures the health and safety of the fort and its grounds and holds regular events to keep interest in the structure and is history alive and well.

About the Murder Mystery Eventimage003

A timeworn fort amidst a notoriously blood-stained battlefield is the perfect place to stage a fun, false murder-mystery party. A handful of actors will guide guests through the details of the murder, and guests will be asked to aid the bumbling investigator to determine the culprit. You can come dressed as your favorite crime-solver to add some flavor!

Adult and children are welcome to attend the event, which will be a thoroughly family-friendly affair. Tickets are required for admittance; the price is $10 per adult and $6 per child. The event takes place Saturday, September 12 at 7 p.m. You should arrive promptly on time to avoid missing any crucial clues!

What to Know About Niagara’s South Coast

image001While most visitors to the Niagara Falls area are most familiar with its eponymous waterfalls, the Niagara region is a vast place home to much, much more. There are scores of wineries, thousands of acres of vineyards, orchards, and farms, countless businesses, a wealth of wonderful people, and more hidden gems than the lucky visitors who happen upon them can shake a stick at.

One such hidden gem is Niagara’s South Coast with its lovely Lake Erie shoreline and small handful of quaint little towns. If you’re heading soon to the Niagara region, and you’re looking for an out-of-the-way experience, here is a little of what you should know about the South Coast.

The Towns

While not the most famous of Niagara’s towns and cities, the five towns             along the South Coast have a lot to offer any visitor. Port Colborne has an impressive and thriving arts and music scene, tons of excellent fishing, and Canal Days — a festival that celebrates tall ships. Wainfleet is a wonderfully small and rural-life centered place. Agriculture and conservation are king in and around it. The Wainfleet Conservation Area and Bog is one of Canada’s largest remaining peat bogs, and it’s a great place for bird watching.

Fort Erie was an important place during the War of 1812, and today, history buffs have plenty to experience there. Pelham is best explained by its motto: “Five villages, one community” thanks to the tiny, quaint villages that make up its township. It’s also home to Canada’s largest sugar maple, a massive tree that’s over 500 years old. Lastly, the city of Welland offers plenty of fun, outdoor activities, and it also hosts the Rose Festival every June.

The Beaches

image003For summer fun that requires water and lots of sand, the coast of Lake Erie is absolutely idyllic. From aptly named Crystal Beach and Pleasant Beach to Thunder Bay Beach and Nickel Beach, the South Coast is a great destination for sun and water lovers. Almost any place you stop is worth spreading a towel out on.

The Festivals

Niagara’s South Coast is home to some of the most interesting and entertaining festivals in the country. Some give visitors a taste of Niagara life from over 100 years ago, while others celebrate the culinary prowess the region is known for. Here are just a few of the many festivals that take place in the South Coast throughout the year:

  • The Marshville Heritage Festival
  • Fort Erie Friendship Festival
  • Wainfleet Fall Fair
  • Niagara Food Festival

The Fort

Old Fort Erie, the site of the deadliest battle in all of Canadian history, has been restored to its former glory. Tour the buildings and grounds to get a sense of military life at the start of the 19th century. For lovers of history — especially British, Canadian, or American history — the fort is one of the best places to visit — not just in Niagara — but in North America.

Head to Niagara’s South Coast for a rich and unforgettable experience of a region already famous for unforgettable offerings.

Niagara Tours That Really Are Fun

image001Taking a guided tour is a great way to experience a new place, whether you’re in a foreign country or just down the road from where you grew up. From titillating historical details to fascinating and hard-to-imaging facts, a tour can acquaint you with a place’s uniqueness and specificity in a way that can better help you orient your time there.

There are plenty of tour companies in the Niagara region that provide exactly such an experience, whether you’re looking for an insider’s view of wine and beer or history and geography. Depending on what you enjoy and want to know more about, you should be able to find something that’s right up your alley. Even if wandering off on your own is your favorite way to discover a place, a good tour can add meaning and direction to your wandering, allowing for more fruitful exploration.

Don’t just go it alone when you head to Niagara. Here are a handful of great tours that will add breadth and depth to your Niagara vacation.

Public Niagara Wine Tours

A tour offered by Niagara Fun Tours, the Public Niagara Wine Tours are available all year round every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The tours take about six to seven hours to complete, and they hit a number of well-known and popular wineries — five in total. You’ll have ample time to explore, taste, and purchase wine at each one, and tastings are free. Multiple pick-up locations are offered throughout Niagara, starting at 10 a.m., so you don’t even have to forego your vacation goal of sleeping in.

Taste the Town Tours

A walking tour of food and culture, this Niagara-on-the-Lake tour is suitable for people of all fitness levels and ages. Walk through what’s been called “the prettiest town in Canada,” while learning about its history, sampling its top-notch cuisine, drinking its excellent local beers and wines, and discovering more about it and the Niagara region than you thought possible in a two and a half hour stint.

Microbrewery and Cider Tour

image003A five-hour guided tour also offered by Niagara Fun Tours, this beer and hard cider tour takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. starting the middle of September and going through the end of December. Free tastings are par for the course, and you’ll be able to sample everything from local IPAs and ales to seasonal lagers and stouts. Pack a lunch or grab a bite at any of the breweries’ restaurants. For the lover of beer and/or hard cider, it’s a perfect introduction to everything you’ll want to drink during your time in Niagara.

A Niagara Falls Day Tour

For the visitor who wants to get a good overview of the place before embarking on any specifics, a Niagara Falls day tour is perfect. Whether you focus your time on Niagara Falls proper, or you head out into wine country to get a feel for the fertile and stunning farmland that grows so many excellent grape varieties, a day tour can help orient you to the place in a way that a book or website won’t. Fall for Niagara has a number of tours available.

Take a guided tour of Niagara, and discover more quickly some of what makes the place so magical.

How to Play Euchre: Canada’s Most Popular Card Game

image001Canadians are a remarkably fun-loving people, and like all fun-loving people, the ways in which they entertain themselves can run the gamut. Maybe it’s due to the lengthier winters, but, especially when it comes to indoor games, the sky is the limit. From balderdash to cribbage, Canadians love to gather together for a friendly indoor board game or card game.

Whether you’re hoping to gain some Canadian friends on your trip to Niagara and you want to be able to hold your own should you all sit down to a game, or you just want to get a feel for what many of the locals enjoy doing in their spare time, here is a look at how to play the game of euchre, arguably Canada’s most popular card game.

The Game

A four person, partnered card game that’s played with a reduced deck, there are almost as many forms of euchre in Canada as there are hockey teams in the NHL. The most popular one, however, is the British form of the game. The deck is comprised of all the aces, kings, queens, jacks, tens, and nines, plus one joker. Five cards are dealt to each of the four players, and the goal for each partnered team of two is to take at least three out of the five tricks.

After the deal, the next card in the deck is turned over. At this point, the player to the left of the dealer can select that card’s suit as trump for the hand, or she can pass to the player on her left. If all the players pass, then the card is turned over, and each player now has a chance — in turn — to call up a different suit that then becomes trump. If all players pass, and the choice ends up with the dealer, he has to choose a suit that then becomes trump.

Scoring

image003The cards rank as follows: The joker — also called the Benny — is always the high card, followed by the jack of the trump suit — the Right Bower — followed by the jack from the same color suit that isn’t trump — the Left Bower — followed by the ace on down to the nine. Suit must always be followed unless a player has no card in it, at which point he can trump in or play another suit. Tricks are won by whoever plays the highest card each hand. Three tricks wins a team one point, and five tricks wins a team two points.

When a team who called trump fails to get at least three tricks, it’s known as being “euchred,” and the opposing team gets two points. If a player “goes alone,” she plays without her partner against the other two. If she wins all the tricks, her team gets four points. If she gets three tricks, she gets one point. If she’s euchred, the other team gets four points. Each game is played to 11.

Strategy and keeping track of what cards have been played is key in the game of euchre, but like all games, the real goal is enjoying the company of the people you’re with.

3 Cooking Classes in Niagara

image001The Niagara Peninsula boasts some of Canada’s finest vineyards and wineries, which necessarily requires the area to also serve some of the country’s finest food. After all, what’s a great glass of wine without a great meal to accompany it? Fine dining farm-to-table restaurants are so common throughout the region that getting a world-class meal is part and parcel of coming to Niagara at all.

Because of this emphasis on fine food and wine, a number of renowned cooking schools have sprung up over the years to train those who would continue the traditions of local culinary excellence. For the foodie headed to Niagara on vacation, these cooking schools provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn some of what makes the region’s dining so spectacular. Here are just some of the opportunities that exist for lovers of food eager to learn a few, new tricks when they head to Niagara.

1. Wine Country Cooking School

Located at Strewn Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Wine Country Cooking School is the first winery-centered cooking school in all of Canada. They offer day-long, hands-on classes for chefs of all skill levels every Saturday from January through the end of November, and because they’re a wine-centered cooking school committed to working with local and seasonal produce, you’ll not only cook up a delicious meal for yourself, but you’ll do so while exploring the relationship between food and wine. For oenophiles who want to learn to cook in a more wine-centered way, the classes at the Wine Country Cooking School are ideal. Classes are open to individuals or couples, and should you be traveling in a group, you can inquire as to a group cooking class as well.

2. The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

image003Located in the center of downtown Niagara Falls, the classes and instructors at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) won’t just help you prepare an excellent meal, they’ll also equip you with a host of real-world cooking and kitchen tips to take back home. Learn in a state-of-the-art facility with some of Canada’s most well-known chefs, while getting more familiar with local vegetables, fruit, cheese, meat, and fish. You’ll thoroughly enjoy eating whatever they have you prepare during your time in class at NFCI.

3. The Good Earth Food and Wine Company

One of the original farm-to-table restaurants in the area, the Bistro at The Good Earth Food and Wine Company has been serving up excellent local food since 1998. Wholeheartedly committed to the earth and producing delicious wine and food from its bounty, the good people at The Good Earth Food and Wine Company offer cooking demo classes throughout the year.

While the demos aren’t cooking classes per se, the chefs at The Good Earth Food and Wine Company do an exceptional job of showcasing the skills require to pull off the amazing meals they make, and at the end of it all, you get to eat what they’ve cooked up, while enjoying some of their amazing wine.

Come to Niagara and bone up on skills related to providing yourself with the one source of pleasure we all get to engage in multiple times a day: Eating! With these cooking classes and others like them, you can not only enjoy the excellent food in the region, but you can also become a better cook while you do.

What to Expect at the Niagara Falls’ Survival Expo

image001Niagara Falls is a world-class destination for scores of reasons, and while the waterfalls and the wine arguably remain the biggest draws to the place, the area hosts fascinating events all year round that create plenty of other reasons why a visit to Niagara is almost always in order. One such event that’s coming up in the beginning of August is the Survival Expo, a showcase of vendors, speakers, organizations, and more that specialize in everything from disaster preparedness and homesteading to the off-grid lifestyle.

Whether you truly want to be prepared in case human civilization re-enters the Dark Ages, or you simply want to know how to live a more basic and elemental life, the Survival Expo is both entertaining and educational. Here is some of the information you’ll need to attend, as well as a few of the highlights of what you can expect to find at this year’s Expo.

About the Survival Expo

The Survival Expo was started by a group of people who share a desire to learn and practice a more basic and prepared way of living. As the largest Survival Expo in all of Canada, the Niagara Falls’ Expo is a way for people who are already engaged in survival-centered living to share their knowledge, expertise, products, skills, and more with other people who want to learn. This year’s Survival Expo will take place over the weekend of August 8 and 9 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, and it will feature over 100 exhibitors, dozens of seminars, and thousands of attendees. The Expo is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 per day, or you can pay $18 for a two-day pass.

The Seminars

image003The seminars offered at this year’s Survival Expo cover a wide range of topics for anyone interested in being prepared for either a four-day backpacking trip in the Canadian wilderness or a doomsday scenario in which the vast amount of resources we all depend on day-to-day suddenly disappear or go on the fritz. Seminars cover a wide range of topics that deal with everything from home defense to foraging. Some of the seminars being offered include:

  • Survival Medicine. Learn everything about emergency first aid from wound care to suturing in this seminar.
  • Edible Wild Food. If the grocery stores no longer stocked food or you found yourself lost in the woods, this seminar will show you what you can forage for food.
  • Urban Beekeeping. If you want fresh, local honey in the city, this seminar will show you how to keep bees in an urban environment.
  • Self-Defense. If your physical self is ever threatened, this seminar will show you how to properly and smartly respond.
  • The Art of Urban Survival. Since most people live in urban areas, any disaster or true national emergency might necessitate surviving in an urban area. Learn how to do so with this seminar.

Head to Niagara Falls for the vacation of a lifetime, and learn survival skills at the same time by spending some time at the Survival Expo.

4 Routes That Prove Niagara Is Perfect for a Road Trip

image001Almost everyone with a driver’s license has experienced the thrill of freedom that can accompany sliding behind the wheel of a car, especially as a young person with few responsibilities and a delicious case of wanderlust. While few of us take to the open road with the reckless abandon we did in our more carefree, youthful days, there are still plenty of opportunities to emulate the perfect long form road trip by hitting the road in and around the Niagara Peninsula.

Blessed with picturesque farms, a beautiful countryside, thousands of acres of vineyards, and watery shores, Niagara is actually one of the best places in North America to go for a drive. If you’re planning a stay in Niagara, here are four routes to take for a drive.

1. The Niagara Parkway

Part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route, the Niagara Parkway is that lovely bit of road Winston Churchill once described as providing, “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.” Cruise alongside the rushing Niagara River all the way from charming Niagara-on-the-lake up to Fort Erie and see luscious gardens, green parks, historical sites, wineries and vineyards, shorelines, and the mighty and thundering Niagara Falls. Pack a blanket and a picnic lunch or stop to eat at roadside stands or local restaurants along the way.

2. The Welland Canals Parkway Interim Route

image003This drive will take you from Port Colborne to Thorold. Along the way, you’ll pass through Welland and see the Welland Canal, a marvel of Canadian engineering that lets large freighters go over the mountain, so to speak, via a series of canal locks at points that include Port Colborne, St. Catharines, and Thorold. Be sure to stop and spend some time at the Welland Canals Centre in St. Catharines, where you can learn more about the canal system thanks to a number of illuminating exhibits and a well-placed observation deck.

3. The Niagara Wine Route

While you should certainly spend plenty of time stopping to take wine tours, enjoy tastings, and, otherwise, soaking up the riches of Niagara’s wine country, spending an afternoon driving along the Niagara Wine Route will serve to get you even more in the mood. This network of roads runs east to west from Niagara-on-the-Lake all the way to the Niagara Escarpment, and it allows you to twist and turn your way through the very heart of wine country.

4. The Lake Erie South Shore Circle Route

For lovers of coastline, the Lake Erie South Shore Circle Route travels along the southern part of the Niagara Peninsula through area lakeside communities Wainfleet, Port Colborne, and Fort Erie. Parks, marinas, beaches, and the golden glint of the sun on the water — especially in late afternoon, this drive is idyllic.

Come to Niagara, and hit the road. From the Lake Erie shoreline to the wine country’s never ending charm, one of the best ways to see and experience Niagara is from behind the wheel. So, book a trip to Niagara, rent a car or bring your own, and drive your way through the region. You’ll achieve such a sense of wonder that you’ll lose all sense of time.

An Oenophile’s Guide to the Best Niagara Wineries

image001There are wine lovers, and then, there are wine lovers. For some of us, a glass of wine is the perfect accompaniment to an evening meal or a great way to relax with friends after a long day of work. For others, however, wine is much too serious a business to be relegated to a mere accompaniment to any aspect of life. Instead, wine is one of the highlights of living itself and should, at all times, be treated as such.

If you’re a oenophile for whom wine is an all-consuming passion, then a trip to Niagara’s wine country should be scheduled post-haste. Beautiful vineyards, enlightening tours, and some of the world’s most treasured wines await you. Here are three of the finest wineries in the Niagara Peninsula for the oenophile whose only desire is to experience the very best.

1. Inniskillin

Almost everyone agrees that it was Inniskillin that made the world stop and take notice of Canadian wines — in particular ice wines — but the winery does a number of other varietals remarkably well, too, and the visitor experience they provide is top-notch. The bulk of what you’ll experience at Inniskillin takes place in their Brae Burn Barn, a beautiful, rustic, completely remodeled 1920’s barn. They have a tour center, a wine boutique, a kitchen where they routinely host demonstrations, and a tasting bar. While you’re there, be sure to sample their ice wine, but don’t be shy about the rest of their offerings. Inniskillin really does make some excellent wine.

2. Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

image003An organic 34-acre vineyard grows all the grapes utilized by this estate winery, and the results are always noteworthy. A family winery situated in the St. David’s Bench, Ravine enjoys being a part of a sub-appellation that’s the warmest in the Niagara Peninsula.

In addition to this small, but significant terroir advantage, Ravine’s soil is light and drains well, and because it’s positioned at the Bench’s highest elevation, its wines enjoy a quality unique — not just to St. David’s Bench — but to Ravine. They also have an amazing organic garden on-site from which they prepare their restaurant’s excellent food. Eat a meal at Ravine, and be sure to order something that pairs well with one of their tremendous wines, in particular, a cabernet franc or unfiltered chardonnay.

3. Stratus Winery

For a more contemporary winemaking and wine tasting experience, Stratus Winery is worth a trip. Practicing low-yield, pumpless viticulture, this sustainable and LEED-certified winery is a model of 21st century winemaking. The tasting room is elegant and modern, and the tour — available by appointment only — is revealing. Just getting a chance to ogle their 1,000-barrel, above-ground, “cellar” is worth the trip. Stratus specializes in assemblage wines, so be sure to order a flight after your tour. You can also schedule a private tasting that pairs Stratus wines with cheeses from local dairy, Fifth Town Dairy.

If you love wine in a way that prioritizes it above most other experiences and offerings in the world, you’ll love Niagara’s wine country. Be sure to hit these three exceptional vineyards to get a first taste of why Niagara Peninsula wine is heralded around the world.

3 Niagara Spots to Go For Ice Cream This Summer

image001Is there anything more delicious than sweet, cold, ice cream on a hot, summer day? While the temperatures in Niagara may stay more temperate and bearable than they do in other parts of North America, the height of summer is still an ideal time to fix your sights and taste buds on an ice cream parlor so you and everyone with you can settle in and relax with a delicious ice cream cone.

Get your ice cream fix this summer when you vacation in Niagara at one of these three excellent ice cream shops.

1. Cool Licks Ice Cream Parlour

Located in Welland, Cool Licks Ice Cream Parlour makes homemade ice cream and sauces for an ice cream experience that never disappoints. Both scooped ice cream and soft serve are available, and locals routinely rave about their sundaes. Unique flavors are common, such as Key Lime Pie, Grape, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Lemon Meringue. In addition, they specialize in ice cream cakes and offer gluten-free cones.

2. Avondale Dairy Bar

image003Many people would claim that a trip to Niagara is incomplete without a stop at Avondale Dairy Bar, and after you taste their ice cream, you might well agree. The Dairy Bar has been open and serving ice cream to locals and visitors for almost 60 years, and the place hasn’t changed that much in that time either. It maintains an old, 1950s feel that’s instantly nostalgic and charming. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., if your ice cream hankering comes late, they can likely still assist you with satisfying it.

All their ice cream is made fresh each day on-site in small, hand-crafted batches. They boast numerous flavors, as well as a daily sundae bar menu, 10 different types of banana splits, as many as 30 different milk shake flavors, and real ice cream sodas. Try their Graham Cracker Crunch and Cake Batter ice creams, and if the weather is fair, be sure to sit outside and enjoy the bucolic scenery — the Avondale Dairy Bar backs up to a working dairy farm.

3. Italian Ice Cream

A family business that has been in operation since 1978, Italian Ice Cream has a lot more to offer than just ice cream, including sandwiches, fat-free fruit ices, espresso, cakes, and so much more, but it’s their authentic gelato that makes visiting their store so special and a must. They offer 24 flavors of gelato at any given time, but over the years, they have made around 100 different flavors, and everything they make is of superior quality. They have water-based gelato — should anyone in your party be lactose intolerant — as well as milk-based gelato. They also make a host of gelato-centered desserts such as gelato cakes, ice cream crepes, tartufo, and cassata, a Neapolitan ice cream that contains fruit and nuts. For an authentic Italian dessert in the heart of Niagara, Italian Ice Cream is better than superb.

How to Celebrate Canada Day Like a Canadian

image001Also known as “Dominion Day,” Canada Day is one of the most important holidays on the Canadian national calendar, and if you’re planning a trip to Niagara Falls on or around July 1st, you’ll want to know what the hubbub is about, so you can properly appreciate it and participate. From fireworks to food, here is a closer look at how Canadians celebrate their independence.

First: Some History

It was on July 1, 1867 that the Constitution Act, 1867—then known as the British North America Act—freed Canada from British rule and established the country’s independence. The very next year, the Governor General requested that all Canadians join together to celebrate that independence on July 1st, but it wasn’t until 1879 that a federal law was enacted to make the day a legally recognized holiday. For years, Canada Day languished as a national holiday due to the fact that most Canadians still saw themselves as British. As a result, any July 1st celebrating took place mostly in and around Parliament Hill. Over the years, however, national pride began to grow, and Canadians all over the country started to participate. Today, Canada Day is a holiday almost everyone joins in celebrating.

Outdoor Family Fun

Because Canada Day is celebrated during the warmest time of year, many Canadians take the opportunity to head outside to enjoy family and friends. Cookouts in the backyard are incredibly common, but many Canadians also like to head to the park, beach, or pool to relax for the day. The Canadian Air Force puts on air shows as a part of the day’s celebration, and if you ever find yourself near one, you should definitely attend. If you get invited to a Canada Day event at someone’s house, bring something to throw on the grill, and expect to eat some distinctly Canadian food like beaver tails or poutine.

Parades

Parades are a highlight of many towns’ and cities’ Canada Day celebrations, including Niagara Falls. Many Canada Day parades express national pride in unique ways that can include everything from marching bands and Mounties to Canada-themed floats. If there are bands, expect “O Canada” to be played at least once, and if you don’t already know them, try to learn the lyrics ahead of time, so you won’t stick out among the locals crowded around you. Keep in mind that, should you ever find yourself in a French-speaking part of the country, you’ll need to know it in French.

Fireworks

image003As with many national celebrations held around the world, the climactic event that caps off a day of revelry is a patriotic fireworks display. Almost every decent-sized town will have some sort of fireworks show, and some Canadians will shoot off their own throughout the day and evening, but the larger cities—and Niagara Falls, of course—boast the best displays. Wherever you are, grab a blanket, and stake out a good viewing spot ahead of time.

Canada Day is a unique way to experience Canadian culture, whether you’re a Canuck through and through or you’re just visiting. However you join in celebrating, be sure to dress in red and white—the colors of the Canadian flag.

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