Wine and Dine in Niagara Falls This Spring

The Niagara Region is home to a thriving culinary scene bolstered by a number of wonderful restaurants and wineries where talented chefs create a wide range of innovative dishes featuring locally-grown ingredients. This spring and summer, a number of these restaurants and wineries will be hosting special culinary events and dinners that will put Niagara’s amazing local cuisine into the spotlight. If you’re planning an upcoming trip to Niagara Falls, make sure to reserve tickets for any of the following events in order to get a taste of the best cuisine and wine from throughout Niagara:

 

Savour the Sights

On both April 22nd and May 13th, Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be hosting a Savour the Sights dinner event which will offer guests five delicious courses of food and wine pairings served in incredible locations throughout the grounds of this beautiful award-winning winery.

 

A Culinary Tour of Emilia Romagna

Tour of Emilia Romagna

Tour of Emilia Romagna

The final dinner in this year’s Niagara Culinary Experiences Series  is A Culinary Tour of Emilia Romagna on May 12, 2017 at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra restaurant inside the historic Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel. This remarkable Italian region is home to:

  • Tortellini
  • Lasagne
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • Lambrusco wine

and many more dishes, ingredients, and wines that are staples in Italian cooking. This evening will celebrate the cuisine and wine of this region with a five course dinner with wine pairings, a mix & mingle with chefs Massimo Capra and John Casciato, standing cocktail reception with canapes, and one-night accommodation in a Fallsview room at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel with the Dinner & Hotel Package.

Sip & Sizzle

Sip and Sizzle

Sip and Sizzle

Hosted at over 20 wineries throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake over four weekends in May, Sip & Sizzle is a unique event that offers guests the chance to indulge in delicious barbeque-grilled food paired with VQA wines in a variety of beautiful winery settings. This is a great spring event to attend with friends and family and is a wonderful way to experience some of the very best wine that the Niagara Region has to offer. Some of this year’s participants include Chateau des Charmes serving 2016 Sauvignon Blanc paired with a grilled prawn, shoot and sprout salad, Peller Estates Winery serving their 2015 Private Reserve Gamay Noir paired with cabernet wild boar sausage on a bun, and Inniskillin Wines serving up their 2013 Reserve Shiraz Cabernet paired with a grilled chicken taco with chipotle and avocado.

Canada Summer Games on Their Way to Niagara in 2021

The Canada Summer Games are officially coming to Niagara in 2021, which is going to make for an exciting time throughout the entire region. The Canada Games are a national amateur sporting competition that began in Quebec City in 1967, and are held every two years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Games.

The 2021 Canada Summer Games in Niagara will feature sports like tennis, basketball, soccer, swimming, track and field, diving, rowing, volleyball, golf, and more, with participating athletes representing their province or territory. Many athletes who compete in the Canada Games go on to represent Canada in the Olympic Games, and since the inaugural competition in 1967, more than 75,000 athletes have taken part.

The spotlight will be on Niagara in 2021 and there will be no better time to visit the region as its natural beauty in summer will be on full display along with amazing athletic events, special Games ceremonies, and more. Keep up to date with all of the latest Canada Games updates by following @CanadaGames and @Niagara2021 on Twitter, and get ready to experience some incredible Canadian athletics in one of the country’s most remarkable destinations.

Hiking and Walking Trails in Niagara

A spring visit to Niagara Falls offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the region’s many hiking and walking trails. After taking in the breathtaking beauty of the waterfalls check out any of these amazing trails for a fun and active afternoon that will reconnect you with nature:

Niagara Glen

Located along the Niagara Gorge, the Niagara Glen is a beautiful nature reserve that features a number of hiking trails running through areas of some of the most well-preserved Carolinian forest. The Niagara Glen also offers amazing views of the Niagara Whirlpool and Niagara Gorge, exposure to the area’s unique flora and fauna, and a wonderful spot for an outdoor adventure.

Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail, spanning from the Niagara River to Tobermory, Ontario, is the country’s longest and oldest hiking trail. The main part of the trail is more than 890 km long and its side trails span more than 400 km combined. The trail runs along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment and hikers can start walking it where it begins at Queenston Heights, connecting with the region’s remarkable history and nature all along the way.

Niagara River Recreational Trail

The Niagara River Recreational Trail is a 53 km paved path that allows for non-motorized traffic to travel from Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake to the charming town of Fort Erie, spanning the length of the Niagara Peninsula. This trail takes visitors through beautiful nature and can be split up into four main sections that can be completed in about 1-2 hours each at a leisurely pace.

White Water Walk

While not a hiking trail, the White Water Walk is a worthwhile and breathtaking walking journey that takes visitors down to a boardwalk deep in the Niagara Gorge where they can experience the power of the class 6 Whirlpool Rapids and the incredible rock layers of the gorge up close.

Best Places for Beer, Wine & Cocktails in Niagara

Whether you’re looking to have a casual afternoon beer with friends or unwind with a nightcap while overlooking the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls is guaranteed to have just the right place for you. With a number of great bars, breweries, wineries, and restaurants all throughout the city, visitors can sit back with a drink in a number of unique and lively venues that are sure to make for an enjoyable afternoon, evening, or night. Here are some of the best places in the city to visit for a relaxing drink:

Hard Rock Patio

Located just minutes away from the thundering Niagara Falls, the Hard Rock Patio offers a great outdoor atmosphere for drinks and features a full-service bar, delicious tex-mex menu, and live entertainment from talented local musicians. You can also visit the Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls restaurant located above the patio for a lively, rock & roll filled dining and drink experience.

Niagara Brewing Company

Niagara’s newest craft brewery offers delicious and unique signature brews like the Niagara Premium Lager and Honeymoon Peach Radler, and seasonal beers on the rotating taps like the limited-edition Niagara Icewine and Flapjack Maple Wheat beers. You can pair your beer with great food and snacks from the brewery’s kitchen menu and even take in some live entertainment on the outdoor patio.

Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar

Both of these Falls Avenue Resort restaurants feature beautiful Fallsview dining rooms and extensive wine lists that showcase some of the finest red, white, and dessert wines from the region’s top VQA wineries. The Rainbow Room and Windows also offer drink menus with specialty cocktails that are perfect for a nightcap after an exciting day in the city.

Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort

Enjoy some drinks while taking in a hilarious stand-up comedy show at Casino Niagara’s Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club or try out a variety of delicious specially-crafted cocktails at Fallsview Casino Resort’s 365 Club. Both casinos offer thrills and entertainment on their gaming floors, as well as quality food and drinks in a number of fantastic bars, restaurants, and clubs.

Top Niagara Attractions Reopening in Spring

Niagara Falls comes alive in spring and with the snow melting and sun shining, there are a number of top attractions that re-open their doors to tourists during the warmer seasons. Here are some of the best attractions that you can expect to experience this spring in Niagara:

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Visitors can experience Niagara’s iconic boat tour beginning on April 1st when Hornblower Niagara Cruises begins its 2017 season. This thrilling boat ride takes you right up close to the thundering Horseshoe Falls where you will feel the mist and experience the true power of the waterfall’s rushing waters.

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara opens its doors to the public again on May 13th and visitors can go to experience thousands of birds and animals in a 150-acre nature park. With free walking tours, interactive demonstrations, a petting zoo, picnic areas, and more it is the perfect outdoor destination for visitors young and old.

Whirlpool Aero Car

Opening for the season on April 14th, Niagara’s Whirpool Aero Car takes guests over top of the incredible Niagara Whirlpool, which is a very powerful natural whirlpool located in the beautiful Niagara Gorge. Visitors will experience unparalleled views of the gorge and whirlpool from the aero car, which is itself an impressive and one-of-a-kind engineering feat.

Journey Behind the Falls Lower Observation Deck

Journey Behind the Falls’ Lower Observation is closed during the winter due to a buildup of ice and snow, but as soon as it is all melted and the deck is once again accessible, guests can visit the Lower Observation Deck to experience remarkable views of the Horseshoe Falls from below.

A stay at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel will put you very close to the magnificent Niagara Falls as well to a number of these exciting attractions. Niagara Falls has countless entertainment, dining, and hotel destinations to experience and because many of them will soon be opening their doors again for a brand new season, this spring is the perfect time to plan your next visit to wonderful Niagara Falls.

Must-See Concerts and Shows Coming to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a world-class destination that hosts many popular musicians, comics, and entertainers from all around the globe, offering one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences in a truly spectacular setting. And if you’re planning a visit to Niagara Falls in the upcoming month, here are some of the great concerts and shows that you can check out and enjoy:

Voca People

Voca People is a totally unique eight-person group that entertains audiences with a clever mix of acappella singing and beat-boxing. This brilliant fusion of musical styles makes this show a must-see for anyone looking to get their fill of music, comedy, and theatre all in one place. They will be performing at Fallsview Casino Resort from January 25th-29th and tickets are available online and at the casino’s Box Office.

Man in the Mirror

This show will take you on an incredible musical journey through the career of Michael Jackson, one of the greatest entertainers of all time. You can enjoy the King of Pop’s music at this one-of-a-kind show from February 14th-19th at Fallsview Casino Resort.

Chantal Kreviazuk Dinner & Concert

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s award-winning Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery is hosting a very special evening on February 19th that will feature amazing wine, delicious food, and live entertainment from Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. Only 120 tickets are available for this intimate evening, so make sure to book your tickets now to ensure you are a part of this spectacular event.

Chris Rock

Multi-Grammy and Emmy award-winning comedian Chris Rock will be hosting three live shows at Fallsview Casino Resort from February 21st-23rd. Don’t miss this Saturday Night Live alum’s hilarious stand-up show, which will have audiences laughing and show them what makes Chris Rock one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time.

Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up

Legendary folk-pop musician Art Garfunkel is putting on a show for one night only on February 25th at Fallsview Casino Resort. One half of iconic duo Simon & Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel’s concert is sure to delight fans and make for an incredibly special and entertaining evening in Niagara Falls.

Where to Experience World-Famous Icewine While Visiting Niagara Falls

Winter is in full swing in Niagara Falls and one of the highlights of the snowy season is definitely the production and availability of the region’s world-famous icewine. Niagara icewine is a sweet and delicious dessert wine that everyone should experience at least once in their lives, which is why we have compiled a list of some of the best places to find it while visiting Niagara Falls:

Niagara Icewine Festival

From January 27th-29th, the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls will be transformed into a winter wonderland where you can experience wines from over 20 Niagara wineries, delicious culinary creations from some of the region’s top chefs, and amazing live entertainment. It’s a great way to sample a variety of icewines all in one place and try one-of-a-kind icewine-inspired creations like Peller Estates delicious icewine marshmallows.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village

From January 21st-22nd, Queen Street in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will be transformed into a spectacular Icewine Village in celebration of the region’s famous liquid gold. Guests can sample icewines from world-class Niagara wineries, taste amazing icewine-inspired dishes from top chefs, and have a truly unique winter experience in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara Brewing Company

While this craft brewery by the Falls isn’t serving up icewine in the traditional sense, it is offering a specially-brewed limited-edition Icewine Beer that brings you the best of both worlds all in one bottle. This 9.7% brew brings the complex tastes of wine to a malty cereal grain beer that also features a lingering tropical fruit sweetness. It’s a one-of-a-kind beer that is available only for a limited-time, so make sure to stop by the brewery before it’s gone.

There is no shortage of icewine-inspired events happening throughout Niagara, so when planning your winter getaway to the city make sure to set aside some time for an unforgettable “liquid gold” experience.

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls: An 87 Year Legacy of Elegance and Charm

cp_340x345It’s been 87 years since the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview opened its doors to the public, welcoming guests from all over the world to stay in the hotel then known as the General Brock Hotel. Named after the general who valiantly defended Upper Canada during the War of 1812, the General Brock Hotel became an historical institution steeped in a rich history that is still worth revisiting and celebrating today.

The Crowne Plaza was considered to be Niagara’s first luxury hotel at the time of its opening and has hosted a number of notable guests over the years since then. Among them are Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Shirley Temple, Walt Disney, and perhaps most famously, Marilyn Monroe, who stayed at the hotel during the filming of the 1953 film “Niagara”.

Today, the Crowne Plaza continues to uphold its legacy of elegance and charm by offering remarkable accommodation and dining experiences to every guest who comes to stay. Celebrated Chef Massimo Capra has brought his culinary prowess to the hotel’s incredible Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra restaurant and has crafted a menu that showcases the rich bounty of Niagara in innovative and modern Italian dishes.

Chef Massimo Capra has specially designed the Milli-Stratto Lasagna dish currently on the Rainbow Room’s menu in celebration of the Crowne Plaza’s 87th anniversary. It combines 87 layers of hand-rolled pasta, Massimo’s signature bolognese, bechamel, and grana padano to make an incredibly unique and delicious dish.

The Crowne Plaza is a celebrated institution that offers guests incredible 4-star Fallsview accommodation just steps from the thundering waterfalls. So when visiting Niagara Falls, be sure to immerse yourself in the hotel’s rich history and book a stay at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview to experience all of the luxury and charm for yourself.

A Disabled Person’s Guide to Niagara Falls

cpblog7Traveling can be challenging and stressful for many people, but for those with a disability those challenges are compounded exponentially. A vacation for a disabled person requires much more thought, planning, and research than it might for someone without a disability.

Luckily, Niagara and Canada as a whole strive to make every public space accessible to the disabled, which means that a vacation to Niagara Falls can be simpler to plan and execute than other destinations. If you or someone you’re traveling with has a disability this is a list of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more that can make your visit to Niagara Falls one to remember.

Hotels and Lodging

As any disabled traveler knows, planning ahead is the key to a successful vacation and this planning usually starts with the choice of lodging. Hotels are required to have fully accessible bathrooms in public spaces and a certain number of accessible rooms available. In some cases these rooms are limited so booking ahead is key.

Calling the hotel directly is often the best way to explain your needs and ensure that you book a room that suits you. All hotels also welcome service animals.

Attractions

cpblog8Of course, the main attraction in Niagara are the majestic falls themselves, and all viewing areas are fully accessible to those in a wheelchair, although your view might be slightly cut off by the railing. A great, unobstructed view can be had at Horseshoe Landing Patio Grill at the Table Rock Welcome Centre.

Stick around the Table Rock Welcome Centre for their almost fully accessible Journey Behind the Falls tour. You’ll ride an elevator down and take a wheelchair-friendly path to see the view of the falls from behind, which is always a thrilling experience.

Hornblower Cruises is also fully accessible for visitors with disabilities. The staff is trained and ready to help you board and get into position as you cruise right to the base of the falls. Rain ponchos are provided but consider bringing a plastic bag to cover your electric wheelchair control panel.

Restaurants

Dining options abound in Niagara and most eateries are equipped with ramps and accessible restrooms. A great fine dining option featuring the best of Niagara’s farm to table movement is Windows by Jamie Kennedy at the Sheraton on the Falls. Not only will you be fully accommodated but you’ll have one of the best meals of your life. Another fully accessible fine dining choice is the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Specializing in Italian cuisine this is one of the most popular fine dining choices in Niagara.

For a more casual option you might consider a wonderful craft beer and pub fare at the Niagara Brewing Company or a rock and roll style dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, both of which are fully prepared to accommodate guests with disabilities.

Niagara is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world and the entire hospitality community has worked hard to ensure that visitors with disabilities can enjoy their experience to the fullest. Be sure to call ahead with any questions you might have and book early, then get ready to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Niagara Falls.

Best Places to Catch Live Music in Niagara Falls

CPblog5Sometimes there’s nothing better than finding local venues that feature live music when you’re traveling, and Niagara Falls is no exception. The local casinos always have a great music calendar featuring well-known singers and bands, but nothing really compares to a local band playing to a local crowd and all the fun that results.

While Niagara is by no means a large city, it definitely offers its fair share of small, live-music venues for its size. Whether you’re into country, rock, hip-hop, or something else, Niagara has you covered.

On your next visit to Niagara Falls pop into one of these restaurants or bars and boogie the night away, Niagara style.

Sandstone Grillhouse

Not only does Sandstone Grillhouse serve up some of the best steaks in Niagara, but they often feature live music as well, particularly on the weekends. The bands vary from time to time but mostly offer classic rock and contemporary hits played by a fun and talented cover band.

Open daily from 4 p.m. and with the last seating at 9 p.m. this is a fine-dining restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for couples and families.

Kelsey’s

Located near Clifton Hill in the heart of Niagara’s action is Kelsey’s restaurant, a no-frills kind of place serving up classic American bar style food with a funky twist, like the Doritos-crusted chicken fingers. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Kelsey’s offers a full bar and live music every night during the high season. If you’re visiting during other times of the year give them a call to see what they have on the lineup.

While things can get a bit loud when the band is in full swing, Kelsey’s is still a great place to bring your kids, especially if they’re old enough to enjoy the vibe of the fun crowd of locals who keep Kelsey’s hopping until the wee hours.

Yanks Old Niagara Bar and Grill

Another favorite of locals and tourists who are live-music fans is Yanks Old Niagara Bar and Grill. Open daily from noon until 2 a.m., this friendly and unassuming local hangout features live bands. However, there is no real set schedule, so it’s best to check with them to see if a band will play on the night you’d like to visit.

Another perk of Yank’s is its reputation for one of Canada’s most famous dishes, poutine. Reviews flood in from all over the internet raving about their version of the classic dish, so even if you don’t catch a live band, definitely stop in for what’s often called the best poutine in town.

Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub

CPblog6Arguably the best Niagara location for live music is Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub. Doc’s features a rotating calendar of local bands that perform every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and you can check their calendar here.

Doc’s also receives rave reviews for their food which, as expected, offers some of the most traditional Irish food you’ll find outside of Dublin. Everything from fish and chips to shepherd’s pie to burgers and other sandwiches are on the menu. If you visit one spot for great food and great music, Doc Magilligan’s is definitely the one that will make your day, or night.

Spending a night out drinking, dining, and dancing is one of the best parts of any vacation. Be sure to visit one or more of these locales on your next visit to Niagara.

Sign up for our newsletter