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Niagara Falls Valentine’s Day Special Illumination

Niagara Parks will be hosting the annual tradition of the Valentine’s Day illumination of the Falls with soft pink and red lights again this year, setting the stage for a romantic evening here in Niagara Falls! Visitors can experience this themed light show on February 14th beginning at 7 p.m and continuing throughout the evening at the top of each hour for 15 minutes at a time. The Valentine’s Day illumination is in addition to the regular nightly illumination of the Falls, which takes place from 5:15 p.m to 2 a.m that evening.

Light up your love this Valentine’s Day with a visit to one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, Niagara Falls! Don’t miss the opportunity to share this special moment with your sweetheart! With numerous hotel packages available, you’ll want to start planning your visit to Niagara Falls today. For an unforgettable Fallsview dining experience, make a reservation at Prime Steakhouse, Niagara’s #1 Rated Steakhouse & Restaurant on TripAdvisor.

Spend Your New Year’s Eve in Style at the Crowne Plaza

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience this New Year’s Eve, Niagara Falls is the ultimate destination. Known for being a premier travel and tourism location, you’ll be sure to ring in 2019 in style.

Here are some exciting highlights to consider when planning your NYE getaway:

Packages

The Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, a classic and elegant 4-star hotel, is offering a special New Year’s Eve Package for guests to enjoy. This package includes first class hotel accommodations and a spectacular Fallsview dinner for two on December 31st at Prime Steakhouse. Ranked as the #1 Steakhouse Restaurant in Niagara Falls on TripAdvisor, Prime is a contemporary steakhouse with classic Fallsview flair. Featuring premium steaks, exceptional service, and stunning views of Niagara Falls, it offers a modern steakhouse experience unlike any other. Prime has

New Year’s Eve at Prime Steakhouse

Guests can choose from two of the following options:

Early Seating 3-Course Dinner

Seating time from 5:00pm – 6:45pm

Late Seating 3-Course Dinner

Seating time from 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Musical Entertainment

Experience an evening full of outdoor musical entertainment in the beautiful Queen Victoria Park, located across from the spectacular Falls. This free New Year’s Eve concert is sure to be a fun filled night consisting of an all-Canadian lineup. Musical guests include Burton Cummings, The Sheepdogs, Walk off the Earth, and Niagara’s very own Avenue Inn. Beginning at 8pm, this celebration also features a variety of food and drink vendors, in addition to an outdoor licensed area.

Fireworks

To start 2019 off with a bang, you won’t want to miss the magnificent fireworks display that will be launched from the Niagara Gorge. The two fireworks shows, which are also part of the Queen Victoria Park festivities, will be displayed at 9pm and midnight. This highlight of the evening is a magical way to experience the beauty of the Falls on New Year’s Eve.

Brewery

Cheers to the New Year at Niagara Brewing Company, an innovative craft brewery that is located just 200 meters from the Falls on the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue. Here visitors can expect live music and unique beers that have been brewed in a way that represents Canada’s brewing heritage, as well as tasty food to accompany their beer varieties. The brewery has multiple award winning beers to try including their Beerdevil IPA, Niagara Premium Lager, as well as their Ontario Brewing Award gold-winning Irish Red Ale.

Niagara Falls is home to numerous other attractions and entertainment options that provide something for everyone. Since the Crowne Plaza is located within the resort complex of Falls Avenue Resort, guests can enjoy the benefit of being connected to 20-acres of fun. Book your New Year’s Eve Package today, the countdown to 2019 is on!

Winter Festival of Lights Kicks off in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls fireworks

The annual Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls has officially begun, which means that from November 3rd to January 31st, Niagara Falls and the surrounding parklands are illuminated in beautiful sparkling lights and exhibits.

If you’re planning a winter getaway to Niagara Falls, make sure to set aside some time to experience the illumination exhibits and events that are a part of this beloved winter festival. This year’s highlights include:

Illumination Displays

This year’s festival features an 8km illumination route, which transforms the area around the Canadian Horseshoe Falls into a glistening winter wonderland. There are also a number of light installations and exhibits to check out around the tourist district including:

  • 3D Canadian Wildlife Displays at Dufferin Islands
  • The Passage light tunnel in the Fallsview District
  • The Prismatica illuminated art exhibit at Scotiabank Convention Centre

For a full list of this year’s illumination displays, click here.

Fireworks

Spectacular fireworks will be launched over Niagara Falls every Friday night at 9pm during the festival. There will also be bonus shows every night from December 22nd – 31st to celebrate the holidays.

The Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition will also be taking place over two weekends in November, featuring 18-minute fireworks shows put on by six international teams.

New Year’s Eve

The musical lineup for this year’s Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve celebration in Queen Victoria Park has been announced and features an all-Canadian lineup of musicians including Burton Cummings, The Sheepdogs, Walk Off the Earth, and Niagara’s own Avenue Inn.

In addition to an amazing outdoor concert, this totally free event will feature two fireworks shows at 9pm and midnight, along with an outdoor licensed area and food and beverage vendors.

The annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights is an exciting holiday tradition that also includes the popular Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours where ticket-holders visit various properties throughout the tourist district for unique holiday experiences. You can experience all of the magic and wonder that this festival has to offer by booking your Niagara Falls winter getaway today!

Planning a Romantic Autumn Getaway to Niagara

Autumn in Niagara.

Niagara Falls is a famously romantic destination and autumn is a perfect time to visit as the summer crowds have dispersed, the air is crisp, and the leaves are beautifully vibrant. Here are some suggestions on how to plan an amazing romantic getaway this autumn season.

Ultimate Couples Experience Package

Planning an unforgettable Niagara Falls getaway with your significant other is easy with our Ultimate Couples Experience Package. It offers a cozy and romantic retreat in beautiful Niagara Falls and is one of the best ways to experience the Niagara region this autumn and winter.

The package includes:

  • One night hotel accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview
  • Three Fallsview dining gift cards – $20 to Prime Steakhouse, $20 to Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant, $20 to Fallsview Buffet Restaurant
  • Two winery tasting passes to Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs
  • $20 credit for Christienne Fallsview Spa

Hornblower Boat Cruise

Embark on an exciting boat ride that you and your significant other will never forget with Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Their classic Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour will take you past the American Falls and right into the basin and mist of the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises closes for the season at the end of November, so book your tickets today!

Romantic Dinner for Two

Plan a romantic dinner for two at a fantastic Fallsview restaurant featuring delicious food and floor-to-ceiling views of the Falls. Prime Steakhouse inside the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel is the perfect choice with a menu of succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and hand-crafted cocktails.

Prime also just introduced a 40 oz. Tomahawk Steak to their dinner menu, which is a signature cut of Canadian Prime long-bone rib steak. Just call ahead to reserve this special cut and get ready for a Fallsview dining experience unlike anywhere else.

Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition Coming to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls fireworks

This November, Niagara Falls will be hosting the 2018 Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition. Teams from countries all over the world including Brazil, China, and Italy will present 18-minute pyrotechnic shows synchronized to music, which are reviewed by a panel of judges. Awards will then be presented at the event’s closing ceremonies scheduled for Sunday November 18th.

So here’s everything you need to know about this year’s competition:

  • Cascades of Fire is taking place in Niagara Falls over two weekends (November 9th-11th and November 16th-18th)
  • Six international teams will be competing including China, Finland, Brazil, Vietnam, Italy, and Canada.
  • All shows start at 9:00pm.
  • At the end of each show, a judging panel will rate the performance and awards will be presented by the Mayor of Niagara Falls at the closing ceremony on November 18th.
  • Team Canada will be hosting the competition’s finale on November 18th.

Enjoy the shows from along the Niagara Parkway, at Table Rock Welcome Centre, or from a beautiful Fallsview location like a guestroom at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel, or the Prime Steakhouse dining room.

Cascades of Fire is a one-of-a-kind experience that will be a highlight of any Niagara Falls vacation. Start planning your getaway today!

Prime Steakhouse: A New Niagara Falls Favourite

The Tomahawk Steak at Prime Steakhouse.

Niagara Falls is home to a number of wonderful restaurants that offer great food, first-class service, and incredible atmospheres. And Prime Steakhouse inside the Crowne Plaza Fallsview is quickly making a name for itself as one of the city’s standout dining experiences.

What makes Prime Steakhouse a favourite among Niagara food-lovers? Let’s explore.

The Legendary Tomahawk Steak

The menu at Prime Steakhouse features a number of premium cuts of steak, including:

  • Canadian AAA Reserve Filet Mignon and New York Strip
  • Certified Angus Hanger Steak and Rib-Eye
  • USDA Prime Reserve Dry Aged Porterhouse

But perhaps the menu’s crowning glory is the newly-introduced 40 oz. Tomahawk Steak, which is a Canadian Prime signature long-bone rib steak. The restaurant encourages guests to call ahead for this specialty cut to confirm availability and will cook it exactly to your liking. It’s a mouth-watering menu item that’s a must-try for steak lovers.

Hand-Crafted Cocktails

Appreciation also needs to be shown to Prime’s impressive drink menu, which features a wide range of specialty cocktails featuring high-quality spirits and ingredients. The hand-crafted cocktails on Prime’s current drink menu include:

  • Tesla: Named for the man who first harnessed the amazing power of Niagara Falls, this cocktail is a blend of whiskey, Calvados, lemon, and bitters.
  • Dillon’s Sazerac: This cocktail is hand-crafted using local ingredients from the Niagara Region including Dillon’s whiskey, Dillon’s orange bitters, and Dillon’s absinthe.
  • Niagara: This cocktail is as incredible as the view and features a combination of vodka, Cointreau, lemon, and a touch of ginger beer.

The View

A great atmosphere makes for a great dining experience, and at Prime Steakhouse, the atmosphere can’t be beat. The restaurant’s dining room is designed to provide diners with spectacular views of Niagara Falls from every single seat.

Visit Prime Steakhouse today and find out for yourself what makes this Niagara Falls restaurant so extraordinary.

Niagara’s Legendary Iron Scow

The iron scow in the Niagara River.

It has officially been 100 years since the iron scow (or “Old Scow”) wreck in Niagara Falls, and Niagara Parks will be honouring this event with a new plaque to be unveiled on August 6th 2018.

The iron scow has become a historic Niagara Falls landmark and the story of how it got there is worth revisiting on the centenary of the event.

The Story

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

While travelling down-river the scow got caught on a rock shoal just 838 yards from the waterfall’s edge, leaving the two men stranded in the Niagara River’s turbulent upper rapids. This set off a dramatic rescue mission as a rescue boat couldn’t reach the two men. Eventually, the U.S. Coast Guard shot a line from the Toronto Power House to the barge and the men were brought back to shore using a breeches buoy rescue device.

The Iron Scow Today

While the two men made it safely back to shore after the incident, the iron scow still remains stuck in the Niagara River today. It’s just a short distance away from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls and has become a well-recognized landmark.

You can join Niagara Parks in honouring this historic Niagara Falls event on August 6th, 2018 at the old Toronto Power Generating Station from 7-8pm. Make it a part of your extraordinary Niagara Falls getaway this summer!

Niagara Falls Canada Day Activities You Won’t Want to Miss

Experience a fun and exciting Niagara Falls Canada Day weekend by checking out these amazing destinations and events:

City of Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebration

Celebrate this Canada Day in downtown Niagara Falls at the city’s annual Canada Day celebration. The event is taking place on Sunday July 1st on Queen Street and will feature:

Niagara Falls fireworks show.
  • Canada Day Parade along Victoria & Queen Street at 11am
  • Performances by world-renowned magician Greg Frewin and The Legends tribute band on the City Hall Main Stage
  • Free birthday cake for the first 300 guests
  • Scotiabank Children’s Zone featuring free rock climbing wall, 70’ zip line, inflatables, and more
  • Food trucks and vendors
  • Art Show and Car Show
  • 1k & 5k run for St. John Ambulance

This Niagara Falls Canada Day event will be a full day of fun that people of all ages can enjoy!

Fireworks & Coca Cola Concert Series

Experience the spectacle of fireworks over the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls every night at 10pm during the Canada Day weekend. The fireworks can be enjoyed from a number of different spots, including a Fallsview room at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview, and will add a little excitement and fun to your Niagara Falls Canada Day celebrations.

And don’t miss out on live performances from local Niagara musicians in Queen Victoria Park as part of Niagara’s annual Coca Cola Concert Series. Catch performances from Beth Moore on Sunday July 1st at 4pm and Blush on Monday July 2nd at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 10pm.

Sweet Jesus Ice Cream

Niagara Brewing Company on Clifton Hill.

Celebrate Canada’s birthday and treat yourself to some delicious dessert with a Birthday Cake cone from Sweet Jesus ice cream shop. This signature cone features vanilla soft serve, cream cheese icing, birthday cake bits, and rainbow sprinkles, all served with a candle on top.

Sweet Jesus is centrally located at the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue and offers a number of other inventive and delectable soft serve flavours like Bangin’ Brownie, Rocky Road Rage, Hella Nutella, Krusty the Kone, and more.

Niagara Brewing Company

Spend some time out on a patio with a refreshing beer this Canada Day at Niagara Brewing Company on Clifton Hill. This amazing craft brewery offers four signature brews that pay homage to Canada’s brewing heritage and a number of seasonal brews on rotating taps that you won’t want to miss out on. And with two outdoor patios, a delicious food menu, and live music it’s the perfect place to celebrate Canada Day with friends and family.

What’s New in Niagara?

Brand new Fallsview dining experiences now at Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant inside the Sheraton on the Falls.

When planning a visit to Niagara Falls this summer, make sure to add these exciting new attractions, dining, and shopping destinations to your itinerary. All are located in the heart of the city’s tourist district and will make any visit to the city into an unforgettable getaway. So, what’s new in Niagara?

Attractions

Niagara Speedway

Clifton Hill

The Niagara Speedway is a brand new go-kart attraction on Clifton Hill and is North America’s largest elevated go-kart track facility! It features a concrete race track that runs through a four-story spiral and a two-tiered coaster style ramp. You’ll experience excitement and thrills as you race around the track, hitting speeds of up to 32 km/hr in your colourful kart.

Niagara Speedway’s current hours are:

  • Sunday to Thursday – 10am -12am
  • Friday – 10am – 12:30am
  • Saturday 10am – 1am

Tickets are $12 per driver and $4 per passenger for a 5 minute race. Drivers must be at least 58” to ride.

Dining

Prime Steakhouse

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview

Experience Niagara’s newest steakhouse restaurant at Prime Steakhouse inside the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel. Prime is a great place to experience succulent steaks, fresh seafood, hand-crafted cocktails, and other classic favourites. And the dining room directly overlooks the magnificent Niagara Falls, offering stunning views of the beautiful waterfalls to enjoy with your meal.

Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant

Sheraton on the Falls

Chef Massimo Capra has recently opened the brand new Massimo’s Italian Restaurant in Niagara Falls, featuring authentic Italian cuisine, award-winning wines, and amazing views of Niagara Falls.

At Massimo’s, guests can indulge in amazing dishes like Rigatoni Alla Bolognese, Proscuitto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken, and Pan Roasted Mediterranean Sea Bass paired with wines from Niagara, Italy, and beyond. And after the meal, there is a delectable dessert menu waiting to be enjoyed, featuring Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Milk Chocolate & Espresso Semifreddo, and more.

Freshii

Falls Avenue

Keep your healthy eating on track while visiting Niagara Falls at the brand new Freshii located inside the lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel. Freshii will keep you energized with a nutritious menu of salads, smoothies, bowls, burritos, juices, soups, and wraps, and amazing signature items like turmeric juices, energii bites, and grain bowls.

The whole menu is completely customizable and features innovative creations that make healthy eating fun. Eat and energize with a meal at Freshii and get ready to experience the very best healthy and nutritious eating that Niagara Falls has to offer.

Shopping

Canadian Gifts & Marketplace

Sheraton on the Falls

Discover one of Niagara’s newest and most exciting shopping destinations at Canadian Gifts & Marketplace inside the lobby of the Sheraton on the Falls hotel. This open-concept shopping destination features a number of food and retail stores including the Great Canadian Gifts Shop, Freshii, Starbucks, Sweet Jesus ice cream shop, Wine Rack boutique, and Niagara Vines Wine Bar.

At the Great Canadian Gifts Shop, visitors can shop for souvenirs, gifts, clothing, and specialty Niagara-made products that will commemorate your stay in Niagara Falls. It offers a retail experience unlike anywhere else in the city and is the ultimate souvenir shopping destination, located just steps away from the Falls.

Make it a Mother’s Day in Niagara She Won’t Ever Forget

Mother’s Day is almost here and if you’re still looking for something amazing to get the moms in your life, try treating them to one of these incredible Niagara Falls Mother’s Day experiences. Whether you embark on an amazing wine tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake or relax over some afternoon tea, there’s something for every mom to enjoy this Mother’s Day in Niagara.

Sip and Sizzle Wine Tour

Wine tasting in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Treat Mom to a full day of fun this Mother’s Day in Niagara by embarking on a Sip & Sizzle Wine Tour through Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sip & Sizzle is an amazing spring event where more than 20 Niagara wineries offer unique grilled food creations paired with amazing VQA wines, and Magnificent Tours will help you experience the very best of it with their Sip & Sizzle Wine Tour. The tour will take you to six (possibly seven, if time allows) of the best participating wineries and includes full transportation by coach bus you won’t have to worry about driving.

Stops on the tour include:

  • Chateau des Charmes for 2016 Cuvée d’Andrée paired with house smoked salmon an herb scone with cranberry compote.
  • Ravine Vineyards for 2017 Gewurztraminer paired with Harissa grilled chicken thighs on K2 grain salad.
  • Coyote’s Run Estate Winery for 2016 Positivity paired with Smokin Buddha’s sizzling beef slider, garnished with pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, okonomi, mayo, and a sprinkle of coriander. Vegetarian option also available.
  • PondView Estate Winery for 2016 Semi Dry Riesling paired with the best sandwich combination this side of Havana – grilled Cubano mojo pork slider on a brioche bun.
  • Strewn Winery for 2014 Gewurztraminer paired with a Sizzling Sampler Trio: Tandori chicken, grilled pineapple, and vegetable samosa.
  • Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery for 2016 Wayne Gretzky Founders Cabernet Merlot paired with spiced pork chorizo sausage and 99 whisky mustard.
  • Riverview Cellars for 2016 Bianco Riesling Gewurztraminer paired with Japanese gyoza, fried pork dumplings with wasabi mayo and soy.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is now officially open for the season and is the perfect adventure for Mother’s Day weekend in Niagara Falls. Hornblower offers thrilling boat rides to the base of the American Falls and into the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

You can choose between a number of thrilling experiences, including:

  • Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour
  • Voyage to the Falls Evening Boat Tour
  • Falls Illumination Cruise
  • Falls Fireworks Cruise

Hornblower is one of Niagara’s most iconic attractions, and is a must-do activity when in Niagara Falls this Mother’s Day.

Floral Showhouse

The Floral Showhouse’s annual Hydrangea Show.

Experience the beauty of spring in Niagara Falls this Mother’s Day at the Annual Hydrangea Display at the Floral Showhouse. Located just a short walk away from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the Floral Showhouse is a tropical greenhouse featuring an impressive collection of orchids, succulents, and other tropical plant species along with spectacular blue, pink, and white hydrangeas.

The spring hydrangea show will be taking place from May 12th to June 27th. Admission is $5 for adults and $3.75 for children.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Prime Steakhouse

Prime Steakhouse – Niagara’s newest Fallsview steakhouse experience – is offering an amazing Mother’s Day Brunch on May 13th. The brunch will offer delicious choices like roasted Atlantic salmon, eggs benedict, and Chicken Piri Piri, along with a carving station featuring carved Angus prime rib and food stations with waffles, omelettes, and “eggs your way”.

Prime Steakhouse is located inside the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel and features sweeping views of Niagara Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows. Share an amazing meal with the moms in your life and book your reservations for brunch today.

Fallsview Weekend Getaway at the Crowne

Treat the moms in your life to an unforgettable Niagara Falls getaway with one of the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls – Fallsview’s amazing hotel experience packages.

Ultimate Spa Experience PackageThis package starts from $289 and includes:

  • One night hotel accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel
  • 3 Fallsview dining gift cards
  • A 55-minute Relaxation Couples Massage and 20 minutes private use of the Hydrotherapy Infinity Tub
  • Sparkling water infused with Cherry Lane elixir and decadent chocolate truffles
  • 2 winery tasting passes at Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs
  • 2 cocktails at the Hard Rock Café or Niagara Vines Wine Bar

Room with Breakfast PackageThis package starts from $124 and includes:

  • One night hotel accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel
  • Breakfast for two inside the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel