3 Places in Niagara to Relax and Devour a Book

image001One of the greatest pleasures of taking a vacation is the ample free time that emerges for sightseeing, leisurely lunches, and sleeping late. If you’re someone who takes holidays in order to relax and recharge — and you’re a reader — another welcome pleasure is the time you can afford yourself to settle back and read to your heart’s content. While a trip to Niagara should certainly be filled with sightseeing, it’s also a perfect place to devour a novel or memoir in between ogling the waterfalls and relishing a winery tour. Here are three wonderful places in Niagara to settle back with a book and take a whole different kind of trip while you’re on vacation.

1. Queen Victoria Park

Even when it’s chilly outside, Queen Victoria Park is a great place to lose yourself in a book. The beautifully manicured gardens look beautiful and smell lovely all year long, and any walkers or other visitors to the park tend to be quiet, respectful, and well-mannered. Have a seat on a park bench, bring along a lawn chair, sit your back against a tree, or lay a thick blanket out on the ground. If it’s cooler, wear plenty of layers, and be sure to bring some coffee or hot chocolate in a thermos. So long as it’s dry, and the temperature doesn’t get too far below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the park makes for an ideal backdrop to almost any kind of reading.

2. Second Cup

Located in the charming little town of St. Catharines, Second Cup is a sleek little coffee company and café that offers a shocking variety of different beverages and yummy pastries. They also provide free Wi-Fi for their customers, so after you’ve purchased a latte or apple cider, you won’t have to feel self-conscious about hanging around for an hour or two while you read. Head there in the late morning or mid-afternoon, and the easy pace of the occasional customer won’t feel too distracting either, whereas the coffee shop rush hours of earlier morning, lunch, and after work can be a bit overwhelming.

3. Your Hotel Lobby

image003Especially if you’ve booked a room at the Crowne Plaza, settling into one of the lobby’s comfortable chairs in order to give your attention over to your book is an easy and welcome option. The lighting is soft and tasteful. The noise level is never too distracting, and the Starbucks that’s right there allows for an easy coffee, tea, or snack should the desire strike. Also, if the weather outside is dour, and you don’t want to stay up in your room, heading downstairs to the lobby provides a welcome change of scenery and energy without requiring too much of you. For the vacationer who really needs a break from the daily grind, a book and a lush and welcoming hotel lobby can feel like the ultimate luxury.

Come for the sights, the food, wine, and fun, but don’t neglect to pause and rejuvenate. If you’re looking forward to reading on your trip to Niagara Falls, these three places can all facilitate the sweet immersion into another world that reading provides.

Holiday Cooking in Canada

image001If you’re headed to Niagara during the holiday season, you’ll notice that many of our restaurants offer fare in keeping with the season. While some of what you find is quite similar to the traditional holiday foods found throughout North America and much of the Westernized world, if you look a little closer, here and there, you’ll spy a pastry, dish, or dessert that’s a bit unusual. Here is a brief look at some aspects of what it means to cook and eat like Canadian around the holidays.


A much-beloved spiced meat pie, this French-Canadian treat was originally made with passenger pigeon meat, but since they were hunted to extinction, the pie is now made with finely diced meat that may include veal, pork, or beef, although many traditionalists also like to include some form of wild game to give it some of its original flavor. For those living along the coast, it may also include salmon or another type of fish. The spices can vary but often include savory, cloves, nutmeg, dried mustard, and the like. Tourtiere is traditionally served on Christmas Eve and is a must for any reveillon — the French term for a long dinner that precedes holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day. These long dinners usher in the holy day with a meal that’s so lengthy it often lasts until midnight.

Buche de Noel

Another classic Canadian holiday treat of the French-Canadian variety, a Buche de Noel is a yule log cake that, for many throughout Niagara, symbolizes the holiday season like no other. Shaped and decorated to resemble a log, this Christmas cake is usually a yellow sponge cake topped with chocolate buttercream, but any variety of cake will do, since it’s the shape and look of the dessert that matters most. The icing is made to look like bark, and it is often dusted with powdered sugar to imply a snowy cover. Other decorations can include real tree branches, fresh and seasonal berries, and mushrooms that have been crafted out of meringue.


image003While eggnog is a popular drink throughout North America and around the world, Canadians like it best when it’s the real thing. In other words, homemade eggnog in Canada is made with raw eggs and real cream. While there is some danger in consuming raw eggs, if the eggs have been treated correctly, the nog kept at a safe temperature, and the mixture tempered with rum, brandy, or whiskey, the only danger you’re likely to find is in not having enough to go around.

Roasted Poultry

Like almost every other Christmas holiday table, the centerpiece is a large roasted bird of some kind that has been browned to perfection, filled with a stuffing that often includes beef or sausage, and topped with creamy gravy made from the bird’s drippings. While turkey is probably the most common choice at family gatherings throughout the country, roasted goose is still a perennial favorite.

Whether you get the chance to eat a delicious holiday meal in one of Niagara’s many fantastic restaurants, or you hope to recreate some of the region’s menu for yourself back home, holiday cooking in Canada is something every Canadian looks forward to with relish.

3 Ways to Get Your Music Fix in Niagara This December

image001Whether you’re someone who goes to hear live music and musical theater on a regular basis, or you’re someone who only dives into a live music experience now and again when it’s someone else’s idea, the Niagara region provides plenty of opportunities throughout the year for music experiences of all types. Even in what some consider to be the “off-season,” world-class concerts routinely occur. If you’re planning an escape to Niagara this December, make sure you leave a little room in your schedule to feed your soul with sound. Here are three music-centered events that just might become the highlights of your December.

1. “Mary Poppins”

One of the most beloved characters, stories, and musicals of all time, a live production of “Mary Poppins” is coming to the Scotiabank Convention Centre the first and second weekends of December. Whether you’ll be in town with your children in tow or not, the story of this magical, singing, and flying nanny is too charming not to be loved by all. The musical adaptation of the movie and books has been a massive Broadway hit, garnering nine Olivier awards and seven Tony awards, one of which was Best Musical. If you loved the movie as a child, be sure to reserve tickets so you can see it come to life in front of your eyes. Shows will be December 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and there will also be matinee options on the Saturdays — the 5 and the 12 — at 2 p.m.

2. Elton Rohn

Everyone’s heard of an Elvis impersonator, but an Elton John impersonator? While it isn’t as common, the music and showmanship of Elton John is every bit as worthy of imitation as The King’s, and Ron Camilleri — the mastermind and showman behind Elton Rohn — is exemplary at it. When Elton John first burst onto the scene in the 1970s, his show was all glitz and visceral rock and roll. Ron artfully undertakes this period of the singer-songwriter’s life for a concert that feels totally authentic. Backed up by a live seven-piece band, Elton Rohn looks, feels, and sounds like the real thing. A one-night-only show, you can see Elton Rohn at the Seneca Queen Theatre on December 5 at 8 p.m.

3. Jimmy Stahl Swingin Big Band Christmas

image003Another show set to take place at the Seneca Queen Theatre, the Jimmy Stahl Swingin Big Band Christmas show offers a Sinatra-like big band experience that features some of the best musicianship in all of Canada. With Michael Vanhevel crooning at the mic, it’s a big band experience that combines the popular Christmas music, which makes it absolutely perfect for anyone looking for a holiday concert experience. The show is one-time-only, and will take place at 2 p.m. on December 19. Perfect for families, couples, or anyone who wants to sink back into the sounds of yesteryear, tickets are just $25 a person.

Give your ears a reason to love your Niagara vacation by taking in one or all of these three December music opportunities. From “Benny and the Jets” and “Chim Chim Cheree” to “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” some of your favorite songs can be heard in Niagara this holiday season.

4 Niagara Restaurants That Can’t Help But Awaken Romance

image001Whether you’re planning an autumn trip to Niagara to celebrate an anniversary or because the two of you haven’t had a free moment to spare since Memorial Day weekend, Niagara Falls is a perfect place to enjoy time with your partner and even rekindle romance. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring sights, the second-to-none wine country, or the world-class accommodations, couples have been falling in love all over again in Niagara for more than 100 years.

One key to any romantic undertaking is the sharing of a romantic meal, and in this category, too, Niagara shines. Here are four restaurants that feature some of the finest cuisine in the region and boast atmospheres of such intimacy and comfort that the reawakening of romance will feel effortless.

1. The Rainbow Room

Besides offering one of the best views of the waterfalls, The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra also offers guests a culinary experience of a lifetime. The focus is on international fare, but the ingredients are almost always local, meaning everything has been picked and prepped at peak ripeness. In addition to an exciting menu and local bounty, the kitchen is one of the most talented and inventive in all of Canada. Presentation is an art form, and the VQA wine list is the most extensive in the city. Throughout it all, you can draw near to the one you love in a dining room of exquisite and welcoming detail.

2. Windows

A concept restaurant by Jamie Kennedy, Windows also boasts an impressive view of the Falls. Showcasing French cooking at its finest, this farm-to-table restaurant is wholly committed to sustainable dining, but eco-concerns won’t enter your mind once during the meal. Award-winning food is served in a warm, contemporary dining room, where low lights, amazing food, perfectly paired wines, and excellent service combine to create an atmosphere perfectly suited to the aims of romance.

3. Casa Mia Ristorante

image003A staple of the Niagara Falls fine dining scene, Casa Mia is a family restaurant that has been serving up excellent Italian food in a rustic, upscale and hospitable environment for over 25 years. The Mollica family, under the guidance of chef and matriarch, Luciana Mollica, has made Casa Mia a destination spot for foodies, lovers of spaghetti, families and couples. For Italian food that tastes as home-cooked as it does refined, take your beloved to Casa Mia for a long evening of food and wine — two of the great Italian traditions through which love is most routinely expressed.

4. Trius Winery Restaurant

At the fine dining restaurant at Trius Winery at Hillebrand, an airy atmosphere coupled with the excellent farm-to-table food is just what two tired people need to unwind and relax. Under chef Frank Dodd, this small dining establishment has managed to consistently offer top-notch meals where the ingredients—almost all of which are sourced locally—are allowed to truly shine. Whether you settle in for a meal of Ontario lamb or decadent Atlantic scallops, you can trust that the food, service, and Trius wine won’t miss a step, allowing you and your love to concentrate your attention on the remarkable experience and one another.

Reawaken romance with a trip to Niagara and a meal or two at one — or all — of these excellent area restaurants.


Spotlight on St. David’s Bench Wines

image001Less than five miles to the south of Lake Ontario and just above the Lake Iroquois Plain sits St. David’s Bench, a geographical formation carved out by glaciers when the Niagara Escarpment was formed. Marked by a steep ridge that gathers the cooling Lake Ontario breezes and circulates them back across the plains, the St. David’s Bench is one of the many sub-appellations unique to the Niagara Peninsula. Notable for its vastly varied topography, along with the fact that most of its slopes face north, the bench is just one more reason why Niagara wines bear such a wide variety of characteristics.

For any lover of fine wines — especially one planning to visit Niagara — the question of what makes a particular region’s wine stand out from another’s is a topic of never-ending discussion. Here is a brief foray into that conversation, with a spotlight trained on the St. David’s Bench wines.


As with every Niagara Peninsula wine, the terroir of St. David’s Bench is quite unique. The elevation of the bench ranges from 350 to 500 feet above sea level, which makes it one of the higher elevation sub-appellations in Niagara. While that higher elevation could make for a harsher climate, the bluffs there, combined with the planting of most vineyards on north-facing slopes, provide plenty of shelter.

The area is crossed by numerous shallow streams, and spring sees plenty of flooding. The soil is spread across a bedrock of sandstone, and while it’s mostly clay, and, therefore, holds in plenty of moisture, it drains well enough so that the vines have an easy time of growing throughout the warmer months. Still, the vineyards of St. David’s Bench do enjoy cooler temperatures than most other appellations — especially late in the growing season when the grapes are ripening. A warmer and earlier spring is met eventually with the cooler ripening. It makes for grapes capable of producing more mature, round, and sophisticated wines.

The Wineries

image003Of course, all the specifics of a region’s terroir matter little if there aren’t winemakers and growers to work their magic in the midst of it. St. David’s Bench is such a small appellation that it has just a handful of wineries. Here is a brief look at a few of them:

  • Chateau des Charmes. This excellent winery was among the first in the entire region to plant its vineyards in vinifera grapes — just one of the reasons it is often credited with being part of what helped transform Niagara’s wine reputation around the world.
  • Niagara College Teaching Winery. More than just the area’s premier wine teaching school, the Niagara College Teaching Winery also produces some of the area’s finest wines.
  • Colaneri Estate Winery. A beautiful winery, their tasting room is situated so visitors can look into the heart of their winemaking production while the work is underway.
  • Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. If you like your world-class wine served up with a side of world-class architecture, a visit to Ravine is in order. Their wine-tasting center sits in the Georgian Woodruff House, a 200-year-old home that is one of Canada’s most prized and architecturally significant buildings.

Dive into Niagara wine, one sub-appellation at a time. As this closer look at St. David’s Bench shows, even the smallest spots are capable of noteworthy things.

Great Autumn Hikes Around Niagara That Anyone Can Enjoy

image001While Niagara enjoys a stellar reputation for its natural wonders — namely, it’s waterfalls — not nearly enough people know about or take advantage of its excellent hiking, which is a shame. From city parks and conservation areas to Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, there are stunning options for nearly every skill, age, and fitness level. Add to the wealth of options, the fall foliage, and spending some time in Niagara for the express purpose of getting outdoors and moving your body just may start to shape up as one of the best vacation ideas you’ve ever had. Here are just a handful of the many wonderful autumn hiking options that abound in Niagara.

1. Burgoyne Woods Trail

Perfect for beginners or people for whom traditional mobility can be a challenge, Burgoyne Woods is a 49-hectare park located in the southern part of St. Catharines. With a paved front loop that’s wheelchair accessible, the back loop is surfaced with everything from woods chips and tar to simple, exposed earth. There is some steepness to the back portion of the woods that will get your heart rate up, but even if you aren’t as fit as you once were, breathing hard will do nothing to distract you from the changing colors of the trees.

2. Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

image003Located in the Great Gorge, the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is where you can take a more rugged hike that’s still only two and a half miles long. Follow the stairs into a beautiful bit of unsullied Carolinian Forest that’s stunning any time of year — but especially in autumn. The elevation change of this small trail is substantial—200 feet—and you’ll need to wear rugged shoes to traverse it without fear, but it’s worth it: The forest is altogether camera-worthy.

3. Woodend Conservation Area

This 45-hectare conservation area is just outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Plenty of hiking trails weave in and out of its mostly Carolinian Forest, including trees like the sugar maple, black cherry, and black oak. The trails throughout Woodend also afford hikers the opportunity to step out into meadows where they can take in impressive views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. When the foliage is at its peak, these more open views of the landscape can be breathtaking. Woodend is also a great site for bird watching, so be sure to pack your binoculars.

4. White Water Walk

While you’ll have to pay to have this particular hiking experience, it’s especially well-suited to small children, folks who don’t do well on uneven ground, and anyone for whom a true hike isn’t an option. The White Water Walk lets you wander along a quarter-mile boardwalk that’s been built above a stretch of the ever-churning Niagara River. To access the walk, purchase a ticket. From there, you’ll take an elevator down to a tunnel. The boardwalk sits atop Class 6 rapids that are some of the fastest moving and largest in all of North America. It provides a great view of the Niagara Gorge, and you’ll also get a great chance to see the changing trees that line the rocky cliffs along the river.

Autumn hiking in Niagara is fantastic. Whether you’re young or old, fit or frail, get outside and take in the foliage this fall.

3 Reasons to Head to Niagara’s Wine Country This November

image001For anyone who loves wine, every day is a perfect day to visit Niagara’s wine country. The landscape is always lush and nearly without equal. The tours and tasting rooms are top-notch, and the wine — well, the wine is internationally renowned, so you know it’s always going to be worth your time. That being said, Niagara’s wineries also do an excellent job of curating a wide variety of events for oenophiles of all persuasions. For the November visitor to Niagara, here are three of those events.

1. Fabulicious

Fabulicious is a wine- and food-centered event that takes place twice a year — once during the dark and cold of February and once during the crisp and cooling month of November. This year’s November event is slated to take place between November 12 and November 19, and it will involve over 15 excellent restaurants in quaint and endearing Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy specialty, prix fixe, three-course menus at discount prices at some of the Niagara region’s most prized farm-to-table restaurants. Both lunch and dinner are offered at most of the participating restaurants. Lunch is only $25, and dinner is just $35. While you’ll have to pay for wine on top of those fees, the reduced rates, plus the excellent wine pairings available are more than worth it. Especially if you love exceptional food complemented by world-class wine, come to Fabulicious in November, and get your fill of both.

2. Savour the Sights

A dinner experience offered by Jackson-Triggs winery, Savour the Sights is a night of near-hedonistic delights. Enjoy five courses of the best cuisine in the region, painstakingly prepared from the bounty of local farms. Each course is paired with an award-winning wine from Jackson-Triggs, and each course takes place in a different location of the winery. A progressive dinner that could only happen in Niagara, the entire evening and meal take place on-site at Jackson-Triggs for just $135 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on November 14. Get reservations and tickets ahead of time, as the number of people who can experience the night is limited.

3. Annual Nouveau Release Party at Reif Estate

image003If you’re up for a night of eating and drinking that’s a little more casual but no less Niagara-flavored, take part in the Reif Estate Winery’s Annual Nouveau Release Party, held this year from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 19. A tradition that never fails to excite, this year’s party will feature Reif Estates’ Gamay Nouveau and Kerner Nouveau.

Just like they do in the Beaujolais region of France, Reif Estates sets aside the third Thursday of each November to pop open the delightful, young Nouveaus — those bright, bold wines that are traditionally drunk in the same year their grapes were harvested after being fermented for just a few weeks. For just $25, you’ll not only enjoy fresh and delicious wine, but also oysters, local charcuterie, and local, artisanal cheese.

So, come to Niagara during the month of November. Whether you want the first fruits of this year’s harvest or a feast fit for a king, the region will be bursting with wine-centered opportunities.

4 Reasons October Is the Perfect Month for Your Niagara Falls Vacation

image001It’s not uncommon for people from all over the world to get an itch to visit Niagara Falls. For over 100 years now, it’s been one of the world’s most popular destinations. While most visitors make their way to the falls and surrounding area during the balmy summer months, autumn has an appeal that’s hard to deny. From the thinned out crowds to the fantastic foliage, here are four reasons October is the perfect month to take your Niagara Falls vacation.

1. Hornblower Niagara Cruises Still Operates

One reason people are often more inclined to visit the area during the height of the tourist season is due to the fact that all the fun rides and attractions are going full-tilt. While October does see some reduction in hours and entertainment, for the most part, the fun is still accessible. In particular, Hornblower Niagara Cruises is still in operation during the month of October. There is simply no better way to get up close and personal with Niagara Falls than through this remarkable boat ride. If you want to experience the power and splendor of the falls while getting doused with spray and deafened with what sounds like thunder, you can do it just as easily in October as you can in July.

2. The Crowds Are Gone

Some people genuinely enjoy the thrill of a crowd, but if you aren’t one of them, planning an October trip is a perfect way to see the Falls without triggering your agoraphobia. Reservations at the area’s finest restaurants are easier to get. Tickets to shows are more readily had. Just strolling around town or gazing at the Falls is more easily accomplished when the happy glut of visitors has mostly gone home. It’s true that the summertime crowds can feel electric thanks to the energy and cosmopolitan nature of the thousands upon thousands who show up to experience the place. If you don’t need that sort of electricity, however, October’s slower and less-peopled pace is ideal.

3. The Weather Is Amazing

image003It’s not as if it ever gets really hot in Niagara Falls. The weather’s remarkable mildness is one of the reasons the grapes produced along the Niagara Peninsula produce such excellent wines. That being said, the autumn weather is often perfect. The sweet chill in the air can often be taken care of with little more than an extra windbreaker or sweatshirt during the mornings or evenings. It can rain a bit, so you’ll want to bring an umbrella and galoshes, but overall, fall in Niagara Falls usually includes plenty of sun.

4. The Fall Foliage

The Niagara region is a very fertile place, and the autumn highlights the ways the changing seasons affect it remarkably. Whether you love to hike or you love driving around the countryside, taking Niagara in during the month of October is often a feast of autumn color that can rival New England. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera.

So, plan your vacation for the Niagara region during the month of October. As these four reasons more than show, it’s the perfect time to visit.

A Few Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Oktoberfest in Niagara

image001One of the world’s most beloved and imitated festivals, Munich, Germany’s Oktoberfest pulls in millions of visitors from around the world each October to celebrate Bavarian culture —especially its beer and food. While many cities and regions boast lively Oktoberfest celebrations, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the festival in the Niagara region.

From the actual Oktoberfest hosted by the Niagara Brewing Company to the opportunity to take in some of the region’s craft beers in person during the month of October, here are a handful of reasons to plan a visit to Niagara in celebration of Bavarian culture — or at least of beer — by way of Canada.

Niagara Brewing Company Oktoberfest

A brewing company that aims to craft beers that are in keeping with Canada’s rich history and heritage of beer brewing, Niagara Brewing Company is hosting a true Oktoberfest celebration the first weekend of October. The event takes place on October 2 and will allow beer lovers to meet and mingle with Niagara Brewing Company brewmaster, Gord Slater. Enjoy specialty Bavarian beer offerings and amazing food pairings throughout the day.

Harvest Halton

On October 4 in Milton, you can take in a spectacular farm to restaurant experience that will rival any Oktoberfest in Milton’s Heritage Park. Harvest-centered dishes crafted from local farms by award-winning chefs will be paired with amazing beers and wines. Guests can also enjoy live, local music, opportunities to meet some of the region’s farmers, and an artisanal market as well. One of the greatest parts about the Harvest Halton isn’t just the feast for the senses it provides, it’s that it also gives guests a great chance to familiarize themselves with the many microbreweries, growers, and chefs who make the harvest celebration so much fun.

The NC Teaching Brewery

The Niagara College Teaching Brewery is one of the crown jewels of the region’s craft brew and beer making scene. They offer over 600 credit-hour courses, general interest courses, and vocational courses, as well as seminars and programs geared toward anyone who wants to learn more about brewing or start a career in it. Take a tour of either campus — they have one in Niagara-on-the-Lake and one in Welland. Bone up on your beer knowledge and gain appreciation for the hard work and knowledge that goes into each beer you drink during October and the rest of the year.

The Silversmith Brewing Company

image003Silversmith Brewing Company is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and they offer a fantastic guided tour for $20 for anyone who wants to learn more about their take on the crafting of excellent beer. Home to some pretty stellar and award-winning beers, you can have your own mini-Oktoberfest at Silversmith any time you want to throughout the month of October and beyond.

Just call ahead and make your reservation for either Saturday or Sunday at 11:15 a.m., noon, or 12:45 p.m. A knowledgeable tour guide will take you and your party around their operation, enlightening you and answering questions, and at the end of it all, they will give you beer. Located in an old and restored church, a visit to Silversmith feels a little holy — which is exactly how Oktoberfest should feel. They’ve also got a little restaurant on-site, so you can get your fill of food when you visit as well.

Don’t head to Germany during the month of October. Instead, make your Oktoberfest in Niagara where the food and the beer are second-to-none.

Get Ready for the Niagara Falls International Marathon (or at least the 5k)

image001Believe it or not, running in the Niagara region, especially as summer winds down into fall, is one of the greatest pleasures of area runners’ lives, and much of that pleasure has to do with the changing look and feel of the place. As autumn emerges, the summer foliage starts its deepening into darker, less vibrant greens. Subtle hints of gold, amber, and red begin to show themselves here and there in the many species of trees and bushes.

The weather begins to cool, and the crisp air makes breathing in and out on a morning run feel so much more invigorating than when the heat was at its fullest. As the days shorten, it’s easier to head out for sunrise and sunset runs without losing too much sleep as well. Throughout it all, September and October continue to showcase the countryside’s luscious landscape. From the vineyards and waterways to the famed trails in and around St. Catharines, if you’re a runner, it’s the perfect time to plan a visit to Niagara.

The Marathon

Maybe the great weather and amazing foliage is why the Niagara Falls International Marathon is held every October. Much more than just a race, the whole weekend is full of fun, as well as some learning opportunities. Here is a look at some of what the weekend will hold if you’re looking to run a marathon — or at least a 5K — toward the end of October.

Friday, October 23

Starting at 1 p.m. at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, a Health and Fitness Expo will get underway that will last until 7 p.m. During the Expo, runners registered to participate in any of the Niagara Falls International Marathon races can stop by and pick up their numbers and race packets. New registrants can also sign up. Over 20,000 people — runners, volunteers, walkers, visitors, and community members — usually attend the free Expo, where booths, product demonstrations, and exhibits abound — all centered on the theme of running, health, and fitness.

Saturday, October 24

image003One of the many highlights that occur the day before every Niagara Falls International Marathon race day is the Running Room International Breakfast Run that takes place at 8:30 a.m. A free and friendly run, it’s a perfect opportunity to meet racers and runners who are in town to race from all over the world. You’re encouraged to bring a flag that’s representative of the country, province, or state from which you hail. After the run, runners are all invited to take in a complimentary breakfast at the Niagara Falls’ Planet Hollywood. If you happened to miss out on the Expo the day before, its doors will be open once again on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 25 — Race Day!

The highlight of race day is, of course, the running. Whether you plan on participating or spectating, it’s a jovial and friendly time that includes people from all over the globe. Here are just some of the race categories offered:

  • Full marathon
  • Schools marathon challenge
  • 10K
  • 5K
  • Half-marathon wheelchair
  • And more!

Come to Niagara for one of the most enjoyable international events of the year. Whether you run or cheer, the Niagara Falls International Marathon showcases the best of being in Niagara.

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