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Crowne Plaza Fallsview to Celebrate 90th Anniversary

July 1, 2019 will be a special day at the Crowne Plaza Falls.  The hotel which opened on Canada Day in 1929, will mark 90 years in business.  Over the course of history, the Crowne has seen hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world grace its doors and has hosted countless dignitaries.

The elegant hotel is a landmark on the Niagara Falls skyline, and is still considered as the grand lady of hotels, however before the Crowne Plaza there was the General Brock Hotel.   The hotel was named for Major General Sir Isaac Brock, the military commander of the British and Canadian forces.  In the early months of the War of 1812, Brock led a fierce battle along the Niagara riverside and is a key figure in Niagara’s history.  The hotel changed its name and became the Crowne Plaza in 2008 when joining the Intercontinental Hotel Group.

Since day one, the hotel has been revered for grace and refinement.  The commitment to these pillars has continued with extensive time and resources allocated to preserving, enhancing and modernizing the original elegance.  In its time, the hotel has undergone several renovations which have included the addition of 2 floors to expand what was the Fallsview Rainbow Dining Room,(now Prime Steakhouse), also the addition of the ornate Ballroom with signature crystal chandeliers, and several rounds of guestroom renovations that ensure visitors have access to the first rate amenities expected of contemporary hotels.

The hotel’s reputation and location across from the Falls has drawn the attention of numerous luminaries throughout the years. Notable guests include Walt Disney, Jimmy Stewart, Shirley Temple, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and Princess Margaret (sister of Queen Elizabeth II).  More recently, the hotel has welcomed Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Matt Dillon, Jackie Chan and was featured in the movie “The Whole Nine Yards”.   Perhaps the most notable star to stay is Marilyn Monroe, who along with co-stars Joseph Cotton and Jean Peters, called the hotel home while filming the movie “Niagara” in 1952.

To learn more about the history of the hotel, view our brochure “A Look Back in Time”  and to experience the hotel for yourself, check out our rooms or getaway packages.

See Fireworks Above Niagara Falls

The highly anticipated Niagara Falls Fireworks schedule has been revealed for 2019.  The dynamic fireworks display will light up the night sky starting May 17, 2019 with special Victoria Day and Memorial Day shows (Friday-Monday of each holiday weekend).

The series will continue on weekends (Friday-Sunday) up to June 17, at which point the firework shows will run nightly until September 2, 2019.

Fireworks displays take place at 10:00pm, and are subject to weather conditions.  There are 114 shows scheduled from May to October, so there are numerous opportunities to see the outstanding exhibition.

In addition to fireworks, guests also have the chance to see the Falls bathed in an array of colourful light every night.  The Niagara Falls illumination runs from dusk every night, year round.

See the Fireworks Display or Illumination of the Falls from the comfort of a Fallsview Room at the Crowne Plaza.

Setting the Bar for Fallsview Dining – Prime Steakhouse Rated #1 in Niagara Falls

Prime Steakhouse Niagara Falls has just set a new bar for Fallsview Dining.  The restaurant, located at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview has just celebrated its 1 year anniversary, and has done so with a prestigious recognition.  The restaurant which overlooks Niagara Falls is rated the #1 Restaurant and Steakhouse in Niagara Falls on TripAdvisor – the World’s largest online travel community with more than 600 milion unbiased traveler reviews.  The honour also establishes the restaurant as one of the top steakhouses in Canada.

The contemporary steakhouse features premium steaks, exceptional service and breathtaking views of the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls.  In addition to an inspired menu of prime cuts, the Restaurant also offers fresh seafood and classic favourites that are elevated when paired with hand-crafted cocktails and the extensive local and international wine list.

Prime is the epitome of elegance from start to finish.  From gleaming chandeliers in the hotel’s lobby to floor to ceiling picture windows in the restaurant that capture stunning views of the Falls, Prime sets a warm and romantic atmosphere.

For more information or to book a reservation please visit www.primesteakhouseniagarafalls.com

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!