Best Things To Do On Clifton Hill

Niagara Falls is a place that’s never short of excitement and to make sure you experience all of the most thrilling spots in the city, make sure to check out Clifton Hill. It’s known as Niagara’s Street of Fun and is home to a number of incredible dining, shopping, entertainment, and accommodation destinations all located just steps from the beautiful Niagara Falls.

Niagara Premium Lager made by Niagara Brewing Company

Niagara Brewing Company

Niagara Brewing Company is the newest craft brewery to open its doors in Niagara and is located at the bottom of Clifton Hill, just a short walk away from the thundering Horseshoe Falls. This is an awesome destination where you can try a wide range of signature craft beers like the Niagara Premium Lager and Honeymoon Peach Radler, and rotating brews like the Clockwork Berliner Weisse and Marzen 150. The brewery also features a kitchen, great outdoor patio that looks out onto the the bustling Clifton Hill, and daily live entertainment.

Niagara Skywheel

A Niagara Falls attraction that the whole family can enjoy, the Niagara Skywheel is definitely worth a visit on your next getaway to the city. Whether you take a ride on the 175-foot Skywheel during the day or night, you will experience remarkable views of the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls from within comfortable temperature-controlled gondolas and can marvel at the incredible beauty of Niagara Falls from above.

Skywheel Clifton Hill

Arcades

There are a number of wonderful arcades on Clifton Hill that are worth a visit if you’re looking for a little fun and excitement. Whether you stop by Adventure City, the Great Canadian Midway, or Captain Jack’s Pirate Cove, you’ll find an impressive range of classic and new arcade games along with excellent prizes just waiting to be won.

Dining

Clifton Hill is home to a number of wonderful restaurants that are sure to suit a wide range of tastes and provide unforgettable dining experiences. If you’re looking for elegant Fallsview dining then make sure to check out the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra inside the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel or Windows by Jamie Kennedy inside the Sheraton on the Falls. Or for something a bit more casual, stop into the Rainforest Cafe at the bottom of Clifton Hill or The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro at the top, which are sure to satisfy your hunger with unique menu items and unbeatable atmosphere.

Shopping

Pick up some gifts and mementos to commemorate your stay in Niagara at one of the many amazing shops on Clifton Hill and nearby Fallsview Boulevard. Canada Trading on Clifton Hill has a great selection of Canadian and Niagara Falls merchandise, while the Great Canadian Gifts shop on Falls Avenue Resort has amazing Canada 150 merchandise and a lot of unique Niagara Falls items. A visit to the one of a kind Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store is also a must-do where you’ll find fantastic Hershey’s merchandise, fresh sweets and treats, your favourite Hershey’s candies, and the interactive and fun Wrap Happiness experience.

Visiting the Niagara Glen This Summer

Niagara Glen Nature Centre

The Niagara Glen is a beautiful natural area located deep in the Niagara Gorge that’s home to numerous trails and paths leading through Carolinian forest to incredible views of the Niagara River and rapids. With approximately four kilometres of trails to explore, the Niagara Glen is a wonderful place to get active, spend some time outdoors, and connect with the remarkable natural beauty of Niagara Falls.

And now is the perfect time to visit since Niagara Parks has just unveiled the newly revitalized Niagara Glen Nature Centre which acts as the trailhead facility for the Niagara River gorge and features new programming focused on outdoor adventure and education. The nature centre was originally built in 1923 and has a rich history that’s definitely worth exploring while visiting Niagara.

The many hikers, sightseers, cyclists, conservationists, fishermen, boulderers, and nature lovers that visit the Niagara Glen each year have made it into a renowned and beloved outdoor destination because of its beautiful native trees and plants, prehistoric rock formations, the rushing waters of the Niagara River, and much more.

The entrance to the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve and the newly reopened Nature Centre, where you can get all of the information you need on trails and hiking, are located along the Niagara Parkway in Niagara on the Lake. And make sure to check out some of the other beautiful outdoor destinations in Niagara Falls like the Niagara Whirlpool and rapids, Queen Victoria Park, Dufferin Islands, and of course the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls.

Niagara Fallsview Dining Guide

A visit to Niagara Falls isn’t complete without a Fallsview dining experience where you can taste the best food and wine that the region has to offer. And there’s a number of amazing Fallsview dining destinations to choose from to make sure that you have an unforgettable culinary experience in direct view of the marvellous Niagara Falls.

Chef Massimo Capra

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Located inside the historic Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel, The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra is a modern Italian dining experience that offers delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts to be perfectly paired with amazing wines from some of the best local and international wineries. The restaurant’s current menu features innovative dishes like the Mili-Strato Lasagna made with 87 layers of hand rolled pasta, the Potato Gnocchi served with white truffle cream, and the Maple Mustard Crusted Ontario Lamb Rack with goat cheese and yukon gold gratin. All of this can be enjoyed in a beautiful dining room that directly overlooks the magnificent Niagara Falls, making for a one of a kind dining experience you’ll never forget.

Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar

The Niagara region is brimming with farms and orchards where an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and distributed by local farmers. Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine bar celebrates and showcases these fresh local ingredients by offering guests an incredible farm-to-table dining experience in a breathtaking Fallsview setting. The restaurant’s current seasonal menu offers dishes like Ontario Lamb Shank featuring Niagara Brewing Company beer braised lamb, Wild Salmon Gravlax served with shaved red onion and caper berries, and Pan Roasted Great Lake Whitefish served with fresh seasonal vegetables.

Morton’s Grille

Morton’s Grille is Niagara’s newest Fallsview restaurant, located inside the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa. This casual and elegant dining destination offers a unique steakhouse experience in direct view of Niagara Falls. The menu showcases high-quality ingredients in delicious dishes like the AAA Canadian Beef Steak, Blackened Mahi Mahi, Cobalt Chicken Sandwich, Double Stacked Burger, and Bacon Fat Braised Ribs. And the restaurant also offers exciting dessert, wine, and bar menus where you’ll find great dishes like NY Cheesecake and Frozen Peanut Butter Pie, and drinks like the hand-crafted Niagara Passion and Margarita 2.0.

Milestone’s on the Falls located at Marriott on the Falls

Milestones on the Falls

Winner of a 2017 Diner’s Choice Award, Milestones on the Falls is a wonderful Fallsview dining experience that serves lunch and dinner in a beautiful setting overlooking the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls. Choose from great menu items like the Crispy Sweet Chili Chicken, New York Striploin, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Stacked Chicken Parmesan that you can enjoy on their own or paired with local wines or signature drinks like the Milestones Original Bellini.

Fallsview Buffet Restaurant

The Fallsview Buffet Restaurant offers guests an interactive dining experience with incredible sweeping views of Niagara Falls. Located inside the Sheraton on the Falls hotel, the Fallsview Buffet Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features live-action cooking stations where a wide range of fresh culinary delights are prepared and offered to guests. It’s a wonderful destination to gather with friends, families, and colleagues and offers a buffet experience that’s unlike any other.

Unforgettable Couples Experiences in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” and welcomes countless couples every year who come to experience a unique and romantic getaway in the city. If you’re planning on visiting Niagara with your significant other this summer, here are a few great destinations that you can check out together for an unforgettable visit that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Movie Night in the Vineyard

Trius Winery & Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hosting a Movie Night in the Vineyard from June 3rd-24th, which is the perfect place for a special date night with your loved one. Every Friday night in June, you can visit the picturesque vineyard to enjoy a glass of wine while watching great movies like The Martian, Pretty in Pink, Star Wars: Episode VII, and Spectre.

Fallsview Dinner at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Fallsview dining is one of the things Niagara Falls does best, and a dinner at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra will connect you and your loved one with a romantic culinary experience in a dining room that overlooks the spectacular Niagara Falls. With a seasonal menu that features modern Italian dishes like the Black Truffle Potato Gnocchi, Pan Seared Wild Scallops, and Organic Chicken Lambrusco, paired with award-winning wines from local Niagara wineries, it’s sure to be a world-class dining experience you both will surely savour.

Winery Tour & Tasting

Niagara is a world-famous wine-growing region and is home to a number of world-class wineries and picturesque vineyards just waiting to be experienced. An afternoon in wine country is sure to be a romantic time, with many local wineries like Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, and Peller Estates offering fantastic tours and tastings and delicious culinary creations. There are also a number of upcoming winery events that you can attend such as Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery grand opening weekend on June 9th-11th, Yes Way, Rosé at Peller Estates Winery on June 24th-25th, Decked Out at Creekside Estate Winery, and more.

Fallsview Casino Resort Show

This summer, there are a number of entertaining shows coming to Fallsview Casino Resort, which will make for a fun and unforgettable evening in the heart of Niagara Falls. Upcoming shows you can experience include Dancing Queen running June 8th-18th, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson & Rob Schneider on June 23rd and 24th, Gipsy Kings on June 30, and many more.

Taking Care of Business in Niagara Falls

There’s no denying that Niagara Falls is a wonderful destination to visit for a summer vacation with family and friends, however it also happens to be the perfect place to host and attend world-class business meetings and conferences that are both professional and fun. Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider hosting your next professional event in Niagara:

World-Class Accommodation

Niagara Falls is home to numerous hotels that offer luxurious guestrooms overlooking the magnificent American and Horseshoe Falls. The Crowne Plaza Fallsview is one such hotel, which will provide you and your delegates with elegant Fallsview accommodations right on Falls Avenue Resort. The Crowne Plaza Fallsview offers 234 guestrooms and suites, wireless internet, complimentary coffee, comfortable Deep Sleeper beds, and much more.

Team Building

There are a number of unique team building activities waiting to be experienced in Niagara Falls, including the Falls Quest, Falls Culinary Challenge, and Hershey’s Challenge, which all take place on the 3-acre Falls Avenue Resort. Choose between a high-energy adventure race, a culinary creation and wine pairing competition, and a decadent chocolate treat building challenge for an exciting experience that will get your delegates working together and having loads of fun.

Unbeatable Location

The Scotiabank Convention Centre, Crowne Plaza Fallsview, Sheraton on the Falls, and various other meeting and conference spots are located just a short walk away from the thundering Horseshoe and American Falls. They’re also very close to the city’s bustling tourist district, Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region, and a number of championship golf courses. This makes it easy to experience the best that Niagara Falls has to offer and places your meeting or conference in a truly unforgettable setting.

Meeting Space and Services

There’s a lot to be accounted for when planning a professional business meeting or conference, and bringing it all together shouldn’t have to be stressful or hard. When you plan your professional event with Canadian Niagara Hotels they’ll make the process convenient and easy, allowing you to choose from over 50 amazing meeting rooms, flexible meeting space in unique venues, well-appointed guestrooms and suites, audio visual equipment, incredible dining options, and so much more.

Places for Niagara Falls Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for ideas on how to make this May 14th special for the mothers and grandmothers in your life, then head to Niagara Falls to connect with any one of these unique experiences:

 

Floral Showhouse

Located along the Niagara Parkway, the Floral Showhouse is a beautiful location for an afternoon stroll with Mom, featuring incredible rose gardens, tropical plants, succulents, orchids, flower displays, and more. The Showhouse’s annual Hydrangea Show will also be running for the month of May, so make sure to stop by for a unique Mother’s Day afternoon in Niagara Falls.

 

Mother’s Day at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Rainbow Room By Massimo Capra

For a spectacular Fallsview dining experience this Mother’s Day, visit the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra restaurant inside the Crowne Plaza Fallsview hotel. Treat Mom to some delicious Italian cuisine made with seasonal local ingredients and amazing wine from a number of award-winning Niagara wineries in an elegant dining room that features breathtaking views of the American and Horseshoe Falls.

 

McFarland House

 

The historic McFarland House in Niagara on the Lake is hosting a special Mother’s Day afternoon tea celebration, offering freshly baked treats and traditional tea to be enjoyed in a charming and picturesque setting.

 

Skylon Tower

 

The Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls will be illuminated in pink lights on the night of May 14 in honour of Mother’s Day. Take an evening stroll down by the Falls with Mom to take in this one-of-a-kind sight along with the nightly illumination of the thundering Horseshoe and American Falls.

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.

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