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Celebrate Canada! Niagara Falls


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July 1st is Canada Day!

I have a love affair with Canada because it was the first country I visited after I received my passport in 2016. In fact, I’ve visited Canada four times in the past two years, and I still do not have a stamp in my passport! Technically my first stamp is from the Bahamas.

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July 1st is a national holiday in Canada that celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act. Celebrations take place throughout the country, and many refer to this day as Canada’s Birthday. If you is your Marg correctly, that means Canada is celebrating its 1590th birthday! All year, Canada’s’ national parks have been free to visit.

There are many places to celebrate Canada Day such as Vancouver, Montreal, but the Niagara area is one of my favorite places to celebrate all things Canadian!

Hint: If driving from New York, check to see what the wait times are to cross the border. More often than not, I’ve found out that it is better to cross the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge rather than the Rainbow Bridge.

Niagara Falls

There is so much to do in the Niagara Falls area; I’m not talking about the casinos, shopping, and food, but the nature, beauty, and wonder of Niagara Falls.

Of course, you need to see the Falls. There are many ways to experience the falls: riding the Hornblower, walking on the Journey Behind the Falls, or having a bird’s eye view from Skylon Tower

All attractions do cost a nominal fee, and if you have only had one attraction that you have enough time to visit, I suggest going on the Hornblower. The Hornblower is like no other attraction (well it is very similar to America’s Maid of the Mist on the New York Side) in the Niagara area. For some reason, I was very excited to receive my complimentary poncho to wear on the boat. The poncho to me signified that we were going to get extremely close to the falls and we were going to get wet!

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So excited for my red poncho on the Hornblower!

My second favorite way to see the falls was walking through Journey Behind the Falls. This unique attraction gives visitors a way to walk through the tunnels and pop out very close to the Falls. You will get wet on the observation deck (but you get another poncho!), and you can view the Hornblower get super close to the falls.

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The Hornblower with a rainbow

Finally, Skylon Tower is an excellent way to see the falls. If you love to have a 360 view of an area, make sure you visit this unique feature of Niagara. One can reserve a table at the Revolving Dining Room, the Summit Suite Buffet or go straight to the top to soak in the views. Fortunately, one of our hotels gave us complimentary tickets to see this attraction, so we did not need to pay the $15 per head to experience this wonder.

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View of the Falls from Skylon Tower

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Rainbow from Skylon Tower

Moving away from the falls and towards Niagara on the Lake are a couple of different activities for the family to enjoy. One of the most peaceful areas to experience the natural beauty of Canada was on Niagara’s White Water Walk. This attraction is a boardwalk where visitors can see how the Great Gorge was created. Walking on the edge of the river, guests can watch the raging white water pass right by them. This attraction is wheelchair accessible except for two areas which are reached by stairs.

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Me chilling by some rapids

Further down the road is the Niagara Aero Car! This car began operation in 1916 and suspends from six sturdy cables. Guests will receive 360-degree views of the rapids because when the trip makes the halfway point, everyone walks in a circle so they can see the other side. This attraction is not wheelchair accessible, nor do I suggest getting in the car if one has mobility issues because one will need to walk in a circle with up to 34 other passengers.

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Can you believe we got on this thing!

Niagara on the Lake

As much as I love Niagara Falls and all the outdoor activities one can do in this area, I adore Niagara on the Lake. This town is about a 30-minute drive from the Niagara Falls City Center and is wine country for this region.

Anytime I go to Niagara on the Lake; I look up which wineries have Icewine. Even though it seems like most Canadians do not enjoy Icewine, I love it. Icewine is a dessert wine that is produced from grapes that froze on the vine for 72 hours. At the 72 hour mark, usually in the middle of the night, the workers in the winery go out and pick the grapes. During this process, the sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, which produces a concentrated, sweet wine.

My favorite wineries are Inniskillin and Jackson Triggs. These were the two wineries that we initially visited because we were given free vouchers from our hotel. The vineyard is in excellent shape, and the winery tour was great. We walked all over the winery and were able to try different wines in the different rooms – including the cellar! Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs are sister companies, and Inniskillin also has a just Icewine tour for $15 CAD.

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I adore Icewine.

I always make sure to try another winery or two while in town, but for some reason, I’m always drawn to my two firsts. Icewine is also made with the different variety of grapes; my favorite is the Cabernet Franc and the Sparkling Franc Icewine.

Fun Fact: if you stay longer than 48 hours Canada each person in your party can bring two bottles of wine back to the United States Duty-Free.

Niagara on the Lake also has a great downtown area for shopping, food, and fun. We usually spend a couple of hours walking around shopping and enjoying the weather. I highly suggest stopping by COWS on Queen Street and grab a quick ice cream cone.

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12 Comments

  1. Denise Brownell

    June 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I am a Canadian who has never been to Niagara Falls! Canada has so many great places to visit…..it’s hard to get them all in. The Rocky Mountains are breathtaking, but my heart is in the east Coast, possibly I’m a biased Nova Scotian. But the Cabot Trail is also beautiful, and I just visited Newfoundland for the first time this month. I have yet to see Come From Away on Broadway, but as beautiful as the surroundings are, it’s the people that really make Newfoundland welcoming🙂

  2. Raine C. S.

    June 27, 2017 at 7:41 am

    It’s a big year for Canada as it’s the 150th Birthday of our country. The celebrations are going to be extra fun this year. I’ve never spent Canada Day in the Falls before, but I have been there plenty of times visiting. It’s always a lot of fun. I like the butterfly conservatory and, call me cheesy, but I really like Madam Tussauds! I also love Niagara on the Lake. Beautiful! I’m going to admit it, I actually love Inniskillin Ice Wine. I’m not sure if they still do it or not, but, we used to like to take the train from Toronto to Niagara Falls. They would make you transfer onto a special train in Orangeville, and the special train had panorama windows for amazing views. They also had a “game car”, where they would have casino workers there teaching you how to play the different casino games. It was a really fun experience!

  3. leslie

    June 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

    So Cool! Niagra Falls is definitely on my list of places to visit!

    1. mlindsly

      June 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      You should try going in May! I went in May and August and May was way less crowded.

  4. Tracy

    June 28, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Those shots of the falls are so beautiful! I have always wanted to see the falls! I feel like I was there with you through your pictures.

    1. mlindsly

      June 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks! Most of those were taken wen a canon rebel or my go pro.

  5. Brooke

    June 28, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Super cool, new bucketlist addition!

    1. mlindsly

      June 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      It was on my list too 🙂

  6. Sveva

    June 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Yea..!! Happy Canada Day! July 4th is coming us for us soon 🙂

    1. mlindsly

      June 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      I am actually from New Orleans and preparing my July Fourth post!

  7. Ying- NavigatingAdulthood

    June 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    This was so neat- I’ve been to Niagara Falls from the US side. I’ve never seen it from the Canadian side before- Happy Canada day!

  8. Bistra | The Magic of Traveling

    June 30, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Niagara Falls are just amazing! I want to visit from the Canadian side.

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