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3 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend in Niagara Parks

Sweater weather has officially arrived in Southern Ontario and the leaves on the trees that line our 56km stretch along the Niagara River are sprinkled with hints of orange, yellow and red. Whether you’re coming home to Niagara to spend time with family and friends or looking to plan a weekend escape, here are 3 ways to celebrate the Thanksgiving long weekend in Niagara Parks:

 

1. Leave the cooking to us
Spend more time relaxing this weekend and visit one of our five Feast On certified restaurants along the Niagara Parkway. Feast On, a criteria-based program from the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, recognizes businesses committed to showcasing Ontario’s unique taste of place. By dining with Niagara Parks Culinary, you help to support the many growers, producers and craftspeople that make up the province’s strong food and agricultural sectors.

On Sunday, October 9, enjoy brunch at the picturesque Queenston Heights Restaurant. Enjoy our seasonal menu while overlooking wine country and the winding Niagara River. Reservations are recommended. Call (905) 262-4274 to reserve your spot.

If you’re looking for a traditional turkey dinner with sides of Spy Apple Sage Stuffing, Yukon Mashed Potatoes, and Harvest Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Cream, look to Elements on the Falls. Enjoy a prix-fixe Thanksgiving Dinner at the brink of Horseshoe Falls from October 8 to 10 and don’t miss the falls fireworks on Friday, Sunday and Monday evening at 10:00pm. Reservations recommended. Call (905) 354-3631 to reserve your table.

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2. Discover some fall colour
A harvest-themed display featuring pumpkins, gourds and other fall décor is now in place at the Floral Showhouse alongside the annual Reiger Begonia Show. Wander through rows of coleus, ferns, and tropicals before heading outside to view our Life on Display exhibit.

After checking out the harvest displays at the Floral Showhouse, head north along the Niagara Parkway to visit White Water Walk and our 100-year-old Whirlpool Aero Car. Stroll along the wooden boardwalk at the edge of the Niagara River at White Water Walk then soar over the whirlpool and enjoy a panoramic view of the gorge aboard the Whirlpool Aero Car. Check out these vantage points before it’s too late – both of these attractions close for the season on November 6.

Plan your adventure and learn more about our passes here.

 

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3. Reconnect with nature
Niagara Parks features 15km of hiking footpaths through six different nature areas, one 56-km paved Niagara River Recreation Trail, and also maintains a section of the Bruce Trail.

Explore the north end of the Niagara Parkway and hike the rugged trails that wind through the Niagara Glen. Located deep in the Niagara Gorge, stairways lead to 4km of rugged paths that wind through this pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past prehistoric geological formations, wild flora and fauna. The Niagara Glen overlooks the rapid teal-coloured waters of the Niagara River and the Niagara River Whirlpool.

Niagara Parks also offers superior cycling for all ages on our 53km Niagara River Recreation Trail. As part of larger trail systems that includes the Trans Canada Trail, the Waterfront Trail, the Greater Niagara Circle Route and the Greenbelt Route, the Niagara River Recreational Trail borders the winding Niagara River and is divided into four picturesque sections. Pack a picnic and stop at any of the look-out spots along the river for lunch.

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Something For Everyone This Long Weekend!

It’s the holiday season…again? Well, not in the traditional sense, but the combination of Valentine’s and Family Day this coming weekend means we at Niagara Parks are gearing up to welcome both families and couples looking for a mid-winter escape!

Family Day may still feel new, as far as Civic Holidays are concerned, but it gives some much needed respite from the doldrums of February. After all, why not celebrate a long weekend at a time of the year when usually only the weeks feel long!

Of course, for many families this introduces a different problem: finding affordable, family-friendly activities that keep both kids and parents entertained. We Are the Insects is a travelling exhibit from the Montreal Insectarium, now on display at our Butterfly Conservatory from February 6 to March 28, and it aims to do just that.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of unique and exotic insect specimens in both mounted and live form. Get up close with giant cockroaches, praying mantis and colourful beetles while learning about the important role that insects play in our ecosystem and how their advantages and adaptations have allowed them to thrive. Entrance to this exhibit is complimentary with your Butterfly Conservatory admission. Bundle your ticket with our Wonder Pass and save on other top seasonal attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and WEGO bus transportation! Special Note: As a reminder, the tropical climate of the Butterfly Conservatory is an awesome escape from the previously mentioned doldrums of winter.

So that’s bugs, but what about couples and love-birds, you ask?

Niagara Falls has a well-earned reputation as one of the most romantic locations on earth. The brink of the Horseshoe Falls has played host to countless proposals and charming evening strolls making it an obvious Valentine’s Day destination for tourists and locals alike. With this in mind, our chefs at Elements On The Falls Restaurant at our Table Rock Centre have crafted a spectacular Valentine’s Day Menu that will be sure to impress that special someone. Enjoy an exclusive three-course dinner with your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert along with the closest view of the Falls. See the full menu here, and call (905) 354-3631 to make your reservation. This limited time menu is available from February 12 to 14.

So your dinner is planned, but there is one more essential component to any Valentine’s Day celebration, flowers! Check out the Spring Show at the Floral Showhouse, and annual favourite of both gardening enthusiasts and those just looking to welcome the spring season a little early in a picturesque setting. Admission is just $5 for adults (and Wonder Pass holders save 20%) and can be paid at the door. We hope to welcome you for a weekend of fun, romance and culinary delights February 12 to 14 at Niagara Parks!

Niagara Parks 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays quickly approaching, we’d like to help you check a few more items off your wish lists with our 2015 Gift Guide. Give your loved ones the gift of Niagara Parks and create lasting memories together throughout the new year.

For the Adventure-Seeker

Discover the wonder of the Niagara Falls with our 2015/2016 Wonder Pass! Save over 55% on our top attractions Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory in the fall, winter and early spring season. You’ll also receive two days on the WEGO transportation service, a hop-on, hop-off system connecting Niagara Parks attractions with Niagara Falls hotels. Wonder Passes are valid for use before April 30, 2016. Purchase Wonder Passes online here.

For the Golfer

Do you have an avid golfer to buy for this year? Niagara Parks Golf Courses, Legends on the Niagara and Whirlpool Golf Course, are conveniently located 1.5 hours south of Toronto. Dramatically situated next to the mighty Niagara Whirlpool or bordering the historic grounds of the 1814 Battle of Chippawa, Niagara Parks Golf Courses feature challenging designs by renowned golf architects Stanley Thompson, and Douglas Carrick and Thomas McBroom.

Niagara Parks Golf eGift Cards make the perfect gift for golfers of any skill level. Ranging from $25 up to $200, gift cards can be redeemed at Legends on the Niagara or Whirlpool Golf Course towards green fees, pro shop purchases, or in the restaurant. Purchase Niagara Parks Golf eGift Cards here.

For the Foodie

Give the foodie on your list the gift of a locally sourced meal alongside the mighty Horseshoe Falls. Featuring the freshest ingredients from local farms, Ontario craft beers, and a selection of VQA wines from the vineyards of Niagara, we’re proud to be Feast ON certified by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance.

At Elements on the Falls, elevate their dining experience with a glass of VQA wine paired with a char-grilled AAA Beef Tenderloin or Canadian Baked Atlantic Salmon stuffed with velvety lobster mousse. To finish, our famous Niagara Spy Apple Barge is a popular choice with its delicate filo pastry basket filled with warm cinnamon-scented apples, French vanilla ice cream and Chantilly cream. Make this memory unforgettable with a dinner featuring the tastes of Niagara during the nightly Falls Illuminations.

To purchase gift certificates, call us directly at 1 (905) 354-3631. Niagara Parks Culinary gift certificates are not site-specific and can be used at any Niagara Parks Culinary destination.

For the Collector

Did one of your loved ones visit Niagara Parks this year? Bring back memories of their first time seeing the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls with a Christmas ornament, a framed print of the roaring Horseshoe Falls, or even a bottle of Canadian maple syrup. Purchase collectables through our online shop.

Your purchases help great things happen in Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks has operated without tax dollars since 1885 and every dollar you spend with us helps protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River. So while you’re giving the gift of Niagara Parks to your loved one, you’re also helping to preserve our beautiful parkland for generations to come.