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GENERAL INFORMATION

What more can one say about Niagara? It's big! It's impressive! And everyone is looking for something new and different in order to get people to come and see it AGAIN !

Recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, everyone thrills time after time to the sheer power of the pounding water as it is viewed from many perspectives-high above from one of the viewing towers or in a helicopter, beside it as you glimpse over the brink at Table Rock, or from below as you gaze up in awe from the Maid of the Mist boat cruise.

Have you discovered Niagara-on-the-Lake? At the mouth of the Niagara River, this beautifully preserved resort town is often described as a "mini Colonial Williamsburg". North America's second largest repertory theatre company, the Shaw Festival produces a series of plays each summer in three beautiful theatres. Quaint boutiques and relaxing cafés offer the visitor a relaxed pace.

If your groups want to view the Niagara Gorge from a totally different perspective, why not book them on the Niagara Falls Helicopters? This spectacular trip from the Whirlpool Rapids right over the Falls is a not-to-be-missed adventure for anyone who thought they had experienced everything the Niagara area has to offer.

The Niagara Peninsula has many world-class wineries that offer free tours and wine tastings. Lunch or dinner overlooking the vineyards is a delightful experience. And don't forget to let your groups sample some of the delicious fruits at the local country markets.

Start your tour of the Welland Canal at the lovely town of Port Dalhousie, with its waterfront park containing a beautifully restored carouseland the Port Mansion Restaurant & Theatre. The Welland Canal Lock 3 Complex provides a viewing platform as well as a museum, an information centre, gift shop and restaurant. Continue along the Canal to the town of Welland and view one of the world's largest outdoor art galleries, featuring 28 giant murals depicting Welland's heritage.

The Niagara Parkway follows the edge of the Niagara Gorge from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake and offers scenic walking paths. Or stop at Queenston Heights Park and enjoy the view from the top of the Brock Monument.

Don't forget the winter season in Niagara. Your groups will be dazzled by the spectacular Winter Festival of Lights which takes place each year from mid-November to mid-January. Thrill to four miles of lights stretched along the Niagara Parkway and the beautiful ice formations.

So you see, there is a lot more to Niagara than just the Falls!
 

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Day 1: If this is your group's first visit to Niagara, you may want to have a local guide highlight the area's major attractions. This usually includes stops at Table Rock, the Spanish Aerocar, the Whirlpool, the Floral Clock and the spectacular Butterfly Conservatory. Check-in at your hotel. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants offering spectacular views of the cataract. As the skies darken, view the popular nightly illumination of the Falls. Don't miss the lights along Niagara's Clifton Hill - especially the oddities exhibited at the amazing Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. Complete your evening at Casino Niagara, a dazzling new complex offering gambling, shopping and food services.

Day 2: Today, your group will experience the Falls from many different perspectives-by land, by water and by air (if they are adventurous enough!). First, attend a showing of the 45-minute IMAX® film, Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic. This spectacular film is not to be missed. Next door, see glass blowers create works of art at Rossi Glass. Next, your group can visit either the Minolta Tower or the Skylon Tower where they can view the Falls from above. Those who don't wish to go up the tower can enjoy the ground floor shopping arcades. After enjoying a spectacular lunch gazing over the brink of the Falls at Table Rock (where some might choose to experience the Journey Behind the Falls), take the group on the Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the base of the Falls. This is an experience which no one should miss. Continue your drive down the Niagara Parkway, making stops at the Niagara Helicopters and the Spanish Aerocar for those brave souls who wish to experience something a little more exciting. Tonight, your group will enjoy the Oh Canada Eh?! dinner show, an evening of good food and humour where Canadians poke fun at themselves.

Day 3: After breakfast, learn about the production of fine fragrances during a tour of the Perfume Factory & Museum. Sample wines at a local winery, then enjoy a backstage tour of the Shaw Festival. The more adventuresome can experience the thrill of a lifetime with a ride on the Whirlpool Jet Boats. Not for the faint of heart, these boats take groups of 40 people upstream to the Whirlpool Rapids. An unforgettable experience! After lunch, the group will attend a matinee performance at the Shaw Festival. Your farewell dinner this evening could be at the Queenston Heights Restaurant, at the elegant Oban Inn, or in a beautiful coachouse nestled on the Niagara Escarpment and overlooking the vineyards and Lake Ontario.

Day 4: After a hearty breakfast, enjoy last minute shopping at Canada One Factory Outlets. As you head for the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, stop in at the Stevensville Garden Gallery and browse through 212 acres of climate-controlled greenhouses, shops and a café. Head home with fond memories of the Niagara area.


SPECIAL EVENTS:

  • Winter Festival of Lights: featuring thousands of brightly coloured sparkling light displays, demonstrations and concerts (mid-November to mid-January)
  • Niagara Grape & Wine Festival: Includes a parade, tours and tastings, concerts, gourmet dinners and more (10-days beginning mid-September)

LOCAL DMO'S:

  • Southern Ontario Tourism Organization: Phone (519) 756-3230, Fax (519) 756-3231, Toll Free 1-800-267-3399 (U.S./Canada), Website: http://www.soto.on.ca
  • Niagara Economic & Tourism Corporation: Phone (905) 984-3626, Fax (905) 688-5907. Toll Free 1-800-263-2988, Website: www.tourismniagara.com
  • Niagara Falls, Canada Visitor & Convention Bureau: Phone (905) 356-6061, Fax (905) 356-5567. Toll Free 1-800-56-FALLS. Website:http://discoverniagara.com

ACCOMMODATIONS:

  • Comfort Inn: 2 Dunlop Drive, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 1A2. Phone (905) 687-8890, Fax (905) 687-4033

 


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