Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival

presented by Niagara Arts Showcase

This is THE place to spend the weekend enjoying an incredible array of talent in a variety of mediums of visual and musical arts from all across Ontario.

There is something for everyone.  The indoor/outdoor festival will house fine art, thought provoking and intriguing exhibitions, one of a kind works, interactive community art project, children’s art zone, juried art exhibition, Up and Coming Artists


September 15 –  17, 2017

Firemen’s Park

2275 Dorchester Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S4

Friday Evening Soiree 7pm to 11pm – $15.00

Saturday 9am to 6pm – $5 admission, kids under 12 are free

Sunday 9am to 4pm – $5 admission, kids under 12 are free

 

contact: info@niagaraartsshowcase.com

Niagara Falls New Years Eve

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016/2017 in Niagara Falls at the Concert in the Park featuring live performances by performances by High Valley, Serena Ryder and Sam Roberts Band, and local band James Blonde.

This year’s concert at Queen Victoria Park starts at 8pm, with fireworks displays at 9pm and Midnight!

Festivities at last year’s 2016 New Years in Niagara included performances at the falls by Dennis DeYoung, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies.. The annual New Year’s Eve family event in Niagara takes place at Queen Victoria Park, near the brink of the falls, and attracts over 40,000 spectators from around the world.

Admission is free. Remember to dress warm since this is an outdoor event.

WEGO shuttle service: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. every 30 minutes, 7 p.m.-3:30 a.m. every 20 minutes

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The Niagara Wine Route – Visit the Best Wineries in the Niagara Region

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The Niagara Region is not only home to a natural wonder, but also a rich agricultural area. The Niagara Escarpment is a 725 km (450 mile) long shelf/transition zone running through southern and central Ontario. In this area, the climate is moderated by Lakes Ontario and Lake Erie, with mineral-rich soils left over from the glacial era.

This unique combination of lakes and extremely fertile soil make the area a grape grower’s paradise, and home to some of the world’s most renown wineries. Because the cooler lake air flows across the region in early spring, the buds are inhibited from blooming before the last frost. The Escarpment climate is similar to that of other great wine regions in the world, such as Burgundy, the Loire Valley and New Zealand. The Niagara Region, as it is known, is home to the great vinifera grapes, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling.

These vineyards are spread over 16,000 acres and are a site to behold in late spring and early summer. Over 100 wineries make the Niagara Region their home and many tasting tours and special accommodations are available for the wine connoisseurs and everyday folks to enjoy their stay.

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Top attractions in Niagara Falls

With the 2015 Pan-Am games in Toronto in full swing, we have compiled a list of things to do in Niagara Falls which is a one hour drive to where the games are held. With countless wineries, golf courses, family attractions, and natural scenery, the Niagara Region offers an amazing day-trip getaway.

1. Play a round of golf at one of Niagara’s 48 golf courses:

“Niagara is home to 48 golf courses, creating the greatest single concentration of golf facilities in one region, anywhere in Canada. The Niagara Golf Trail features the area’s top seven courses open for public play.”
– source: www.niagaragolftrail.com

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2. Experience a tour of some of the 70 award-winning local wineries

“Niagara’s unique geography and climate has allowed for breathtaking vineyards and wineries throughout the region. From small boutique wineries, to organic wineries and even celebrity wineries, there’s a wonderful diversity to keep visitors coming back again and again.”
– source: www.tourismniagara.com

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3. Marvel at a breathtaking view of The Niagara Falls

The best view of the Falls is the Canadian side. We are fortunate to have the view of all three waterfalls! Niagara Falls is located in the Niagara Region which is a peninsula which makes us famous for our Waterfalls, beaches, escarpment, fruit farms, rolling hills and our wineries.
– via Niagara Falls Tourism

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4. Visit one of the many museum attractions in and around Niagara Falls

Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum

Home to the Louis Roy Press, oldest in Canada and one of the few original wooden presses remaining in the world.

Located in the home of the 19th Century firebrand editor William Lyon Mackenzie, The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum is Canada’s largest working printing Museum.
– via www.mackenzieprintery.org

 

Fort George

 

Located in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Fort George was the headquarters of the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812, and played a key role in the defence of Upper Canada.
– via www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca

 

Clifton Hill

Located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill offers an exciting array of attractions, resort hotels, restaurants, shops and nightclubs…providing fun experiences for everyone.
– via Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls Canada

 

5. Enjoy Niagara’s natural attractions and diverse ecosystem

 

Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, 10 minutes north of the Falls. Over 2,000 butterflies, made up of 45 different species, call this beautiful space home.
– via www.niagaraparks.com

 

The Bruce Trail

The southern terminus of the Bruce Trail is located at the stone cairn in Queenston Heights Park.  Near the famous Niagara Falls, the park is perched in the west side of a deep gorge carved over the centuries by the Niagara River.
– via The Bruce Trail Conservancy

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Discover Niagara Grown Produce

Celebrate Ontario’s harvest season with locally grown fruits and vegatables. The lands around the Niagara Escarpment make for ideal growing conditions because the diverse climate and rich soil. Here is some of what is being plucked from our farms here around the golden horseshoe.

FRUITS 

October
Apples, crabapples, cranberries, figs, grapes, pears, plums, pumpkin, quince

November
Apples, crabapples, pears, quince

December
Apples, pears (Anjou, Flemish Beauty, Bosc)

VEGETABLES

November
Amaranth, bokchoy, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (red, green and Savoy), carrots, cauliflower, chard, collards, cucumber (greenhouse), daikon, fennel,  garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce (greenhouse), mushrooms, mustard greens, Napa cabbage, green onions, onions, parsnips, red, yellow and orange sweet peppers (greenhouse, potatoes, radishes, rutabaga, snow pea shoots, bean and alfalfa sprouts, winter squash (acorn, buttercup, butternut, Hubbard, pepper, pumpkin and spaghetti) sweet potatoes.

December

Arugula(greenhouse), baby greens(greenhouse), beets, cabbage (red, green and Savoy), carrots, celery, cucumber(greenhouse), garlic, fresh herbs(greenhouse, kohlrabi, leeks, fettuce (greenhouse), mushrooms(cultivated: button, cremini, portobello, shiitake, oyster, enoki), onions, parsnips, green, yellow and red sweet peppers (greenhouse), potatoes, rutabaga, sprouts (greenhouse), winter squash (acorn, buttercup, butternut, Hubbard, pepper, pumpkin and spaghetti), sweet potatoes, tomatoes (greenhouse), turnips, watercress (greenhouse)

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Hydro Power

In 1759 Daniel Joncairs was the first to harness the power of the Falls when he built a canal above the Falls to power his sawmill. It was obvious that the Falls would be an incredible source of energy. In 1805, 2 brothers,Augustus and Peter Porter bought this area and all of American Falls from New York state government They then enlarged the original canal to provide hydraulic power for their tannery and gristmill. The Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Mining Company was chartered in 1853, they eventually constructed the canals which would be used to generate electricity. In 1881, Jacob Schoellkopf led the quest and enough power was produced to send direct current to illuminate both the Falls themselves and the Niagara Falls village.

Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse built the first hydro-electric power plant in Niagara Falls and started the electrification of the world. The Niagara Falls Power Plant was the first hydro-electric power plant in the world. This was the final victory of Tesla’s Alternating Current over Edison’s Direct Current.  In 1883, George Westinghouse was hired by the Niagara Falls Power Company, a descendant of Schoellkopf’s company, to design a system to generate alternating current. With backing from some of the wealthiest men in the area, like J.P. Morgan, John Jacob Astor IV, and the Vanderbilts, they had built huge underground conduits leading to turbines generating upwards of 100,000 horsepower (75 MW), and were sending power as far as Buffalo, twenty miles (32 km) away.

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Private companies on the Canadian side also began to harness the energy of the Falls, they employed both Canadian and American firms in their efforts. in 1906 the Government of Ontario eventually brought power transmission operations under public control, distributing Niagara’s energy to various parts of that province. Currently between 50% and 75% of the Niagara River’s flow is diverted by four large tunnels that arise far upstream from the waterfalls. The water then passes through hydroelectric turbines that supply power to nearby areas of Canada and the United States before being returned to the river some distance past the Falls.

There are three powerful hydroelectric stations on the Niagara River nowadays are Sir Adam Beck 1 and 2 on the Canadian side, and the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant and the Lewiston Pump Generating Plant on the American side. The three, together, can produce about 4.4 GW of power.

The Ontario Power Generation is currently building a new 10.4 km tunnel to get water from further up the Niagara River. It is scheduled to be completed in 2009, and will increase Sir Adam Beck’s yearly output by about 1.6 TW_h.

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Battle of the Titans – Skylon Dinosaur Attraction

Skylon - Battle of TitansTravel back 65 million years to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Visitors will be immersed in over a century’s worth of scientific research as they venture through recreations of Cretaceous habitats, witnessing the sights and sounds of this vital period in Earth’s history.

Battle of the Titans is an interactive encounter featuring authentic fossils, striking graphics, dramatic videos, living dioramas, remarkable displays, realistic background audio and stunning, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; all making you, the visitor, a part of the action.

Around every corner of the exhibit lurks a new discovery. Stumble upon a classic battle between two behemoths of that time period, the mighty T-Rex and the powerful Triceratops. See how they lived, how they died and how they shaped the earth as we now know it.

Kids – $9.95 plus taxes and fees
Adult $11.95 plus taxes and fees
2 adults and 2 Children (4-12 years) $34.95 plus taxes and fees

Hours:
Open 7 days a week everyday 9:00 am- 7:00 pm (July & August Peak time)
Jan-May Fri, Sat and Sun 9:00 – 6:00 pm,
September & October Midweek closes at 4:00 pm weekends (Fri and Sat) close at 10:00 pm
November & December open Weekends only 9:00 am-10:00 pm close early on Sundays.

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Outlet Collection at Niagara – New outlet mall near Niagara Falls

The Outlet Collection in Niagara-on-the-Lake is an expansive half-million square foot mall which opened it’s doors in spring 2014. It features over 100 brand-name boutique and luxury stores which are listed on their website. In addition to an epic shopping shopping experience, the mall currently offers events such as: Free Yoga on Sundays hosted by White Oaks Spa (until end of July), Food Truck Fridays, and live entertainment. Also be sure to visit their website for current store specials and events.

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Mall hours are from 10am to 9pm Monday through Friday, until 6pm on Sunday, and open most holidays until 6pm (closed on Christmas and Easter Sunday.)

The location of the outlet mall is easy to find just off the QEW highway at the Glendale Avenue exit.

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Niagara’s Underground Railroad

Slaves in the early 1800s understood that the North was synonymous with freedom. While many escaped slavery and journeyed to the New England states, still others sought out safety across the Canadian border. Though many wealthy European immigrants brought their slaves with them to Upper Canada, slavery was abolished much sooner there than in the United States. The Niagara border connecting the United States to Canada was an opportunity for freedom. However, this freedom was not easily obtained, and the risky journey from the plantations of the Deep South could not be accomplished without assistance. The Underground Railroad developed as a result of kind-hearted and daring residents in the Niagara region.

Most of the early participants in the Underground Railroad were Quakers. They set up a network of safe houses and transportation routes which former slaves could use to make their journey northward less perilous. These depots could be any type of dwelling or business and included farms, hotels, warehouses and churches. Murphy Orchards, a stately brick home in eastern Niagara County, New York, served as a safe house for tens of thousands of escaped slaves. A secret tunnel under the barn still stands as an example of the lengths compassionate people would go to in order to protect and assist escapees.

On the border between the United States and Canada, the town of Lewiston, New York played a key role in the Underground Railroad movement. Many escaped slaves saw this as their goal of their journey, though it often served as just a stopping point before they continued on to Canada. With the help of local participants and such noted Underground Railroad personas as Harriet Tubman, over one hundred thousand former slaves traveled into Canada in the 1800s.

Built in 1848, the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge was one route which escapees used to cross over the Canadian border. As well, they relied on the nearby Whirlpool Bridge and the ferry services which crossed the Niagara River regularly. Steamboats on the river and Lake Ontario regularly stopped at Lewiston and many sympathetic captains gladly brought escaped slaves into Canada.

Due to its natural beauty, Niagara Falls attracted a large number of visitors from across the United States. Escaped slaves would find employment as waiters, dishwashers and bellhops in tourist hotels such as the Cataract House and later, the Eagle Hotel. These brave individuals assisted other escaping slaves in their journey, even helping to ferry them across the river at night.

In the 1800s the Underground Railroad secretly flourished across the eastern side of the United States, helping slaves on their way to freedom. Because of its proximity, the Niagara region of upstate New York provided escaping slaves with the opportunity to cross the border into Canada.

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Niagara Falls Freeze – Polar Vortex

Niagara Falls WinterThe water in the Niagara River moves very fast, moving an average of 212,000 cubic feet of water per second. It’s moving far too fast and pushing way too much water to ever freeze.

In late December an ice bridge forms at the base of the falls and over portions of the lower Niagara River. The Niagara River is fed by Lake Erie which is a huge lake, but not very deep. The ice goes over the Falls and freezes to the edges and keeps building on itself until the river is covered in ice anywhere from 40 to 80 feet thick. This ice rises on a layer of air, as the water keeps flowing beneath it.

Since records have been kept, American Falls has frozen a total of six times. The flow of water over this Fall is rather small, 10,000 cubic feet per second and in the winter that is reduced to around 8,000. This amount of water is barely able to cover the rock face and during harsh winters, allows the American Falls to freeze over.

In the 1960’s an ice boom was placed at the mouth of the River and since then it has basically eliminated the possibility of the Falls freezing over.

The longest American Falls was ever frozen was 15 days, beginning on February 7th 1936. American Falls now receives about 10% of the flow of water to the Falls.

Due to the possibility of the ice bridge collapsing or moving, the public is not allowed to walk across the ice bridge. The mist formed as the water flows over the Falls freezes on contact and creates a winter wonderland of shining crystals along the shoreline.

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Casino Fallsview Concerts

Casino ConcertsAvalon Ballroom is a world class concert venue in Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls Canada. The 1,500 seat theatre has over 250 performances a year featuring the biggest headliners in the world. Some of the most recent performers include Ringo Starr, Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, Diana Ross and Il Divo. As one of Canada’s premier entertainment destinations it offers visitors to Niagara Falls an intimate and fun concert experience.

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Niagara Falls Festivals and Events

niagara falls fireworks photoNiagara Falls offers year-round entertainment at world-class venues which include Fallsview Casino Resort’s Avalon Ballroom, and The Scotiabank Convention Centre, among many others. In addition to concert performances at indoor facilities, outdoor festivals are held at all times of the year which include the famous New Year’s Eve Celebration at Victoria park, Niagara Parks Winter Festival of Lights, and the Friendship Festival Concert in Fort Erie in Summer.

Niagara Region’s Wine industry also boasts outdoor and indoor events such at the Ice Wine Festival, Grape and Wine Fest, among many other family events. A listing of local events would not be complete without mentioning Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival which runs throughout the summer and brings visitors from around the world.

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Niagara Hotels

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Photo: Fallsview Room at Embassy Suites

Niagara Falls is currently offering deals in the “off-season” at many fine resorts for your family vacation. Many hotels are within walking distance to the brink of Niagara Falls, and other attractions such at Clifton Hill muesums, Fallsview Casino, and more. Some hotel resorts even have indoor waterparks which are open year-round to offer a warm escape from the winter months. Some of the best deals for rooms are found online through various hotel booking sites. Expedia is one of the most popular travel booking engines and can usually offer the most competitive price for a hotel room in Niagara Falls.

 

To search for the best room rates available in Niagara Falls by Expedia click below:

 

 >> Expedia.com Room Rates

 

 

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Niagara Nature Reserve

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One of the most beautiful hikes along the Niagara Escarpment is found in the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. The climb to the top of Queenston Heights leads down to the bottom of the Niagara River Gorge  just a mile upstream are the Niagara Falls.

Four kilometres of trails wind through the incredible natural features of the Reserve. To make the most of your hike, purchase an interpretive trail map from the Feather in the Glen Gift Shop at Niagara Glen. Wintergreen Flat, the picnic area just off the Niagara Parkway, is where your descent begins.

The metal staircase leads you down into the gorge where you can follow well-marked, colour-coded trails through the forest. They’ll lead you to the river banks and whirlpool.

Centuries of erosion and blasting have broken rock from the walls of the Gorge, creating rocky rubble of various sizes. Natural stairways between the rocks were built with local stone. Ferns and mosses grow in the deep rocky crevices, generating cool, fresh air.

The Niagara Parks Commission leads guided nature hikes. . The Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is located on the Niagara Parkway. Take the QEW to Highway 405 and follow it to the Niagara Parkway. Go north past the Butterfly Conservatory and the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, then watch for the Niagara Glen Feather in the Glen gift shop on the left.”

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Dinosaur Adventure Mini Putt

Clifton Hill Dino Mini PuttEnjoy the excitement on top of Clifton HiIl, Niagara Falls,  surrounded by gigantic pre-historic dinosaurs and lush vegetation with your family or friends, playing miniature golf at Dinosaur Adventure Golf ! The uniquely contoured course with multi coloured greens is fun for both the novice and the experienced and the entire course can be played in about 45 minutes.

The magnificent putting greens are full of undulations, water hazards, and real sand traps. For the non golfer, the prehistoric background of dinosaurs offers view about history what it was all like in days gone by.

The Course is fun for the entire family. During or after your putting, be sure to stop by our concession stand to enjoy our great selection of drinks and ice creams too.

Dinosaur Adventure Golf is located behind the Niagara SkyWheel, with the entrance to the immediate right of the SkyWheel. Call 905-358-3676 for hours of operation, ticket prices and other helpful information.

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Beamer Conservation

At the edge of the Escarpment, north of Grimsby, Beamer Memorial Conservation Area is an ideal location for viewing the annual spring raptor migration over the Niagara Peninsula.

Birds of prey, such as, hawks, eagles, and falcons migrate in the daylight and depend a great deal on lift from the air. The unique topography of the area lends itself perfectly to aid in raptor migration. In the Escarpment’s Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, two sources provide the lift that raptors seek. Strong updrafts develop from winds off the lake which impact the Escarpment cliffs, and _Èthermals’ form when nearby farm fields warm in the sun. Weary from their long migration, which includes circumventing the lake, raptors glide almost effortlessly on the updrafts or thermals. They migrate west toward the head of the lake near Hamilton.

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The annual hawk migration is monitored by Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (link to an external site.) March 1 through May 15, members of Hawkwatch battle almost any weather to conduct daily counts and identification of birds of prey. Birders may count over 1,000 birds on a good day.

A permanent sign displays silhouettes of birds of prey in flight. During migration, a list is posted with daily and seasonal totals. The information gathered at Beamer, combined with data from other hawk-watching areas in North America and Mexico, is used to track long-term population fluctuations. Beamer Memorial C.A. was recently designated an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Along the Escarpment at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, Bruce Trail provides panoramic views of Grimsby and Lake Ontario. Four lookouts are scenic stopping points along the crest of the Escarpment. The Lookout Trail leads to incredible views, which include the 23-metre falls over the Escarpment.

To get to Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, Christie Street (Mountain Road). At the top of the Escarpment turn right on Ridge Road, go 1.6 km to Quarry Road, turn right and proceed to the parking lot.

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