Floral Clock

Between the Botanical Gardens and Queenston Heights Park stands one of the most popular sights to view in Niagara. The Floral Clock is a 12.2-m (40-ft.) diameter working clock that is one of the largest in the world.

Seeing the gardens in Niagara falls may give you some great landscaping ideas. Using over 15 thousand small plants that are placed close together, elaborate designs are created and changed twice a year. Gardeners use long ladders, placed over the clock, to trim it every two weeks to keep the intricate design.

While enjoying the annual and perennial gardens surrounding this more than 50 year-old structure, be sure to listen to the Westminster chimes that strike every 15 minutes.

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New Year’s Eve Concert

Celebrate New Years in Niagara Falls at Victoria Park with Honeymoon Suite, and Loverboy and an estimated crowd of over 30,000 at this New Year’s eve at a concert at Niagara Falls. nnNew Year’s Eve Concert sponsors also include the Fallsview, Victoria and Clifton Hill BIAs which will also be hosting New Year’s Eve celebrattions, along with the Winter Festival of Lights, Casino Niagara and the Fallsview Casino Resort.nnFor more information regarding this year’s celebration visit our updating listings for the 2008 New Years Concert at Niagara Falls

Fort George

Photo By: Robert Linsdell

Not only does Niagara’s Fort George hold historic prominence, it is also the location of some of the creepiest reported hauntings in the province of Ontario.

Located on Queen Street, on the opposing shore of the Niagara River, Fort George was completed in 1802 and was used to house the British Army as well as local militia. After 11 years the fort was partially destroyed and seized during the war of 1812 by the Americans, who used the fort as a base while invading Upper Canada. Shortly after, the battles of Beaver Dams and Stoney Creek forced the Americans to flee as the British won back their fort and began rebuilding.

Upon the war’s conclusion, British troops fled Fort George and took shelter in Butler’s Barracks and Fort Missassauga. In the 1930s, the Niagara Parks Commission rebuilt and restored Fort George into the beautiful fort that stands today. Parks Canada is responsible for maintaining the fort, especially the stone powder magazine, the only remaining section of the original fort and the oldest military structure in the province of Ontario.

Yet with such historical prowess come some of the eeriest hauntings and apparitions in the history of Ontario, many of which made famous by Kyle Upton, author of the book Niagara’s Ghosts at Fort George. The often seen apparitions from within the blockhouses include a grey-haired man behind the bunks looking outwards; a young girl with long blonde hair wearing a white night gown; a man clothed completely in white; a small hand appearing translucent, resting on the stair railing; a dark Caucasian man standing before a ground-floor window and a man pacing the upstairs floor.

If you are to look into an original gilt framed mirror, dated back to the 1790s which rests in the officer’s quarters of the fort, chances are that you might notice a beautiful young lady with long, curly hair standing behind you. Footsteps have been heard from within the halls of the officer’s quarters, doors seem to open and shut by themselves. Even the display gates have unhooked and opened up all on their own. Apparently the upper torso of a soldier’s body, patrolling the gates with his musket ready to fire can be seen on the fort’s property.

All of which contributes to the historic prominence and the eerie vibe that is Fort George.

by: Chase Kell

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Discover Niagara Parks

Photo By: Bryce Edwards

Not only is Niagara one of the world’s great natural wonders, its diverse parks and attractions make it the perfect vacation spot. No one can miss the Niagara Falls & Great Gorge attractions, featuring breathtaking vistas of the Falls. Take a walk behind the falls – feel the spray and sense the power of a trillion gallons of water. If a boat ride sounds more to your liking, climb aboard Maid of the Mist and get right in’ to the wonder that is Niagara. More of an adrenaline rush is felt in the aerocar, a cable car that gives you a bird’s-eye view.

Niagara Garden Trail is a gardener’s delight. The Floral Showhouse, Butterfly Conservatory, Floral Clock and Botanical Gardens are a treat for the senses as well as a lesson in history. Learn about the Floral Clock that changes floral varieties throughout the season, as it has for some 60+ years.

For you history buffs, the Niagara Heritage Trail, featuring Old Fort Erie, McFarland House, and the Laura Secord Homestead are great stops to learn more of Niagara heritage. Relive Miss Secord’s life and style in a restored home that was hers from 1803-1835.

The great outdoors is waiting on Niagara’s Nature Trails. A diverse set of parks, one can go birding in a favorite spot of many migratory birds, have a picnic and enjoy one of the many playgrounds or for the serious hiker, trek along the Niagara River Recreation Trail. This trail is a 58 kilometer (35 mile) paved path for non-motorized traffic, winding along the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Should 58 kilometers be too much, the trail is conveniently set up in 4 segments, to accommodate any level of hiker. Boaters will enjoy the public Niagara Marina. Slips and a boat launch area are available.

Golfers, mix your favorite past time with a great vacation – or make golf the whole vacation. Niagara has several courses, including the Legends of Niagara. Take some strokes off your handicap at the famous Jim McLean Golf School, or experience the Firing Range. Many local hotels offer play and stay packages that give you great deals and a great golfing experience, along with indoor water parks for the kids.

Niagara, it’s more than a natural wonder, it’s a wonder-filled vacation!

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Festivals

Festivals and events in the Niagara Region for theatre concerts and wineries

january

  • Niagara Ice Wine Celebration

february

  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Ice Festival Niagara
  • Maple Sugar Bush Tours

march

  • Chorus Niagara
  • Niagara Symphony

april

  • Shaw Festival Theatre

may

  • Niagara Folk Arts Festival
  • Art in the Gardens
  • Falls Fireworks and Concert Series
  • Spring Festival at the Falls
  • Spring Ghost Tours
  • Wine Country Bus Tour
  • N.O.T.L. Wine & Herb Experience

june

  • Welland Rose Festval
  • Niagara New Vintage Festival
  • PoultryFest Niagara – Smithville
  • Showboat Festival Theatre

july

  • Friendship Festival
  • Canada Day Celebrations
  • Hillebrand Estates’ Vineyard Jazz
  • International Chamber Music Festival
  • International Music Festival
  • Welland Heritage Folklore Festival
  • Annual Ribfest – St. Catharines

august

  • Canal Days, Tall Ships – Pt. Colborne
  • Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
  • Seige of Fort Erie

september

  • Wine & Food Classic
  • Niagara Food Festival
  • Niagara Wine Festival
  • Toast to Niagara

october

  • Pumpkin Festival
  • Niagara Symphony
  • Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Fest
  • Casino International Marathon

november

  • Annual Christmas Craft Show
  • Winter Festival of Lights

december

  • Ice Festival Niagara
  • Santa Claus Parade
  • Niagara Icewine Festival
  • New Years Eve in the Park