source: Modern Mechanix
Avalon 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.
The massive water park resort is a half million square-foot, four story, log sided family indoor waterpark resort. It will feature over 400 guest rooms with a choice of ten suites configurations including including unique layouts such as a Grizzly Bear Suite which can sleep up to 8, a Loft Fireplace Suite, and children’s themed suites which include a Wolf Den, Kid Cabin and Kid Kamp, complete wiih cozy private ‘room-within-a-room’ for children.
In the center of the Great Wolf Lodge, behind the main entrance, the windows overlook the main attraction, Bear Track Landing” a colossal, 90-foot tall, indoor waterpark complex measuring at over 100,000 square-feet. A twelve level treehouse water-fort interconnected with suspension bridges, cargo nets, web crawls with over sixty water effects standing at the park’s entrance. A 4,000 litre (1,000-gallon) tipping bucket suspended at the top offers guests a thrilling introduction to one of the world’s largest indoor waterpark resorts, while the Rocket Watercoaster Ride ‘ one of only four in the world ‘ and the Mammoth Raft Ride ‘ the world’s largest tunnel family raft ride ‘ takes guests for the water rides of their lives!
Completely under the roof, the waterpark features 13 waterslides, ranging in size from kiddie slides to fast-paced tube slides that wind in and out of the indoor waterpark, a massive indoor wave pool, recreation pool, lazy river and a zero-depth entry pool for even the youngest water-fans.
Other amenities include the Northern Lights’ Arcade, a 6,000 square-foot arcade; Iron Horse’ Fitness Room; and Cub Club’ ‘ the children’s frequent guest club.
Guests and the general public can also enjoy five fully-licensed, themed restaurants; Pizza Hut Express; Bear Claw Cafe confectionery; Buckhorn Exchange, gift emporium, Elements, an Aveda Concept Spa; and close to 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including a tiered, audio/visual symposium.
Address: 3950 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M8
The chain of lakes and rivers used by early North American explorers and Canadian fur traders has evolved into the unique and efficient water transportation route, the St. Lawrence Seaway. Before the potential of these inland waters could be fully realized, several turbulent sections located at key points had to be overcome or by-passed. The falls and rapids of the Niagara River presented the major obstacle to an uninterrupted waterway to the American heartland. Until 1829, the only route from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie included a lengthy portage around Niagara Falls from Queenston to Chippawa Creek.
To circumvent nature’s wonder, a man-made wonder was required. The Welland Canal, with its eight large locks, was built to fulfill this need. This canal system, the western section of the St. Lawrence Seaway, ranks as one of the outstanding engineering feats of the twentieth century.
The all-Canadian Welland Canal is the first segment of the modern Seaway to have been built. It connects two of the Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie) and forms an integral part of the deep waterway that allows large lakers and ocean vessels to navigate to and from the heart of North America.
The St. Lawrence Seaway is a deep waterway extending 3,700 km (2,340 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean to the head of the Great Lakes, at the heart of North America. Within the meaning of the legislation which provided for the construction and maintenance of the deep waterway, the St. Lawrence Seaway proper extends from Montreal to Lake Erie.
The Montreal/Lake Ontario section encompasses a series of 7 locks from Montreal (Quebec) to Iroquois (Ontario) enabling ships to navigate between the lower St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.
The opening of the Seaway, in April of 1959, marked the full realization of a 400 year-old dream. In the early part of the 16thcentury, Jacques Cartier, the French explorer, was turned back by the rushing waters of the Lachine Rapids, just west of what is now Montreal, and thus denied
his dream of finding the Northwest Passage and the route to the East. At various times during the intervening 300 years, canals have been dug and locks built around the natural barriers to navigation in the St. Lawrence River.
This activity was spurred on by the desire to make use of the economical transport route which the waters of the Great Lakes Basin offered for the movement of goods in and out of this area of the continent.
Travel discounts on hotels and resorts are offered to millions vacation planners in Niagara year round. Resorts such as the waterparks at Great Wolf Lodge, Americana, and the Sheraton by the Falls are just some of the hotels in near the Falls which include family attractions like water-sides and indoor pools.
There are many Niagara falls hotels to choose from. When planning your vacation to Niagara Falls Canada consider booking your hotel on Niagara reservation websites. Online room reservations account for most of the accommodation bookings in tourist destinations because its gives you the best rates. Hotels and bed n breakfasts in the Niagara Region often offer more than 15% off the normal room rates, and not just in the off season.
The Great Wolf Lodge is a vacation resort in Canada which takes family fun seriously. Visitors are greeted by talking robotic trees and animals in the foyer, children may stay in in-room wilderness cabins and the water park is awash in attractions for the whole family.
When planning your next Niagara Falls vacation consider the new exciting option in the area which include the Fallsview Casino area with the most spectacular views of the falls, the Clifton Hill tourism area where you’ll find most of the attractions and muesums, Lundy’s Lane, where many Niagara motels are, and River Road near the Niagara Parks where scenic Bed and Breakfasts overlook the Gorge.
175 feet above the falls, the Niagara Skywheel is the newest way to see the falls. Now open – Soar the skies in the a ferris wheel above Niagara Falls for the most spectacular view you will ever experience.
42 state-of-art gondolas are heated and air conditioned to allow for year-round enjoyment. Enjoy the 15 min view of the Niagara Falls in a climate controlled environment which seats six people.
Admission: Adult $9.99 Child $5.99
Location: 4946 Clifton Hill
Inside the stunning new Niagara Falls entertainment complex Niagara’s Fury begins with a capitvating family friendly pre-show that tells the story of Niagara’s monumentous creation. Then enter the circular theater to see and actually feel the sensations of Niagara’s birth in an onslaught of site and sounds.
You will be humbled by the vast magnitude of Niagara Falls’ power and beauty. Be part of nature’s fury as monstrous glaciers crash and splash around while you see and feel thunder, rain, lighting, wind, fresh water spray, and even snow! Then plunge sway, and soar toward the unforgettable moment when Niagara’s Fury and beauty is revealed in a thrilling multi sensory climax featuring amazing aerial visuals you can’t see anywhere else.
Niagara’s Fury is an world-class immersive and dramatic experience. This multi-sensory attraction allows visitors to feel and appreciate the wonder of nature in a whole new way. Be immersed in the marvelous birth of Niagara Falls and experience the amazing new Niagara’s Fury attraction at Niagara Falls Canada.
Ballots are counted and CBC has announced Niagara Falls as one of Canada’s 7 Wonders! After a passionate debate the Honeymoon Capital was ranked third in CBC’s National Poll.
Niagara Falls is joined by other Canadian locations which included Quebec City, Halifax’s Pier 21, and the Rockies among others.
A vacation to Niagara Falls, Canada can become an adventure in luxury and indulgence when checking into the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. This is the next level in luxury accommodations and some of the hottest slots in the area!
The Niagara Fallsview Casino is the ultimate in Niagara Falls casino activity. The immense 180,000 square foot gaming floor features 3000 slot machines and 150 table games. The Niagara Fallsview Casino treats guests and players to an experience that is unparalleled in other Niagara Falls hotels.
From the intricate, hand painted ceilings to the uniquely exquisite d’cor, Niagara Fallsview Casino and hotel will dazzle you with charm and fantasy that takes you back in time to the splendor and indulgence of old Europe. At the Niagara Fallsview Casino, you will tread upon marble floors beneath a hand painted ceiling and gilded chandeliers.
This world-class casino resort will spoil you, as you indulge in all the luxuries that it has to offer. Like no other gaming resort hotel, this is the perfect setting for your romantic getaways or your gaming adventures. The Fallsview Casino offers sheer decadence and luxury in a resort setting.
The signature water attraction at the Fallsview Resort, is the Hydro-Teslatron, an impressive seven minute water show which converts the rushing water of Niagara into viable electricity. This is only one of the areas that the resort outshines other Niagara Falls hotels. Amid lasers, LED displays and loudspeakers, this astounding demonstration reminds of the humbling, sheer power of water and electricity.
Of the Niagara Falls hotels, this resort raises the bar in luxury accommodation. The d’cor of the rooms is homey but steeped in luxury and elegance. Each of the 374 lavishly furnished rooms offers a spectacular view of Niagara falls and the cityscape. You will wrap yourself in elegance as you indulge yourself in the lush atmosphere of luxury accommodations that offer room service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The experience of the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is one that none of the other Niagara Falls hotels can offer.
The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is a luxurious escape with pools, health clubs, and so much more, this Niagara casino resort offers everything to spoil and pamper.
On June 8th one of the world’s most popular and enduring tourist attraction centres is about to experience a major revival, with the opening of the new Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. The
culmination of six years of planning and development, the $1 billion entertainment complex is situated on a prime site overlooking the world- renowned Horseshoe and American Falls at Niagara.
The opening date was announced at news conferences in Toronto and Niagara
Falls today by officials from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
(OLGC) and Falls Management Company (FMC).
The opening of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort reaffirms Niagara’s
position as a top level North American tourist destination,” said Duncan
Brown, Chief Executive Officer of OLGC. “Along with several new hotels and
attractions that are currently planned or under construction, the new resort
will help create thousands of new jobs in the Niagara region, and provide a
major increase in tourism revenues for the province.”
The new resort will be one of the grandest and most extensive facilities
ever to appear on the Niagara skyline.
The 2.5 million square foot complex includes a 200,000 square foot casino
offering 150 gaming tables and 3,000 slot machines; a 30-storey luxury hotel
with 368 rooms and suites; a 15,000 square foot health and fitness spa; and an
expansive shopping Galleria. The 1,500 seat Avalon Ballroom will feature the
world’s top entertainers. Patrons will have ten excellent dining venues to
choose from, to suit every palate.
“This is the largest privately-financed construction project in Canada,
and we’re very proud that it’s being completed on time and on budget,” said
Jim Dougan, President and Chief Operating Officer of FMC. “Niagara Falls has
seen a significant resurgence in tourist activity since the opening of Casino
Niagara, in 1996.
“We fully expect that Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort will truly
revitalize the community and enhance Niagara’s reputation as one of the
world’s most appealing tourism destinations.”
The project is being developed and managed by FMC, a North American
consortium of five partners, under agreement with OLGC.
Evoking a “belle epoque” theme that celebrates much of the grand history
of the Niagara Falls area, the new entertainment complex was architecturally
designed by a joint venture of Zeidler Partnership, and Bregman and Hamann
Architects. The interior design and theming of the gaming floor and hotel
lobby were created by Dougall Design Associates, which has also done the
interiors of several prominent Las Vegas casino resorts. Wood, stone and other
resources that are native to Canada are being used wherever possible, and
natural light is predominant through the extensive use of glass domes and
“Our projections indicate that Niagara Falls will attract as many as
twenty million tourist visits a year, now that the new Casino Resort is
opening,” said Ted Salci, Mayor of the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario. “In
turn, other new accommodations and attractions will give visitors more reasons
to come, and more reasons to stay longer.”
“This is, truly, an exciting time for our City and our people,” said the
The Grand Opening of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort will take place in
the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, June 8th, with an official ribbon-
cutting ceremony and other activities. The facility will open to the public on
June 10th, subject to regulatory approval.
The opening of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort will provide Niagara Falls
with two casino properties, as the existing Casino Niagara will continue to
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is an operational enterprise
of the Government of Ontario, responsible for province-wide lottery games,
commercial and charitable casinos, and the operation and management of slot
machine facilities at horse racing tracks.
Falls Management Company is a consortium of five firms which was selected
by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to operate Casino Niagara; and
to finance, design, build and operate Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.”
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“
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!
The Great Wolf Lodgein Niagara Falls is scheduled to open in spring 2006. It will be part of a destination resort that will include Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. At 82,000 sq. ft., the indoor waterpark will be among the world’s largest. In addition to the water park, the Lodge will include over 400 all-suite accommodations, a huge Northern Lights Arcade with redemption games, and an Aveda Spa.
Enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights until January 9, 2006. Festival extended one week due to overwhelming Demand _Ì The Winter Festival of Lights Board is please to announce it is extending the duration of this year’s Winter Festival of Lights until January 9, 2006 from the original end date of January 2, 2006.
With school vacations extending beyond the first week of January, the Winter Festival of Lights has received numerous requests from potential visitors hoping to enjoy both the Festival and Niagara Falls during that time. As such, the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, the 5 km route along the Niagara Parkway that hosts nearly two million lights _Ì including almost 200,000 energy-conserving L.E.D.s _Ì and over 100 lighting displays featuring the world-famous Enchantment of Disney animated displays will be illuminated until January 9, 2006.
For further information, please visit the Winter Festival of Lights website at www.WFOL.com.
-: About the Winter Festival of Lights :-
Now entering its 23rd year, the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a two-month festival which runs from November 4, 2005 to January 9, 2006. The Winter Festival of Lights is the largest winter lights festival in Canada and attracts over 1.1 million people annually. It was recently selected as a Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association.