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See Niagara via Ontario’s Bike Train

image001Cycling continues to grow in popularity around the world as a way to practically get around, while also experiencing a new land or culture in a one-of-a-kind way. Because it’s has a much slower pace than motorized transport, bicycling provides travelers with a unique experience of a place.

But very few people want to have to spend every minute on their bicycle when they’ve headed out to see a new part of the world. For the visitor to Niagara, who’d like to see the area on a bike without always having to be on her bike, Ontario’s Bike Train is the perfect way to explore the region.

The Initiative

Select passenger trains now have bike racks installed onboard so that anyone embarking on a cycling holiday can hop on and off the trains with greater ease. A project of a non-profit called Transportation Options, the goal of Bike Train and similar initiatives is to promote and stimulate transportation systems that are sustainable.

Over 2,500 riders have utilized the Bike Train since it started in 2007, and it has proven itself to be an economic, environmentally friendly, and flexible way for people to see Ontario by bicycle, especially as route options throughout the region continue to expand.


image003Depending on how much biking you’d like to do, where you’d like to go, and how much time you have in which to do it, there are a number of different routes the biking enthusiast can take when traveling via the Bike Train. During the summer months, train service is offered between Toronto’s Union Station and Niagara Falls Station with a handful of stops, including one at St. Catharines.

There is also Bike Train service from Windsor to London to Toronto, as well as a route that will take cyclists between Toronto and Montreal with numerous stops in between. It’s on this last route that cyclists can gain access to the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail that follows the coastline of Lake Ontario from the United States border at Niagara-on-the-Lake all the way to the Quebec border just off Cornwall.

For the biking enthusiast who wants to see some of Niagara’s famed wine country, Ontario’s stunning countryside, and quaint villages and border towns, it’s 559 miles of beauty, culture, history, and fun, and the Bike Train provides connection to many portions of it.


The benefits of cycling are many. From great exercise and stress relief to saving money on gas and saving the environment, utilizing your bike to get around makes sense. And when you add in the option of getting further faster with Ontario’s Bike Train, you can bicycle without being totally at the mercy of the speed at which your bike can travel.

So take the train to Toronto and bike back to Niagara Falls, or catch a ride to St. Catharines so you can spend the day in wine country. Whatever you choose, Bike Train lets you and your bike travel easily throughout the region.

A Primer for Newcomers to Niagara’s “Liquid Gold”

image001Ever since 1991 when Inniskillin Winery traveled to Bordeaux France with their 1989 icewine and won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at Vinexpo, the Niagara Peninsula has been known and heralded around the world for its excellent icewines.

Known as “liquid gold,” the resonant sweetness of a good bottle of icewine is without parallel in the wine world, and in Canada, it’s as common and as essential as bread and butter. If you’re planning a trip to Niagara, it’s essential that you know a little about the history and painstaking process that first put Canadian wine on the international map. Especially since every harvest still results in some of the world’s finest icewines.

Here is a short primer on Niagara’s most famous wine for newcomers to the area’s “liquid gold.”

The Origins

Most people credit Germany with the happy and accidental invention of icewine back in the late 1700s, when an early freeze caught grape growers off guard. Undeterred, a stubborn winemaker went ahead and harvested the frozen grapes, pressed them, and fermented them. The result was a delicious sweet wine that was so good, the process was repeated again the next year so that now, icewine is sold in 59 countries all over the globe.

While Germany continues to make icewine — or eiswein as they call it — conditions in Ontario have turned out to provide a more ideal climate with the region’s warm summers for grape ripening and cold winters that freeze the grapes without being cold enough to damage the vines.

The Process

Icewine production in Niagara is a labor of love. During the fall, when the grapes are starting to ripen, the vines are put under nets to offer some protection for the fruit from birds. Then, every November, winemakers register their grapes with VQA Ontario inspectors so that when the wine is made, the bottles can bear the VQA distinction.

From that point on, the grapes are left on the vine, causing them to dehydrate so that the remaining juice becomes very concentrated. Once -8 degrees Celsius (or 17 degrees Fahrenheit) is reached and sustained, which tends to happen anytime between December and February, the winemakers and growers watch the temperature gauge to find a temperature stretch between -10 and -12 degrees Celsius (10 and 14 degrees Fahrenheit). These low temperatures produce the optimum amount of sugar in the juice, and they often hit overnight so that the harvest and pressing occur in the dead of night.

image003Handpicked over about a six-hour period by people dressed as warmly as possible, the grapes are immediately pressed, yielding a small amount of very concentrated juice. Juice yields for icewine are usually only about 15 percent the amount extracted for other wines, a disparity due to dehydration, birds and animals, and the frozen pressing.

The Taste

Niagara’s icewine is notably sweet, but it can also be very complex. The high sugars in the juice stop the yeast from being able to grow for long so fermentation is brief, which results in a wine with low alcohol and a lot of sugar. Some icewine is oaked, which yields a more robust and complex flavor, while unoaked icewine maintains a bright fruitiness.

Head to Niagara to taste the wine that proved Ontario could compete with the best wines in the world.

Niagara Wineries Where Eating and Drinking Go Hand in Hand

image001Niagara wine is some of the finest on earth, and each year finds more and more people flocking to the region to experience it firsthand. From award-winning chardonnays and pinot noirs to the icewines that put the region on the world’s winemaking map, any trip to the Niagara Peninsula would be incomplete without some time spent in and around a vineyard.

Of course, drinking excellent wine is only enhanced when you eat an excellent meal along with it, which is why some of the area’s wineries have on-site restaurants. And, because agriculture has long been practiced and practiced well in Niagara, these excellent restaurants make a point of showcasing local vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meats, and fish on their menus. An ideal marriage of taste and presentation, the next time you come to relax and unwind in Niagara, be sure to snag a reservation to dine at one of these four wineries’ restaurants.

1. Ravine Vineyard

This vineyard is family owned and operated and strives to be organic. The 34-acre Ravine Vineyards practices sustainable farming in the sub-appellation known as St. David’s Bench. Producers of a number of excellent wines, they make especially remarkable Chardonnay, and their restaurant is more than up to the task of providing meals that live up to their wines’ reputations. A true farm-to-table restaurant, Ravine does almost everything themselves: They bake their own bread, grow their own organic vegetables, and raise their own pigs. Beyond that, they also plan a menu with the help of their winemaker for meals that always have wine at their center.

2. Trius Winery

Trius is a winery that makes every type of wine from cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir to sparkling bruts and icewines. A winery that features some of their finest offerings in person at the winery only, their restaurant’s selection is vast enough to satisfy almost any oenophile. They use as many local ingredients as possible, and of course, their servers are excellent at assisting diners with pairings.

3. Peller Estates

image003A family-run winery that has been in operation for over 50 years, Peller Estates has achieved plenty of international recognition, especially for their rieslings, chardonnays, and icewines. In fact, London’s International Wine & Spirit Competition recently named them the Best Canadian Winery of the Year. Their award-winning restaurant centers its menus around their wines and the changing seasons. Each dish has been paired with a wine under the guidance of Peller’s winemaker, but the staff is knowledgeable, too, should you want a different option.

4. Strewn Winery

Award-winning wines are commonplace at Strewn, an unusual winery that includes a winery cooking school in addition to its vineyards and restaurant. Their wines focus on the most traditional grapes: cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, riesling, sauvignon blanc, gewurztraminer, pinot blanc, and chardonnay. Their restaurant, Terroir La Cachette, recently closed, and they are about to open another one on-site called OLiV in mid-April. A casual fine dining restaurant and tapas bar, OLiV will feature fare that allows the winery’s exceptional wines to shine through.

Whether you love red wine or white, seafood or lentils, eating and drinking in the Niagara region is an exquisite pleasure when done at these four wineries’ restaurants.

You Know You’re in Canada When…

image001Canada is a unique place with a cultural flavour all its own and a history that spans hundreds of years. The second largest country in the world, the vast majority of the population lives in southern Ontario—including the Niagara region—but even though Niagara Falls and the surrounding area are remarkably close to the American border, Niagara has maintained a very distinct personality from our neighbors to the south.

Whether you’re staying in Niagara Falls for the first time, or you’ve been making the trek annually for years, there comes a point when it’s clear you aren’t in the U.S. anymore. From impressive and unyielding politeness to the Terry Fox Run, here are some ways you can tell you’ve arrived in the land of the Canucks.

The Terry Fox Run

Every fall, the vast majority of Canadian students participate in the Terry Fox Run — an all-volunteer-led, non-corporate fundraiser and run that raises money for cancer research. Named after Terry Fox and his eponymous foundation, Terry was just 18 when he was diagnosed with cancer and had his right leg amputated. Moved by the suffering of the cancer patients around him, he pledged to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Called the Marathon of Hope, Terry — running on a prosthetic leg — ran an average of 26 miles a day once he started his run across the country. After 143 days, increased attention, and 3,339 miles, Terry had to stop short of his goal, because cancer had reappeared in his lungs. He died at the age of 22 in 1981, and his foundation and the Terry Fox Run have garnered over $650 million dollars since he first ran.

The Manners

Canadians have a reputation for being some of the nicest people on the planet, and for good reason. We say, “please” and “thank you” at every appropriate opportunity, and we even say “sorry” at inappropriate ones — like when someone else bumps into us. We hold doors for each other, and if we spy a tourist with a puzzled look on their face, we’ll ask if we can be of any help. If you drop something on the street, we’ll pick it up and run after you to return it, and angry horn honking in traffic hardly ever happens.

The Food

image003Canadian food is oftentimes similar or identical to what you’ll find in other places, but there are some notable exceptions. And while these exceptions are starting to show up across the border here and there, we think they taste best in Canada. Here are some examples of food that is distinctly Canadian:

  • Ketchup-flavored potato chips
  • Poutine — French fries covered in fresh cheese curds and gravy
  • Beaver tails — a deep-fried pastry with sweet toppings
  • Butter tarts — a sweet, buttery dessert tart with nuts or raisins

So, enjoy the Canadian culture when you visit Niagara, where people are nicer, the accent is charming, and the French fries are covered in gravy.

A Closer Look at the Niagara College Teaching Winery

image001If you love Canadian wine, especially the wine that comes from the Niagara area, then you’re probably familiar with the region’s lush vineyards, award-winning wineries, welcoming tasting rooms, and internationally acclaimed wines.

But if you’ve never taken a gander at the Teaching Winery that has been a part of Niagara College for 15 years, there is more for you to uncover and learn. The next time you head up to Niagara, be sure to book a tour or two at the Niagara College Teaching Winery for an inside look at what learning the trade might entail.

Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Niagara College Teaching Winery is Canada’s only fully licensed teaching winery. An important center of wine education for the region and country, the students in the school learn the art, craft, and trade of winemaking in general and as it applies to winemaking that is specific to the Niagara Peninsula, which is that seemingly magical 30-mile-long plain with a terroir comparable to France’s Languedoc-Roussillon that produces some of Canada’s — and the world’s — finest wines. Started at Niagara College in 2000, the Winery and Viticulture program has its own vineyards that cover 38 acres.

The vineyards and winemaking facilities ensure that students at the school don’t just learn about winemaking from books and lectures, they actually experience what it’s like to be winemakers by tending the land and doing the work of producing the teaching winery’s many award-winning wines. They do all this learning and work under the tutelage of celebrated winemaker Terence Van Rooyen.

It’s within this environment and the college’s commitment to winemaking in the region that tours to the public are offered. Here are a handful of ways of you experience the Niagara College Teaching Winery without becoming a student:

  • image003Public Tours. Tour the Teaching Winery’s impressive and cutting-edge facility with an experienced guide. Learn the history, philosophy, and practices of the school’s winemaking. This tour concludes with a tasting of three of the school’s VQA wines.
  • Niagara Segway Tours. Roll about the college’s vineyards on a Segway to experience the growing spaces in a brand, new way.
  • Sensory Lesson. Bone up on your wine-tasting skills and knowledge with a guide who will lead you through a sampling of three VQA wines at the college’s Wine Visitor and Education Tasting Bar. Chocolate lovers can add a chocolate pairing for just $3.00 more.
  • Teaching Winery Tour and Tasting. An hour-long tour, you’ll first head out to the vineyards where a discussion of the growing season, local terroir, and wine industry will ensue. From there, you’ll head into the winemaking facility to discuss the school’s winemaking process. Last, you’ll enjoy a tasting of three of the Teaching Winery’s VQA wines.
  • Journey of the Senses. The most in-depth tour available, this tour follows the same general format as the Teaching Winery Tour and Tasting, but it goes into greater detail and includes more shop talk.

For an insider’s look at winemaking education, spend some time touring the fantastic Niagara College Teaching Winery, and gain a bit more insight into what makes Niagara Peninsula wines so exceptional.

Free Fun in Niagara Falls

image001One of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, Niagara Falls attracts everyone from starry-eyed lovers enjoying a romantic getaway to parents with young children on their first real family vacation. Regardless of why you’re visiting or who you’re visiting with, taking in Niagara’s attractions doesn’t have to pull your purse strings too tight. A bevy of fun, free things to do awaits you if you’re looking for ways to save on a trip to Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls

Of course, the best, fun, free thing to do in Niagara Falls is to witness the majesty and power of the waterfalls first hand. So, be sure to walk along the gorge beside and above the Falls, which you can do for free. In almost any weather and at any time of year, being that close to one of nature’s most impressive attractions is an unforgettable experience. Be sure to also explore the Niagara Falls at night. The illumination and fireworks provide a totally different look and feel, and the extra pizzazz at night is just as free as the unadorned beauty in the day.

Niagara Glen

image003For nature lovers, there are few locations right around the Falls that are as beautiful and fecund as Niagara Glen. Diverse bird, plant, and tree species abound throughout the Glen making it perfect for an afternoon or day hike. Bouldering has become a popular activity in the Glen as well, and while a good pair of climbing shoes will certainly come in handy, it’s just as free as the hiking is. For a bit of friendly competition, you can also use Niagara Glen for geocaching — a scavenger hunt/ treasure hunting game that uses devices with GPS, like most smartphones or tablets, to navigate specific coordinates in order to find a container that’s been hidden at that location.

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is 40 hectares of perennials, flowering shrubs, dwarf conifers, herbs, ornamental trees and more. Display beds are changed three or four times a year to reflect the changing seasons. The rose garden has over 2,400 roses in bloom at peak season, and there’s also a remarkable grass display. The Botanical Gardens is also home to the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, and while it isn’t free, it does boast a unique butterfly garden at its entrance that has been planted with plants like Purple cornflower, Butterfly Bush, and milkweed to attract native butterflies.

The McFarland House

Built by a Scottish immigrant at the start of the 19th century, the McFarland House was a family home for over 150 years, although it saw some action during the War of 1812 when it was used as a hospital by both the American and British armies. A gun battery was also placed on the property during the war in order to protect the Niagara River, and the British used the property as a launch point for the attack and capture of Fort Niagara on December 18, 1813. When the last member of the McFarland family died in 1959, the Niagara Parks Commission gained control of the estate and set to restoring it. Set upon a large and beautiful property that includes a garden similar to what would have been kept in the 19th century, you can visit the home and are around it for free and take a guided tour.

While not everything in Niagara Falls can be enjoyed for free, thanks to the area’s rich heritage and beautiful landscape there is much that can be.

Come to Niagara for These 5 Great Festivals

image001The Niagara region is home to 12 distinct communities, hundreds of farms and vineyards, and a thirst for celebrations. When it comes to festivals, the area boasts a wealth of opportunities all year long. Whether you’re looking for folk arts, food, theater, or film, these five festivals are just five more reasons to plan a trip to Niagara.

1. Niagara Folk Arts Festival

A multicultural celebration that features music, food, exhibitions, art, and dance from around the world, The Niagara Folk Arts Festival is Canada’s oldest continually ongoing heritage festival. Held at various locations throughout the Niagara region, each May brings with it another opportunity to learn about and gain a greater appreciation of the vast variety of people and cultures that make Canada the diverse nation what it is.

2. Shaw Festival

A festival that celebrates theater in the spirit of provocative Irish playwright, Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival takes place in Niagara-on-the-Lake. For the theater lover, there are few places shy of London and New York to get such a concentrated theater fix. One of the best parts of the festival is that each production takes place in one of five theaters that are all within walking distance of one another. Plays that will be performed during the 2015 season include:

  • “Peter and the Starcatcher”
  • “Top Girls”
  • “Pygmalion”
  • “The Next Whiskey Bar”
  • And more!

3. Winter Festival of Lights

image003The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights will run from November 14, 2015 through January 11, 2016. One of the most impressive light displays in the entire world, the Winter Festival of Lights includes over 3 million lights and over 125 illuminated holiday displays. Over a million people enjoy this festival each and every year, making it one of the most popular events in all of North America.

4. Niagara Integrated Film Festival

A film festival that could only take place in Niagara, the Niagara Integrated Film Festival, or NIFF, celebrates the art of the cinema by combining the finest films from around the world with food from some of Canada’s most famous chefs and wines from its award-winning wineries. Some of the festival’s programming includes:

  • Film Feast. This bus tour of some of the Niagara region’s best wineries includes hors d’oeuvres and a sampling of fine short films.
  • The World’s Smallest Film Festival. This competition is for short films shot on a mobile device.
  • Filmalicious. Guests at Filmalicious enjoy an evening at a winery where an award-winning chef cooks a fabulous dinner, accented with excellent wines, after which the guests enjoy a film in the vineyard.

5. Niagara Food Festival

Running the first full weekend in September, this fall will find the Niagara Food Festival enjoying its 22nd year. All types of foods make their way into this festival, from the offerings of local restaurants to the work of celebrity chefs. Live demonstrations are offered throughout the weekend, and admission is free. There is also live entertainment and plenty to keep young and old satisfied, no matter their taste.

Niagara isn’t just a land of mighty waters; these festivals and others like them make the Niagara region a land of mighty cultural events as well.

4 Keys to Enjoying Niagara Falls on a Budget

image001A vacation to Niagara Falls can please even the most curmudgeonly of travelers. The beauty of the place combined with the high quality of its entertainment, dining, and hotel options make for a memorable and pleasurable escape — especially because Niagara Falls is so easy to enjoy on a budget. Whether you’re a family of six or just a thrifty vacationer, here are four keys to having a great time in Niagara Falls if you’re looking to save some money.

1. Take Advantage of the Off-Season

The most popular time to visit Niagara Falls — from June through August — is also the most expensive time to visit. While the weather is postcard perfect and every one of the region’s sights and attractions are in full swing, for the traveler hoping to save some valuable scratch, the peak season should be avoided. Instead, head out a little earlier in the year. From discounted attractions to drastically lowered hotel rates, visit Niagara during late winter, early spring and fall, and you’ll save plenty.

2. Pack Your Lunch (Etc.)

image003While there’s little that’s glamorous about it, especially when you’re on vacation, packing your lunch is a great way to save as much as $15 per person each day you do it. Book a hotel room that includes at least a small refrigerator, if not a kitchenette, and hit one of the local grocery stores where you can stock up on supplies that will yield tasty midday meals.

Also, be sure to make use of in-room and hotel lobby coffee for all your caffeine needs. By avoiding paying for lunch and coffee when you’re out and about, you’ll save yourself precious funds to spend on dinner, wine, and the like.

3. Hit the Freebies

Niagara Falls is filled with a number of fun and free attractions — including the waterfalls that are its namesake — that are sure to please everyone in your party. Some of the more notable include:

  • Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. This 99-acre park is filled with lovely perennials and flowering plants. Regardless of the time of year, the immaculately manicured space makes for an ideal and picturesque walk, and on sunny days, it’s ideal for a picnic or a leisurely outdoor game of chess.
  • The Floral Clock. Just north of the Botanical Gardens sits one of the world’s largest floral clocks. 40 feet in diameter, the floral face is changed twice each season.
  • Niagara Glen Nature Centre. This nature reserve and visitor’s center offers tourists excellent hiking and a wealth of information about the geography and topography of the Niagara area.
  • The Niagara Parkway. Ideal to bike, walk, or drive, the Niagara Parkway winds between Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-lake for 35 picturesque miles. Winston Churchill declared the parkway made for the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.

4. Splurge Wisely

Of course, even the thriftiest travelers to Niagara Falls would be wise to splurge on a few attractions or events. The trick is choosing what will be the most satisfying experience for the money. From magic shows and musical dinner theater to world-class restaurants with extensive and one-of-a-kind wine lists, assess your priorities before you head to Niagara, and when the time comes, drop your well-earned dollars on something that will make your spirit sing.

There are countless reasons Niagara Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and enjoying it on a budget is one of them.

Getting Engaged? 4 Reasons to Pop the Question in Niagara Falls

image001Long known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World, Niagara Falls exudes a romance and charm that still attracts lovers from all over when the wedding is over, and it’s time to celebrate and recover from the work and stress of getting hitched. For the couple about to step into the realm of engagement, finding the perfect spot and story is an incredibly important of the process of getting engaged.

Since Niagara Falls is already synonymous with romance and the hope of wedded bliss, why not head there to get engaged? From its wealth of stunning and easy-to-reach vineyards to its excellent variety of top-notch hotels that can accommodate almost any budget, here are four reasons to pop the question in Niagara Falls.

1. The History

There is nowhere on earth with more positive marital associations than Niagara Falls. Even Superman and Lois Lane fell in love there! By declaring your intention to love one another in sickness and in health among Niagara’s happy throng, you’re joining a long and storied tradition that’s over 125 years old and has served more happy couples than anyone will ever know. What’s more romantic than that?

2. All Those Vineyards

One of the keys to a successful engagement story is making sure it takes place in an appropriately dreamy setting. While dropping to one knee as you’re both marveling over the powerful waters’ thunderous cascade definitely makes for an appropriate amount of engagement drama, the Niagara region’s many picturesque vineyards could serve as a fitting backdrop for the proposal as well. Whether you seal the deal among rows of luscious grapes or over a glass of delicious Niagara Falls icewine in a rustic tasting room, a Niagara vineyard is an ideal place to agree to say, “I do.” Afterward, you’ll also be able to serve wine from the vineyard of your engagement at your wedding reception.

3. The Restaurants

image003Another engagement-worthy option that the Niagara area has in spades is its many high-profile and award-winning restaurants.   Canadian cuisine and dining has recently seen its stock rise considerably as foodies and critics from around the world continue to find its fare among the finest in any country. With a hearty emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, the finest restaurants in Niagara will more than satisfy your palettes as you enter into the period of engagement that will eventually join your lives together. Choose a restaurant whose ambience and food are perfect for love, such as:

  • The Rainbow Room in Niagara Falls
  • Treadwell in Niagara-on-the-lake
  • Casa Mia Ristorante in Niagara Falls
  • Windows by Jaime Kennedy in Niagara Falls
  • Trius Winery Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-lake

4. The Surprise

A key component of any proposal will always be the element of surprise, and since Niagara is known for its honeymoons rather than its engagements, the chances are good that your future fiancée won’t expect a ring even though the two of you are enjoying a romantic getaway. So long as you keep a poker face and make all the necessary arrangements ahead of time, there’s no reason you can’t pull off the surprise of your life in one of the most romantic settings on earth.

Getting engaged is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Why not do it in a unique place?

Cheap, Delicious Places to Grab a Bite in Niagara Falls

image001No matter where you are headed in Niagara Falls or what great attractions you have planned for the day, you should always be sure that your group is well-fed to avoid mood meltdowns and temper tantrums due to low blood-sugar. There is nothing worse than cutting a trip short because you didn’t plan a stop for lunch and everyone is much too tired and grumpy to keep seeing the sights.

That’s why we’re offering you a list of our favorite food stops around Niagara Falls. These cheap, delicious, and easy cafes, diners, and eateries should hit the spot, keeping you full and focused as you explore our city and surrounds.

1. Zappi’s Pizza and Subs

If you are craving familiar Italian food at a fabulous price, Zappi’s is definitely the place to go. This spot has been providing locals and tourists with fresh, fantastic pizzas and sandwiches since the 1970s, so you know you’ll be getting a quality meal when you stop in for a midday meal.

2. Savoury & Sweet

The chefs at this Niagara favorite strive for authenticity and excellence in every meal. Serving classic European dishes like goulash, schnitzel, and crepes, Savoury & Sweet effortlessly mixes traditional tastes with contemporary style and affordable prices.

3. Quesada Burritos and Tacos

image003Two borders might separate Niagara Falls from Mexico, but that didn’t stop Quesada Burritos and Tacos from opening up a Mexican food stand in the Niagara heartland. In fact, most patrons are astounded by the genuine taste of the restaurant’s fresh-daily salsas and guacamole.

4. Hershey’s Chocolate World

If your energy is flagging, you can easily renew your excitement with a trip to Hershey’s Chocolate World, one of the world capitals of rich, chocolaty goodness. This shop has everything a chocoholic needs to sustain themselves for a long vacation ahead: novel baked goods, thick milkshakes, silken fudge, and any type of Hershey’s candy you can call to mind. While you might imagine this spot as a pit-stop on your daily itinerary, it’s easy to spend hours tasting every treat you lay eyes on.

5. Rainforest Café

A favorite for kids of all ages, the Rainforest Café transports diners to the depths of the tropics with the sights and sounds of the Amazon. However, the smells will be pleasantly familiar, as the café’s available fare is crowd-pleasing food like burgers and salads.

6. Betty’s Restaurant

Travel is fun, but every so often you want to find a spot that reminds you of home. Whenever you feel homesick on your Niagara vacation, head straight to Betty’s where everything from the lighting to the food is designed to make you perfectly comfortable. Betty’s Restaurant has thrived for more than 45 years, and locals claim it is the best place in the city to enjoy a meal. Plus, Betty’s pie has won countless awards, so you should be sated from appetizer to dessert.

7. Perkins Restaurant and Bakery

Families go crazy over the delicious and nutritious dishes available at Perkins. Their entire menu is available all day long, so if you start to crave waffles and eggs after Niagara’s nightly fireworks show, you know exactly where to go.