portdalhousieFor centuries, Canada’s Niagara Region has exerted its magnetic pull on travellers from every corner of the world.

The attractions are abundant and appealing. With its spectacular natural setting between two Great Lakes and bordering the Niagara River, the region is a peninsula that rises up into a towering escarpment. And while Niagara Falls may be the area’s most famous natural attraction, it is just one of Niagara’s many wonders.

Niagara is comprised of 12 distinct and vibrant communities, all just a short drive from one another. They range from cities, urban in look and attitude, to towns and villages, rural and relaxed in nature, with each offering its own unique choice of recreational and educational opportunities.

For multicultural travellers, Niagara’s culturally diverse population allows visitors to travel confident in the knowledge that all are openly welcome regardless of race, religion, nationality or choice of lifestyle.

Joined to New York State by four international bridges, Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, Whirlpool Bridge (Nexus pass holders only) and Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, Niagara, Canada is minutes from Buffalo and within 1 1/2 hour drive from Toronto.

With its incredible diversity and proximity, Niagara, Canada is a true original and a world class destination that draws people back time and time again.

Reposted from Tourism Excellence Niagara

More than just a place to work and do business, Fort Erie is also a place to live, visit and play. Fort Erie boasts a rich heritage, tradition, history and unique blend of rural and urban living. Fort Erie plays host to a number of renowned festivals and is home to miles of beautiful beaches. The Fort Erie Racetrack and Slots provides one of the most spectacular venues for thoroughbred and quarter horse racing in the world and is home to the famed Prince of Wales Stakes which is the second jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown.

Travel back in time to the War of 1812 at historic Old Fort Erie equipped with a new $7 million Visitors Centre, visit the Fort Erie Historical Museum and Railroad Museum, or get up close and personal with some of the wildest creations on earth at Safari Niagara.

Along the Fort Erie shores of the mighty Niagara River winds the Niagara River Parkway, famous for being “the best Sunday afternoon drive in the world”, according to Sir Winston Churchill.

Fort Erie is versatile and cosmopolitan beyond its size. It is a recreational playground in a perfect location for your business and career and a safe community where you can raise your family.

Visiting Niagara….DISCOVER FORT ERIE!

For more information visit:

Fort Erie Economic Development & Tourism www.forteriecanada.com
Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce www.greaterforteriechamber.com
Fort Erie 1812 Bicentennial Celebrations www.forterie1812.com
Fort Erie Race Track www.forterieracing.com
Historic Fort Erie www.niagaraparks.com/old-fort-erie
Fort Erie Museums www.museum.forterie.ca
Fort Erie Festivals www.friendshipfestival.com
Safari Niagara www.safariniagara.com

We live in a special place, nestled between beautiful Lake Ontario and the majestic Niagara Es­carpment. From its roots as a service centre to Niagara’s thriving agricultural industry, Grimsby has developed to become the preferred place in which to live and do business in Niagara.

Although less than an hour’s drive from Toronto’s world-class cultural milieu, Grimsby is the personification of a small town. It’s quiet, tree-lined avenues, its rural area, the natural Niagara Escarpment which winds through the town’s centre, the beaches on the shores of Lake Ontario and its many parks define “home” to now over 26,000 people.

For more information, visit www.town.grimsby.on.ca

Spend a pleasant afternoon on Lincoln’s part of the Niagara Wine Route and immerse yourself in the old-world beauty of wine country, cradled in the bosom of the Niagara Escarpment. Indulge your senses in the charm of Lincoln’s vineyards and estate wineries, the lush fragrances of ripening grapes, row upon orderly row of sundrenched vines and their crowning glory, the world-class wines to sample and savour.

Imagine the scenery as you drive, cycle or hike past miles of vineyards, many anchored by their own winery featuring tours and tastings year round. Some even offer lunch and dinner over­looking the verdant fields. For the ultimate wine-country experience, spend a few days at one of the inns or bed-and-breakfast facilities attached to some of our award-winning estate wineries. Stop by and relax in a unique rural setting that is Lincoln.

For more information, visit www.lincoln.ca

Niagara Falls, Canada is a destination unlike any other. From the top of Skylon Tower (775 feet up) to the base of Horseshoe Falls (188 feet down), Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring Ontario Canada vacation destination. The Falls give off a round-the-clock roar, a refreshing and sur­prisingly far-reaching mist, a reminder of just how wondrous our natural world is. From the marvel of gazing at the Falls to adrenaline-fueled activities, there are many ways to experience this natural wonder, including an array of Niagara Falls attractions for all ages.

If you can tear yourself away, Niagara Falls is a bustling destination full of activities for most everyone, vineyards and world-class golf courses, kid fun at Clifton Hill, fine dining and casual eateries, casinos and live Niagara entertainment, spas and cycling adventures and hiking trails. Visit the New Niagara Falls and experience it forever.

For more information, visit www.niagarafallstourism.com

Welcome to historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, the first capital of Upper Canada.  Located at the juncture of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, our Town is home to 15,000 residents who welcome over 2 million tourists annually.

People travel from around the world to experience the Town’s unique charm and attractions, including historic Fort George, Brock’s monument, beautifully conserved heritage homes, prestigious spas, resorts and bed and breakfasts, breath-taking parks and golf course, and world-class wineries. Our vineyards account for 84 per cent of Canada’s wine production and our wineries produce many internationally acclaimed vintages, including our world-famous ice wine.

Honoured in 1996 as the “Prettiest Town in Canada,” our historic Old Town area boasts a number of quaint shops, boutiques and restaurants, as well as public and private art galleries, the centuries-old Court House, museums, and of course, the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre.

In 2012, Niagara-on-the-Lake will launch its commemoration of the War of 1812 and we invite you to join in the many festivities and re-enactments recognizing 200 years of peace and friendship with our American neighbours.  Please visit www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca for the latest information on events and activities.

In Niagara-on-the-Lake, there is a little bit of something for everyone to explore. Please visit www.niagaraonthelake.com for travel information.

The Town of Pelham, Ontario composed of five unique and historic villages: Effingham, Fenwick, Fonthill, North Pelham and Ridgeville. Blending successful farming, growing commercialism and five beautiful villages, Pelham is “five villages one community”. Pelham provides a whole lot of fun in the great outddoors.

Pelham is a  beautiful and blossoming town nestled between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and is situated in the heart of the Ontario’s Niagara Region. Pelham is ideally located between the GTA and US border, minutes from Niagara Falls, yet stead fastly remains a peaceful and pleasant community. Experience this unique culture!

For more information, visit  www.mypelham.com.

Located where the Welland Canal joins Lake Erie, Port Colborne is a working marine community, with rich nautical history and welcoming hospitality. Port Colborne is increasing in popularity as an attractive and affordable community to live in and as part of a region of over 430,000 people, it provides all the amenities of a larger city. In this peaceful waterfront community, there is an array of housing to choose from, including apartments, town homes, lake-front real estate, and building lots. With a convenient location – just an hour from the Greater Toronto Area, favourable climate, hospital, and a welcoming small town atmosphere, Port Colborne is quickly establishing itself as a location of choice for living in Niagara. Find out why at: portcolborne.ca/page/relocation
Throughout the year, the uniqueness of Port Colborne is showcased as visitors and residents stroll along the promenade beside the Welland Canal, pop in and out of the shops and boutiques, immerse themselves in the local arts and culture, or relax on the beach. Visitors to Niagara’s South Coast can expect a getaway that is relaxing, fun and takes full advantage of everything this area has to offer.

Hike and Cycle Trails: Discover the outdoors on Niagara’s South Coast by pedal or foot by exploring the numerous hiking and cycling trails. Great for walking cycling & rollerblading.

www.portcolborne.ca/page/cycling

Shop local at the Port Colborne Farmer’s Market: With over 60 vendors, shopping at the Port Colborne Farmers’ Market brings out inspiration, imagination & creativity in everyone!

www.portcolborne.ca/page/farmers_market

Taste the Local Cuisine: Experience the unique restaurants & cafes where the locals like to eat.

www.portcolborne.ca/page/shopping_and_dining

Celebrate With Us: Celebrate our heritage, pride and passion with one of the many festivals on Niagara’s South Coast.

Immerse Yourself in the Arts and Culture: Explore our local museum or attend a fabulous production at Showboat Festival Theatre, housed in the magnificent Roselawn Centre for the Arts. As well, discover Niagara’s South Coast Arts & Culture Route, a self-directed, year-round guide to the studios & galleries of some of the most creative people in Canada.

Experience Port Colborne – Experience what you expect life to offer on Niagara’s South Coast.

Sugarloaf Marina on Niagara’s South Coast
Cycle Niagara’s South Coast
Sport Fishing – Port Colborne, ON
Historic Welland Canal – History of the Welland Canal in Port Colborne
Historic Port Colborne – Heritage Homes, Sites and Properties

For more information, visit www.portcolborne.ca

Whether your destination of choice or the home base for a Niagara getaway, St. Catharines is right where you want to be.  This is a city with a rich past, exciting future and a spirit of celebration in the present. Lying between the shores of Lake Ontario, the Welland Canal and the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, St. Catharines is surrounded by vineyards, orchards and all that Niagara has to offer. Take awe in watching a huge freighter manoeuvre a Lock with a visit to one of the man-made wonders of the World at the Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3. Enjoy a glass of wine at one of many Niagara Wineries while savouring fine local cuisine at its best.  If you enjoy the outdoors, you will love St. Catharines for its numerous parks, trails and green space.

St. Catharines is in the centre of the Niagara region and minutes from the mighty Niagara Falls, historic Niagara on the Lake as well as only an hour from Toronto and 45 minutes from Buffalo, New York.

For more information, visit www.tourismstcatharines.ca

To this day, each settlement brings to the City of Thorold its own unique flavour. St. John’s with its winding, hilly roads and beautiful conservation areas makes it one of the most pictur­esque locales in all of Canada. Beaverdams, the final destination of Laura Secord’s journey to warn the British of an impending American attack, is steeped in history and lore. Allanburg, the site of the sod turning for the building of the first of the four Welland Canals, is home to Thorold’s lift bridge. The quaint community of Port Robinson boasts the only pedestrian ferry service across the Canal. Turner’s Corners is home to many agricultural farms and vineyards and is the crossroads to many areas of the Niagara Region. Thorold South houses many of the industries that spur Thorold’s robust economy. And Thorold, with its numerous historical buildings, Flight Locks, accommodations and shopping district represents the authentic canal downtown area of the city. Together, these communities help to weave the fabric that is Thorold.

In addition to all that Thorold has to offer, visitors are only a short distance to the more than 70 wineries, 45 golf courses, hundreds of historic sites, world-class theatre, diverse shopping and dining, miles of parks and beaches and exhilarating entertainment and attractions that make up the Niagara Region.

For more information, visit www.thorold.com

Wainfleet is a great summer destination for the whole family. For a relatively low cost your family can enjoy several camping and resort areas, the warm beaches of Lake Erie and the clean country air. When staying in Wainfleet, you are also close enough to other great nearby attractions such as Marineland, Casino Niagara, the parks of Niagara Falls, the wineries of Niagara, Toronto and Buffalo.

For more information, visit www.wainfleet.ca

Welcome to the City of Welland, a truly historic canal city situated in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula. Visitors marvel at the area’s natural beauty as they enjoy any number of festivals, sporting events and outdoor activities. Known officially as the Rose City, Welland is home to over 350 acres of fine parks and has one of the finest rose gardens in the country. It is also home to the Welland Recreational Canal, once part of the St. Lawrence Seaway System and Merritt Island, an outdoor paradise nestled along the waterway.

Welland has a proud cultural heritage; our residents represent a diverse blend of many ethnic backgrounds, including the 3rd largest French-speaking population in the province. Interna­tional luncheons and celebrations are held throughout the year by 11 different cultural organiza­tions. Take some time to get to know Welland.  We’re only a short trip away but a world apart.

For more information, visit www.welland.ca

The Township of West Lincoln is an agriculture-based community, consisting of many small villages spread over nearly 400 square kilometers. Like many rural communities, West Lincoln is best discovered by a drive along its scenic back roads, through sprawling farmland and mean­dering rivers. Twenty Mile Creek and the Welland River offer canoeing and kayaking opportu­nities.

Cyclists favour the quiet and scenic country roads. Close to Niagara’s popular wine route, West Lincoln offers a wide selection of rural Bed & Breakfasts for weekend getaways. Country fairs and festivals are a mainstay in West Lincoln’s villages. Take the time to come and relax in West Lincoln.

For more information, visit www.westlincolnchamber.com