Vacation Homes Niagara Blog
"Niagara Falls has traveled over 11 km upstream in the past 12,000 years."
This interesting fact along with many more will be shared on the Vacation Homes Niagara Blog! The goal of this blog is to inform you, the traveler on the events, news, history, extreme weather and any other travel friendly information that is happening in Niagara Falls and the surrounding Niagara Region. If you have suggestins on information that you feel would benefit yourself and others please contact email@example.com.
Mother’s Day Weekend
Mother’s Day weekend in Niagara Falls is a great location to spend with mom, especially if you are staying at Vacation Homes Niagara. Various restaurants throughout Niagara Falls will be featuring special Mother’s Day brunches or let mom put her feet up in Vacation Homes Niagara’s large living room while you cook her a feast in our state of the art kitchen. With our home being so close to the best that Niagara Falls has to offer you can take in all the sights, sounds, and tastes Niagara has to offer.
Rock Around The Clock
Shake, rattle and roll with Rock Around The Clock, featuring a non-stop hit parade of rock ‘n’ roll classics! This full-scale production celebrates the music made famous by Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and many more, with unforgettable songs such as Great Balls of Fire, Jail House Rockand Blueberry Hill. This performance is at the Fallsview Casino and you must be 19 or older to attend.
Niagara Falls Elvis Festival
The great one(s) are alive and well in Niagara Falls this weekend with the annual Niagara Falls Elvis Festival. Elvis impersonators from around North American travel to Niagara Falls Ontario each year for this festival, featuring live performances and many Elvis sightings. It is a fun family outing, count how many Elvis’ you see!
Easter Weekend in Niagara Falls
April 19, 2019
The last long weekend before the summer kicks off for Victoria Day! We hope you have reservations to stay at Vacation Homes Niagara to enjoy this 3-4 day long weekend in Niagara Falls. Early spring is the ideal time to spend in Niagara Falls, there is typically still ice in the Niagara River or at the base of the Falls and if it's warm enough the spring flowers will be making an appearance, if not outdoors than inside at the Floral Showcase. There will also be various easter egg hunts for the kids throughout the Niagara Region.
Savour the Sights at Jackson and Triggs
April 13, 2918
One of Niagara’s leading wineries, Jackson and Triggs located a short drive in Niagara On The Lake Ontario is offering a epicurean experience including five courses of fine regional cuisine, each featured in a stunning location of our winery. Award winning wine paired with gourmet cuisine. An experience not to miss.
Canadian Wildlife Photography
April 5, 2019
For a limited engagement some of Canada’s best Wildlife photographers will be on show at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls. Browse through the top 30 Canadian Wildlife photographs from the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Geographic and Canada Post are on display in the atrium of the Butterfly Conservatory. This exhibition ends April 28, a must see for any nature lover.
Niagara Falls Goes Dark
March 28, 2019
The Niagara Falls Illumination Board is pleased to once again announce its participation in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) global Earth Hour initiative. On Saturday, March 30, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the nightly illumination of Niagara Falls will be turned off for one hour to help raise awareness and support for action on the issue of climate change and biodiversity loss.
According to WWF, Earth Hour is the single largest symbolic mass participation event in the world. It has grown from a single event held in Sydney, Australia in March 2007, to a world-wide initiative, reaching millions of people. In 2018, a record 188 countries and territories across the world and over 17,900 landmarks and monuments took part in Earth Hour.(Thanks to the Niagara Parks for this information)
March 23, 2019
Reserve your accommodations at Vacation Homes Niagara now for the Niagara ParaSport April 11-12 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. It’s a festival of inclusion. It’s about trying new adapted activities and ParaSports. It’s about connecting people, places and resources in the Niagara Community. It’s about participation and inspiration, new ideas and new ways to play. It’s about making Niagara a model community of inclusion in Ontario. It’s about getting to “Yes We Can!”
St. Patrick’s Day
March 15, 2019
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy St. Patrick's Day in Niagara Falls Ontario this year. Festivities include Niagara’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration, a full Irish menu including items like corned beef and cabbage, boxty, fish and chips and live music throughout the day! In between musical acts, Doc Magilligan’s Irish Pub located on Lundy’s Lane will welcome Irish Dancers into the pub and Oak rook.
March 7, 2019
March break fun in Niagara Falls Ontario! By staying at Vacation Homes Niagara you are in the centre of the best entertainment in Niagara Falls. Steps away from the Falls and the Casino as well as more family oriented events like Reptile Kingdom at the Niagara Falls Museum. Kids will be enthralled with the variety of reptiles on display and for interaction from March 12-15.
March 1, 2019
OVAT (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians) 2019 Conference is being held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls from Thursday February 28- Sunday March 2. With Veterinary technicians coming from all over the province many of which have pets of their own, finding accommodations for you and your pet may be difficult. Look no further Vacation Homes Niagara is pet friendly! (There is a small additional pet deposit required). An additional bonus is the close proximity to the Scotiabank Convention Centre, it is literally within walking distance to the Convention Centre making it easy to pop back to check in on Fido.
February 22, 2019
8th Annual Golf Show at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. If you are a vendor from out of town or someone that plans on attending this show, Vacation Homes Niagara is literally in the backyard of the Scotiabank Convention Centre. It is so close you can walk, without needing to pay for parking! The 8th Annual Golf Show is full of all the equipment you will need for your spring start to the season as well as representatives from local and regional golf courses. Listen in on local PGA of Canada Professionals as they discuss various topics of the industry, including how to get your kids involved in the sport!
February 15, 2019
Spend this Family Day at the Niagara Falls History Museum exploring biodiversity and habitat conservation at the museum. Join the Earth Rangers for shows at 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. This unique and up-close encounter with their animal ambassadors will leave you educated and inspired to help protect animals in the wild. There are additional family friendly events happening throughout the weekend as well.
February 8, 2019
Looking for a romantic Valentine's getaway? Vacation Homes Niagara has two executive appointed homes for your romantic getaway to Niagara Falls. Enjoy the large fireplace in the living room as well as the close proximity to fine dining and attractions in Niagara Falls. If you are looking for something special such as a bottle of bubbly, flowers or chocolates your hosts will be more than willing to help you sweep her off her feet! Please contact us with any special requests or if you need dinner suggestions/reservations. We are here to help you make the most out of your stay in Niagara Falls.
February 1, 2019
Now that the busy Christmas season is behind us, it is time to start thinking about how to spend Family Day Long Weekend! This year Family Day is February 18 and there are an abundance of family friendly events taking place in Niagara Falls this year. Whether you are travelling with just your family or your extended family Vacation Homes Niagara has room for all of you. Its ideal locations close to all of the best attractions in Niagara Falls and its superior accommodations makes it the ideal choice for Family Day weekend or if you are thinking ahead for a summer vacation spot!
IceWine In Niagara
January 25, 2019
This weekend marks the celebration of something truly Canadian, Icewine! Join in the tradition in Niagara-on-the-Lake this weekend where Main Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake is closed to traffic and is turned into a Icewine inspired winter wonderland. Tastings are available from numerous local Icewine makers as well as Icewine inspired cuisine from some of Niagara’s top chefs. Enjoy ice sculptures, buskers and other entertainment all weekend long.
Oh Canada Eh! Dinner Theatre
January 18, 2019
Oh Canada Eh! Dinner Theatre! Looking for an interesting night out in Niagara Falls? The Oh Canada Eh! Dinner Theatre is the perfect evening out, for a reasonable price you will be fed and entertained! Until January 26 the show that is being performed is “The Show Must Go On,” step into the dark and mysterious world of old time carnival acts and circus side shows as we bring to life the music of the hippy generation. Featuring songs of Queen, Simon & Garfunkle, The Jackson 5 and many more! Jam-packed with entertainment for the entire family.
Twenty Valley’s Winter Winefest
January 11, 2019
Twenty Valley’s Winter Winefest takes place January 11-13 on Main Street in Jordan Station, just a short 20 minute drive from Vacation Homes Niagara. This annual Winter WineFest brings together Niagara’s top winemakers, chefs and premium VQA wines served outdoors on the streets of Jordan Village. Cozy fire pits and warming stations help you keep toasty while enjoying the Winemaker’s Barrel Challenge, or the Icewine Puck Shoot Out. Get out and enjoy Canada’s winter!
Beauty and The Beast at the Scotiabank Centre Niagara Falls
December 8, 2018
One of Walt Disney’s classic movies and stage presentations is coming to Niagara Falls! Linus Hand Productions is proud to present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Scotiabank Convention Centre from December 7-15. This spectacular musical is the story of a an arrogant young prince and his servants who are cast under a spell of a wicked enchantress. The production includes all of your favourite songs and will entertain all ages! The Scotiabank Convention Centre is literally in the backyard of one of Vacation Homes Niagara five star homes, come for the show, stay for the weekend!
Deck the Falls
December 15, 2018
Start at any of the 16 participating venues, and purchase a Deck the Falls Tour Pass booklet with tour information and instructions. Included in the Tour Pass are tear-off vouchers that can be redeemed at locations along the tour. There are culinary and gourmet food sampling, holiday beverages, desserts and treats, fun photo opportunities, live music, games, VR experience, craft workshops and demonstrations. Also included is the WEGO bus pass and an incline Railway day pass. A great way to explore Niagara Falls with some Christmas cheer.
December 22, 2018
On behalf of Vacation Homes Niagara we would like to thank all of our visitors from the past year that we have had the opportunity to host in one of our homes. We are thrilled that you chose Niagara Falls as a vacation destination and more so that you stayed in one of our five star homes. We hope that you will share your experiences with friends and family and will be planning a return trip. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.
Christmas Year Round at Just Christmas
December 1, 2018
Located a short 20 minute drive from Vacation Homes Niagara is Just Christmas, a unique store located in Niagara On The Lake that celebrates Christmas 365 days a year. This store is filled with decorations, Christmas inspired gifts and more. If you need help getting in the Christmas spirit or if you are looking for a gift for that hard to buy for person or if you are developing a themed tree this store is a must when visiting Niagara.
Is that a flying saucer in Niagara Falls?
November 24, 2018
A landmark that locals and tourists have enjoyed for decades, the Flying Saucer Restaurant located on Lundy’s Lane, really hasn’t changed much. Its unique Flying Saucer design has been drawing people in and keeping them there with their late night eats! The Saucer serves almost every diner food you can imagine including your traditional greasy spoon breakfast! Their slogan says it all “home to out-of-this world food at down-to-earth prices. A fun and unique eatery in Niagara Falls!
Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade
November 17, 2018
Santa Claus is coming to town! The Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade will begin at 11am on Saturday November 17! The parade will feature fabulous bands, colourful floats, mascots, entertainers, local schools, community groups and of course, our Grand Finale - Santa Claus himself! After the Parade, meet with Santa at City Hall. The Parade will kick off, at 11:00 am sharp, from Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street, and travel north along Victoria to Valley Way, turning right (east) onto Queen Street, and end just past City Hall.
Cascades of Fire
November 9, 2018
For the first time ever, Niagara Falls will host the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition as a signature event of the Winter Festival of Lights. Presented over six weekend nights in November. Cascades of Fire will feature 18 minute pyrotechnic shows synchronized to music. This year’s competition will feature presentations from China, Finland, Brazil, Vietnam, Italy with a special finale by Team Canada! Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition schedule occurs at 9pm on the following dates:
November 9 Team China
November 10 Team Finland
November 11 Team Brazil
November 16 Team Vietnam
November 17 Team Italy
November 18 Team Canada Finale!
Winter Festival of Lights
November 2, 2018
Be sure to come to Niagara Falls and explore the amazing glowing light displays that make up Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls Canada. This event runs from November 3, 2018 until January 31, 2019. Each winter the festival captures the magic of the holiday season. The signature 8km long route travels through the beautiful landscapes of the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts to transform the city into a winter wonderland. As a treasured holiday tradition for people from every corner of the world, welcoming over a million visitors a season!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 24, 2018
Halloween would not be complete without the iconic Rocky Horror Picture Show! Instead of watching it on television why not visit the famous Oh Canada Eh, a dinner theatre located on Lundy’s Lane that will be putting on a live performance of this show from October 26-November 3. Guaranteed to be a great night out.
Halloween Ghost Tours at Fort George
October 19, 2018
Fort George located in Niagara on the Lake a short drive from Vacation Homes Niagara offers a unique Halloween experience! A haunted ghost tour! Fort George is the most haunted place in the most haunted town at the most haunted time of the year! This is not a haunted hayride, the stories and the ghosts are real. Spaces are limited. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Fall Colours in the Niagara Glen
October 12. 2018
The Niagara Region has an abundance of amazing hiking trails whether its along the Friendship trail in Fort Erie, through the Niagara Glen, Dufferin Islands or a drive out towards Niagara on the Lake where the trail follows the Niagara River. These trials are mainly all accessible for those with disabilities and there are a few that require a bit more physical exertion, but all worth the time to enjoy some crisp autumn air.
Canadian Thanksgiving in Niagara
October 6, 2018
Are you looking for a unique destination to spend the last long weekend before Christmas that has room for your entire family? If so Vacation Homes Niagara is the ideal location to spend Canadian Thanksgiving or American Thanksgiving. With two state of the art kitchens and a long dining room table to accommodate everyone why not host at a new location this year? While the cooks are busy preparing dinner the other guests can explore Niagara Falls in its amazing fall colours! Contact us to book this weekend or any other weekend/week day!
Thanksgiving in Niagara
September 28, 2018
Are you looking for a unique destination to spend the last long weekend before Christmas that has room for your entire family? If so Vacation Homes Niagara is the ideal location to spend Canadian Thanksgiving or American Thanksgiving. With two state of the art kitchens and a long dining room table to accommodate everyone why not host at a new location this year? While the cooks are busy preparing dinner the other guests can explore Niagara Falls in its amazing fall colours! Contact us to book this weekend or any other weekend/week day!
Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
September 21, 2018
Niagara is the heart of wine country in Canada and now in its 67th year is proud to display various wineries and wines from throughout the Niagara Region at the annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. Events are held throughout Niagara, but the main events happen in St. Catharines. Historic Montebello Park comes alive as the festival hub. Celebrate in a relaxed style where most featured events take place, including live all-Canadian entertainment, wine tasting, & activities for the whole family. An additional bonus is the annual Grape and Wine Pied Piper parade that takes place Sunday September 22 at 11am.
September 14, 2018
The Shaw Festival located a short 20 minute drive from Vacation Homes Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake is the ideal outing for any theatre goer. The Shaw Festival 2018 season runs from April 4-October 28 and has a performance to suit every guest including children, if you are looking to introduce your children to the theatre this year Shaw is putting on The Magician’s Nephew, the most enchanting, heartwarming family show of the year by C.S. Lewis!! Fall is a great time to visit the Niagara Region!
Now that the kids are back in school it's time for a GOLF getaway!
September 8, 2018
The Niagara Region boasts some of the country’s best golf courses! There is a course suited to every level of player from beginner to professional. These courses are all located close to both Vacation Homes Niagara homes for example Legends on the Niagara, Thundering Waters Golf Club, Whirlpool Golf Club and Eagle Valley Golf Club just to name a few. Please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to make further recommendations for courses that suit your needs. So grab your golfing buddies and plan on heading to Niagara this fall for an unforgettable golfing and lodging experience.
Last Official Weekend of Summer
August 31, 2018
Labour day weekend marks the official close to summer and what a summer it has been. If you have chosen to vacation in Niagara Falls this summer you have been fortunate to experience a very hot and dry season, ideal for travelling and sightseeing. This labour day ensure that you visit Queen Victoria Park for a spectacular end to summer fireworks display that will take place at 10 pm each evening. This marks the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Parks putting on these spectacular fireworks displays that fill the Niagara Gorge and reflect off of Niagara Falls.
August 24, 2018
Our two vacation rental properties have been enjoyed by many guests this summer and we would love to hear your thoughts on our houses and your hosts! All comments are welcome and with these comments we can further improve upon the level of superior 5 star service that provide! Don’t be shy! Also share any highlights to the Niagara Region, did you do anything unexpected, eat at any great restaurants, play a round at a great golf course? All of this information will help other travellers looking to stay!
Only a few weekends remain in Summer
August 18, 2018
Summer is quickly coming to an end and there are only three official weekends left in summer, but it is not too late to plan a last minute getaway to Niagara Falls. Vacation Homes Niagara has two ideal locations that are close to the best that Niagara has to offer. With the bonus of multiple bedrooms, outdoor space, bbq’s, fully equipped kitchens and more there is room for your entire family. Please contact us to see what we still have available!
Day of 1000 Musicians
July 21, 2018
The Day of 1000 Musicians takes place on Saturday July 21 at Firemen’s Park in Niagara Falls. This is an opportunity for all musicians (professional and amateur) to take the stage and perform in front of a large audience. This event is from noon until 9pm and is free, although Project SHARE will be at the gate collecting non-perishable food donations.The goal of the Day of 1000 Musicians is not just to bring out the best musicians but also to raise money for local charities including music for therapy groups in the region. A great events for locals and visitors!
July 28, 2018
Looking for a spot to sit and relax a bit after exploring Niagara Falls on foot? The IMAX Theatre in Niagara Falls located in the heart of the tourist district is the perfect air conditioned location that will overwhelms your senses! The screen is over six stories high, IMAX movie will take you places you have never been before. The movie Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic allows audiences to walk back to the past, meet daredevils and their death-defying attempts and discover the human history of this world wonder in IMAX and enhance your experience of Niagara Falls Ontario.
White Water Walk
July 16, 2018
Water is a crucial element to Niagara Falls, it is the water and its force, noise, and rapid pace the draw thousands upon thousands of visitors each year. Less than a 10 minute drive from Vacation Homes Niagara is an experience you do not want to miss, the White Water Walk. The White Water Walk operated by the Niagara Parks Commission allows visitors to experience first-hand lesson in the raw power and peril of the Niagara River’s Class 6 white-water rapids. The railed path and many viewing platforms gently winds its way along the Niagara River providing ample photo opportunities.
NEOB Lavender Farm
July 7, 2018
Just a short drive from Vacation Homes Niagara is the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. On your way to Niagara-on-the-Lake make sure you stop in at NEOB Lavender Farm this weekend (July 7 & 8) for their annual Lavender Festival. The festival is held on the grounds of neob, when the lavender fields will be at its peak. The lavender is harvested after the festival and all profits of product will be donated to charity. The festival includes lavender demon’s, cooking demo’s and more. Try a lavender pizza or cheesecake this year! Tour the facility and see how essential oils are made! Tickets are required for this unique Niagara experience.
Happy 151 Birthday Canada!
Last year Canada celebrated a milestone, turning 150 years young! This year there is still reason to celebrate, turning 151 although young by comparison to other countries around the world very few countries have the standards and services that Canada has come to set for the world stage.
Canada’s birthday will be celebrated in Niagara Falls Ontario with a huge firework display at Queen Victoria Park. If you are looking for accommodations for this long weekend please contact Vacation Homes Niagara!
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
June 23, 2018
Ready to get a little wet and have an experience of a lifetime? If you are then Whirlpool Niagara Jet Boat Tours is the attraction for you!
With two locations in the Niagara Region including Niagara-on-the-Lake at 61 Melville St., Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario which opens this weekend as well as the Floral Clock each location will get you up close and personal with some of the world’s fiercest rapids and whirlpools. Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours provides: ponchos, water shoes and life jackets and asks that you arrive 45 minutes before your departure time for orientation including safety training.
The hour long adventure will take you up the Niagara River and your guide will provide you with historical information on the Niagara River as well as the surrounding area.
The boats use a triple turbo diesel water jet system for both propulsion and steering, a design that creates incredible reliability and safety in the turbulent whitewater rapids.
For those that want the experience but are not keen on getting soaked there is also an enclosed jet boat.
Niagara’s Fury, a Family-Friendly Attraction
June 16, 2018
As water is a major element to Niagara Falls, the Niagara Parks Commission created a new tourist attraction called Niagara’s Fury. This attraction allows tourists to get up close and personal with the true force of Niagara Falls in 4-D.
Discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in 4D and re-live the exciting experience in this 360 degree multi-sensory theatre.
Water will bubble and spray as you travel down river, while snow falls all around simulating the last Ice Age. The moving platform beneath your feet will help you understand the power of nature as you’re surrounded by stunning visuals of the mighty Niagara River.
This family-friendly attraction provides a great introduction to your Niagara Falls adventure.
The Niagara Parks Commission
June 9, 2018
In total, the Commission is in charge of about 16.19 square kilometres (6.25 sq mi) of parkland along the river, in addition to the Niagara Parkway which spans 56 kilometres (35 mi). In this corridor, the NPC manages numerous trails, historic sites, picnic areas, and attractions. The Commission formerly managed Navy Island National Historic Site under a lease agreement with the Parks Canada.
The Niagara Parks Commission takes great care of this area, with pristine gardens, and also operates numerous tourist attractions including: Journey Behind the Falls, the Butterfly Conservatory, Whirlpool Aero Car, White Water Walk, Niagara’s Fury, and the numerous park areas along the Niagara River.
Tesla, no not the car, Nicholas Tesla
June 3, 2018
The name Tesla has become popular in the last few years based on the newest electric car and SUV’s built by the company with the name Tesla. What you may not know is the reason behind the company’s choice in name.
The Tesla Car company was named for Nicholas Tesla, a brilliant electrical engineer, developed a system of alternating current (AC) which enabled power from Niagara Falls to be transmitted great distances in the 1890’s. The system was put into use on November 15,1896 when electric power was transmitted from Niagara Falls to Buffalo.
Prior to Tesla’s discovery, electricity was sent by direct current (DC) no
more than 100 yards, yielding only enough power to light a bulb. His invention of AC power changed the way electricity was used throughout the world!
How much water actually goes over Niagara Falls?
May 26, 2018
When visiting Niagara Falls Ontario, especially from the area of The Niagara Parks Commission Table Rock that has you at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls it is astonishing just how much water quickly falls over! The sound and mist combine to make it a once in a lifetime experience.
Visitors often ask just how much water pours over the Horseshoe Falls/Canadian Falls? The answer is 600,000 U.S. gallons / 2,271,247 liters per second falls 167 feet / 50.9 meters into the Niagara River. To help put this in perspective the average American Family uses 160 gallons of water per day!
May 18, 2018
Victoria Day, also commonly referred to as the May 24 long weekend, is the official kick off to summer! With the extra holiday day on the Monday for both Canadians and Americans (Memorial Day) Niagara Falls sees a surge in visitors!
Victoria Day, which is only celebrated in Canada and Scotland, began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday. The British queen was born on May 24, 1819. She is the longest reigning monarch (Queen) in England, remaining on her throne for 63 years, 216 days. On September 9th, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II took the title of longest reigning monarch in British history.
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Canada’s parliament officially named the holiday Victoria Day. And it was decided that the day would be celebrated on May 24th each year (or on May 25th if the 24th fell on a Sunday).
Niagara Falls, Ontario celebrates this holiday with firework displays over Niagara Falls as well as all of the attractions that close for the winter season for example The Hornblower are all fully functioning, allowing guests to get a head start on summer. If you were unable to make it this year book ahead with Vacation Homes Niagara for next year, we take reservations!
Niagara Falls, Ontario Wildplay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course Offers An Adventure!
May 12, 2018
Located along the Niagara Gorge Wildplay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course offers three
different courses to suit your age and ability. The three courses include: Classic Course the Extreme Course, and the Kids Course. All of these courses offer ladders, cargo nets, rope swings, tightropes, wobbly bridges and more and each course takes a different length of time of complete. For the Kids Course designed for kids ages 5-12 must be chaperoned by an adult.
Not only is this a fun way to burn off some energy, the views of the Niagara Gorge and the below Whirlpool are stunning from this location! So come on out and test your climbing, balancing and swinging abilities in Niagara Falls. The Wildplay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course is a short 10 minute drive from Vacation Homes Niagara, an executive appointed vacation home that is large enough to suit your entire family and close to all the best attractions Niagara Falls Ontario has to offer.
Shopkins at the Scotiabank Convention Centre Niagara Falls
April 27, 2018
Shopkins are small plastic collectible characters in the shape of grocery store items, they are brightly coloured and each item has been given its own face and personality! For example there is a candy bar named Cheeky Chocolate!! There are hundreds of different characters to collect, and appeal widely to girls six to ten!!
Shoppers will make their theatrical debut in Niagara Falls, Ontario!! Come and be entertained as actors and singers entertain audiences of all ages!!
Our Vacation Home Niagara is the perfect place for your family to stay in Niagara Falls when you come to see this show! It is a large family friendly home with plenty of room to sprawl out on the large sectional or in one of the executive level decorated rooms, including two state of the art kitchens! the additional bonus is that it is within walking distance to the Scotiabank Convention Centre! Call now to book!
Looking to make a splash in Niagara Falls?
April 22, 2018
The three waterparks include Great Wolf Lodge, an amazing experience for the entire family that has themed cabin style rooms and a huge waterpark! Day passes are unfortunately not available for Great Wolf Lodge, you must be a staying guest to enjoy the facilities. Next is Waves indoor waterpark located at the Americana resort on Lundy’s Lane, this is a smaller facility and is ideal especially for families with smaller children. Day passes are available!
Finally there is the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark located in the Crowne Plaza hotel, this waterpark is the closest to Niagara Falls and offers something for all ages including a huge tipping bucket! Day passes are also available for this waterpark. So if you find yourself looking for a family getaway that is not during prime vacation time or it happens to rain on your vacation consider a day spent indoors at one of the waterparks Niagara Falls has to offer.
Humboldt Broncos, Saskatchewan
April 15, 2018
As first responders, parents and hockey fans we were deeply saddened this week with the horrible news of the bus crash that has now claimed the lives of 16 talented individuals who belonged to the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.
We hope that everyone participated in wearing a jersey on Thursday to show support and have a hockey stick outside their door.
This is a time in the country’s history to come together, to show support: to the families who have lost loved ones, those that survived that will need ongoing support and to improve road safety on our country’s highways and roads.
Hockey is not only is it our national sport/past-time, but has the ability to bring the country together regardless of politics, age, race, or gender.
Our thoughts are with you.
Advantages of A Vacation Home
April 6, 2018
Once you vacation at Vacation Homes Niagara you won’t be able to travel any other way! Here are some of the big advantages.
1. Laundry facilities – Have you ever been on vacation and ruined a piece of clothing? It’s bound to happen. Even if you don’t mind throwing the item out, now you have one less to wear on the trip. At Vacation Homes Niagara, you have a washing machine to clean your clothes.
2. Cook your own food – Vacations are expensive as it is. Eating out three times a day can cost as much as the rest of the trip! The best way to save money (and eat healthier) is to cook yourself. At Vacation Homes Niagara, you have a kitchen and a BBQ to do just that.
3. Variety – Hotel rooms are always the same. You get a couple beds and a bathroom and maybe an outdoor sitting area with two chairs. With Vacation Homes Niagara, the sky's the limit. There are countless different arrangements and amenities to choose from including an amazing outdoor deck that overlooks a vineyard.
4. Privacy – Instead of living and sleeping with neighbors on the other side of every wall, a vacation home rental offers plenty of privacy so you can do anything you like without bothering other people or being bothered.
5. Less crowded – You’re tired from walking all day in Niagara Falls, but now you have to wait in line for an elevator to get to your hotel room. There’s no crowd to fight around your vacation home.
6. Plenty of tech – We’re a tech-loving society now. We want TVs, WiFi, game systems, and plenty of channels to relax. Hotel rooms can’t offer that type of variety, Vacation Homes Niagara offers all of this!
7. You feel at home – A vacation home rental is a home. It’s not some cookie-cutter hotel room where everything is industrial and uncomfortable. You’ll sit on real couches and sleep on comfortable beds. You can relax in a place that feels like a home.
8. Affordability – Most people assume a vacation home is expensive, but they couldn’t be more wrong. In most cases, a vacation home is cheaper than a hotel. Plus, you can fit more people in a vacation home, making it an easy way to accommodate a larger group.
9. Great community – You’ll meet some incredible people in the houses around you. Some live there year round, others are vacationing like you. It’s a great way to meet some like-minded people and learn interesting things about the area.
10. Location, Location, Location - The location of Vacation Homes Niagara puts you within walking distance to the best attractions Niagara Falls, Ontario has to offer! If you don’t feel like walking there is also the WeGo bus.
Spring is in the air in Niagara Falls, Ontario
March 29, 2018
Spring is the perfect time to organize your summer vacation plans, there is typically still availability at the best accommodations, including Vacation Homes Niagara! It also gives you the opportunity to plan the activities that you want to participate in and if possible even make reservations at these places. Niagara Falls, Ontario truly has something for everyone, but don’t feel that you need to wait till summer to visit! There are an abundance of activities to do in the Spring as well including the Hornblower (formerly the Maid of the Mist) which starts operating April 1, and the Floral Showhouse which features everything Spring! If you need more ideas on things to do, places to eat, or nearby grocery stores please feel free to contact us!
Hornblower Cruises, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada (Formerly Maid Of The Mist)
March 2, 2018
One of the most iconic tourist attractions in Niagara Falls is the Hornblower Cruise, a cruise that takes you up close to the Canadian (Horseshoe Falls). The Hornblower previously called the Maid Of The Mist.
The original Maid of the Mist was built at a landing near Niagara Falls on the American side of the border. The boat was christened in 1846 as a border-crossing ferry; its first trip was on September 18, 1846. The two-stage barge-like steamer was designed primarily as a link for a proposed ferry service between New York City and Toronto. It was a 72-foot-long side-wheeler with an 18-foot beam which was powered by steam produced from a wood- and coal-fired boiler. It could carry up to 100 passengers.
The ferry did well until 1848, when the opening of a suspension bridge between the United States and Canada cut into the ferry traffic. It was then that the owners decided to make the journey a sightseeing trip, plotting a journey closer to the Falls.
The Maid Of The Mist changed ownership and names in 2014 and is now run and managed by an American Company, but the experience remains the same! Be prepared to get wet! With slight improvements including the change from the iconic blue rain slickers to red, a reference to the Maple Leaf and new and improved boats with better viewing access it is still a ride of a lifetime. With the new ownership now in its fourth year, cruises have been extended to offer a wider variety for those that want to see the Falls at different times during the day including a night time firework display. Cruises begin April 1 of each year and it is a must when visiting Niagara Falls.
Hornblower’s Niagara Falls cruises include:
The Voyage to the Falls: An early morning sunrise cruise, which features an up-close view of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. Cruises continue throughout the day.
A Sunset Cocktail Cruise: Guests get to sample Niagara wines and beverages and watch the sunset on the Falls.
The Falls Illumination Cruise: Highlights panoramic views of city lights and multi-coloured illumination of The Falls with a licensed bar and snacks on board.
Falls Fireworks Cruise: On weekends and holidays, visitors can cruise with views of the illuminated Falls and fireworks display. A licensed bar and snacks are also available.
For Prices please visit Hornblower Cruises Niagara Falls.
Niagara Parks Wonder Pass!
Are you planning a visit to Niagara Falls, Ontario? If you are you should consider staying with Vacation Homes Niagara, an executive level home that sleeps 10! With two brand new state of the art kitchens and plenty of cozy common areas this is your ideal vacation home! The close proximity to Niagara Falls and the best attractions makes it even more desirable.
The Niagara Parks offers a package, the Wonder Pass, that includes passes to:
5. Two day WEGO transportation pass
6. Two day Falls Incline pass
7. Additional bonus coupons
The Wonder Pass can be purchased right now for 60% off!! All of the above attractions right now only cost $25. These attractions allow you to explore the best Niagara Falls, Ontario has to offer including transportation. Buy now and save! Valid until April 5, 2018.
Cheer Evolution! Cheerleading Competition Niagara Falls, Ontario
March 3, 2018
Are you a proud parent or coach of a cheerleading/cheer team? Are you coming to Niagara Falls, Ontario April 6 through 8 for Cheer Evolution?
Do you have accommodations yet?
Vacation Homes Niagara is an executive level home that comfortably sleeps 10 guests (five bedrooms), with two kitchens and two large common areas.
What makes Vacation Homes Niagara an even better choice is that the Scotiabank Convention Centre is located in its backyard!
If you are looking for superior accommodations in Niagara Falls that will keep you close to the competition as well as the best attractions Niagara Falls has to offer contact us before a competing team reserves this amazing home!
March Break in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
February 25, 2018
If you want to avoid hearing “mom I’m bored” this March Break, book Vacation Homes Niagara! An executive level home that is family friendly, including a wii, that is located in the heart of the Niagara Falls tourist district. Niagara Falls, Ontario is not just a summer destination for families and has many events planned for families throughout the March Break. Eat out at one of our great restaurants including Antica, an authentic Italian restaurant featuring wood oven pizza the kids are sure to enjoy or the surroundings and animatronic animals at the Rainforest Cafe! Remember with two state of the art kitchens available at the Vacation Homes Niagara house eating out can be spread out to help save on the budget! Spend a day or evening exploring Clifton Hill full of haunted houses, arcades and themed museums including Ripleys Believe It Or Not. If you are looking for an animal encounter the Butterfly Conservatory and Bird Kingdom let you get up close and personal with the butterflies and birds, in a tropical environment. Dates are still available for this March Break and Spring Break for our visiting American tourists, contact us directly to book your stay.
Up in the Air! Niagara Skywheel, Niagara Falls Ontario
February 17, 2018
If you are old enough you may remember the large Ferris Wheel at Maple Leaf Village in Niagara Falls, Ontario! Decades after Maple Leaf Village and the Ferris Wheel were dismantled and closed a new version was erected on Clifton Hill. The Skywheel owned and operated by the HOCO company is a modern, fully enclosed, temperature controlled "Ferris Wheel."
The best part of the Skywheel are the views either during the day or at night any time of year. The view it provides of both the American Falls and the Canadian Falls (Horseshoe) is spectacular in addition it provides a birds eye view of the action on Clifton Hill and the surrounding area.
The ride lasts seven minutes and the smooth movement allows for great photographs to be taken. Well worth the price of admission!
An additional bonus of the Skywheel is the close proximity to Vacation Homes Niagara! When you stay with Vacation Homes Niagara be sure to visit the Skywheel.
Love In Niagara Falls Ontario, Valentines Day 2018
February 10, 2018
Are you looking for a unique gift for that someone special? How about a getaway to Niagara Falls, Ontario either for Valentines Day or a for a date of your convenience?
Niagara Falls celebrates Valentines Day by turning the Skylon Tower Pink! Niagara Falls is also home to a variety of high end restaurants for an intimate dining experience. There is something for everyone!
Spend the day exploring Niagara Falls in all its ice crusted beauty, take a wine tour, dine at one of our fabulous restaurants and return to Vacation Homes Niagara for a relaxing peaceful evening. Pour a glass of wine and enjoy the warmth of the large fireplace in the living room. Vacation Homes Niagara is happy to suggest restaurants, activities and wineries. Please contact us to book and ask for recommendations.
February 5, 2018
Are you a hockey fan? Have a child that plays in the OHL? St. Catharines is home to the Ontario Hockey League team, the Niagara IceDogs.
The IceDogs play in the brand new state of the art arena, the Meridian Centre. Weekly games and tickets can be purchased by visiting here a great experience for old and new hockey fans!
The best part about the Ice Dogs is that the arena is less than a twenty minute drive from Vacation Homes Niagara!! Make it a hockey night in Niagara!!
Scotiabank Convention Centre Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention
Janaury 31, 2018
Are you planning to attend the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention being held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre February 8-9?
Niagara Falls is the ideal location for the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention!
The top five farm groups in 2011 in Niagara were: greenhouse, fruit, poultry and egg, nursery, and cash crops.
Across the Golden Horseshoe, there was $1.7 billion in gross farm receipts, and an estimated $6.3 billion annual economic impact from the agriculture and agri-food sector on the provincial economy. https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/ap/raeis_download.aspx
If you are looking for affordable executive accommodations within walking distance to the Scotiabank Centre Vacation Homes Niagara is your ideal location!! After a day at the show come “home” and relax in front of our large fireplace. Feel free to cook your own meals in two brand new fully equipped kitchens. This home is ideal for groups providing enough space to gather together or enjoy some quiet time.
Ice Wine Festival, Niagara Region
January 18, 2018
This weekend marks the second of three weekends to celebrate a unique Niagara product, Ice Wine! Renowned around the world ice wine is made from grapes that are left on the vine and picked when the temperature reaches -8 degrees Celsius and are often picked during the night. The advantage of these grapes is the high concentration of sugar that they contain, turning grapes into one of the world delicacies.
Each year historic Queen street in Niagara-on-the-Lake is closed to traffic and is transformed into one large outdoor ice bar to celebrate Ice Wine! Local wineries set up tasting tents and local chefs create bite size samples inspired by ice wine. Tokens are required to purchase ice wine and food, it is truly one of Niagara's finest winter celebrations. Additional events celebrating ice wine are also available at many of the local wineries as well. For more information please Niagara IceWine Festival.
So make a weekend of it! Stay with Vacation Homes Niagara, partake in a wine tour, dress warm, drive safe and enjoy!!
Winter Magic! Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara Falls Ontario
January 12, 2018
Just because its winter does not mean that tourism stops in Niagara Falls, in fact some of the attractions get even better in the winter! This includes Niagara Falls itself with the accumulation of snow and mist that turns to ice, the ice bridge that forms in the Niagara River between the Canadian and American side and an all time favourite, Journey Behind The Falls.
Journey Behind The Falls is run by the Niagara Parks and can be found at Table Rock, directly in front of the Horseshoe Falls. A quick elevator ride takes you down over 200 feet to experience Niagara Falls up close and personal.
Due to the amount of snow and ice the lower viewing platform as well as one of the windows are closed for safety reasons, but the upper viewing deck provides one of the most unique views of Niagara Falls year round!
If you are planning a trip to Niagara this winter definitely put Journey Behind The Falls on your list as well as accommodations at Vacation Homes Niagara!!
Don't forget your Skates when you come to Niagara!
January 5, 2018
If you are travelling to the Niagara Region this winter you will want to pack your ice skates! This winter Niagara-on-the-Lake is thrilled to offer two outdoor skating rinks. The first is located just outside the gates of historic Fort George, a large outdoor rink allows you to enjoy the fresh air of Niagara on the Lake, skating at this rink is dependent upon weather conditions and the fee is free! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday's Vintage Hotels will offer concessions, skate rentals and helmets within our operating hours. Hours are as follows:
Starting December 1st
Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Concession and Skate Rental: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Concession and Skate Rental: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Concession and Skate Rental: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Additionally a second rink is also available at the Wayne Gretzky Distillery and Winery. A large rink complete with lights, outdoor table and heaters makes enjoying a skate as well as a beverage an ideal afternoon or evening outing! This rink is also weather dependent and there is a fee of $5 per person and skate rentals are also available.
After an afternoon or evening of skating come back to Vacation Homes Niagara and relax in the living room in front of the fire! A perfect way to end the day! Contact us to book your stay!
Celebrate New Year's Eve 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario
December 27, 2017
For the past numerous years, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada has hosted one of Canada's largest New Year's Eve Celebrations! Located in Queen Victoria Park directly across from Niagara falls is the head quarters for a night of fun and entertainment the entire family can enjoy. A large stage is set up to feature this years performers Marianas Trench, Simple Plan, James Barker Band and Jess Moskaluke. A count down to the New Year as well as a large fireworks display at midnight helps kick off the New Year. This celebration is covered live by CTV and broadcast across the entire country. Vacation Homes Niagara is the closest vacation rental property to all of the New Year's Celebrations! Please contact us for availability. This is a party you will not want to miss!
December 24, 2017
From Vacation Homes Niagara we would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season! Niagara Falls Ontario is the ideal destination to visit during the holiday season, Niagara Falls takes on a magical appearance with the mist from Niagara Falls creating a blanket of ice on nearby buildings and trees. Combine this beauty with the Festival of Lights, fireworks and the excitement of Clifton Hill there is simply something for everyone to enjoy! Vacation Homes Niagara still has space for a quick holiday getaway! Please contact us for availability. Season's Greetings.
Deck the Falls
December 8, 2017
In its 30th year, the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls Ontario is now offering a unique viewing experience of its spectacular light show! Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours are available for the first three Friday and Saturday evenings in the month of December. Each stop along the walking tour offers something unique such as culinary and gourmet food sampling, holiday beverages, entertainers, treats, fun photo opportunities, craft workshops, ice sculptures and more. This is a great way to experience Niagara Falls during the holiday season and to participate in the Winter Festival of Lights! Ticket holders will receive their tour pass booklet with tour information, venue map and instructions. Tickets can be purchased online but confirmation needs to be brought to the Scotiabank Centre Niagara Falls box office to receive your official tickets. Luckily the Scotiabank Centre is located literally in the backyard of Vacation Homes Niagara! A short walk to a new Niagara Falls tradition!
Temporary Housing for Insurance Related Claims
December 1, 2017
Have you been displaced due to fire, flood or other incidents?
Vacation Homes Niagara offers temporary fully furnished housing for insurance related claims. Our homes are fully furnished, private, and will help make you feel at home while your home is being repaired.
Vacation Homes Niagara recognizes that the insurance industry and those with insurance claims have unique needs when it comes to temporary housing. Living in a hotel for an extended period of time is often not the best solution, especially those with families as it is hard to establish a routine and the budget provided by the insurance company can quickly diminish.
If you are dealing with a property loss claim due to fire, flood, vandalism, wind or other damage and you need a place to stay either for yourself or for a client please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Vacation Homes Niagara can assist the insurance industry (both policyholders, brokers and adjusters) with regards to suitable accommodations.
Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse
November 24, 2017
The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse is a hidden gem in Niagara Falls, Ontario! Delighting visitors for over 70 years, the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse located at 7145 Niagara Parkway, a short walk from the horseshoe falls. The Floral Showhouse features floral shows, eight per year, that change to reflect the changing seasons.
One of the largest draws each year is the Christmas Celebration, featured for the month of December. The location of the Floral Showhouse on the Winter Festival of Lights path that winds its way down the Niagara Parkway makes the Floral Showcase the ideal stop!
Walk through greenhouses filled with Christmas inspired plants including Poinsettias in every colour, some even taking the shape of giant Christmas trees. Open seven days a week from 9:30am-5pm with onsite parking it is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and take a break from the cold.
The Floral Showcase is a short 5 minute drive from Vacation Homes Niagara, an amazing five star accommodation alternative in Niagara Falls. The fully remodeled home sleeps up to 10 guests and includes 2 gourmet kitchens, free WiFi and parking.
A winter escape to Niagara Falls
November 16, 2017
If you are looking for a quick getaway to beat the cold/winter blues Niagara Falls Ontario is the place for you! With five star accommodations at Vacation Homes Niagara you are only a short walk to one of Canada's most unique winter tourist attractions, the Winter Festival of Lights.
Each winter Niagara Falls is transformed into an illumination showcase! With over three million Christmas lights strung along the Niagara Parkway, lighting the path to Niagara Falls and around Dufferin Islands. The winter Festival of Lights now in its 35th season kicks off on November 18 at the Niagara Parks Queen Victoria Park and runs until January 31, 2018.
In addition to the amazing light display there are also fireworks displays every Friday night at 9pm starting November 18, additional firework displays (sponsored by Casino Niagara) will run December 23-29 at 9pm to help celebrate the holiday season.
If you are one of over a million visitors to the annual Winter Festival of Lights and need accommodations please contact Vacation Homes Niagara, a five star, fully remodelled home that can sleep 10!
November 6, 2017
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)
Vacation Homes Niagara is thrilled to be a partner of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, this association is recognized as the umbrella government advocacy organization serving Ontario's diverse tourism industry. Collectively representing over 186,000 businesses and 389,000 employees across the province, TIAO provides strong, unified voice for the sector. The mission of the TIAO is similar to the mission of Vacation Homes Niagara, to position Ontario (specifically the Niagara Region) tourism industry for growth and prosperity. By becoming a member of this organization
Vacation Homes Niagara will be able to provide critical insight for the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario into Vacation Home Rentals as a viable alternative for travellers in Niagara Falls and throughout the province. Vacation Homes Niagara will be attending the Tourism Association of Ontario annual summit being held this year in Niagara Falls Ontario on November 6 & 7 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Additionally to help further promote vacation home rentals, Vacation Homes Niagara is also sponsoring a centrepiece at the summits gala dinner.
Vacation Homes Niagara is looking forward to meeting fellow businesses throughout Ontario as well as helping answer any questions regarding vacation home rentals. For those that still require accommodations for this event please visit www.vacationhomesniagara.com.
Welcome to Vacation Homes Niagara!
October 26, 2017
Welcome to Vacation Homes Niagara, Niagara Regions premier vacation home rental company! Our flagship five star home, Fallsview Family Vacation Home, is a short walk to all of the best attractions Niagara Falls, Ontario has to offer. The advantages of a vacation rental home compared to a hotel vacation are numerous! The Fallsview Family Vacation Home, recently remodelled, sleeps 10 guests, has two full bathrooms, two state of the art kitchens and plenty of room both inside and out to comfortably gather, and onsite free parking. This home is ideal for guests looking for vacation accommodations that feel more like home, compared to a cramped hotel room. Available year round this home is ideal for larger families travelling together, couples getaway or corporate events and accommodations (the close proximity to the Scotiabank Convention Centre makes it the first choice!).