Christmas in July

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Don’t miss Christmas at the Shaw Festival.

The Shaw has not one, but two Christmas shows lined up this November and December! “A Christmas Carol” will be back for its third season at the Royal George Theatre and the Festival stage will be decking its halls in anticipation of the musical classic “Holiday Inn”.

Ticket sales have already been strong for both shows – so don’t miss out – we wouldn’t want anyone feeling they got a lump of coal in their stocking.

Holiday Inn will kick-start your holiday season in a joyful way.

The cherished Christmas classic features a host of hummable songs such as White Christmas, Cheek to Cheek and Easter Parade. It will be the perfect way to ring in the holiday season!

Michael Therriault returns as the miserly Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. It’s the perfect reminder of what Christmas is all about. Arrive feeling “Bah, humbug!” and leave full of warm, fuzzy Christmas spirit.

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Une superbe escapade : Pourquoi il vous faut visiter Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake – L’une des Plus belles villes au Canada

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Lorsqu’on pense aux merveilles du monde, les chutes Niagara continuent d’intriguer. Néanmoins, vous n’avez pas à demeurer dans un hôtel dans un endroit bondé de touristes. Niagara-on-the-Lake ne se trouve qu’à une vingtaine de minutes des chutes en voiture et vous pourrez en chemin admirer le Niagara River Parkway.

L’un des secrets les mieux gardés du sud de l’Ontario, le village de Niagara-on-the-Lake, est le parfait pied-à-terre pour visiter la région de Niagara. De plus, il est entouré de vignobles renommés, de brasseries et même de distilleries. Sans oublier le Festival Shaw et les nombreux sites historiques et promenades pittoresques.

Si vous cherchez l’endroit parfait pour vous évader le temps d’un weekend, Niagara-on-the-Lake est la meilleure option. Vous trouverez dans les environs bon nombre d’activités pour passer le temps. Pour en savoir davantage, voici un guide résumant les raisons pour lesquelles il faut absolument visiter Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Explorez la ville pour l’art et le divertissement

L’exploration de la scène artistique et du divertissement de la région de Niagara-on-the-Lake vous tiendra très occupé durant votre séjour. Il y a toujours quelque chose à faire! Si vous aimez le théâtre, le Festival Shaw de Niagara-on-the-Lake est votre premier arrêt!

Sans aucun doute, Shaw est l’une des nombreuses raisons de visiter Niagara-on-the-Lake. Vous devriez planifier votre voyage durant la saison du festival entre avril et octobre. Lorsque vous ferez l’expérience du Festival Shaw, vous resterez bouche-bée devant le talent de ses acteurs, les productions d’envergure et le superbe style de ses installations.

Vous pourriez aussi écouter la musique captivante de l’Orchestre symphonique de Niagara, ainsi que les performances de Bravo Niagara! et Music Niagara. Vous verrez que la ville est une plaque tournante de la musique dans la région et profiterez d’une hospitalité chaleureuse et relaxante.

Attractions diverses, plaisir sans limites!

Dans la région de Niagara, il y a plusieurs activités, tant intérieures qu’extérieures, auxquelles vous pourrez participer.

Du côté des activités intérieures offertes dans la région, vous trouverez d’amusantes galeries d’art et de charmants sites historiques et musées. Des heures de plaisir!

En outre, si vous préférez vous envoyer en l’air, vous pouvez monter à bord d’un hélicoptère de Niagara Helicopter et faire un tour au-dessus des chutes ou les regarder depuis la grande roue Niagara Skywheel. Si vous aimez vous mettre au défi, essayez la tyrolienne et le saut en parachute ou encore faites un tour dans un bateau hydrojet.

Si vous êtes davantage du type sportif et plein air, vous pourrez vous faire plaisir avec une panoplie d’activités extérieures, de jeux et de sports. Vous pourrez partir à l’aventure en faisant de la natation, du kayak, de la planche à rame et d’autres activités palpitantes!

De plus, vous pourrez aussi prendre part à d’autres sports aquatiques dans la région de Niagara comme la plongée sous-marine, qui est une merveilleuse manière d’explorer les eaux, ses récifs et ses épaves.

Dégustation de vin et vignobles

Il existe, à part les chutes, une autre raison pour laquelle la région de Niagara est très populaire… et j’ai nommé son vin! Un coup d’oeil sur les vastes collines luxuriantes de Niagara et vous n’en douterez plus. Le climat de Niagara-on-the-Lake est idéal pour la culture du raisin. Non seulement l’endroit est parfait, mais il est aussi assez chaud en été pour faire du vin rouge et assez froid durant la saison hivernale pour faire du vin de glace.

Si vous n’êtes jamais allé dans une salle de dégustation ou faire la visite d’un vignoble, vous aurez vite la piqûre. Aussi, si vous n’avez jamais goûté au vin de glace et à ses saveurs de fruits tropicaux, vous ne savez pas ce que vous manquez! Le procédé d’élaboration du vin de glace implique de laisser le raisin geler sur la vigne avant de le récolter à la main.

En outre, vous pouvez aussi explorer les vignobles locaux à bicyclette. La région offre des tours pour tous les types de touristes. En plus des vins de glace, il y a aussi des dégustations de vins et fromages, de chocolats et plus encore!

Plaisir en famille!

Partir en vacances en famille est un excellent moyen de passer du temps de qualité ensemble. Vous pensez peut-être qu’il serait compliqué de garder vos enfants occupés durant les vacances, mais il n’en est rien. La région de Niagara regorge d’activités pour les enfants de tous les âges ainsi que leurs parents.

Vous y trouverez plusieurs centres d’activités et de jeux, comme par exemple des jeux et des attractions de style arcade qui seront des plus excitantes pour vos enfants. Faites-leur aussi expérimenter la chute libre intérieure en soufflerie ou, pourquoi pas, allez jouer aux quilles! Vous pouvez aussi les laisser jouer aux fléchettes et au billard pendant que vous admirez les oiseaux et les papillons.

Ce qu’il faut retenir

Niagara-on-the-Lake est un sanctuaire de vin, de culture, d’histoire et de gastronomie. Les rues de Niagara-on-the-Lake ont servi de destination vacances pour les touristes depuis plus d’un siècle. Ce guide est un bon moyen de profiter au maximum de votre séjour ici. Alors faites vos valises et venez découvrir les incroyables expériences que Niagara-on-the-Lake a à vous offrir.

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Article écrit par Clarence Rivera. Clarence est un écrivain enthousiaste qui aime écrire à propos des innovations et de tout ce qui est intéressant. Son intérêt s’étend aussi à l’ingénierie et à l’architecture. Il est aussi contributeur sur The Sleepy Owl. Dans ses temps libres, Clarence aime voir des films et jouer à des jeux de société avec des amis.

A Beautiful Escape: Why You Must Explore and Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake – One of the Prettiest Towns in Canada

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When it comes to the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls continues to intrigue. However, you don’t need to stay at a hotel in the busy tourist-filled area. Niagara-on-the-Lake is just a short drive from the Falls along the scenic Niagara River Parkway.

One of the best-kept secrets of Southern Ontario’s most popular and picturesque villages, Niagara-on-the-Lake, is an ideal home base for touring the Niagara region. And it is surrounded by renowned wineries, breweries and even distilleries. Not to mention the Shaw Festival and the many historical sites and scenic walks.

If you’re looking for a great place to escape for a quick weekend trip, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the best option. The area holds plenty of beautiful ways to spend your time. To know more, here’s a guide to look at as to why Niagara-on-the-Lake is worth visiting.

Explore the Town for Its Arts and Entertainment

Exploring the arts and entertainment scenes in the region of Niagara will always keep you on your toes with something to do. If you are someone who enjoys watching plays, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a must see.

Without a doubt, Shaw is one of many reasons to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake. You should plan a trip during festival season from April through October. Once you visited and witnessed the Shaw Festival, you’ll be in awe with its top-notch actors, the world-class production and performance, and the look of its beautiful facilities is a plus too.

You could also listen to the enthralling music that the Niagara Symphony Orchestra provides, as well as perfromances from Bravo Niagara! and Music Niagara. You will find that the cultural hub in the area is warm and relaxing through the hospitality and music they offer.

Diverse Attraction, Limitless Fun!

In the Niagara Region, there are many indoors and outdoors attractions that you can explore.

There are lots of indoor activities that the region offers such as amusing art galleries and lovely historical sites and museums that provide fun-filled hours.

Moreover, if you want to go for something fun in the air, you can hop on a Niagara Helicopter and ride above the Falls or watch it from the Niagara Skywheel. If you are fond of challenging adventures, try zip lining and skydiving or have fun thrilling in a jet boat ride.

If you are one of those sporty and outdoorsy types of people, you can indulge yourself in a wide range of outdoor activities, games, and sports. There are many adventurous activities that you can try such as swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and other thrill activities.

Additionally, you can also indulge yourself in other water sports in the Niagara Region such as scuba diving which is a beautiful way to explore the waters that contain sunken ships and reefs.

Wine Tasting and Wineries

Away from the Falls, the other thing that the Niagara area is popular for is its wine. One look at the expansive, lush hills and valleys of Niagara and you’ll know. The climate in Niagara-on-the-Lake is ideal for grape growing. Not just the place is perfect, but it’s also warm enough in the summer to get red wine and cold enough in the winter season to make ice wine.

If you have never been to a tasting room or a winery tour, you’ll quickly become hooked. Also, if you have never tried ice wine, you are missing out. The ice wine is full of the tastes of tropical fruits which is sticky just like pudding in a glass. The process of making this wine involves allowing the grapes to freeze on the vines, and they are also hand-picked.

Furthermore, you can also explore the local wineries through biking. The area offers tours to suit every need of the tourists. Other than ice wines, there are also cheese and wine tasting, and chocolate and other different wine experiences.

Family Fun!

Spending time with your family such as going on vacation is an essential way of enjoying quality time. You might be thinking about how hard it would be to keep your kids entertained during a vacation. But you will never experience such a problem in the Niagara Region because they provide activities for kids of all ages, and parents as well.

Plenty of activity centers and game hubs can be found in the Niagara Region. Taking your kids for arcade-style games and rides can be exciting to them. You can also take them to experience indoor skydiving and go bowling. You can let them play darts and pool tables and have fun watching the birds and beautiful butterflies.

Takeaway

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a sanctuary of wine, history, culture, and food. The avenues of Niagara-on-the-Lake have served as a getaway destination for visitors and tourists for over a century. The guides as mentioned above are one way to make your free time more enjoyable and filled with fun. So, get your things and pack your bags and discover the great experiences that Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer.

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Article contributed by Clarence Rivera. Clarence is an enthusiastic writer who loves writing about innovations and anything interesting. His interest also extends to engineering and architecture. He is also a part-time contributor to The Sleepy Owl. During his free time, Clarence enjoys watching movies and playing board games with friends.

Voices of Freedom Park Official Opening

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Voices of Freedom Park officially opens November 2, 2018, 2 pm at 244 Regent Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Voices of Freedom Park gives expression to the silenced and forgotten stories of people of African descent, enslaved, freed, and free, whose sacrifices, labour, skills, and talents contributed to the development of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This significant art installation in the heart of Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake permanently inscribes these Black men and women on the historical and cultural landscape of the Town.

Curated by Bravo Niagara!, the official opening performances will feature acclaimed vocalist Alana Bridgewater, JUNO-winning pianist Robi Botos, and Shaw Festival actor Allan Louis.

For more information, visit www.vofpark.org

Voices of Freedom Concert

Bravo Niagara! Presents Voices of Freedom Concert November 3, 2018

On November 3rd, Bravo Niagara! presents the Voices of Freedom Concert at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines.

The concert comes one day after the official opening of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Voices of Freedom Park, dedicated to commemorating Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Black history and the 225th Anniversary of the Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada.

November 3, 2018, 7:30pm
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

Curated by Céline Peterson, daughter of legendary Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, the Voices of Freedom Concert will bring together some of the best in Canadian jazz and soulful music to highlight inclusiveness, empowerment, and the importance of freedom.

“The entire Voices of Freedom concept excited me from the moment I first heard about the project. The park, the concert – it’s all such a beautiful and meaningful celebration,” says Céline Peterson, Artistic Producer and host of the Voices of Freedom Concert.

“Some of our nation’s greatest musical storytellers will be gathered in one place performing music that is bound to resonate with every audience member. As a lover of music and a proud Canadian, I can say with complete certainty that this will be an unforgettable and mesmerizing event.”

The evening will feature performances by Officer of the Order of Canada, singer/songwriter and philanthropist Molly Johnson.

The concert will also feature NAACP Image Award, Gemini, Dora, and JUNO Award-winning singer/actress Jackie Richardson, as well as performances by Grammy Award winner Larnell Lewis on drums (Snarky Puppy), multi-JUNO Award winners Robi Botos on piano and Mike Downes on bass, and up and coming saxophonist from Barbados, Joseph Callender.

These all-star Canadian artists will be joined by 80 students from the Laura Secord Secondary School Concert Choir.

For tickets and more information, visit www.bravoniagara.org/vofconcert.

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Harvest Season is Here!

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Perfect time to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country

Fall is a very exciting time of year in Niagara when harvest is underway and wine country is buzzing with activity.

This year has been an amazing year for grape growing and the local wineries are busy picking the fruits of their labour to transform the bounty of this year’s crop into exceptional wines.

There is really no better time to visit the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Many of the wineries produce estate grown and bottled wines so all the harvest activity happens on premise.

You can immerse yourself in wine country and appreciate up close the intricate work that goes on behind the scenes to make the wines you love.

Guests often ask their hosts what is their favourite winery, but there are so many to choose from…

Book your stay a one of our many and diverse bed and breakfasts and while you are visiting, stop at a few wineries where many of the staff at each would be delighted to answer any questions you have about this year’s harvest and the outlook for the 2018 vintage.

Harvest can be quite fascinating and winery staff love to share their knowledge.

For example, did you know that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes destined for sparkling wines are typically the first grapes to be picked? These grapes are harvested early at a slightly unripe point to help maintain acidity in the finished wine so that your glass of bubbly is zesty and refreshing.

With so much to see and do, one day isn’t enough! Niagara-on-the-Lake has lots of great experiences for you to discover, book your stay today at one of our beautiful bed and breakfast’s, inns or vacation rentals.

Download the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake printable map to help you better explore wine country and make the most of your visit.

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Do you have what it takes to be a Re-enactor?

Photo courtesy of Tony Chisholm

Photo courtesy of Tony Chisholm

War of 1812 Soldiers Day is taking place at Fort George April 29-30th. See the uniforms, the weapons, and all the gear of a soldier in the war of 1812. Learn about what it takes to be a re-enactor as War of 1812 Re-enactors occupy the Fort for a training weekend.  Observe the training on Saturday and meet with the Unit Commanders of the British forces on Sunday to ask questions and find out how to join one of the groups.  For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.  Fort George has free admission throughout 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

Stay the whole weekend and enjoy all the splendors of spring in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Book your stay at one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wonderful bed and breakfasts, inns or cottages at bookyourstay.ca. Take in some history!

Shed Those Mid-Winter Blahs

It’s been a cold, harsh winter by all measurements. Isn’t it time you took a break from the city life, chaos and grime to enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Niagara-on-the-Lake? Book a cozy weekend at your favourite B&B where privacy, peace and quiet, and a taste of the local lifestyle are just a few of the reasons to stay. Oh, and of course, there’s that delicious spread first thing in the morning—lovingly prepared and served by your hosts.

 

Out and about

And if you do choose to head out during your stay, there’s plenty going on to keep you entertained and out of the cold. Check these out:

 

FEBRUARY 26–MARCH 5:

The popular Fabulicious event comes to town, during which you have the opportunity to dine at some of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s finest restaurants serving special three-course meals at amazing prices. Indulge in three-course lunches for $25 and three-course dinners for $35.

The Fabulicious dining event in on until March 6. Don't miss it!

The Fabulicious dining event in on until March 5. Don’t miss it!

 

MARCH:

Sample a variety of award-winning wines at numerous vineyards throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake. Your B&B hosts are always happy to recommend the best and their favourites and furnish you with complimentary tasting coupons.

And, there’s always Sunday brunch at the ever-popular Ravine Winery—that’s if you still have room after your hearty B&B breakfast servings earlier that morning.

Enjoy a tasty Sunday brunch at the Ravine Winery Restaurant.

Enjoy a tasty Sunday brunch at the Ravine Winery Restaurant.

 

APRIL:

On April 4, hippety-hop over to the Annual Bunny Trail at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre where the Kinsmen Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp. There’s plenty of family entertainment planned until 1 p.m. too. It promises to be fun for the whole family and everyone’s welcome.

Also on April 4, at 7:30 p.m., BRAVO Niagara! and the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre, in partnership with the Centre for the Arts, Brock University, present world-renowned piano sensation and “You Tube Star of Classical Music,” Valentina Lisitsa. For tickets and information on other upcoming performances scheduled by BRAVO Niagara!, visit bravoniagara.org.

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa performs on April 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa performs on April 4 at 7:30 p.m.

And on April 11, Willowbank is holding an Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. That means Spring is coming! Another great reason to celebrate in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

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Posted by Donna S. Vieira on behalf of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association