There’s no doubt about it – Niagara Falls is a tough act to follow for any other attractions in the area, but with 12 million tourists heading there each year, it can’t just be the inspiring Falls alone that keeps them there for days on end, can it? The beautiful area of Niagara has so much to offer tourists and experienced travellers alike, yet many people continue to dismiss the area as a one trick pony. Hopefully, today’s post should convince you otherwise…
- Hike to your heart’s content
Canada is known worldwide for the unparalleled beauty of it scenery. For feet of snow and glacial landscapes, head north to the Yukon, while for dense forests and classic Canadian Rockies, head for Jasper National Park. If you’re heading to the southern Ontario region though, then the geological gems that can be unearthed in Niagara Gorge will have you transfixed. The prehistoric history of the area can be told in detail from the exquisite rock formations in the Gorge, so if you’re a nature-lover or have an interest in science, this is the hiking trail for you.
If you simply prefer getting back to nature on your walks though, Niagara Park has many peaceful hiking footpaths. There are six different nature areas, with one 56km paved Niagara River Recreation Trail for beginners, so there are trails for all experience and skill levels.
- Get lost in wine country
Did you know that the Ontario wine country is some of the fastest growing in the world? Ontario produces 90% of the country’s icewine, and it isn’t hard to see why, as the climate is perfect for it. Temperatures may vary over the course of the growing season, but as most of the vineyards are set on the Lakes of Ontario, Erie and Huron, the lakes’ cold temperatures cool the vines during the hot summer months. This means the wines in the area have those classic icewine characteristics: aromatic, lighter in body and higher in acidity.
With all of this in mind, it would be rude not to indulge in one of the many wine country tours. Hop on a bus, leave the Falls behind, and let the experts walk you through the award-winning wineries.
- Indulge in a luxury break
Niagara Falls is also the perfect place for a short, romantic break. When you check into your Marriott Niagara Falls hotel, you’ll get a Falls view so stunning that you won’t even need to leave your room! Aside from the luxurious surroundings though, you’ll find that there are many options available for short stays. For example, the Marriott’s Romance with a Falls View package includes a deluxe room, a Tour & Tasting of the Peller Estates Icewine Lounge, dining vouchers and much more. And what could be more romantic evening than having a candle-lit dinner over-looking the Falls, followed by a turn on the Niagara Skywheel so you have a birdseye view of the whole city.
What other attractions in Niagara would you recommend?