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One thing you will notice on Clifton Hill is the abundance of “haunted houses” and scary-themed attractions. It goes without saying then that Halloween is a popular time of year here.
Here is our Top 13 list of “scary” things to do on Clifton Hill. 

1 Nightmares Fear Factory

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It doesn’t matter your age, Nightmares Fear Factory is hands down the scariest attraction in the Clifton Hill vicinity. Located just off Clifton Hill at 5631 Victoria Av., it is the oldest haunted house in North America in operation. The Nightmares experience is more psychological to induce fear. There is no blood and guts, but rather focuses on what lurks in the dark…
If at any point you get too frightened to continue, simply call out “Nightmares!”, and you will be safely escorted out and added to the over 147,000 that have chickened out to date!

2 Zombie Attack

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One of Clifton Hill’s newest attractions, and arguably the most exciting that will leave you on the edge-of-your-seat is Zombie Attack. This is a 6D multi-sensory adventure ride in which you compete against everyone else in the theater with you. All you have is your gun and an army of flesh-eating and hungry zombies on your tail!
Will you be the champion of mankind?

3 Movieland Wax Museum “House of Horrors”

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If wax museums freak you out, than you may want to skip the “House of Horrors” towards the end of this self-guided tour. Movieland Wax Museum gives you the option to opt out of this part of the museum with a “chicken exit” for the faint of heart.
The scariest of horror characters in the movies, moving animatronics, a maze of mirrors — and something special at the end will leave you with a chill in your bones!

The "Electric Chair" in Movieland Wax Museum, Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls - YouTube

4 House of Frankenstein

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Inside the “House of Frankenstein” you will be met with many ‘monsters’ and scary ‘creatures’ who lurk in the shadows. When you climb the thirteen haunted steps, you are on your own. Find the hidden passageway and finish this journey of terror…

5 Ghost Blasters Dark Ride

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If you like a bit of a fright and you have a competitive spirit, then Ghost Blasters is the ride for you!
Hop into a car with an opponent, put on the 3D glasses provided, grab ahold of your laser gun — and get ready to shoot some ghosts and ghouls through “Bleakstone Manor” — a black-lit adventure of fun!
Try to beat your opponent to get the highest score by blasting away the highest number of “creatures of the night” with the most accuracy. Good luck!

6 Dracula’s Haunted Castle

This is a haunted house with three “scary” levels to choose from, with 3 being the most frightening. Choose your level and enter — if you dare!

7 Wizards Golf – Glow In the Dark Mini Putt

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Clifton Hill’s “Wizard’s Golf” sends miniature golf fans on an incredible glow-in-the-dark adventure. This challenging 18-hole mini golf course showcases brightly coloured exhibits of Wizards, Trolls, and Dragons. Here there’s something interesting for everyone to enjoy. You’ll golf amongst wizards, trolls, fairies, castles and dragons; get lost in a medieval story of fantasy and wonderment.

8 The Haunted House

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Expect the usual frights as you enter the “Haunted House“. Skeletons, ghosts, and ghouls abound in every corner! Are you brave enough to enter into the darkness?

9 The Walking Dead Arcade Game

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This is one of the newer and most entertaining “scary” arcade games that the Great Canadian Midway features. Based on the wildly popular TV show, you are armed with an authentic crossbow controller. Take aim to take your shot at the undead and rescue the innocent.
Tip: Aim for the head!

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10 Typhoon

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Typhoon is a coin-operated motion simulator ride found in the Great Canadian Midway. Motion, wind, and amazing graphics are presented. There are 16 different “rides” to choose from — with some options being met by some frightening creatures….
If you like this one, be sure to try out the Wild West Coaster also located in the Great Canadian Midway (and as part of the Clifton Hill Fun Pass).

11 Zombie Snatcher

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Okay, so the only thing scary about this arcade game is the name, but still worthy enough to put on this list! Found in the Great Canadian Midway, it’s a great one to win tickets to redeem for prizes.
Play individually or up to 6 players. There are 40 ticket prize pucks ready to be snatched by the players Zombie arm. Will you be able to skillfully hit the JACKPOT??

12 Dinosaur Adventure Golf

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CANADA’S LARGEST MINI GOLF ATTRACTION!!! As one of the nation’s largest miniature golf courses, Dinosaur Adventure Golf features two 18-hole courses: “Raptor” and “T-Rex” (A Total of 36 Holes); 3 distinct decorative ponds with fast-moving rapids and bubblers; and a 50 foot high “active” steam-erupting volcano that lets golfers play directly through a realistically eerie, cavernous volcanic interior on their way to the 18th hole.

13 Halloween on the Hill

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When: October 27th, 2018
Time: 9:00 pm to 2:00 am

We’re giving away a grand prize for best costume at this year’s Halloween on the Hill event held at Boston Pizza Clifton Hill… a package worth $500! DJ Pete will be setting the mood with the killer Halloween beats! We encourage everyone to dress up in your BEST costume. Please know you must register no later then midnight for the costume contest…. Trick or Treat!!!

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Already thinking about Halloween? Ready to take your kids to a family-friendly event in the Niagara Region? Here is a list of upcoming events for the kiddos!

Ghost Tours of Fort George

via www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca/ghost-tours/

Halloween Tour dates for 2018:

October 12, 13, 14
October 19, 20, 21
October 26, 27, 28, 30, 31

Halloween Tours start at:
7:00, 7:15 & 7:30 pm
10:00, 10:15 & 10:30 pm (excluding Sunday tours)

Address: Fort George, 51 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Ghost Tours of Niagara is the longest-running ghost walk in the Niagara Region. Candlelight ghost tours of Fort George are offered throughout the Spring and Summer (May to September), but there are special Halloween ghost tours offered throughout October that highlights the scariest parts of the haunted Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This is a 2-hour walking tour that includes stories too frightening to be told on the Summer tours, and opens a building (the Officers’ Quarters) that is usually off-limits during the usual ghost tours.

Contact Friends of Fort George for more information: giftshop@friendsoffortgeorge.ca


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Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Address: Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm , 650 Read Rd., St. Catharines

A fun filled family fall festival with plenty of FREE games, activities and entertainment including: pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, bouncers, hay dive, crafts, facepainting and so much more!

Free pumpkin (while supplies last) sponsored by Meridan Credit Union

Free shuttle bus from Grantham Lions parking lot to and from event
Accessible parking available at Happy Rolph’s parking lot

15th Annual Pumpkinfest 2018

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Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Address: Heartland Forest Nature Experience, 8215 Heartland Forest Rd (formerly Kalar Rd)

This event will feature delicious food and artisan vendors, and fun activities for all ages and all abilities. 100% of proceeds go to their environmental stewardship, educational programming, and disability programs.

All Hallow’s Eve Tour

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October 20th, 26th, and 27th at 7:30 pm, 7:45 pm, 8:00 pm

Address: Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Rd., Fort Erie, ON.

An evening of spooky tales at the spot of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. It’s the prime setting for hair-raising stories that took place here many years ago…you may even see a ghost or two as they have been known to frequent the premises….

Admission to All Hallows’ Eve at Old Fort Erie includes entry to the fort, guided tour, Burning of Guy Fawkes finale and a 9 pm film screening. Adult admission is $14.13, children (6-12) $9.21.

When the tour concludes, you are invited to stick around and watch a classic Halloween movie in their theatre. Admission is free with a purchase of an All Hallows’ Eve ticket. They will be showing these Halloween themed movie screenings at the Old Fort Erie Visitor Centre Theatre:

Oct. 20 Poltergeist(18A); Oct. 26 The Shining(R); Oct. 27 Edward Scissor Hands(R).

Reservations are required. Please call 905-871-0540. Please click here for more information.

Howling Halloween at HCA

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Saturday, October 20th from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Address: Fifty Point Conservation Area, 1479 Baseline Road, Grimsby

Wear your costumes and enjoy:

Hayrides, a bouncy castle, treat bag decorating, games, bonfire with marshmallows for roasting and complimentary hot chocolate.

The day is capped off with a screening of Hocus Pocus the movie film; don’t forget your blankets and chairs!

Special guests include: Creature Quest with some creepy crawlies, local fire truck and crew and Gorilla Cheese food truck.

Admission is just $15 per car

Click here for more information

Monster Mash Family Halloween Party

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Saturday, October 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Address: Yellow Door Theatre Project, 504 Line 2 Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

This is a family-friendly Halloween party! Costumes, games, spooky story-telling, delicious food. FREE event.

Downtown Ridgeway Halloween Parade

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Wednesday, October 31st 

Celebrate the arrival of the Great Pumpkin with over 600 of Ridgeway’s finest wee ghousts & goblins as they venture out for their annual trick or treat parade – October 31st through Downtown Ridgeway. Watch as munchkins, minions and costumed characters of all sorts descend upon the Downtown Ridgeway business community in search of sugary sweets & treats. A long-standing Ridgeway tradition!

Try out the Family-Friendly Ghost Blasters Dark Ride

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It doesn’t need to be Halloween to travel through “Bleakstone Manor”. You and an opponent compete against each other to see who is the ghost and goblin blasting champion, all while traveling in a car through a spooky “haunted” hotel! Located inside the Great Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill, you can ride alone (must be 42″ tall), or with a parent if under the height requirement.

Purchase an individual Ghost Blasters ticket for $4.99+HST or buy it as part of the Clifton Hill Fun Pass — be prepared for a spook-tacular good time!

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15th Annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap Sunday, November 11th to Thursday, November 15th , 2018

All Reservations start Friday, October 12th at 8:00 AM. Please do not call before the registration opens!

To book rooms, call the Hotels directly. Promotional Rooms will be restricted to Niagara Region Residents 21 years of age and older with a current valid credit card. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy for room bookings in order to avoid a charge of one night on the credit card.
Niagara Region Residents are made up of these 12 municipalities: Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet, Welland, West Lincoln.

**All Reservations start Friday, October 12th at 8:00 AM** Minimum donations for rooms remain the same as last year: $35 per night for a standard room, $45 for a Fallsview room, $65 for a whirlpool room, and $85 for a room with access to a waterpark.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a 24 hour cancellation policy for room bookings. Participants will be charged the full Sleep Cheap rate for the room if they choose to cancel 24 hours or more after the time they make the reservation.


Americana Conference Resort, Spa & Waterpark 8444 Lundy’s Lane. To book rooms go to their website www.sleepcheapamericana.com

Best Western Fallsview 6289 Fallsview Boulevard 905-356-0551

Courtyard by Marriott 5950 Victoria Avenue 905-358-3083. To book rooms go to their website www.nfcourtyard.com/niagara-falls-sleep-cheap

Days Inn & Suites by the Falls 5068 Centre Street 905-357-2550

Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton 6039 Fallsview Boulevard 905-358-3817

Embassy Suites Hotel Fallsview 6700 Fallsview Boulevard 905-374-5148

Fallsview Casino Resort 6380 Fallsview Boulevard 905-371-7517

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 6455 Fallsview Boulevard 905-374-5148

Great Wolf Lodge – Waterpark  3950 Victoria Avenue 1-800-605-9653

Hilton Hotel & Suites 6361 Fallsview Boulevard 905-353-7219 (Pool & Fitness Centre closed during this time)

Marriott Fallsview & Spa 6740 Fallsview Boulevard To book rooms go to the website: www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca (*rooms available November 11-13 only)

Marriott Gateway on the Falls 6755 Fallsview Boulevard To book rooms go to the website: www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca (*rooms available November 11-13 only)

Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls 6546 Fallsview Boulevard 1-877-843-6253

Old Stone Inn 6080 Fallsview Boulevard 905-357-1234

Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview 6733 Fallsview Boulevard 905-356-1944

Ramada by Wyndham Niagara Falls/Fallsview 6045 Stanley Avenue 905-374-5148

Ramada by Wyndham Niagara Falls by the River 4357 River Road 905-358-5555 To book rooms go to the website www.ramadaniagarafallsbytheriver.com/sleepcheap2018.php

Ramada by Wyndham Niagara Falls Near the Falls 5706 Ferry Street 905-356-0052

Sheraton on the Falls (Fallsview Waterpark) 5875 Falls Avenue To book rooms go to their website www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca

Skyline Hotel and Waterpark 4800 Bender Hill To book rooms go to their website www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca

Travelodge Fallsview Hotel 5599 River Road 905-354-2727

Wyndham Garden Niagara Falls Fallsview 6170 Stanley Avenue 905-374-4244 To book rooms go to the website www.niagarafallswyndham.com/sleepcheap2018.php

Extra Features

Greg Frewin Theatre 5781 Ellen Avenue
Experience the mystery and art of illusion at the Greg Frewin Theatre. On Monday, November 12th at the 7:30 pm show receive 50% off tickets. – Online PromoCode: Sleepcheap; or on Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th at the 7:30 pm show receive 25% off tickets. – Online PromoCode: Sleepcheaptoo. The “Wild Magic – Starring Grand Champion of Magic – Greg Frewin” (processing fee & HST extra). Tickets are available online at www.gregfrewintheatre.com.

**100% of the funds raised through Sleep Cheap Charities Reap will go towards benefiting local charities.

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There is a lot of excitement building up for the 36th annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights!

November 3rd, 2018 –  January 31st, 2019

Watch Niagara Falls transform into a palette of breathtaking colour with millions of sparkling lights and animated displays located within the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts. This festival attracts 1.5 million annual visitors, and over 450 motor coaches each year. The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights was created as a way to fully capture the idea that Niagara Falls is much more than a “Summer” destination…it is also a “Winter” destination as well. It features millions of sparkling lights along an 8 KM illumination route that travels along the Niagara Parkway past the Niagara Falls, into Dufferin Islands, and the surrounding tourist districts of Clifton Hill, the Victoria Centre, Fallsview Boulevard, and Lundy’s Lane.

The Winter Festival of Lights was founded 36 years ago in 1982. Considered Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premiere illumination festival in North America, it has received a number of awards including being named one of the Top 100 Festivals on Ontario, Sponsor of the Year, Best Volunteer Program, Most Innovative Partnership, and the prestigious Events of Distinction Award from Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO). The American Bus Association has long recognized the OPG Winter Festival of Lights as one of its Top 100 internationally Known Events from 2005-2015.

FREE ADMISSION: There is no admission fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands. The suggested contribution is $5 – $10 per car; $1 per coach bus passenger. All proceeds are used to enhance the lights and displays.

This November see the skies explode with color, lights and sounds over Niagara Falls as the premiere edition of the “Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition” kicks off. This grand event is widely anticipated to become the largest and most impressive firework show in the country this fall!

These remarkable displays will thrill audiences from across the region with events on Fridays and Saturdays over 6 weekend nights, starting November 9th, 2018. Cascades of Fire boasts multiple 18-minute pyrotechnic light shows, beautifully matched to music.

The event will be held at Queen Victoria Park, at the foot of Clifton Hill’s extremely popular amusement area. There is no admission fee for the firework competition and visitors will have full access through Queen Victoria Park, so you can enjoy all the fun of Clifton Hill with thrilling rides like the Niagara Speedway and some for the less adventurous (or young) plus a multitude of themed dining and retail venues.

2018 Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition
 Fridays & Saturdays, staring November 9th 2018.
November 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th.
Time: All shows start at 9:00 PM
Where: Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Canada
Cost: Free

Cascades of Fire Niagara Falls 2018 - YouTube

The kick-off to the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights begins as part of the Festival’s Opening Ceremonies celebrations in Queen Victoria Park on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018!
Saturday, November 3rd (WFOL Opening Ceremonies)

This will be followed by weekly shows every Friday night at 9PM, each show during the winter schedule will be four minutes long. There will also be bonus fireworks shows during the Holidays, every night from: December 22nd – 30th at 9PM.
Fridays: November 9, 16, 23, 30 December 7, 14, 21, 28, January 4, 11, 18 & 25
Nightly: Dec. 22 to Dec. 30
New Years Eve: Monday, December 31st at 9PM & Midnight

*Fireworks schedule is subject to change.  As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions like high winds or rain.*

Illuminations include fifteen Canadian Wildlife displays, the Sylma and over 50 trees wrapped in lights in Dufferin Islands, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag, the light show on the Toronto Power Generating Station, the two-storey tall Zimmerman Fountain, three-dimensional Angels at the Niagara Parks Police Building and a visitor favourite, Noah’s Ark! Plus don’t miss exciting programming happening throughout the Winter Festival of Lights season like the Fallsview Sound & Light Show at the Oakes Hotel, Deck the Falls Holiday Tour, WFOL Opening Ceremonies in Niagara Parks Queen Victoria Park and the Niagara Falls Icewine Festival.

Celebrate the start of Niagara’s most cherished winter tradition, the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights with your friends and family on Saturday, November 3, 2018! Enjoy family friendly entertainment in Queen Victoria Park just steps from the mighty Niagara Falls, then tour the 8km long illumination route featuring over 2 million lights throughout the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding areas!

WFOL Official Aftermovie - YouTube

Clifton Hill is home to a number of Winter Festival of Lights displays during the winter season. Trees in this area feature warm white lighting with light strands hanging down from the limbs to resemble Spanish Moss Trees. At the foot of The Hill is an arrangement of illuminated spiral trees and decorative lighting at Oakes Garden Theatre. A large spiral tree containing ornaments and surrounded by presents is located at Grand View Marketplace. Clifton Hill is home to numerous attractions year-round like Niagara SkyWheel, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, The Great Canadian Midway and more!

On the Victoria Avenue Promenade near the Upside Down House, see the heroes in a half-shell: Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael & Donatello the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Two archways above the street welcome visitors as they enter the Clifton Hill District from both Ferry Street and on Victoria Avenue near Bender Street. Be sure to stop by the life-size Santa’s Sleigh led by two of his reindeer; visitors can sit in the sleigh for the perfect holiday photo opp! The Clifton Hill District is also decorated with a cluster of giant 6′ retro light bulbs another great selfie photo opp.

NOV 3 2018 – JAN 31 2019 @ 5:00 PM – Midnight
A favourite with all the kids, the infamous Ninja Turtles, located along Victoria Avenue in the Clifton Hill district.

Of course, back again are Festival favourites including the displays at the Zimmerman Fountain, Noah’s Ark, the two storey tall Canadian/US flag, the Canadian Mounties, three-dimensional Canadian wildlife displays, the illumination of the Skylon Tower, Floral Showhouse and the Forest of Trees at Queen Victoria Park.

NOV 24 2018 – JAN 6 2019 @ 7PM – 10 PM

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Tour includes the top winter displays in Niagara Falls; This tour is perfect families, couples, and anyone that wants to see the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls.

See the Lights, Clifton Hill, through the parks, Dufferin Islands Lights, Tablerock for 15-20 minutes for a picture stop, and Skylon Tower.



Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tour is one of the brightest seasonal attractions in Niagara Falls. It offers a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated hotel lobbies and venues in the Niagara Falls tourist district. This event occurs during three December weekends on Friday and Saturday nights. It can be enjoyed at a leisurely walking pace or by hopping on and off the WEGO buses. This tour features three venues in the Clifton Hill area.

The tour will also feature live entertainment and life-size ice sculptures. Each venue will offer different activities including holiday beverages, culinary and gourmet samplings, fun photo opportunities, desserts and treats, craft workshops and more!

When:      Friday, November 30 & Saturday, December 1 : 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8 : 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December 15 : 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights will once again hold their “Sparkle Lighting Awards.” This recognizes the BEST residential, multi-residential and commercial property holiday light displays in Niagara Falls.

It began in the 1960’s as a chance to promote community involvement and holiday cheer by getting its residents to decorate their properties. “We are on the search to find the best illuminated properties in Niagara Falls this winter, each season the Sparkle Lighting Awards remind us just how much residents enjoy decorating their homes for the holidays,” said Tina Myers. “This makes it very difficult for our judges to choose just one winner for each section of the city.”

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Do you enjoy hiking? Here is a list of 7 waterfalls to see in Niagara for the adventurer and the outdoor lover.

1 Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario

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See this wonder no matter where you are with the Niagara Falls Live Cam. You can view the falls year round from observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River. Be sure to visit to Niagara Falls on a fireworks night in order to reveal a dazzling display.

The height of Falls is approximately 170 feet, with 150,000 gallons of water crashing down every second!

2 Beamer Falls, Grimsby, Ontario

Description: This an 8 meter-wide ribbon cascading falls, where Forty Mile Creek flows 12 meters down into the gorge below. A smaller lower falls is located downstream.

The waterfalls are located within the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area.


Ball’s Falls, Jordan, Ontario

Description: Water from the Twenty Mile Creek drops 27 meters from the crest of the main Lower Falls into the gorge below. The Upper Falls has a drop of 11 meters.

The area was once active due to the saw mills and wool mills, and it’s a beautiful area to check out and go hiking. 

4 Rockway Falls, Rockway, Ontario (near St. Catharines)

Description: It is 18.3 meters high, with a plunge basin over 3 meters deep at the bottom of the falls. It is located just east of Ball’s Falls, and is very steep with a ramp formation. The water flows over sloping rock into the basin.

Park at the Rockway Community Centre and the falls are located beside there.

5 Swayze Falls, Pelham, Ontario

Description: At fifty feet high, the waterfall is dry for most of the year. However, in early spring or after heavy rains, visitors can witness the waterfall in all its glory.

This is the largest waterfall in the Shorthills Provincial Park. It has a drop of 14 meters, and its best to visit in Spring or after a rainfall.

6 Terrace Creek Falls, Pelham, Ontario

Photo cred IG user @photoramble

Description: Also found in the Shorthills Provincial Park, This is a wide plunge waterfall. It isn’t as tall or as easy to find as Swayze Falls on the west side of the park, but picturesque anyhow and worth viewing.

It is 6 meters in height and 17 meters in depth.

7 Decew Falls, St.Catharines, Ontario

Description:  This is a 22 metre plunge waterfall surrounding the Morningstar Mill (a restored water-powered mill) and the Bruce Trail.

It’s gorgeous and well worth the visit!

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Reading Time:  5 minutes -Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition: A Look at the Competitors

This November, Niagara Falls will host a special event! See the skies come alive with amazing visuals and sounds as the premiere edition of the “Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition” kicks off. This grand event is widely anticipated to become the largest and most impressive firework show in the country this Fall!

These remarkable displays will thrill audiences from across the region with events over two weekend evenings. 6 nights, 6 spectacular firework shows, beginning on Friday, November 9th, 2018. Cascades of Fire boasts multiple 18-minute pyrotechnic light shows, beautifully matched to music.

The event will be held at Queen Victoria Park, at the foot of Clifton Hill. There is no admission fee for the firework competition and visitors will have full access through Queen Victoria Park, so you can enjoy all the family fun excitement of Clifton Hill with attractions such as the Niagara Speedway, the Niagara SkyWheel and the Great Canadian Midway, plus a multitude of dining and retail venues.

Dates: November 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 2018
Time: All shows start at 9:00 PM
Where: Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Canada
Cost: Free

Now let’s look at the Competitors!

All the teams in this upcoming competition will get as imaginative as possible to bring their best displays to the audience by synchronizing the fireworks with music and putting together some incredible multi-sensory spectacles.

Each team will be showcasing their own unique theme, music, creativity, effects and synchronization! Additionally, each team is among the best around the World and hold a huge number of awards and accolades between them.

Friday, November 9th: Team China: “Celebration Fireworks” from Liuyang, China

Team China Celebration Fireworks promo - YouTube

Celebration Fireworks Cultural Group is a professional fireworks group with over 20 years behind them. They have three subsidiaries, including International Celebration Fireworks CO., Liuyang Celebration Joy Export Trading CO., and Liuyang Renrenle Celebration Culture Communication CO.

They have participated in more than 1000 fireworks display worldwide, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games one year countdown celebration, Jiangsu Zhengjiang Trade & Investment Fair, Spring fireworks Show for Zhao Qing(Guangdong) & Guiyang, Changsha Spring festival fireworks show, and the 2009 Lateran Festival fireworks for Changsha Orange Continent.

They have received awards such as the best award in the world’s eighth fireworks Conference (2008 Japan), the Gold prize in 17th National Invention Exposition, the champion in Dalian International Spring Festival fireworks Competition,  the Best Design Prize in the 3rd International Pyromusical Performance and Fireworks Display Competition, and the golden prize in the 2011 F5 International Fireworks Competition, the top ten international influential company.

They also invented the largest “Chinese flag fireworks”, “Buddha fireworks”, “image fireworks of President Mao”, “kinetic fireworks angels” in 10th China International fireworks festival, and the symphonic fireworks show.

Saturday, November 10th: Team Finland: Pyroman Finland Ltd. from Espoo, Finland

Musical pyroshow 7.8.2010, by Oy Pyroman Finland Ltd. - YouTube

Pyroman Finland Ltd. is Finland’s pioneer in the field of pyrotechnics and special effects. Their experience includes fairs, sporting events, festivals, TV shows, and performances for artists and bands at home and abroad. Combined with their team of technology and leading fireworks artists in their country who all have a decade of experience in many different industries in both home and abroad, their show will be sure to leave audiences in awe!

Sunday, November 11th: Team Brazil: Fireworks Do Brasil from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

第五回 世界花火師競技会 海外予選 Fireworks Do Brasil - YouTube

Fireworks do Brasil has brought its experience in pyrotechnic shows and fireworks trade shows in Italy, where it was founded in 1980. They have been located in Brazil since 2000.

In 2005, they produced what was considered to be the largest pyrotechnic show in Brazil when they did the New Year’s Eve in Copacabana. That same year, they were accepted in the APA as being the only Brazilian company currently registered in the most respected international association, which regulates the sale and safe use of fireworks.

In 2007, they were responsible for the opening and closing pyrotechnics of the XV Pan American Games Rio, and they have since went on to establish themselves as a leader in pyrotechnics and fireworks having presented at several New Year’s Eve shows, concerts, sporting events, TV and DVD recordings, business events, and carnivals.

Friday, November 16th: Team Vietnam: Da Nang Fireworks Display Team, DaNang, Vietnam

Danang Fireworks Team Vietnam - YouTube

Founded 10 years ago, Team Da Nang from Vietnam was the first Vietnamese pyrotechnic team to participate in international fireworks competitions using modern firing equipment. Their team members train abroad and often enhance their skills in pyro-musical choreography.

Team Da Nang has made significant progress each year at the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) events, with ever more distinctive and attractive displays.

Some of their major achievements include: Vancouver Celebration of Light 2012, Canada: 2nd prize, Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2012: 3rd prize, Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2011: 3rd prize, Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2010: 3rd prize, Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2009: Encouraging prize, Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2008: Encouraging prize.

Saturday, November 17th: Team Italy: I.P.O.N. Fireworks S.R.L. from Ottaviano, Italy

(HD) Italy Ipon SRL PIPC 2013 - "Italian Spirit" - YouTube

The name IPON means “Industry Pagano Ottaviano Naples”. The company is located in the city of Ottaviano, near Pompei. After 30 years, they are constantly growing and researching new and more spectacular effects.

The company has developed unforgettable shows around the world and has been awarded with many important international prizes and prestigious participation, including the following:

• XXV° festival international Feu d’artifice de Montecarlo 1990 – first prize
• 1°International wettbewerb Hannover, Germany 1991 – first prize
• International Fireworks design fair, Omagari, Japan 1992 – participation, seventh of 39 companies
• Venus Mediterranea,Tarragona, Spain 1995 – first prize
• 5°International wettbeweb Hannover, Germany 1995 – second prize
• Venus Mediterranea, Tarragona,Spain 1996 – first prize
• L’International Benson & Hedge, Montreal,Canada 1997 – first prize (gold jupiter)
• L’International Benson & Hedge , Montreal, Canada 1998 – second prize (silver jupiter)
• Winner of the winner, Tarragona, Spain, 1999 – first prize
• III Sky Concert, Yokohama, Japan, 1999 – first prize
• Roma Caput Lucis Italy, 2002 – first prize
• XIV Concours de focs Artificial, Tarragona, Spain, 2003 – first prize
• Shanghai music fireworks festival, China, 2003 – first prize
• Le Mondial SAQ, Special 20th Anniversary Edition – La Coupe du Monde SAQ, Montreal 2004 – participation
• Flammende sterne music fireworks festival, Ostfildern, Germany, 2004 – first prize
• XV Gran Premio International, Bilbao, Spain, 2005 – first prize
• Shanghai music fireworks festival, China, 2006 – second prize
• Gorgeous summer night fireworks festival, Sakura, Japan – participation
• Flammende sterne music fireworks festival, Gera, Germany 2009 – second prize
• Huis ten Bosh music fireworks festival, Nagasaki, Japan 2009 – participation
• Shanghai music fireworks festival, China 2009 – second prize
• Music fireworks festival, Donetsk, Ukraina, 2010 – third place
• Flammende sterne music fireworks festival, Ostfildern, Germany 2013 – second prize
• Shanghai Jinshan International Beach music fireworks festival, China, 2014 – second prize
• Huis ten Bosh music fireworks festival, Nagasaki, Japan 2016 – participation and others, and various presence in Italy and other countries, such as Sweden, Grece, Holland, etc.

Sunday, November 18th: Team Canada: David Whysall International Fireworks Inc., Canada

David Whysall International Fireworks Inc. - Promotional video - YouTube

David Whysall International Fireworks Inc. has produced several displays for major offshore events, and also competed in international fireworks competitions gaining first place on two occasions. They have fired well over 1000 spectacular displays at Niagara Falls alone!

Some accomplishments include:

  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1992
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala 1999
  • World Fireworks Championships, U.K 2007 & 2010
  • Da Nang, Vietnam, International Fireworks Competition – First Place
  • GlobalFest International Fireworks Competition – First Place
  • Malaysia International Fireworks Competition
Judging Panel

The decision of the judging panel is final. Teams will be rated as follows:

  • 20 points – Theme and choice of music
  • 20 Points – Creativity
  • 20 Points – Selection of Effects and use within the display
  • 20 Points – Synchronization to the music selection
  • 20 Points – Crowd reaction and appreciation

Following each presentation, jury members will rate the performance on: theme and music, creativity, effects, synchronization and crowd reaction. Awards will be handed out by the city of Niagara Falls Mayor at the closing ceremony on Sunday, November 18th.

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Currently and upcoming, Niagara Falls has crisp apples, Fall raspberries, and juicy peaches, nectarines, and plums in season — and the picking is plentiful and delicious! Here is a list of some “Pick Your Own” Farms for fruit picking in Niagara.

1 Parkway Orchards

Location: 15000 Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Contact: 905-262-5097

There’s nothing like a beautiful drive along the Niagara Parkway on a sunny weekend to brighten your day. Parkway Orchards is one of Niagara’s favourite locations to stop by for a visit and pick up some fresh fruits from their farm.
Call ahead to see what is in season and available.
Hours of Operation:
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday’s, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Tuesday’s – Friday’s) and 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (weekends)
via parkwayorchards.com

2 Windwood Farms

Location: 4198 King Street, Beamsville
Contact: 905-401-0515

Windwood Farms grows over twenty varieties of apples, plus families are able to pick themselves some pears & plums. You may also purchase pre-picked fruit, seasonal vegetables, and Windwood’s famous Apple Cider!
Hours of Operation:
10:00 am – 4:00 pm on weekends
via windwoodfarms.ca

3 Mathias Farms

Location: 1909 Effingham Street, Ridgeville
Contact: 905-892-6166

Mathias Farms specializes in the growing of cherries, blackberries, and raspberries. They offer pick your own fruit, or you can grab ready-to-go fruit from the fruit stand located on the property.
Call ahead to see what is in season and available.
Hours of Operation:
5:00 pm – Dusk (Monday – Friday), 10:00 am – Dusk (weekends)
via mathiasfarmsniagara.com

4 Duffin Farms

Location: 1541 Rice Rd., Welland
Contact: 905-892-5387

Duffin Farms offers pick your own apples, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, rhubarb, and pumpkins.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Daily

5 Cherry Avenue Farms

Location: 4303 Cherry Avenue, Beamsville
Contact: 905-562-5481

**All picked for the 2018 season**

Pick your own sweet cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots or pears depending upon what is in season at Cherry Avenue Farms. They are dedicated to providing excellent fruit and service to all of their customers. The orchards are wheelchair accessible.
Hours of Operation:
8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Saturday, and Sunday/Holidays from 8:00 am-6:00 pm.
via cherryavenuefarms.org

6 Silmaril Farm

Location: 144 Russ Rd., Grimsby
Contact: 905-945-7963

Silmaril Farm lets your pick your own apples! They produce 7 varieties of apples which begin to ripen in September. MacIntosh, Honey Crisp, Empire, Red and Golden Delicious, Mutsu (Crispin) and Ida Red apples are available for your family to pick and enjoy for months to come.
Hours of Operation:
Change from week to week, so you must call ahead at the number provided.
via silmarilfarm.ca

7 Two Century Farm

Location: 400 Main Street West, Grimsby
Contact: 905-945-4294

Family harvested by the Smiths since 1787, Two Century Farm is 200+ years old!
Hours of Operation:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 am – Noon, Sunday CLOSED.
via twocenturyfarm.com

8 Puddicombe Estate and Farm

Location: 1468 #8 Highway, Winona, ON
Contact:  905-643-1015 or 905-643-6882

They harvest their own fruits to provide fresh produce and a wide variety of value added products such as hand-baked pies, jams, jellies, cookies, tarts, strudels, cider, fudge and wines.
Puddicombe Estate allows you to pick: Sweet & Sour Cherries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears and Pumpkins.
Hours of Operation:
Market is open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily, pick-your-own dates and times vary. Call ahead.
via puddicombefarms.com

After Fruit Picking — Pick Your Own Package!

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After all this family fun, stop by Clifton Hill for some more bonding time. Save and create a package that you and your family with love.

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Once the leaves start changing colours, there are a number of reasons why traveling to Niagara Falls is the best time to visit. For starters, Niagara Falls hotel packages in the Fall are inexpensive and affordable. The temperatures are more comfortable compared to the humid Summer and frigid Winter days, and moving around is made easy with less crowds! Gone is the season of heavy traffic congestion and long line-ups — and yet many of the popular Summer attractions such as the Niagara Speedway and the Hornblower Niagara Cruises still remain open into the Fall season (*weather permitting).

Take a look at some terrific family Niagara Falls hotel packages in the Fall:

Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls “Family Fun Package” 

This includes:

*Deluxe Hotel Accommodations (All room types available including our Family Suites and Superior Guest Rooms with Sofa Beds).

*$25 Denny’s Meal Vouchers for your 1st and/or 2nd night stay. Enjoy fresh cooked-to-order breakfasts, lunches or dinners at our Denny’s Restaurant located directly on-site and open 24 hours (All Denny’s menu items available 24 hours a day).

*Complimentary in-room movie (Includes latest available titles).

*Smart food Popcorn ( 220g bag )

*Two Clifton Hill Fun Passes to the following attractions on Clifton Hill:

*Niagara SkyWheel (Canada’s Largest Observation Wheel)
*Zombie Attack
*Movieland Museum of Stars
*Dinosaur Adventure Golf or Wizards Golf
*Wild West Coaster 6D Motion Ride
*Ghost Blasters Ride
*5 Game Tokens for the Great Canadian Midway

*2 Adult admission passes to the Imax Theatre

*2 Adult admission passes to the Niagara Daredevil Museum

*2 Adult passes for two-day transportation aboard the WEGO Visitor Transportation System linking the entire tourism industry

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls “Kids Love Niagara” Package

This includes:

*2 night deluxe accommodations in the heart of the tourist district (2-Room Family Suites available)

*One dinner voucher for the Keg Steakhouse & Bar ($40 value) or T.G.I Friday’s Restaurant ($35 value)

*One Movie & Popcorn Night – enjoy popcorn and a family movie night in your room with your choice of new releases

*4 (2 Adult and 2 Children under 12) Clifton Hill Fun Passes which include the following fun-filled attractions:

*Niagara SkyWheel , Zombie Attack, Movieland Wax Museum, Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf or Wizards Golf, Ghost Blasters Dark Ride and the Wild West Coaster, plus a bonus of 5 Midway tokens. One admission per person.**

*Fifteen (15) tokens per person for the Great Canadian Midway located on Clifton Hill

*Receive two casinos and attractions shuttle passes

*Purchase 1 regular admission and get 1 admission free at the Bird Kingdom.

These are just a couple Niagara Falls hotels close to Clifton Hill selling some great Fall family packages.
For a list of hotels centralized to the Clifton Hill District, Fallsview District, or the Lundy’s Lane area, click the image below and start planning your Fall getaway trip!

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The weather is crisp and comfortable, the sun still shines, and the trees begin to change into vibrant colours of oranges, yellows, browns, and reds…let’s look at 8 reasons to Fall in love with Autumn in Niagara.

1 Explore the Trails

Lace up your hiking boots and explore Niagara’s beautiful trails. Bring a camera and see why people from all over the world appreciate Niagara’s unmistakable beauty. The Niagara Parkway is a 6-kilometre route starting at the Niagara Gorge, and ends at the Floral Clock. The Niagara River Parkway Recreation Trail features 56-kilometres of natural paradise, which runs parallel to the Niagara River, beginning at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

2 Corn Mazes

Get lost! Take the kids (or be a kid again yourself) and chase each other through the tall stalks. Howells Pumpkin Farm has an amazing corn maze each and every year, complete with 3 lookout towers for an amazing view. They are open weekends in September and throughout the month of October.

3 Football!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This is when football begins and locals and tourists alike pour into the hottest sports bars in the tourism district for wings, pizza, amazing company, and of course, BEER!

Head to Boston Pizza Clifton Hill every Sunday during football season and be part of all the action. Show this coupon for $3 off a large pizza:

4 Pumpkin Spice!

Fall means everything Pumpkin Spice at Canada’s favourite coffee shop, Tim Hortons. There’s no better way to spend a Fall day than by grabbing a hot beverage and heading down to the Niagara Falls to capture the view.

We have one of the nearest Tim Hortons, which is just a stone’s throw from this magnificent wonder of the world located on Clifton Hill for your convenience.

5 Niagara Harvest

Autumn in Niagara means visiting all the farmer’s markets, roadside stands, harvest festivals, and picking your very own fruits and vegetables locally at a farm or orchard. We have many award-winning wineries to taste test the best Fall pairings!

Check out all the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

6 Comfy Socks and Slippers!

Slipping into a pair of warm, comfortable socks or slippers at bed-time by the fireplace in Fall is the best feeling! The Fun Factory now carries Snoozies!® brand of “foot coverings”. They are neither socks nor slippers — they are something in between! They had a non-skid sole, and they are made with a brushed fleece exterior in colorful & fun printed patterns and then lined with a soft Sherpa fleece inside. They come in all sizes for children, teens, men and women and are fully machine washable.

7 Less crowds

The Summer season sees flocks of families from around the world visit Niagara Falls. While all the attractions are open late and the boats run consistently throughout the day, The Fall still has both the Maid of the Mist (US side) and the Hornblower Niagara Cruises (Canadian side) running (weather permitting). Most attractions along Clifton Hill also remain open, with attractions such as the Niagara SkyWheel heated for your comfort. Best of all? You have little to no line-ups to contend with.

Tip: Purchase the Clifton Hill Fun Pass online in order to get TWO admissions to the Niagara SkyWheel.

8 Cheaper Hotel Rates

Niagara Falls Hotel rates dip dramatically after Labour Day, and will continue to drop as the Fall goes on (with the exception of Holiday weekends). Even on the weekends, the rates are generally 50% off what they normally would be during a weekday in the Summer.

Compare all Niagara Falls Hotel rates.

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