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10 things you need to know about…great ways to explore Niagara.

From icewine and surfing to the roaring majesty of Niagara Falls itself, there’s plenty for travellers to discover in this Ontario region.

18 February 2015

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Think you’ve seen everything the Niagara region has to offer? Maybe not: Niagara has a wealth of excitement, from well-known favourites to hidden gems, just waiting to be explored.

1) Hike into the Niagara Gorge, at the edge of the raging Niagara River: Find a flat rock in the sun, lay out your picnic blanket and watch the wild river churning as the Whirlpool Jet Boats fight their way up and down.

2) Dive into the 4-D magic of Niagara’s Fury: Featuring an animatronic movie and a floor-shaking, thunder-cracking, rain-and-snow-indoors multi-media experience, this is an unforgettable introduction to the birth of Niagara Falls.

3) Make friends with hundreds of beautiful creatures at the Butterfly Conservatory: The more vivid your clothing, the more you’ll look like a delicious flower—a perfect landing pad for fluttering friends.

4) Get fruity: Buy luscious peaches, grapes, apricots, cherries and more at roadside fruit stands where farmers trust customers to leave their payment in a money box—and they do.

5) Take a deep dive: Experience the cascading waters of Niagara Falls from the tunnels of the Journey Behind the Falls. Check out the rare historic photos showcased on the walls and enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Falls. 

6) Ride into the mouth of the maelstrom: Wrapped in a red plastic raincoat on a Hornblower Cruise, your face bathed in spray, you will touch the heart of Niagara Falls.

7) Light up your life: Take a free tour through the millions of twinkling lights that shimmer in the park lands beside Niagara Falls from mid-November to mid-January during the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.
8) Days of wine and roses: Tour a vineyard, visit a winery and sample the best from Niagara’s vintners. The region has more than 50 wineries where you can learn all about the wine-making process as well as taste the fruits of their labours.

9) I is for icewine: When winter has Niagara firmly in her frozen grip, that’s the time to sip the local specialty: ice wine. During mid-January, IceWine Festival celebrations feature everything from live music to glasses and even bars made of ice, manned by bar tenders in parkas.

10) Forget California – the surf’s up on Lake Erie! Grab your surfboard and head for Wyldewood Beach, a seemingly endless stretch of white sand in Port Colborne, to hang 10 with the rest of the surfer dudes. 

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