You're on the trail - the long, long trail with several stops still to come. It's hot outside, and you could sure use a tall, cold one. No problem. The route you're following is the Niagara Beer Trail. And now matter where you are on the map, that tall, cold one is just a little farther on up ahead. Starting from Niagara Falls, the route is a little more than 70 km so you'll want your vehicle (or bicycle if you're up to it. Remember, there's beer ahead!).

The Niagara Falls tourism scene never stops evolving.  The thrills of yesterday will still amaze you, but each new attraction that gets built raises the excitement level bar just a little more. In the 19th and early 20th century, merely standing at the edge of the Horseshoe Falls did it for people - it was breathtaking, and still is.

Our burning love for Elvis isn't going away, even more than 40 years after his death at his Graceland mansion. Elvis will be in the house - make that, Elvises will be in the house - all weekend during the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival, which runs from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22. Elvis tribute artists will go head-to-head all weekend, with competitions sprinkled over the three days culimating in the semifinals featuring the top 10 performers on Sunday afternoon.

Niagara Falls owns the winter holidays. This city was made for family getaways like Family Day (February 19) and March Break (March 12 to 16). Alright, there are no ski hills here. But everything else is here is that a family needs for a fun, affordable getaway. And we mean everything... Indoor water parks, natural wonders, rare and tropical wildlife in indoor settings, wax museums, thrill rides and live entertainment.  It's all here, within easy walking distance or in some cases a drive of a kilometre or two.

Of course, the real Laura Secord did not make or even sell chocolate. It’s a good story, but it’s not THE story. Her life around Niagara Falls at the dawn of the 19th century would have been full enough raising her family, cooking, cleaning and working on the farm she owned with her husband, James. In her day, every act involved manual labour. It sounds nice to say things were simpler then, but they weren't.

So you’ve driven through all that the Winter Festival of Lights has to offer and you stop at Table Rock, the complex located at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, just to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the view. You’re standing at the rail overlooking the falls and you look upriver just a bit, and wonder … what the heck is that thing? It looks like a shipwreck. 

Niagara Falls looks good dressed in its winter coat. Above the falls, with its year-round presence of mist from the whirlpool below the branches are shimmering with icicles in the sun.  Things really brighten up at night when the magical colours of the Winter Festival of Lights illuminate the trees and displays, augmented by the falls themselves which are lit up most nights year-round. Rather than surrender to the cold of winter, this city offers a lengthy menu of fun events that are geared specifically toward the season.

Some of Canada’s top female authors are stepping into the spotlight in a series of literary events in Niagara through to the end of December. The series is called Coast to Coast: Canada’s Literary Women, sponsored by the Niagara Parks. The next two events feature Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of numerous books including The Day The Falls Stood Still, and Jessica Grant, who wrote Come, Thou Tortoise.

Within earshot and a short walk from the roar of the Horseshoe Falls, and practically a stone’s throw from the gates of Marineland, lies one of the nicest places in Niagara Falls you didn’t know existed.

  Autumn in Niagara is a beautiful time for touring. Rather than a built-up metropolis, Niagara is really a region made up of small and mid-sized cities and towns separated by long stretches of rural land. That makes it an especially good place for a day drive or bike ride to enjoy the glorious colours on the trees on a warm fall day.

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