It's that time of year again when Niagara Falls really comes alive in its most natural colours. The beautiful green that can be found all along the Niagara Parkway, all around the falls and through to Queenston Heights and Niagara-on-the-Lake is giving way to the red, yellow and orange shades of autumn. Niagara is such a driver- and bicycle-friendly place that it's worth the drive to come to see Mother Nature's beauty for yourself.

Break out the bratwurst! Pass the schnitzel! On the October 5-6 weekend, everyone will be German in Niagara Falls, if only for two days. New for this year's event - no admission charge. It's all free.

There's an awful lot to like about a nice red or white wine, sipped slowly as you're surrounded by good company, in a warm, comfortable setting. The only thing that beats that - wine, and dinner.

Think green and blue, when you think of a visit to Konzelmann Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It's just a short, scenic drive north from Niagara Falls along the Niagara Parkway, and before long you're into grape and wine country, some of the lushest farmland in Canada. Good winemakers in Niagara understand the climate - or climates because there are several here based on terrain and season and the deep Lake Ontario.

There are no yoga sessions like this anywhere else in the world. Namaste Niagara combines the ancient art of exercise and meditation with some of the most stunning visuals on the globe, by offering yoga sessions at two of Niagara Falls’ most breathtaking sites.

Niagara Falls offers more casino gambling space than any city in Canada - the equivalent of five football fields, and then some. Compared to the billion-dollar Niagara Fallsview Casino, with 200,000 square feet of gaming space, the city's original betting hall, Casino Niagara, is cozy and comfortable at 95,000 square feet. That's 295,000 square feet in total. It would take numerous football fields, though, at about 57,000 square feet, to hold all the casinos' slot machines and table games.

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 no 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.

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.

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