Why choose Niagara?
Want to get away to place that mixes action and adventure with peace and tranquility, wilderness and panoramic views with quaint village life and historical tradition?
What about the simple combination of great organic food with a glass of crisp local wine?
Seems too good to be true, right?
Well, look no further than the Niagara Region of Ontario where you’ll find all this and more right at your fingertips.
The Niagara Region is located in Southern Ontario and comprises most of the Niagara Peninsula or what’s known as ‘wine country’.
Bordering New York in the United States, the Niagara Region incorporates the majestic Niagara Falls as well as the town of Niagara on the Lake.
Accommodation in the region is plentiful and ranges from quaint bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, resorts and campgrounds.
Rest assured, there’s something to suit all types of holiday and lifestyle.
— Get Outdoors
If you’re an outdoors person Niagara is sure to impress.
Home to more than 40 golf courses, kilometers of hiking and bicycle trails for all ages and abilities, canals and rivers for fishing and leisurely boating, national parks and gardens, the region is a nature lover’s paradise.
Most of these activities can be done as part of official tour groups to see the sights of the region, however you can always grab your clubs, helmet, sneakers (whatever your choice may be) and a map and carve out your own path.
From bike riding on the Greater Niagara circle route, hiking the Niagara Escarpment, to cruising down a picturesque canal, rest assured the region has something to suit all tastes and styles.
— Get Historical
If you’re looking for a historical vacation, the region is home to many historical and heritage sites like historic houses, forts and railways, significant landmarks, and museums which all tell the story of Niagara.
Again, official tours are available or you can plot your own tour of the region to suit your interests.
— Get Tranquil
The wine country and quaint town of Niagara on the Lake offers a tranquil atmosphere where you can sample the local produce – there’s no shortage of wineries, orchards and farmland in the region – treat yourself to a coffee at one of the many cafes, indulge in a local gourmet delight, get fresh bread from one of the many bakeries, or simply enjoy the village atmosphere.
Keeping in line with the tranquil aspect of the region, you can really indulge yourself at one (or more) of the numerous spas offering a variety of treatments to suit your health and beauty needs, and budget.
— Get Hungry
In terms of cuisine, the region caters to all budgets and lifestyles. And, what makes it even better is that many of the restaurants include locally grown food and wine from the region making it a true Niagara experience.
From fine dining to family dining and even catering for vegan and vegetarian dietary requirements, the region doesn’t miss the mark when it comes to culinary experiences. There are also culinary tours available to all you ‘foodies’ out there.
— Get Lively
The Niagara region hosts all kinds of entertainment from live music, nightclubs, dinner shows, theatre, sports, galleries and the arts. There’s a huge variety of options to suit your tastes.
There are also many cultural festivals and events, with the most popular being those centering on the pride of the region – wine, culture, food, and fun.
— Get Local
Farms and markets are plentiful in the Niagara region. Take a trip to a farmers’ market and pick up some local fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, jams and chutneys, or head to a honey farm or nursery for a different kind of local experience.
You may even pass a roadside stall along the way – another excellent place to get fresh produce, among other treasures.
Go shopping in the region and you’ll find everything from souvenirs to antiques, even shopping centres and shopping strips for all your gifts and holiday memories.
So, what are you waiting for?!
Niagara has so much to offer a visitor to the region that it’s difficult to capture it all here, but come and see for yourself – you won’t be disappointed!
For more information, visit the following websites:
— Tourism Niagara: www.tourismniagara.com
By: Brett Callaghan