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The Perfect Winter Weekend

A winter weekend in Niagara Falls offers an opportunity to see and explore Niagara Parks’ natural wonders in new and exciting ways. See the beautiful frozen falls accentuated by brilliant illuminations, enjoy locally sourced comfort foods at Niagara Parks’ Feast On certified restaurants and visit our popular attractions as part of your winter weekend adventure. With an abundance of family-friendly activities and events offered between December and March, it’s a good idea to plan ahead to help you maximize your time and ensure you see and do everything there is to enjoy during this mesmerizing time of year.

Here’s a suggested itinerary to help you plan the perfect winter weekend at Niagara Parks.

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – Start at the brink of the falls

Make your way to Canadian Horseshoe Falls upon arriving in Niagara Falls to be greeted by one of the most spectacular sights in the world. The brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls features a pedestrian promenade next to the historic Table Rock Centre. Warm up with a hot drink and take in what will surely be the most memorable moment of your trip. The crisp winter air accompanied by the sight, sound, smell and feel of Niagara Falls is like nothing you will have witnessed before. Depending on the temperature outside, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of the phenomenal frozen falls!

10:00 AM – Journey to the base of the falls

After seeing the brink of the falls, head to Journey Behind the Falls inside Table Rock Centre for another spectacular view from the base. Descend 125 feet through bedrock and explore 130-year-old tunnels while feeling the thunderous vibration of the falls. Step out onto the lower observation deck where you will see water crash down from 13 storeys above; you are standing beneath the falls! Come face-to-face with the sheer power of this incredible wonder as one-fifth of the world’s freshwater roars down in front of you.

12:00 PM – Lunch at Table Rock General Store Café

You’ll probably be hungry after an adventurous morning exploring the falls. Make your way to the Table Rock General Store Café inside Table Rock Centre to grab a quick bite to eat. Find a variety of convenient food options that the whole family will enjoy.

1:00 PM – Explore the Niagara River Parkway

Now that you have replenished energy, how about a walk to see more of one of the world’s most desired natural sites? Admire the beauty of winter on a peaceful walk along the Niagara River Parkway, explore Queen Victoria Park or hike one of our three winter hiking trails at Whirlpool Golf Course. This is also a great time to capture photos of your winter experience in Niagara Falls!

3:00 PM – Experience an indoor paradise

Head to the Floral Showhouse to warm up after your afternoon exploratory walk. Enter a floral paradise at this lavish indoor garden and wander through rows of rare tropical plant species, seasonal blooms, orchids, succulents and more. If you’re visiting between November and January, enjoy the Annual Poinsettia Show featuring cyclamen, azaleas, Christmas cactus and paperwhite narcissus in addition to a spectacular display of festive poinsettias.

6:00 PM – Dinner with a view

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience with an unmatched view of the Horseshoe Falls at the all-new Table Rock House Restaurant. Located on the upper level of Table Rock Centre, this Feast On certified restaurant offers a winter-inspired menu featuring dishes crafted with locally sourced ingredients. Make your dinner reservations online or by calling 1.905.354-3631.

8:00 PM – Winter Festival of Lights

Wind down after a long day with an evening stroll to see the Winter Festival of Lights. This annual festival is presented by the Ontario Power Generation across Niagara Parks and features millions of dazzling lights throughout Dufferin Islands, Queen Victoria Park and surrounding tourist districts. The festival is the largest of its kind in Canada and transforms Niagara Falls into a breathtaking palette of colours with animated lights and interactive displays.

9:00 PM – Witness the falls as a multi-coloured masterpiece

If you’re visiting after the Winter Festival of Lights has ended, you can still see the falls as a brilliantly illuminated, multi-coloured masterpiece. Make your way to Queen Victoria Park to see the year-round falls illumination beginning at dusk.

SUNDAY

7:00 AM – Rise with the sun at the brink of the falls

Start your day by seeing the sun’s splendour rise and shine over the falls in shades of orange, yellow and red. Return to your accommodations for a light breakfast.

9:00 AM – Snowshoe through snow dusted trees

Make your way to Whirlpool Golf Course to try one of Niagara Parks’ three self-guided snowshoeing trails. The short, medium and long trails meander through snow dusted trees that line sections of the golf course with some moderate elevation changes and scenic vantage points. Unlimited day trail passes and equipment rentals are available. Call 1 (866) 465-3642 for more information.

11:00 AM – Enjoy a Sunday brunch to remember

An unforgettable winter weekend in Niagara Falls is incomplete without having Sunday brunch at Queenston Heights Restaurant. The award-winning Sunday Brunch buffet boasts an assortment of hot and cold selections featuring locally sourced ingredients offering guests an opportunity to indulge in authentic local cuisine with spectacular scenic views as a backdrop. Don’t leave Niagara Falls without visiting Queenston Heights Restaurant for a Sunday Brunch to remember! Reservations are highly recommended for this local favourite. Call 1 (905) 262-4274 to reserve.

1:00 PM – Until next time

Conclude your winter weekend at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls where your experience began. You may want to stop by Table Rock Shop where you’ll find a specially curated selection of keepsakes made by local artisans and featuring beloved Canadian brands.

Now that you’ve seen and experienced the best of Niagara Parks in the winter, consider planning your next visit in the summer with our suggested day itinerary!

CONTINUE YOUR WINTER ESCAPE

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