If you're one of those eager folks out there that love to learn about the history of the land, than Fort George should be on the top of your list while in The Niagara Region. Located along The Niagara Parkway, Fort George is historical site where British soldiers, Aboriginal peoples and Canadian militiamen fought to ensure that Ontario wasn't annexed to The USA. The spot is has been restored to reflect the nature of the War of 1812. With everything from buildings furnished to the time period, to tour guides dressed in warfare. And so, if you want to learn of our history take to Fort George to see just how hard we fought to keep Canada as one.
Melaina's expert tip: Guided tours year round by appointment.
White Meadows Farms is a spot where you can certainly get back to nature. From sugar bush tours, to checking out the frog pond, the place is bursting at the seams with adventures to partake in with the whole family. This is the spot where you'll learn all about how maple syrup is created and you'll even get to taste a little some for yourself. Spend the afternoon here exploring the lands that the farm is on and take in the beautiful aspects of each adventure you can partake in while here, the kids will certainly love it.
Melaina's expert tip: Call ahead to book your Sugar Bush Adventure Tour where you'll learn the ins and outs of creating maple syrup.
It's like a theme-park ride, but it's real! These tours take passengers into the churning waters of the Niagara Gorge and the famous Whirlpool for a true water-soaked adventure. Down river from the Falls, the currents still hold immense power, and folks are certain to get a wild ride. The whole trip takes about an hour, and although rain gear is provided you'll definitely want to bring a change of clothes. Kids under 6 aren't permitted on-board. If you just don't want to get wet, Jet Dome boats provide a dry alternative to the rowdy Jet Boats.
Melaina's expert tip: Reservations are required so be sure you call ahead to book your ticket to go on a boat ride like never before.
Explore the brilliance of the land as you embark on a self-guided (or guided) tour of The Bruce Trail. Hike along The Niagara Escarpment and you'll take in mesmerizing sights, sounds and you'll be able to get back to nature the second you touch down on the trail. The trail runs from Queenston to Grimsby and the length of the trails depend on how much you wish to explore in one day. If you're here for a few days, you'll want to look into the guided hiking tours that happen frequently, or if you want to do the trails on your own be sure to pack water and some snacks along the way.
Melaina's expert tip: The best time to go on a hike along any of the trails is during the summer months.
Looking to get out and explore the plethora of Niagara's wineries, but don't know what adventure to go on? Well, not to worry, as if you enjoy a little adventure all the while exploring wine country than there is no better way to experience the beauty of the land than by cycling through the vineyards and having a picnic lunch at Kurtz Orchard. The beauty of this cycling tour is that you can go at your own pace as Niagara Gateway Tours provides you with your own bike and map of the region. You'll stop at four award-winning wineries such as Reif Estates, Caroline Cellars, Marynissen, Frogpond (organic) Winery, Peller Estates, and Riverview Cellars.
Melaina's expert tip: The beauty of this self-guided cycling wine tour is that you can go at your own pace, and have the bikes for the day. Just be sure to pick it up by 10:30am and be back before 5pm.
Niagara-on-the-Lake holds much history and unique stories. Venture off on an Old Town Tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake to hear what the locals have to say about the town. The tours are designed to explore the rich history of the places, people and events that have formed Niagara-on-the-Lake for hundreds of years. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly and as you embark on your Old Town Tour, they will paint you a lovely picture of how the town was developed and showcase the ins and outs of each place. This is a great tour to go on if you're interested in learning of Niagara-on-the-Lake from a very knowledgeable local staff.
Melaina's expert tip: If you have a large group coming, call ahead to book a private tour.
As you embark on your vacation to Niagara-on-the-Lake you'll notice one thing. It is a quaint town that boasts a whole lot of historical facts and adventures throughout its landscape. If you are in the area for a few short hours, then the very best thing for you to do is to go on a Sentineal Horse & Carriage Ride. As you venture off on your horse and buggy ride through town you'll learn of all the ins and outs of the town, and will take in the beautiful homes and landscape that makes up Niagara-on-the-Lake. This is a wonderful tour to go on especially with the one you love.
Melaina's expert tip: If you're interested in booking a private tour on a special day such as an anniversary or birthday than make a reservation online today.
Take to the air in these six-person helicopters, and buzz above Niagara for terrific views of the falls (both Canadian and American), along with the city's parks, gardens and notable structures. As you marvel at the sights, listen to pre-recorded commentary on your headset and maneuver your camera for the best photo ops. Trips take approximately 12 minutes and the base facility includes a gift shop and snack bar. Flights to the Niagara wineries are also available. Pilots and staff are experienced, and the company has been operating since 1961.
Melaina's expert tip: Head out on one of the best tours in the sky. Niagara Helicopters has been serving The Niagara Region for years, and it is a great way to see the lands from up above.
Looking to explore Niagara's wine country? If so, this is one of the best tours out there. Niagara Wine Tours offers its guest a day learning about the various wines of the area, and of course getting to taste a few too. Spend four hours traveling through Niagara's award winning wine country in a 24-passenger shuttle bus. Each winery we visit offers free tastings, along with a free guided tour of Reif Estates winery. The tour runs from spring to fall and certainly is a tour you'll never forget.
Melaina's expert tip: If you interested in going on a private wine tour with a few of your friends call ahead to book today.
Kurtz Orchards Farm & Market is one of the best spots in The Niagara Region to get back to the natural way of life. At the farm you'll embark on a journey like never before as you surround yourself in the beautiful acres of land and quality foods that the market produces. From honey to wine jellies to fresh produce, the place is bursting at the seams with a whole lot of goodness. Spend the day exploring the 50 acres of scenic orchards and vineyards with a guided tram tour. Stop midway in your tour at the farm estate's historical home and gardens and enjoy your lunch on the grounds.
Melaina's expert tip: Call ahead to book your guided tram tour.