Summer is the best time to travel; adults and children alike. To help you with your travel plans, we’re profiling some of the best travel destinations in Ontario. We started the series with the capital of Canada, Ottawa, and last week we traveled up to nickel town Sudbury, and this week is the Niagara region!
Don’t know where to go for a family weekend, a couples getaway, or road trip with your buddies? If so, the Niagara Region may just be the destination for you! Located only 2 hours away from Toronto, the Niagara Peninsula is a must-visit tourist attraction and locals hangout spot.
Don’t know where to go while there? Here are the top 5 attractions of the Niagara peninsula:
1. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, the name of the three waterfalls straddling the boarder between U.S.A. and Canada, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is considered one of the must-visit destinations while travelling around Ontario, not to mention it is the honeymoon capital of the province. Every evening, the falls will be lit in the colours of the rainbow, and there are often fireworks over the falls. Never will you be so mesmerized by a body of falling water; the view is truly spectacular day or night.
2. Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
Most people have been to zoos, but have you ever been to a butterfly zoo? The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is a fun place to visit for adults and children. The conservatory allows you to be in close contact with over 2,000 butterflies of 60 different species from Costa Rica, Australia, Philippines etc.
3. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is located on the 20 acre Falls Avenue Resort directly across from Niagara Falls and is the ideal family vacation destination. The waterpark offers 16 thrilling slides up to six stories high, a giant wave pool, outdoor pool/sundeck, and the Beach House Rain Fortress with 1000 Gallon Tipping Bucket.
4. Wine Tours
Are you a wine lover planning a trip to the Niagara Falls? If so, then you need to stop by Niagara Wine Country; the area that makes the world’s largest volume of ice wine and voted as Canada’s #1 Food and Wine Destination by TripAdvisor. Take the tour behind the scenes with one of the 26 wineries in the region, where you can sample rare vintages, special reserves and many wines that are only available at the winery.
5. Shaw Festival Theatre
Being the second largest repertory theatre in North America, the Shaw Festival (named after an Irish playwright Bernard Shaw) has become one of Canada’s cultural icons. The Shaw Festival Theatre plays 10 productions in four theatres attracts more than 250,000 audiences from around the globe per year. Visiting the Shaw Festival is the perfect weekend getaway if you enjoy the first class theatre experience.
Niagara Fallsview Casino
For those who are above 19 years old, Niagara Falls is Canada’s Las Vegas. Built on a cliff overlooking the world-famous Horseshoe Falls, Fallsview Casino Resort is the largest and most elegant gaming resort facility in Canada. Aside from the gaming facilities, this resort is also known for its quality entertainment packed with performances from world famous performers and their luxurious buffets.
Nearby Healthcare Providers
Forgot to bring a camera to the Falls or sunscreen for the wine tour? Or, what if you need to find a pharmacy, walk-in clinic or ER for whatever reason? Don’t forget that healthcare providers are just one-click away using the iamsick.ca app (iPhone, Android & BB10) and website!
You can never prepare too much while planning a trip, so here are the information of five healthcare locations near the attractions:
1. Niagara Health System – Greater Niagara General Site (Emergency Room)
5546 Portage Road
Niagara Falls , L2E 6X2
2. Queen Street Pharmacy
4421 Queen Street
Niagara Falls , L2E 2L2
3. Shoppers Drug Mart (Open 24 Hours)
6565 Lundy’s Lane
Niagara Falls , L2G 1V1
4. Simpson’s Apothecary
233 King Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake , L0S 1J0
5. Primary Health Care Clinic (Walk-In Clinic)
176 Wellington Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake , L0S 1J0