Visit the 8th Wonder of the World.
The area around Niagara Falls called the Niagara Escarpment is one of the most unique geologic features on the planet. Formed thousands of years ago by advancing and retreating ice sheets, the Great Lakes were created by the melting ice and the mighty Niagara Falls were an additional result. Six million cubic feet (168,000 cubic meters) of water flow over the crest every minute during high flow.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake area boasts close to 40 wineries, most with award-winning vintages, international accolades and distinct Niagara tastes – and of course the world famous Niagara Icewine.
For 25 years, Niagara Parks has hosted Canada’s longest running fireworks series. Join us in Queen Victoria Park for a spectacular fireworks display set off from below, at the river’s edge, creating an unforgettable show above the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Niagara was named the first capitol of Upper Canada (now the province of Ontario), and the first provincial parliament was convened at Navy Hall in 1792 by Lieutenant-Govenor John Graves Simcoe. During the War of 1812, the capitol was moved to York (later to be renamed as Toronto) so as to be farther from the areas of combat. The Town played a central part in the War or 1812, and was razed and burnt to the ground by American soldiers as they withdrew to Fort Niagara. The citizens rebuilt the Town after the War.
The Niagara region boasts over 60% of all wineries in Ontario and is the largest appellation in Canada. The unique climate makes this region particularly known for its ice wines, which make up fully 50% of its wine exports.
The first tightrope walk was in 1859, when Charles Blondin wore pink tights and walked a tightrope that was barely an inch thick over a section of Niagara Falls. Blondin went on to traverse Niagara Falls several more times, including one trip that was blindfolded. Nik Wallenda became the first person to tightrope walk over the Niagara Falls in 2012. Wallenda did his walk in front of a live audience of tens of thousands of people, and had his journey broadcast on live TV.