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In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

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In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

When people think Niagara, they often think only of the Falls themselves, those natural wonders to which a visit never seems to grow old.

But beyond the awe-inspiring beauty and power of the Falls and the Niagara River, Niagara Region offers a lot more that’s worthy of just a weekend getaway.

Encompassing towns such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, the Niagara Region is blessed with a great natural location. It occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula, bounded by the U.S. to the south and on the north by Lake Ontario, and of course the Niagara Escarpment – all of which offers strong potential for business and lifestyle choices.

These natural landscapes and climate make the Niagara Region perfect for agri-business such as winemaking – a key economic sector. The Niagara Wine Route, connecting dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw to complement cultural events such as the Shaw Festival.

Indeed, a visit to the area can involve a stop at the Falls, winery tours, the quaint town of Niagara-on-the- Lake, the Botanical Gardens with its Floral Clock and Butterfly Conservatory, several championship golf course and a growing casino industry in downtown Niagara Falls.

But this is all for play. To live and work in the region is another matter.

Economic growth

Again, a blessing of location, Niagara is within 800 km of two provinces, nine states and 130 million people on both sides of the border. This means opportunities for business. The trade that flows across Niagara’s borders totals more than $100 billion annually, and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across Canada and the U.S. The infrastructure network to support this trade activity comprises five international bridges, multiple railways and the Welland Canal, linking Lake Erie into the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

All of this is conducive to growth potential for the region’s manufacturing and transportation and logistics sectors, to complement the historical strength in agriculture and tourism.

Niagara’s economy has shown steady growth in a number of areas, particularly in job creation and new investment, but still lags slightly behind Ontario averages. The Niagara economic development department confirms the area still has challenges in higher unemployment, lower participation rate and lower household income per capita.

But that’s changing. In 2018 alone, Niagara had $1.7 billion in construction investment. From 2015 to 2018, such investment grew by 56 per cent in Niagara, compared to 19 per cent for Ontario overall.

New home development

As the economy grows and affords people more opportunity to live and work in Niagara – or close by – new-home development is following.

Much of the housing growth is in the lowrise category, as buyers from the GTA find the lot sizes and price points far more appealing and affordable.

According to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey, aggregate home prices in St. Catharines-Niagara were $418,673 in the second quarter of 2019. This is up 3.2 per cent per cent from the same period last year.

Given the popularity of condominiums as a lifestyle choice, growth in this category is on its way. Homes by DeSantis, for example, has condo projects underway in both Grimsby and Stoney Creek. And Urbane Communities is building Marbella Condominium in Niagara Falls.

Location, location, location

A regional municipality in Southern Ontario comprising 12 municipalities such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland; 130 kms from Toronto; 86 kms from Hamilton.

Key landmarks

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Casino Niagara
  • Clifton Hill
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Niagara Wine Route
  • Welland Canal

Select condo developments

Marbella Condominium by Urbane Communities

Utopia Condominiums by New Horizon Development Group

AquaZul by Homes By DeSantis

Como Condos by Homes By DeSantis


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Legends on the Green, Niagara by Silvergate Homes

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Legends on the Green, Niagara by Silvergate Homes

This exclusive golf course community includes only 58 luxury bungalow towns starting from the $400,000s. Brought to you by Silvergate Homes, Legends on the Green combines luxury living with architectural elegance. As part of a special bonus offer, new home purchasers receive an exclusive golf package to Legends on the Niagara Golf Course. Included, is a tour of the facilities, a 45-minute swing analysis and two rounds of golf, as well as invitations to events held at Legends on the Niagara throughout the year. Also close to Legends on the Green, are more than 80 award-winning wineries, dozens of other golf courses, a foodie’s smorgasbord of fine dining and local farmers’ markets, in addition to hundreds of kilometres of hiking and biking trails.

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The model homes will be open this summer at 8974 Willoughby Dr. in Niagara Falls.

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LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

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LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

by Gale Beeby

Including the communities of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie.

HOUSING OPTIONS

The region’s housing is comprised predominantly of single-family dwellings – from historical homes dating back 200 years, to new master-planned communities – although condos are making their inevitable appearance.

There’s something in Niagara for everyone at every price point and every style, from luxury estate homes to modest semis and townhomes, with many new projects springing up throughout the region. Click here for a full list of homes for sale.

LEISURE PURSUITS

There is a lot to do in the Niagara Region! Too many to list here, but some highlights include a visit to the famous Niagara Falls, a stroll through the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a jet-boat ride on the Niagara River rapids, taking in a play at the world-renowned Shaw Festival, a drive along the Niagara Wine Trail, a picnic along the Niagara Parkway, watching the world-class Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (rowing), a night at one of the casinos, or a round of golf on one of the region’s fabulous golf courses, which includes Canada’s oldest course, Niagara-on-the-Lake, which held its first international tournament in 1895.

PARKS & REC

The Niagara Region has hundreds of kilometres of trails and paths, as well as a multitude of parks. In Niagara Falls, Queen Victoria Park features manicured gardens, platforms with views of the American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls as well as underground walkways behind the falls.

The Niagara River Recreational Trails runs 56 kilometres from Fort Erie to Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake and includes many historical sites from the War of 1812. The Greater Niagara Circle Route Trail System is 140 kilometres of mostly off-road paved trails for walking, cycling or rollerblading. It passes through urban centres, the Niagara Escarpment, waterfronts and agricultural areas.

Also in the area is the Bruce Trail, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Merritt Trail, which passes through many of the old sections of the Welland Canal, the Waterfront Trail, and the Welland Canals Parkway.

RETAIL THERAPY

A stroll down the main street of any of the towns in the region will be a delight with a number of boutiques, cafés, art galleries, craft stores and fine dining establishments. Niagara-on-the-Lake, in particular, is a great place to spend the day popping into one unique store after another. There are also a number of outlet malls in Niagara offering brand-name shopping at lower-than-retail prices.

EASY ACCESS

Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines each have airports and the area is served by a number of expressways, including Highways 405, 406, 420 and the QEW. Niagara Region Transit moves riders between Welland, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Niagara Falls Transit and the St. Catharines Transit Commission provide local bus service in the two largest communities in the region. GO Transit and VIA Rail provide train and bus service to Niagara Region from the GTA.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 447,900

Known as: The Honeymoon Capital of the World

Walk scores:

St. Catharines: 52

Welland: 47

Niagara Falls: 43

Port Colborne: 38

Lincoln: 32

Grimsby: 31

Fort Erie: 31

Thorold: 36

Niagara-on-the-Lake: 25

Pelham: 22

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Destination Ontario: Bloomin’ Gorgeous

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Destination Ontario: Bloomin’ Gorgeous

Springtime in Niagara

Some 12,000 years ago, the falls at Niagara were defined when melting glaciers formed the Great Lakes. The rushing waters that ran downhill from one lake (Lake Erie) to another (Lake Ontario) carved out a river, and at one point passed over a steep, cliff -like formation – the Niagara escarpment. As the water began to wear its way back up the river, the deeply cut path that was left behind is now known as the Niagara Gorge.

The southern end of the Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Region encompasses the cities of St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, as well as the charming towns of Niagara-on-the- Lake, Grimsby and Fort Erie. The City of Niagara Falls is a vibrant community that affords residents with a plethora of opportunities in the areas of recreation, arts and culture. While urban amenities are in abundance, there’s still a relaxed stillness that comes with living in this beautiful area.

EXPLOSIVE BEAUTY
Come spring, it’s a visual flower feast. A drive through the Niagara region is an annual ritual for many, as the orchards are bursting with delicate blossoms on fruit-bearing trees. The Japanese flowering cherry trees, found at the Botanical Gardens, Queenston Heights Park and Kingsbridge Park are expected to bloom by mid-May.

Located along the scenic Niagara Parkway is the Floral Clock, which was constructed in 1950. The clock’s face, complete with working mechanisms, is planted two times per year with 15,000 to 20,000 carpet plants arranged in beautiful designs. It is the second most photographed highlight in the region.

Floral clock

Created in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial Year, the fragrant Lilac Garden is located north of the Floral Clock and features 200 different lilac varieties in a range of colours.

The Botanical Gardens is located just north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara Parkway. For more than 80 years, visitors have found solace while strolling the beautiful gardens. Also located here is the Butterfly Conservatory, and the world-famous rose garden that features more than 2,400 varieties.

Butterfly Conservatory

The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the annual Falls Fireworks Series, Niagara Parks has expanded their schedule to include 111 fireworks daily displays throughout the summer. Special holiday shows are scheduled for the Memorial Day long weekend (May 25 to 28).

DAY TRIPPING
View the falls from the water, the air or the ground. No matter your vantage point, it’s an awe-inspiring experience – no matter the time of year.

Less than a half hour drive from the Falls, at the mouth of the Niagara River, is the quaint 18th century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, often referred to as Ontario’s loveliest town. Home to the renowned Shaw Festival, the town is an eclectic dining, shopping and sightseeing experience.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Old Fort Erie, Fort George, Brock’s Monument and Laura Secord’s homestead are just a few of the landmarks that will delight history buffs. The area was also an important stop on the legendary 1800s Underground Railroad.

In addition to slots and gaming tables, Fallsview Casino Resort showcases international performers.

Niagara boasts close to 100 parks and several championship courses, including Legends on the Niagara, Oak Hall Par 3 and the Whirlpool Golf Course, which was designed by golf architect Stanley Thompson and is rated as one of Canada’s most highly rated public golf courses.

CLIMATE CONTROLLED

Because of the two large bodies of water, Niagara Region is considered to be a moderate climate zone. Southern Ontario is roughly at the same latitude as southern France (Provence). The area’s temperatures make it ideal for growing tender fruit, and the conditions are ideal for ripening many varieties of grapes.

The Niagara Peninsula is one of four recognized viticultural areas by the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) in the Ontario Wine Industry. The European-style vineyards and wineries attract visitors from around the world. Many offer full tours of their facilities, and some have onsite dining, which feature sumptuous menus paired with their own VQA vintages.

The extended warm-weather season is also popular with boating, golf, hiking and biking enthusiasts.

Photography, courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

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Local Focus: Niagara Region

Local Focus: Niagara Region

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Local Focus: Niagara Region

by Gale Beeby

Including the communites of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie

HOUSING OPTIONS

There’s something in Niagara for everyone at every price point and every style, from luxury estate homes to modest semis and townhomes, with over 70 new projects springing up throughout the region.

Too many to list here, but a comprehensive list can be found here.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

THE WORKPLACE

The biggest employer is the tourism industry and the single top employer is Brock University with over 4,500 people in its employ. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort (4,300) and General Motors of Canada (4,000) round out the top three. There are also vital agricultural enterprises, including viticulture and fruit orchards, which add to the region’s economy.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

SCHOOL DAYS

Public schools are administered by the Niagara and the Niagara Catholic district school boards. Brock University, Niagara College and the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture offer advanced learning.

Niagara is Ontario's wine country
Niagara is Ontario’s wine country

LEISURE PURSUITS

There is a lot to do in the Niagara Region! Too many to list here, but some highlights include a visit to the famous Niagara Falls, a stroll through the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a jetboat ride on the Niagara River rapids, taking in a play at the world-renowned Shaw Festival, a drive along the Niagara Wine Trail, a picnic along the Niagara Parkway, watching the world-class Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (rowing), a night at one of the casinos, or a round of golf on one of the region’s fabulous golf courses, which includes Canada’s oldest course, Niagara-on-the-Lake, which held its first international tournament in 1895.

Other festivals in the area include the Festival of Lights, the Niagara Food Festival, the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, Canal Days, the Niagara Folk Arts Festival, the Welland Fair and the West Niagara Fair.

International Country Club of Niagara
International Country Club of Niagara

PARKS & REC

The Niagara Region has hundreds of kilometres of trails and paths, as well as a multitude of parks. In Niagara Falls, Queen Victoria Park features manicured gardens, platforms with views of the American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls as well as underground walkways behind the falls.

The Niagara River Recreational Trails runs 56 kilometres from Fort Erie to Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake and includes many historical sites from the War of 1812. The Greater Niagara Circle Route Trail System is 140 kilometres of mostly off-road paved trails for walking, cycling or rollerblading. It passes through urban centres, the Niagara Escarpment, waterfronts and agricultural areas.

Whirlpool Rapids Bridge
Whirlpool Rapids Bridge

Also in the area is the Bruce Trail, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Merritt Trail, which passes through many of the old sections of the Welland Canal, the Waterfront Trail, and the Welland Canals Parkway.

Niagara-on-the-Lake cenotaph and clock tower
Niagara-on-the-Lake cenotaph and clock tower

RETAIL THERAPY

A stroll down the main street of any of the towns in the region will be a delight with a number of boutiques, cafés, art galleries, craft stores and fine dining establishments. Niagara-on-the-Lake, in particular, is a great place to spend the day popping into one unique store after another. There are a number of outlet malls in Niagara, too, offering brand-name shopping at lower-thanretail prices.

Welland Canal with the Garden City Skyway Bridge
Welland Canal with the Garden City Skyway Bridge

EASY ACCESS

Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines each have airports and the area is served by a number of expressways, including Highways 405, 406, 420 and the QEW. Niagara Region Transit moves riders between Welland, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Niagara Falls Transit and the St. Catharines Transit Commission provide local bus service in the two largest communities in the region. GO Transit and VIA Rail provide train and bus service to Niagara Region from the GTA.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 447,888

Inagurated: 1995

Known as: The Honeymoon Capital of the World

Walk Scores:

  • St. Catharines: 52
  • Welland: 47
  • Niagara Falls: 43
  • Port Colborne: 38
  • Lincoln: 32
  • Grimsby: 31
  • Fort Erie: 31
  • Thorold: 36
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake: 25
  • Pelham: 22

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Destinantion Ontario: Falling For Niagara

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Destinantion Ontario: Falling For Niagara

By Cece Scott www.cecescott.com

Photography, Niagara Falls Tourism

In the early 1800s, it was the French who popularized Niagara Falls as the honeymoon capital of the world. Since then, thousands have chosen the Falls as their honeymoon retreat. Two centuries later, Niagara Falls is still a popular destination for those who are celebrating their union, and newlyweds receive an official, signed-by-the-mayor honeymoon certificate. The grandeur of the Falls is impossible to duplicate, which is why the movie Niagara, starring Marilyn Monroe, was shot here. Other famous people who have visited the Falls include King George VI (the reigning queen’s father), as well as Princess Diana with Princes William and Harry.

A visit to the Niagara region, located between the south shore of Lake Ontario and the north shore of Lake Erie, encompasses the cities of St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, as well as the charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby and Fort Erie. A short hop from Toronto on the QEW and you can help yourself to a smorgasbord of experiences, including historical landmarks, wine tours, live entertainment, golf, sightseeing, slots and shopping.

SEE IT ALL

Seeing the Falls by boat has been a must-do tour since 1846. Hornblower Niagara Cruises’ 700-passenger catamaran offers thrilling, close-up tours of the Falls, as well as fully licensed night time Falls’ illumination cruises and Falls’ fireworks cruises.

Cruising the Falls on Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Helicopter flights over the Falls are the ultimate experience for adventure enthusiasts and rainbow lovers. Niagara Helicopters was awarded a position in the Top 50 Signature Winter Experiences in Canada (FlightNetwork 2016). Helicopter tours are offered throughout the year, including a stunning helicopter wine and Falls’ tour.

A visit to the Botanical Gardens offers guided walking tours around its lush gardens, which includes its world-famous garden of 2,400 roses. The gardens are also home to the Butterfly Conservatory, with more than 2,000 colourful butterflies.

Butterfly Conservatory

Located along the scenic Niagara Parkway is the Floral Clock. The clock’s face, complete with working mechanisms, is planted twice yearly with 15,000 to 20,000 carpet plants, arranged in beautiful designs. Built in 1950, the clock is 40 feet in diametre, and is second only to the Falls as the region’s most photographed highlight.

Floral clock

Old Fort Erie, Fort George, Brock’s Monument and Laura Secord’s homestead are just a few of the landmarks that will delight history buffs. The area was also an important stop on the legendary 1800’s Underground Railroad.

SURE BETS

In addition to slots and gaming tables, Fallsview Casino Resort presents more than 250 shows each year, featuring stars like Kelly Clarkson, Steven Tyler and Tim McGraw.

Niagara boasts several championship courses, including Legends on the Niagara, Oak Hall Par 3 and the Whirlpool Golf Course, which was designed by golf architect Stanley Thompson and is rated as one of Canada’s most highly rated public golf courses.

The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860. The Niagara Falls Fireworks Committee is lighting up the skies with free firework performances from June 12th to September 4th, Monday to Friday at 10 p.m. Each of the 60 shows will last up to six minutes in length.

Fireworks light up the sky from June to September.

NATURAL WONDERS

Less than a half hour drive from the Falls, at the mouth of the Niagara River, is the quaint 18th century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, often referred to as Ontario’s loveliest town. Home to the renowned world class Shaw Festival, which runs from April through October, the town is an eclectic dining, shopping and sightseeing experience.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

For a scenic wine tasting experience, try one of Niagara’s bicycle wine tours. Great Escape Wine Tours offers a variety of options including the Lunch and Winery Bicycle Tour, as well as a Private Bachelorette and Birthday Bike tour.

With all that the Niagara region has to offer, it’s no wonder that there’s a local movement afoot (#Claimthe8th) to declare Niagara Falls the eighth wonder of the world.

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