Niagara, the lifestyle boost you’ve been looking for
Photography courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism
Located on 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 promotes recreation, arts and culture. While urban amenities are in abundance, there’s still a relaxed stillness that comes with living in this beautiful area.
A sight for sore eyes
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.
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 gardens. Also located here is the Butterfly Conservatory, and the world-famous rose garden that features more than 2,400 varieties.
The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860.
Everyday’s a holiday
View the falls from the water, the air or the ground. To experience the thundering roar, power and mystical qualities of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Niagara Gorge, book a tour through niagaracruises.com.
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. Partnering with Parks Canada, eSkoot Niagara offers historical tours via an eSkooter.
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.
Two Sisters Vineyards
Our model home feature in this issue is by Solmar Development Corps. Sales and marketing manager, Angela Marotta, is also CEO of Two Sisters Vineyards, along with her sister Melissa Paolicelli-Marotta. Established approximately 10 years ago, the winery has received many awards and accolades, and was most recently named the ‘Best Small Winery in Canada for 2018’, by the National Wine Awards.
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.
Niagara Vintage Wine Tours offers half day, full day and evening tours, paired with gastronomic delicacies.