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Shopping (Without Dropping) in Niagara Falls

skylineblog5.jpegEvery good vacation includes plenty of shopping. Even travelers who prefer tents and muddy trails over luxury hotels and spa treatments enjoy retail therapy at the end of their experience. Luckily, Niagara Falls is full of malls and shopping centers perfect for any amount of shopping a tourist might want. Read on for six ways to get your shopping fix in the Niagara Falls area.

1. First Step

Intrepid shoppers should consider their accommodations’ locations while making their vacation plans. Most dedicated shoppers would be wise to take advantage of any one of the luxurious hotels in the Fallsview district of Niagara Falls due to its prime location amidst miles of shopping opportunities. Additionally, once one’s party is all shopped out, this area of the city is the best — bar-none — for attractions like theaters, games, rides, and views of the falls.

2. Clifton Hill

Right in the middle of the action, Clifton Hill is chock full of prime shopping opportunities for interested travelers. Shoppers can find everything under the sun — from Niagara Falls souvenirs to high-end boutiques and even specialty shops with award-winning wares — and with the right hotel you won’t even have to drive to get there.

3. Canada One Factory Outlets

Every savvy shopper knows that the best place to find deals on designer items is at an outlet mall, and Niagara Falls is full of them. Canada One is open 364 days every year, meaning even if you vacation during the holidays you’ll have somewhere to shop. More than 40 brand-name stores comprise the outlets, including Coach, Lululemon, Guess, Nike, Samsonite, and more. If you’re hoping to hit up this outlet, you should pack their suitcases lightly to make room for your huge haul.

4. Niagara Square

skylineblog6.jpegJust a short eight minutes from Clifton Hill and the center of Niagara Falls, this giant mall has more than 70 stores and restaurants to fill a whole day of Niagara shopping. Retailers of all stripes call this shopping center home; whether you’re looking for the latest fashion trends or a place to catch a movie, Niagara Square has it all. Get a dose of quintessential Canadian shopping by visiting this mall on your vacation.

5. Outlet Collection at Niagara

Like we said before, Niagara Falls is an outlet shopper’s paradise. This collection of outlets is located near the cozy town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is a scenic place to explore on its own. However, serious shoppers can’t miss out on the 520,000 square feet of shopping available at the neighboring outlets. More than 100 brands will have storefronts once this magnificent shopping center is completed.

6. Online Shopping

In the unfortunate event you were so distracted by all the attractions that you missed out on buying any souvenirs, Niagara Falls State Park has a handy online shop to help you preserve your memories in a timeless keepsake. While you won’t get access to the outlets and malls until you come back on your next trip, you can still save the memories from your last by ordering a souvenir online.

What to Do With One Night in Niagara

skylineblog1.jpegSome people get months of vacation time to enjoy lengthy and luxurious trips around the world — and others have to squeeze in all the relaxation they can in one night. If you’re in the latter category, Niagara Falls is one of the best locations available to spend your vacation. With centrally-located attractions and plenty of thrills for a small party, a one-day vacation feels almost as good as a whole month when you spend it in Niagara.

Book a One Night Vacation Package

Skyline Inn offers a fantastic package for couples looking to minimize their time away while maximizing their vacation fun. The package includes:

  • One night accommodation
  • Breakfast for two at Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery
  • Dinner for two at either the Fallsview Grand Buffet or The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Once you are sure your eating and sleeping arrangements are taken care of, you can spend the rest of the day truly enjoying yourselves in the delights of Niagara Falls.

See the Falls

skylineblog2.jpegA trip to Niagara Falls just isn’t complete without a thorough look at the falls themselves. There are plenty of lookouts to see the falls from a distance: Head to the top of Skylon Tower to get a birds-eye view of the entire Niagara region, or take a stroll in Victoria Park to see Horseshoe Falls in its best light.

You can even get some up-close views of the falls by signing up for exciting tours. The famous Maid of the Mist takes tourists right up to the base of the falls to feel the mist and hear the roaring water. Additionally, you can go on a journey behind the falls to see what the water looks like from behind.

Tour Wine Country

If you have a couple hours to spare, Niagara’s wine region is blossoming into one of the world’s best places to sample top wines. Most vineyards offer full tours, taking visitors through the fields and cellars to get a full experience of the wine-making process. You’ll be treated to several award-winning wines, and you can even stop by for a meal to receive a perfect pairing of wine and food.

Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake

This tiny town just outside Niagara Falls proper is packed with charm. The houses and shops circling the scenic lake look like they were frozen in time more than a century ago. Take a carriage ride, see a theater production, or simply walk around the quaint parks; Niagara-on-the-Lake is calm and unhurried, so you can unwind between more pressing scheduled attractions.

Shop the Outlets

To fill in time between activities, you can head toward any of Niagara’s fantastic shopping centers to get amazing deals on brand-name designer apparel. Canada One Outlets feature as many as 40 recognizable brands, including Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, and more, with perfect prices for any budget. Alternatively, the Outlet Collection at Niagara contains nearly 100 storefronts of your favorite brands, and it is located conveniently next to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara Falls History With a Personal Twist

skylineblog3.jpegFor those not naturally infused with a love for all things old and dusty, history can feel boring and useless. It can be difficult to see the impact of the past on the world today when you’re in a classroom learning facts and figures. However, if you’ve hitched your wagon to a genuine history lover — or if you want to further educate your children while they’re on school break — you may find yourself in a museum or library on more than one vacation. If you’re headed to Niagara Falls, you can experience history in a way you’ve never experienced.

Niagara Falls is full of history — it was inhabited by many native peoples before it experienced a thrilling Colonial period — and while you can learn plenty in the halls of Niagara’s museums, much of Niagara’s history has been preserved in important individuals’ own homesteads. You can learn personal stories of Niagara’s most historic events by touring the rooms of these individuals and seeing their possessions just as they were centuries ago.

Laura Secord Homestead

If you’re coming from the states, you probably don’t know much about Canada’s role in the War of 1812 — and if you don’t remember your history lessons, you probably don’t know much about the war whatsoever. No matter: At Laura Secord’s historic house and estate, you can learn quite a bit about both.

Laura Secord is the most important Canadian heroine of the War of 1812. Legend states that she walked 32 kilometers (that’s almost 20 miles) to warn British troops of an impending American attack. The tour of her home is particularly exciting, as costumed guides explain about her life and the war with period flare. Plus, at the end you can enjoy some chocolate and ice cream.

McFarland House

skylineblog4.jpegNiagara-on-the-Lake is a town that looks frozen in time, and that is in no small part due to the large manor home once owned and preserved by the McFarland family. Built in the early 19th century by a Scottish immigrant, the house also featured prominently in the War of 1812, as it served as a hospital for wounded soldiers as well as a strategic fort of sorts with guns placed around the property to protect the Niagara River.

Tours of the property are certainly educational, and treats and refreshment are also available in the Conservatory Tea Room. The house is the oldest in Niagara-on-the-Lake, but you can certainly fill your day with history and explore even more history by walking around the town.

Battle Ground Hotel

Even immediately after the War of 1812, interested citizens flocked to its most important sites to learn more about the battles. Niagara was unfortunate enough to experience the bloodiest battle of the war, the Battle of Lundy’s Lane, which means that many people traveled to the region to see and feel the war themselves. One particular tavern and inn, located dangerously close to the battlefield, changed its name and began showcasing important artifacts from the battle and war. That hotel has been transformed into a museum, but the rooms and bar remain exactly the same, so modern visitors can get the same experience as their predecessors.

Halloween for Grown-Ups in Niagara Falls

Girl with Holloween MaskSometimes it can feel like Halloween is all about the kids. In every city, there’s trick-or-treating, costume contests, and creepy craft parties on every block to help little ones celebrate the holiday. But if you don’t have any kids yet, or you want a break from the kiddie activities for a weekend, you might have to travel. Luckily, Niagara Falls is looking out for adults this Halloween with a multitude of events designed specifically for over-16s. If you’re tired of white-sheet ghosts and goofy jack-o-lanterns, you can have an awesome and terrifying Halloween this year at Niagara Falls.

Rumours Night Club Halloween Party

On Halloween night, you should definitely head to the infamous Rumours Night Club to be a part of their annual Halloween party. With the hottest music spun by the country’s best DJs, Rumours virtually guarantees you’ll have a wild night. Their theme for Halloween is “erotic and exotic,” leaving plenty of scintillating costume options for ladies and gents alike. Plus, the winner of the costume contest could go home with $500 cash, so be sure to come dressed to the nines in your sexiest costume.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

A Halloween staple across the English-speaking world, the cult movie “Rocky Horror Picture Show” comes to life on stage at Niagara’s Oh Canada, Eh? Theatre. The story follows Brad and Janet, newly affianced, as they travel to inform Brad’s favorite professor of their engagement. When their car breaks down in front of an old, ramshackle mansion, they learn they’re in for the night of their lives. However, if you’ve never seen the movie, it’s just as well — the live performance is an interactive experience all its own. Come ready to participate, and don’t forget your squirt guns and paper hats.

Haunted Houses

Niagara-on-the-Lake, a short drive from Niagara Falls, is well-regarded as the country’s most haunted city, so it comes as little surprise that the Niagara region has some of the best haunted houses around. There are two options that stand above the rest to provide adults the chills of a lifetime:

  • Nightmares Fear Factory. This haunted factory has won awards and gained notoriety for its level of terror. Make sure you have someone to hold onto as you walk around Nightmares and try to avoid the vindictive old floor manager, Abraham Mortimer.
  • Haunted House Haunt Manor. This mansion dates back to before the War of 1812, but only a few years after the war the family who lived there disappeared under mysterious circumstances. There are some unexpected and unconventional scares at this haunted house, so bring your nerves of steel if you want to get out alive.

After Halloween Party at Boston Pizza Clifton Hill

Even when Halloween’s over, in Niagara Falls the holiday lives on. After you’ve rested up during the day on November 1st, head back to Clifton Hill for some excellent beers and great food. If your costume is salvageable — or you brought a backup, just in case — Boston Pizza has a costume contest as well, so interested party-goers have another chance to win awesome prizes.

4 Day Trips From Niagara Falls

American Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario has enough activities and attractions to sustain vacationers for a lifetime, let alone a week. However, sometimes when you’re traveling in an unfamiliar area, you like to see as much of the region as possible. If you’re taking a trip to Niagara Falls but want to get out of the city for a day, here are some close destinations that will keep you busy for the day until you come back to your comfortable room in a Niagara Falls hotel.

Niagara Falls, New York

As you may well know, Niagara Falls crosses the Canada-America border, and the series of falls that comprises Niagara Falls exists in both countries. The falls on the New York side, called the American Falls, lack the grandeur of Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, but they are dramatic and beautiful in and of themselves. You can take a day and explore the American Falls with one of the many day tours, and you can explore the plethora of New York–side attractions on your own. The Niagara Science Museum offers an in-depth look of the geology of the falls and the history of the region. The New York side also boasts an impressive aquarium with plenty of marine animals worth a look.


Just a short drive away from bright and modern Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake seems like a town stopped in time. This quaint village has maintained the look and feel of a small community, even while it has so many worthwhile attractions for visitors. Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts more than a handful of world-class vineyards that offer tastings of their award-winning wines, and if you visit Niagara in the fall, you’ll probably be able to catch a show at the famous Shaw Festival, which showcases some of the best live theater in all of Canada.


Cityline of TorontoYou can hop on the freeway, circle around Lake Ontario, and reach Canada’s bustling city of Toronto in just under an hour and a half. If you’re coming from the U.S., you’ll love getting a dose of a real Canadian city by walking around downtown Toronto. Take a ride to the top of the iconic CN Tower — the dominant feature of the Toronto skyline — or get a dose of culture by checking out any of the city’s great museums, like the Royal Ontario Museum or Gardiner Museum. You might even get the chance to see some excellent hockey if you come during the right season.


If you don’t know much about New York — outside of the big city, of course — a trip to Niagara Falls offers a great opportunity to explore upstate. Buffalo is a short jaunt from Niagara Falls and has plenty of attractions to keep you occupied for a day. You can see Frank Lloyd Wright’s quintessential Prairie Style in the Martin House Complex and Graycliff, and you can explore any number of galleries and concert halls in downtown. Just be sure you don’t miss out on any of the city’s world-famous dish; what better place to enjoy buffalo wings than the city that earned them their name?

A Guide to Niagara Falls Guidebooks

Niagara FallsMost travelers like to know a bit about their destination before they leave for vacation, and most savvy travelers head straight to their local bookstore to pick up a guidebook. However, both fortunately and unfortunately, there are a wide variety of guidebooks on the market for almost any location, let alone a popular tourist spot like Niagara Falls. After you’ve booked your Niagara hotel, you might need some direction to help you plan your activities and schedule out your days. If you’re struggling to find the right guidebook for your exploration of Niagara Falls, here’s our opinion on the guidebooks available to most travelers.


You can usually trust the information in Fodor’s, and with large, full-color pictures of the destination, this publisher is particularly adept at building interest and making information accessible. The attention to detail that Fodor’s puts into its books is extremely helpful to novice travelers to any region.

However, Fodr’s lumps Niagara Falls in with its discussion of activities in Toronto. In fact, only one chapter — composed of a small handful of pages — discusses the attractions of the Niagara region, and of these much of the space is devoted to explanations about crossing the border. If Niagara is just one stop on your tour of Ontario, Fodor’s might be a useful resource, but for most Niagara tourists, this guidebook fails to deliver on the details.


A lesser-known series of guidebooks, Moon is gaining clout as one of the most comprehensive resources. Though Moon books aren’t available for all regions, the destinations that do exist tend to be focused and exhaustive.

Moon Niagara Falls is no different. The author is a native of the region, meaning he has had plenty of experience with the attractions that both locals and tourists enjoy. He also writes about the little-known places and activities that will make your visit stand out from the rest. This guidebook includes both American and Canadian sides of the falls, so you have the opportunity to explore the entire Niagara region — or just stick to the grandeur and excitement of Horseshoe Falls.


Reading up on NiagaraFrommer’s guides are usually hit or miss when it comes to the information they provide. Because most Formmer’s guides don’t have the glossy, full-color pictures of many guides, they can be less eye-catching, and the advice they give tends to be less persuasive without the visual help. However, Frommer’s is excellent at providing pre-made itineraries for the places it describes which can be vital for busy families who don’t have the time to do their own research. Plus, the prices Frommer’s gives are usually on-point, allowing budget-conscious travelers to save up accurately in preparation for their trip.

Frommer’s Niagara Falls, while it lacks the vibrant photos of other guides, does hit the mark with the information it provides. Devoted to the Niagara region, Frommer’s really packs in the detail about restaurants, attractions, and viewing spots. Additionally, on top of all this, the guidebook inserts interesting facts and history of the region, giving the reader some background to consider while you’re wandering around Niagara Falls.

Having a guidebook can be essential to providing a complete trip, but you need to be sure you use the right guidebook for the experience you’re hoping for. You can take our opinions into consideration while you make your selection and begin planning your memorable trip to Niagara Falls.

Skyline Inn’s Ultimate Casino Experience Isn’t a Gamble

three people gamblingNiagara Falls is one of the best scenes in Canada to get your gambling fix. Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort have acres of your favorite games, from any table game you can name to slots of all shapes and sizes. If your heart yearns for the adrenaline rush you get from a big win, Niagara Falls should be a top destination on your vacation list. If the casinos alone aren’t enough to convince you, Skyline Inn’s Ultimate Casino Experience package should seal the deal. Here’s what you get if you indulge in the gambling trip of a lifetime.

Hotel Accommodations

With the purchase of the Ultimate Casino Experience, you get a night’s accommodations in one of Niagara’s most fantastic luxury hotels. Skyline Inn has plenty of high-class amenities to make you feel comfortable — if not pampered — in the beating heart of Niagara’s tourist district.

Dining Opportunities

This package also includes three gift cards to some of Niagara’s most impressive restaurants. No matter where you go, you’ll be eating well during your entire Niagara vacation.

  • Windows by Jamie Kennedy. With a strong focus on the bounty produced in the surrounding Niagara region, Chef Jamie Kennedy has designed his restaurant to highlight the natural beauty of Niagara. This theme is obvious both in the delicious, fresh meals served morning, noon, and night as well as in the floor-to-ceiling windows granting patrons unprecedented views of the falls.
  • Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. Renowned chef Massimo Capra brings Niagara diners some of the most passionate and elegant food of their lives in his legendary restaurant. Sourcing his ingredients and wines locally, the fresh and flavorful food is not to be missed.
  • Fallsview Buffet. If you need a quick and casual bite to refuel during your gambling weekend, the Fallsview Buffet has any dish you could crave. From burgers to steaks, salads to stir fries, you can dine in complete comfort while enjoying amazing views of the falls.

Spa Experience

While gambling is thrilling and fun, it can be stressful as well. Luckily, in between shifts at the games tables you can melt your stress away at the Fallsview Christienne Spa. There is a selection of packages within the spa so you can find the exact treatments you need to get you right back in that poker seat. If you want a younger-looking poker face, try any of the spa’s fabulous facials. If you need your muscles loose for shooting craps, their massages will leave you relaxed and ready to go. You can’t overestimate the importance of a few hours at the spa during your gambling vacation.

Winery Tours

couple drinking wineFinally, once you’ve gambled your heart out, you can celebrate your winnings at two of Niagara’s most celebrated vineyards. Trius at Hillebrand offers world-class wines of many varieties, and you can sample from their Showcase collection to try the best of the best. Peller Estates has a long list of award-winning wines, including the icewine variety you may not have tried before. Plus, Peller won Winery of the Year, so you know you’ll be celebrating your casino victory lavishly.

Something Old and Something New: Ways to Honeymoon in Niagara

skylineblog40.jpegNiagara has long held the top honeymooning position as the Honeymoon Capital of the World. The place has been magical for centuries, and not one ounce of mystery and wonder has disappeared since Niagara has become a vacation destination. However, if you’re worried that a modern-day couple won’t find anything exciting enough for one of the most important vacations of your life, think again.

The region is a wonderland for couples, full of intimate and significant experiences perfect for relationship building. The old attractions remain astounding and beautiful, but there have also been plenty of new developments that keep visitors coming back again and again. If you appreciate the falls but are looking for some new thrills as well, see what Niagara has to offer.

Old: See the Falls up Close

The falls are definitely the main pull for many travelers to the Niagara region, and it’s easy to see why. Thundering with the sound of thousands of gallons of water falling every second, the falls are massive and mysterious in their existence. The mists generated around the falls give couples some wonder-filled intimacy to fuel the romance of the trip.

There are dozens of locations from which to view the falls from a distance, but adventurous couples would do better to book some tickets for an excursion right up close to the falls. The Maid of the Mist has been around forever, it seems, providing patrons the ability to stand right beneath the powerful rushing water of the falls. The experience is eye-opening and awe-inspiring and will certainly get both of your pulses racing.

New: Winery and Brewery Tours

skylineblog41.jpegThe vineyards around Niagara Falls have been around for decades, but they are just now starting to gain international attention for the quality of their wines. The Niagara region is delightfully fertile which allows wine-makers to grow top-notch grapes for delectable drinks. There are dozens of local vineyards to see, and the acres and acres of green grapevines are certainly beautiful to behold.

A more recent addition to the Niagara region is the explosion of world-class microbreweries in the area. Unlike standard canned brews, these breweries craft lagers, ales and other varieties of beer with precision, adding subtle flavors for discerning palates. Specialty brewing is becoming popular in many cities, and Niagara Falls offers some of the best in the Northeast.

Instead of fretting about fitting both beer and wine tasting into your vacation, and worrying about what places are even worth your time, book tickets on a tour that will take you to the region’s best breweries andvineyards. You’ll get behind-the-scenes looks at the most celebrated locations, and you’ll get free transportation

As previously stated, Niagara Falls has fruitful soils perfect for growing just about anything. It’s no surprise, then, that local restaurants are able to source their food locally to get the freshest and most delicious ingredients for their meals. On your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the region’s best beer and wine, but plenty vineyards and breweries encourage sampling food alongside your drinks, as drinking and eating go together just as perfectly as, well, you and your new spouse.

4 Big Reasons the Skyline Inn Is the Perfect Family Hotel

skylineblog30.jpegIt can be a headache planning a family vacation. You have to consider all your options when it comes to accommodation and food. You have to think about attractions that will suit everyone’s interests. You have to weigh costs.

By now you’ve probably realized that Niagara Falls is the only place you’ll be able to make every member of your family happy — activities and attractions are so varied that all manner of interests are easily addressed — but here are a few reasons you should choose the Skyline Inn as your base of operations.

The Deluxe Family Suite

Vacations can be tricky when you realize that you’ll be spending large amounts of time in rather close proximity to your sometimes exhausting albeit beloved family members. Instead of trying to cram everyone into a single-bed room, ensure your vacation is relaxing as well as fun by booking our Deluxe Family Suite.

The Suite features two roomy queen beds and a separate sleeping area with double-sized bunk bed. Depending on the size of your family, everyone could have a bed to him- or herself; at the very least, you won’t have to be tossing and turning all night in one bed piled high with people. Plus, each sleeping area has its own television, so when you’re relaxing in your room, you won’t have to fight the kids to control of the channel. The Suite also has an upgraded, spacious bathroom with all the amenities you could dream of — though you still might need to form a line to finish up everyone’s morning routines.

Dining Opportunities

The hotel has plenty of connections to family-friendly and delicious restaurants. Directly attached to the hotel, you’ll find the Perkins Family Restaurant which serves all three major meals with a variety of options to please all taste buds. Additionally, connected to the hotel via skywalk, the Hard Rock Café is a veritable dining experience filled with music, memorabilia and fun. Additionally, if you’d like dinner with a view, the Fallsview Restaurant has one of the best panoramas of the falls around.

The best thing about these dining options is that kids can eat absolutely free! At Perkins Family Restaurant and nearby Planet Hollywood, with the purchase of an adult entrée, you can feed your kids without dropping another dime.

In-House Entertainment

skylineblog31.jpegAfter a day of wandering around Niagara Falls and seeing everything there is to see — and trust us, there’s so much to see — you’ll probably want at least one easy night in. Nights at the Fallsview Water Park can give you just this.

Family Movie Nights are available to help calm down excited kids and give parents a comfortable and well-earned rest. Change into your pajamas and bring your pillows and blankets down to the indoor courtyard to find a giant living room replete with a huge movie screen. Movies rotate nightly, so you don’t have to worry about catching a repeat!

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Last, but certainly not least, Skyline Inn’s useful skywalk connects families to Niagara’s renowned indoor waterpark. Don’t worry about forgetting anything in your suite; you can easily commute from the park to your room without worrying about traffic or parking. Spend a day splashing in the pools or slipping down slides with frightful heights and speeds, then relax all night without ever leaving the comfortable climate-regulated inside rooms.

Did You Know About the Island Paradise of Niagara Falls?

skyblog7.jpegWhen you think of the islands near Niagara Falls, most likely your first thought is of Goat Island, the small island located between Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls. However, there is another island paradise in the Niagara River, one that offers plenty of scenic beauty and a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Dufferin Islands are a group of manmade islands located about 2 kilometers from Horseshoe Falls in the Niagara River. Here the river waters flow more slowly and gently than in the rapids leading up to the falls, creating a more serene and relaxing environment for enjoying the natural beauty of the area. If you’ll be spending some time around Niagara Falls, you wouldn’t be wasting your time exploring this fascinating area.

The History of the Dufferin Islands

The Dufferin Islands were the once the site of one of the Niagara Falls area’s first tourist attractions. Near the islands, back in the 1820s, a natural spring released a flammable gas. A local businessman found a way to cap the spring, and then release the gas and ignite it for paying tourists. The Burning Spring drew visitors for several decades, until work to improve the Ontario Power Company changed the shape of the islands forever.

Today, after nearly 100 years, the Dufferin Islands are a natural, forested 10-acre park, with well-maintained walking trails throughout. Small footbridges and suspension bridges connect the small islands of the park. While you could easily spend a few hours exploring the paths and enjoying a picnic or barbecue in one of the open fields or in the shade of a tree, there is much more to do on the Dufferin Islands.

A Natural Paradise

skyblog8.jpegIf you’re interested in bird watching or fishing, then the Dufferin Islands is the place to visit. Over the past decade, there has been a great effort toward naturalizing the area. Toward that effort, the parks commission has introduced fish to the waters surrounding the islands and created a catch-and-release fishing program that allows visitors to drop a line in the park. In addition, throughout the park you’ll find bird feeders and bird boxes designed to attract a wide variety of bird species.

One of the most popular features of the Dufferin Islands had nothing to do with fish and fowl, though. Each year, from November through January, the islands form the backdrop for the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights. For this favorite tradition of visitors and locals alike, the island is dotted with a number of animated light displays. While the displays do close some of the park for a time, the islands do remain open throughout the winter.

One of the major reasons that the Dufferin Islands are so popular with locals and visitors alike is the fact that it’s completely free. All you need are some comfortable walking shoes, a picnic lunch and maybe a fishing pole and you have everything you need to join the millions of other visitors to Niagara Falls who have discovered the wonder of this unspoiled island paradise.