48
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BRIMMING WITH CULTURE

by Jef Theysmeyer | Jun 28, 2016

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SOAK IN THE REGION

From historic battlegrounds with the smell of gun powder still in the air to riveting performers centre stage, we’ve packed this sample two-day itinerary full of interesting things to see and do.

DAY 1

Brimming With Culture Day 1

EXPLORE THE WINERIES ON TWO WHEELS

As the wind rushes through your hair, you’ll feel as awake as ever on a bike tour with Zoom Leisure. Experience Niagara by pedalling to different vineyards where you’ll learn about the art of wine making and of course, sample some along the way. As you explore various wine cellars you’ll be treated to local cheese and delicacies to keep you energized for the day ahead.

WHAT’S YOUR FLAVOUR?

Niagara boasts some of the most exquisite restaurants in the country, serving up dishes with fresh, local ingredients. How are you going to try them all? We can help with that. With Taste The Town  you’ll spend 2 and a half hours eating your way through downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake sampling the local delights while you marvel over the local architecture and history.  

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?

History hasn’t fully moved on in this quaint little town with a white-knuckle past. Spend your evening exploring the most haunted place in Canada with a guided ghost tour. You’ll explore landmarks like the Prince of Wales Hotel, the Courthouse and the Royal George Theatre. Keep your camera ready because you never know what (or who) you might see. 

A SLEEP YOU WON’T SOON FORGET

Niagara has an impressive array of historic homes dating back several centuries. Many of these beautiful homes have been converted into B&B’s. After a busy day you’ll need a place to lay your head and think about everything you saw and experienced.

DAY 2

Brimming With Culture Day 2

WATCH HISTORY COME ALIVE

After you’ve finished taking in the impressive architecture and history of your B&B (and after a gourmet breakfast) it’s time to head out. First on the list for today’s culture tour is a stop at the grounds of Canada’s bloodiest battle. Be transported back in time at Old Fort Erie. Experience the sights and sounds of the war of 1812 as you explore the authentic buildings and watch soldiers charge by.

BASK IN THE SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND TASTES OF HISTORY

Your trip back in time isn’t over yet. Next up is Fort George, a military outpost that defended Canada against American attacks during the war of 1812. Watch as the soldiers in red coats fire muskets and black smoke fills the air. Cover your ears as the cannon fires and when too much excitement tires you out, have a taste of the 19th century and try what food was like from a different era, and cooked over an open flame.

If you’ve still got time try swinging by the Niagara Falls Museum or the Lundy’s Lane battlefield for more history and adventure.

A MEAL YOU’LL REMEMBER

Niagara is brimming with world-class restaurants and your visit won’t be complete without one. Dine on extraordinary meals at restaurants like OLiV or the Tide and Vine Oyster House. There’s something for everyone to savour (and boast about on Instagram) with a price range to match. 

THE ART OF PERFORMANCE

The arts and entertainment scene in Niagara is alive and well. Why not cap off your visit in the audience of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre? Home to everything from Broadway blockbusters to independent, thoughtful projects. Or visit the world famous Shaw Festival, North America’s second largest repertory theatre company and one of Canada’s leading cultural institutions. You’re sure to find something that will leave you thinking or laughing all the way home.

Whether with the family or a solo adventure, you’re sure to fill your culture quota with a trip to Niagara.