8 fun ways to experience autumn in Niagara


With Niagara a quick drive from Mississauga, here are 8 fun ways to experience the region this autumn!


Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Distillery
Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake and nestled among the vineyards, this  23,000 square foot facility is the first of its kind in the region, featuring both wine and distilling production. The summer water feature next to the Great Lawn will become an ice rink in winter, complete with a ‘loonie’ buried at centre ice, dropped by The Great One himself at the groundbreaking ceremony in September, 2015.  Guests to the Winery & Distillery can enjoy wine and whisky tasting bars, retail stores, tours and seminars throughout the day, and a VIP tasting room.   gretzkyestateswines.com


Niagara Speedway
Opening in Spring 2018, Niagara Speedway will be North America's largest elevated go-kart track facility.  The first of its kind in Canada, Niagara Speedway will be a marriage of traditional go-karts with the added fun & excitement of an elevated 40 feet tall (12 meters) coaster styled track.  cliftonhill.com


10Below Peller Icewine Lounge
Visitors to Peller Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, will now enjoy the ultimate Icewine experience in a brand new room designed to mimic the climate involved when harvesting premium
VQA Icewine.  The 300 sq. ft. igloo-like lounge is maintained at minus 10 degrees Celsius.  Guests don Peller Estates parkas and smart phone compatible gloves before they enter the ice box. The space includes an Ice bar, lounge chair, sculptures, iceblock walls and even an ice chandelier.  Unique facts about Icewine are etched clearly into the ice walls through a special process involving snow-filled graphics.  Open year-round, the interior space is designed to accommodate tour groups of 15 people at a time. Visitors will be able to participate in the 10 Below Experience by joining the Greatest Winery Tour, offered daily.  peller10below.com


Cycle on Adventures  
Travel in small intimate groups with exceptional service from your 1 or 2 local expert guides.  Stay in 4 Star luxury over 3 nights in two of Niagara's best resorts. Tour and sample wines at the region's absolute best rated including some 'hidden gems'.  Delight in incredible culinary experiences dining in Niagara's top rated restaurants and sample a taste of Canada's BEST - Best Fudge, Best Gelato, Best Cheese, Best Micro-Brewery, Best Ice Wine Slushee and more.  Mostly inclusive pricing means that almost everything you drink, taste and do/see is included from breakfast through late afternoon.  Evenings including dinners are on your own.  Bike and helmet for the duration of the tour are supplied or BYO.  Maximum group size: 15.  cycleonadventures.com


Niagara Adventure Excursions /WildPlay Element Parks
In collaboration with Canadian adventure recreation company WildPlay Ltd., Niagara Adventure Excursions two new attractions opened in Summer 2016 on the lands of The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) in Niagara Falls.  The new MistRider Zip Line to the Falls attraction offers four parallel zip lines that descend a distance of 670 meters (2,200 feet) from NPC’s Grand View Marketplace into the Niagara Gorge below.  It provides stunning picture-perfect views of both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.  The Whirlpool Adventure Course, located alongside the Niagara Parkway at the Whirlpool at Thompson Point, offers a playful and active outdoor experience for adults, teens, kids ages five and older, and groups. The Kids, Classic, and Extreme courses are the first of their kind in the Niagara Region. The recreational activity provides awe-inspiring views of the Niagara Whirlpool and Gorge. Guests navigate self-paced obstacle games, which include: zip lines, ladders, rope swings, scrambling walls, hanging nets, spinning logs, wobbly bridges, tightropes, monkey bars, and more suspended surprises up to sixty feet high.  wildplay.com/niagarafalls


Niagara Brewing Company
Niagara Brewing Company is Niagara Falls's newest craft brewery, located on Clifton Hill on the former site of the Foxhead Inn.  In honour of the cunning spirit of the fox, Niagara Brewing Company utilizes locally sourced ingredients to offer bold brews and innovative flavours. While visiting, groups can tour the brewery, taste delicious beers and appetizers, and purchase beer from the on-site store.  niagarabrewingcompany.com


Niagara Culinary Tours
These culinary tours/walking tours of Niagara Falls, NOTL and St. Catharines offer the unique experience of a walking food tour blending culture, food and history.  Each Niagara Culinary Tour will visit several local restaurants where you will have a taste of Niagara cuisine and meet chefs, owners and friendly hospitality professionals.  Along the way your guide will talk about the history of the area and point out cultural landmarks. niagaraculinarytours.com


Signature Kitchens Niagara-on-the-Lake
Fourteen of Niagara-on-the-Lake's dining establishments have joined together to create Signature Kitchens, a culinary group celebrating the joys of local, seasonal and artisanal cuisine.  Each group member has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the use of high-quality local ingredients, a focus on outstanding VQA wines, and the delivery of professional service. signaturekitchensofniagaraonthelake.com

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