Province/Territory: Ontario

Niagara Falls and the wine region of Niagara

  • 431346 population
  • 168000 cubic metres of water per minute
  • 70-plus award-winning wineries

Niagara is one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations for a world of great reasons. Niagara Falls at a majestic 13 stories tall is the world’s second-biggest waterfall with six million cubic feet of water cascading over its brink every minute. With theme parks, water parks, wax museums, a jet-boat tour, the floral clock and more, Niagara Falls is always rocking. But it’s easy to change the pace and enjoy the peace of sipping your way through award-winning wine country, visiting some of Canada's most significant historical sites such as Queenston Heights and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara offers an enormous range of attractions - both natural and man-made!

Nature & Wildlife

  • Find the heart of a waterfall as you walk behind the thundering sheets of water.
  • Sail into the mouth of the maelstrom aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist.
  • Fly high above the Falls in for a unique helicopter tour of one of the greatest natural wonders in Canada.
  • Crash through the wild currents of the Niagara River or hike its stunning shoreline.

Arts & Culture

  • Take a horse and carriage ride through one of Canada's oldest towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Visit the wax museums, the daredevil hall of fame and the houses of horror that make Niagara Falls' Clifton Hill so much fun.
  • Enjoy a performance at the world famous Shaw Festival Theatre.
  • Tour the 1812 battlefields at Queenston Heights to see the site where Major General Sir Isaac Brock fell in battle.
  • Discover artist run galleries with art inspired by Niagara's beautiful landscapes.

Events & Festivals

  • Experience the rare sweetness of icewine at the Niagara Icewine Festival.
  • Experience the excitement of Niagara Falls when the snow is falling and enjoy the 3 million twinkling lights at the CAA Winter Festival of Lights.
  • Be part of two weeks of free entertainment as you sip and sample the best from Niagara's winemakers and chefs at the annual Grape and Wine Festival held each September.

Food & Drink

  • Dine among the vines at a winery restaurant.
  • Tour one of Niagara's best known wineries to learn how icewine is created.
  • Take a cooking class and learn about the bounty of Niagara's vineyards and fields.
  • Prepare a traditional meal from farm-fresh ingredients. Sample some of the county’s best wines. Enjoy the works of accomplished artists.

Outdoor adventure

  • Crash through the wild currents of the Niagara River or hike its stunning shoreline.
  • Cycle one of 200 scenic routes for beginners, day-trippers or advanced cyclists.
  • Play 18 holes at one of 40 courses choosing from tour grade to executive level courses.

Weather

  • Niagara's weather is moderated by two Great Lakes – Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
  • From March to May, temperatures range from 5°C to 19°C while from June to August, the mercury rises, with temperatures ranging from 14°C to 25°C.
  • October and November have temperatures ranging from 8°C to 22°C and December to February are the coolest months with temperatures randing from 0°C to 2°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: The Niagara Region stretches over 1,852 km² and encompasses 12 municipalities in southern Ontario
Largest City: St. Catharines
Total Population: 431,346
Official Languages: English & French
Provincial Motto: “Yours to discover”

When to go
  • Visit Niagara in the summer, when the fruit trees are laden with peaches, pears and apricots and the fields are filled with strawberries, blueberries, grapes and more.
  • Come in the fall when the trees are turning brilliant shade and the grapes are ready for the harvest. Join in the fun of the Niagara Wine Festival in late September.
  • Tour the Niagara region in the spring, when the fruit orchards are in blossom and drink in their sweet aroma.
  • Brave the cold and see Niagara Falls at its most spectactular, when the mist turns to ice and the trees and buildings by the falls become a glittering crystal gallery. If you come during the CAA Winter Festival of Lights, all that ice will be illuminated by more than three million shimmering lights.
Getting Here
Getting around
  • Find information on getting around the Niagara Region.
  • Hundreds of miles of bike trails wind through the Niagara Peninsula, from St. Catharines to Niagara Falls, to Niagara-on-the-Lake, to Fort Erie and more.