5 Reasons to Visit Niagara in Winter

Many people think of Niagara as strictly a summer destination. After all, summer is the area’s peak season. However, Niagara has just as much to offer in the winter. Check out the following five reasons why now is the time to go.

  1. Big hotel discounts. Award-winning, luxury properties such as Sheraton On The Falls offer incredible rates. A double occupancy room with a view of the Falls can be had for not much more than a hundred dollars per night. During the “off” season, numerous package deals are usually available ranging from couples’ getaways to family activity packages.
  2. The Winter Festival of Lights. From November 21, 2015 until January 31, 2016, Queen Victoria Park is the place to be to take in the splendor that is over three miles of illuminated landscapes including Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and of course, the Falls themselves. On selected nights there is also an impressive fireworks display. Admission is free but donations are suggested (donations are used for the upkeep of the lights and displays).
  3. Jamie Kennedy. The award-winning eatery, Windows By Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, features a seasonally based menu showcasing the region’s rich agriculture. On Dec. 4, share a “Heritage Farmhouse Christmas” with Jamie Kennedy for an unforgettable Christmas feast. On Jan. 15, enjoy “An Icewine Dinner” with Jamie Kennedy, celebrating Niagara’s “Liquid Gold” with perfect menu pairings.
  4. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Everyone else is freezing this winter but you and your family can have a blast splashing around in this three-acre waterpark featuring 16 slides, a giant water centrifuge super bowl, wave pool, extreme slide racing, 1000-gallon Tipping Bucket and two adult-only Jacuzzis. The waterpark is directly connected to the Sheraton so you never need to leave the property to enjoy summer-like fun in the middle of winter.
  5. Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. This carefully climate-controlled environment is tropical year-round, perfect for the 2,000 plus butterflies living within the conservatory. These butterflies represent over 50 different species and flutter freely throughout the rainforest setting. Visitors can meander through the attraction via multi-level paths that wind past the conservatory’s waterfall and pond. The conservatory is also a greenhouse for the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, home to 130 species of rare plants and flowers.


Any of these reasons alone is plenty to visit but with all five, there’s just no reason not to make Niagara your winter holiday destination.