Fall for Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Cool temperatures. Check! Trees awash in colour. Check! Food and wine festivals. Check! Fresh fruit and vegetable vendors. Check! Wine tastings. Check! Cycling paths. Check! Entertainment. Check! Accommodation booked at Globetrotters B&B/Gallery. Check!

What’s not to love about fall—especially if you’re lucky enough to spend a few days with us in Niagara-on-the-Lake? While the Shaw Festival performances, winery tours and cycling adventures may be on your bucket list for this fall, here are a few more reasons why you should plan a fall getaway to “the prettiest town in Canada.”

Beautiful fall colours paint the Niagara landscape.
Beautiful fall colours cover the Niagara landscape.


Niagara Wine Festival: September 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2015

This is the favourite time of year to experience the wine and fresh produce across Niagara and the Niagara Wine Festival is the perfect venue at which to sample the best. And for wine enthusiasts, these are the weekends to visit Niagara’s wine country. Follow the wine route with a $40 Discovery Pass in hand as you enjoy live entertainment and attend educational seminars, food and wine tastings or demonstrations. Each pass allows for eight opportunities for wine tasting and culinary pairings at any of the participating wineries. Passes can be redeemed on the Saturdays or Sundays on the weekends and do not have to be used in one day. Click here for a full list of participating wineries.


And while you’re touring around, set time aside to enjoy the great lineup of activities and entertainment, such as CCMA artists Autumn Hill and Small Town Pistols, at Montebello Park in St. Catharines. Admission is free and so is parking on weekends and evenings in City parking garages and lots. View the entertainment lineup here.

Enjoy new vintage wines at various wineries throughout the Niagara Region.
Enjoy new vintage wines at various wineries throughout the Niagara Region.


Ghostly Apparitions: September 18 & 19 and 25 & 26

Hook up with the Niagara Historical Society and Museum for a cemetery tour to meet the spirits of local residents buried at St. Mark’s Church. Tours start at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance from the Niagara Historical Museum or call 905-468-3912.


Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition: September 25, 26 & 27

From noon, Friday, September 25 to 5 p.m., Sunday September 27, an exposition of Canadian Steampunk grandeur promises a festival of epic proportions, filled with sights, sounds and experiences that have to be seen to be believed. Time travel to Fort George where delights and pleasures abound as you take in performances, workshops, photo opportunities, tours and other activities planned throughout the weekend.


Get Your Mojo Working: October 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Get it on with Ronnie McNeir of the Four Tops for an evening of Motown, R&B, Blues & Jazz under the big tent at Jackson-Triggs Winery, just a few minutes’ walk from our door.  Tickets are $65/person and include two glasses of wine, charcuterie and two 45-minute performances. For another $45 join the after party at the Old Winery Restaurant where additional food, dessert and coffee will be served (cash bar).


BRAVO NIAGARA! North Star Festival: October 2, 3 & 4

Explore the journey to freedom and equality as Bravo Niagara! pays tribute to the courageous freedom-seekers who followed the North Star to Niagara, a terminus of the Underground Railroad. This festival will feature music and other art forms to give voice to the Niagara Region’s rich Black history. Performers include Canadian jazz icon Joe Sealy with special guest Jumaane Smith, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Blues sensations Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whitely, and Blues & Motown legend Harrison Kennedy. For tickets, click here.


Battle of Queenston Heights Commemorative Tour: October 10 & 11

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada as they commemorate the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights and the death of major General Sir Isaac Brock. Brock’s Monument National Historic Site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all weekend and guided tours of the battle site are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Climb 235 steps to the top of the Monument to enjoy majestic views of Queenston Heights and the Niagara River.

The Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada organize special events that celebrate the history of Niagara.
The Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada organize special events that celebrate the history of Niagara.


2015 Big Band Ball: October 17 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Dance the night away to the hits from the big band era with Jackie Lane & His Swinging’ 17-piece Big Band and guest artists at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre. Tickets are $39 each. Proceeds go to support the Red Roof Retreat. Call 905-468-8232 or email jackjazzman@cogeco.ca.


Halloween Ghost Tours: October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 & November 1 

October is the perfect time for a good ghost story. Explore the scariest aspects of haunted Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake on a two-hour walking tour, which includes stories too frightening to be told on summer tours. Halloween tours start at 7, 7:15, 7:30 p.m., and 10, 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. (excluding Sundays). Tickets are $17 and must be purchased in advance by calling 905-468-6621.

Scary encounters await at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Scary encounters await at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Posted by Donna S. Vieira, owner of Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.