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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE CANDLELIGHT TOUR
Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada’s prettiest places, is magical over the holidays. The Prince of Wales hotel is our luxury accommodation in the heart of wine country for two nights.
We’ll take in the Shaw Festival opening ceremonies before the Candle Light Stroll begins with carolling choirs under a warm glow. The next day it’s your choice of either Bird Kingdom, the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary, or the Butterfly Conservancy, a lush tropical paradise under the flutter of 2,000 brightly-coloured butterfly wings.
The revolving Skylon Tower is a fine place to eat lunch with magnificent views of Niagara Falls. Zee’s is an award-winning modern bistro bar across from the Royal George Theatre, where the Shaw Festival presents “A Christmas Carol.” On the way home, we’ll stop for lunch and a wine tasting at the beautiful Rockway Vineyards.
Tour follows travel Route B
Niagara-on-the-Lake sits on the shores of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the Niagara River. It’s known for its wineries and the summer Shaw Festival, a series of theatre productions. The flower-filled, tree-lined old town features 19th-century buildings, mainly along Queen Street. Near the river, 19th-century Fort George was built by the British to defend against American attacks.
Niagara-on-the-Lake was originally known as Butlersburg, in honour of Colonel John Butler, the commander of Butler’s Rangers. The Town received an official status in 1781 when it became known as Newark, a British military site and haven for British loyalists fleeing the United States in the volatile aftermath of the American Revolution. Later, it changed names again, this time to Niagara. Niagara was named the first capitol of Upper Canada (now the province of Ontario), and the first provincial parliament was convened at Navy Hall in 1792 by Lieutenant-Govenor John Graves Simcoe. During the War of 1812, the capitol was moved to York (later to be renamed as Toronto) so as to be farther from the areas of combat.
The Town played a central part in the War or 1812. It was taken by American forces after a two-day bombardment by cannons from Fort Niagara and the American Fleet, followed by a bloody battle. Later in the war the Town was razed and burnt to the ground by American soldiers as they withdrew to Fort Niagara. Undaunted by this setback, the citizens rebuilt the Town after the War, with the residential quarter around Queen Street and toward King Street, where the new Court House was rebuilt out of firing range of the cannons of Fort Niagara.
Prince of Wales Hotel
Experience the royal treatment in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. With an enviable location at the very heart of charming Niagara-On-The-Lake, the Prince of Wales puts Ontario’s most exciting theatres, shops, and restaurants just steps from your door. Although, once you experience the serene atmosphere of the Secret Garden Spa, the decadence of Noble restaurant, and lavish period décor, you may not want to leave your hotel sanctuary.
The corner stone carved with the date 1864 can still been seen today. It was also named The Arcade Hotel, The Niagara House, and finally in 1901, The Prince of Wales Hotel. This name was chosen in honour of the 1901 visit of the Duke and Duchess of York, who were later crowned King George V and Queen Mary.
Bird Kingdom is the World’s Largest Free-Flying Indoor Aviary. Discover hundreds of tropical birds as you explore the pathways throughout the multi-level rainforest. Meet friendly parrots and exotic animals at Bird Kingdom’s Animal Encounters. Explore the ruins of the Night Jungle that is home to curious owls, bats and fascinating creatures. Lorikeet Landing provides an unforgettable experience where you may feed and interact with the playful lorikeet birds.
Located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, visitors to the Butterfly Conservatory are transported to a tropical paradise full of lush vegetation, trickling waterfalls and thousands of vibrantly coloured butterflies. Over 2,000 butterflies, made up of 45 different species, call this beautiful space home. The self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation.
The most famous Niagara Falls restaurant – The Skylon Tower offers 2 great levels of fine dining – both 775 feet above the Falls! The Revolving Dining room restaurant silently rotates 360 degrees every hour, giving diners a constantly changing vantage point. It is estimated that more than 8,000 square km’s are viewable from the dining room. It really is the most breathtaking view in all of Niagara Falls.
Our Ride-to-the-Top and Indoor/Outdoor Observation Decks are favourite attractions in the region. Glide smoothly to the top aboard our exterior glass-enclosed “Yellow Bug Elevators” in just 52 seconds where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Falls, the Great Gorge, Niagara wine district and the city skylines of Buffalo, New York and Toronto.
Our 3D/4D Falls Movie “Legends of Niagara Falls” and our Family Fun Centre promises great entertainment for all ages.
Skylon Tower Fun Facts
- The Revolving Dining Room rotates 360 degrees in one hour
- You can see the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls all from our restaurants and observation deck.
- Visibility from Observatory on a clear day is 80 miles (129 kms).
- Height of Tower above Niagara Falls gorge is 775 ft.
Rockway Vineyards is neatly nestled on The Twenty-Mile Bench of the Niagara Escarpment, one of the great premium grape growing regions of the world. This appellation elicits comparisons to the wine regions of Burgundy and New Zealand for both beauty and wine quality. Limestone-rich soils and ideal growing conditions have helped us produce world class wines.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, , Connections Program and all taxes.
• Candle Light Stroll (enjoy approximately 15 choirs/bands en route)
• Choose between: a guided tour of Bird Kingdom or visit to the Butterfly Conservatory
• Skylon Tower lunch
• Shaw Festival Performance: A Christmas Carol
• Rockway Vineyards guided tour, wine tasting, and lunch
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Prince of Wales Hotel (2 nights)
Travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Skylon Tower, Bird Kingdom or Butterfly Conservancy
On route to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Next stop, you have two options:
Option 1: Bird Kingdom Guided Tour
Discover parrots, lorikeets, owls, bats, and exotic creatures in the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary. A tropical multi-level rainforest with pathways and ruins, see exotic, fascinating animals up close!
Option 2: Butterfly Conservancy
The Niagara Parks Botanical Garden is home to over 2,000 butterflies. The Butterfly Conservatory is lush and tropical with waterfalls trickling in the background as 45 species of butterflies create a colourful paradise all around.
Stay: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Prince of Wales Hotel
Nights: 2 nights
Meals: L, D
Niagara-on-the-Lake Outlet Mall, Shaw performance and Candle Light Walk
After breakfast at the Prince of Wales hotel, youThis afternoon, we’ll take a short walk to the Royal George Theatre for a matinee performance of “ Christmas Carol”.
walk to the Old Courthouse for the Shaw Festival opening ceremonies, Christmas carols, and speeches. Next, we’ll begin our Candle Light Stroll as we follow a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the festive sound of singing choirs en route.
Meals: B, D
Travellers will occasionally have to walk on uneven surfaces or get on and off boats or trains. Tours on the itinerary may include periods of up to an hour of walking at a gentle pace. There may also be a few one-night stays, but often the majority of your trip is spent in just a handful of hotels. Most of our North American sightseeing tours fall into this category.