The The town of Niagara on the Lake is so relaxing, you may not feel like doing more than strolling the small boutiques along its main street, or antiquing, or just enjoying a view by the lake…and this is only one of the many unique and lovely destinations you’ll enjoy on your escorted mini-vacation to the gorgeous area surrounding the powerful and picturesque Niagara Falls. While at the Falls you’ll be treated to a delectable dinner overlooking the Falls and then…the illumination – a breathtaking view of the Falls at dusk, lit in the colors of a rainbow – unforgettable!!
As visitors approach Niagara on the Lake from the Falls, you’ll pass miles of vineyards dotted with wineries. Many yield interesting and award-winning wines. Did you know that the Niagara region of Ontario is currently the most widely respected producer of ice wine? I didn’t. This product is made from the last grapes of the season and is a sweet dessert wine with a rich, golden color. After a taste, you may just want to take a few bottles home as a reminder of your interlude or even as a gift.
Another spectacular part of your Niagara adventure features the beautiful Botanical Gardens featuring spectacular gardens and rare floral displays within Niagara Parks. The practice of horticulture, or the art of garden cultivation, has played a prominent role in the development and maintenance of the Niagara Parks system. Trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals have been arranged to beautify the landscape with a variety of form, texture and color designed to accentuate each season. Your late summer sojourn is a particularly gorgeous time to enjoy the Parks’ permanent collections of perennials, flowering trees and shrubs, as well as the themed seasonal display beddings of chrysanthemums, flowering cabbage and kale accenting the brilliant autumn colors. Many other gardens and floral features make up what is called the Niagara Garden Trail. For over 70 years the Botanical Gardens, within Niagara Parks, has boasted nearly 100 acres of gardens including the world-famous Rose Garden and arboretum. Lush tropical plants are displayed in the Butterfly Conservatory; a heritage flower and herb garden is a unique feature of McFarland House near Niagara-on-the-Lake and the world famous Floral Clock in Queenston, which is photographed almost as many times as the Falls themselves!!
Established in 1936, you’ll enjoy acres of beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as the world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. Footpaths wind past the Butterfly Conservatory and butterfly garden, ponds and an arboretum featuring one ofCanada’s finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs.
Not to be missed is the planted face of the Floral Clock. The intricate designs on the face of the timepiece are created with up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants. The floral design is changed twice each year – it features viola in the Spring and four cultivars of Alternanthera along with green and grey forms of Santolina Sage during the Summer and Fall. California Golden Privet and Blue Festuca Grass may be used for contrast. Just imagine, a Clock 40 feet wide, with a planted area 38 feet wide, making it one of the largest such clocks in the world. The hands of the clock are stainless steel tubing: the hour hand is 14.5 ft, the minute hand 17.5 ft and the second hand 21 ft long. Their combined weight is 1,250 pounds.
The grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays and a Tower at the back of the clock housesWestminsterchimes that greet each quarter hour. If the door into the Tower is open, you can take a glimpse at the clock mechanism and enjoy photographs that show the history of every face design all the way back to 1950. This is something spectacular! One more totally attractive feature is a 10-foot wide water garden that curves 85 feet around the base of the timepiece – it is a popular place to make a wish – this could be the day your wishes come true!
Wow, wine, flowers, the Falls and more (much more) - whatever are you waiting for? Please review the complete tour itinerary and mark the dates September 12th thru the 17th on your calendar. Make sure your passport is up to date and ready. Isn’t it time for you to take pleasure in an interlude that will be remembered forever? Enjoy.
Niagara, Buffalo & Toronto by Rail (click here for itinerary)
(6 days, 5 nights)
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- Includes home pickup and return (for clients in Marion and adjacent counties)
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