This page will list the social events planned throughout the three-day Royal. Please visit this page regularly for updates.

Bus Trip to Iconic St. Jacobs Village and popular Farmers’ Market

The Village of St. Jacobs is a beloved destination steeped in history and set in a charming location along the Conestoga River.

It’s a community known for originality and its dozens of independent, one-of-a-kind shops. St. Jacobs is renowned among savvy shoppers as a place that blends the pleasures of a pastoral setting with a remarkable shopping experience! Located an hour outside of Toronto, the nearby countryside is home to many local farmers and crafters who bring their products to the iconic farmers’ market. Since 1975, visitors have enjoyed St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market where over 300 vendors gather each week inside three main buildings and in an outdoor area that swells as the growing season progresses. Waterloo Region is still home to the largest population of Old Order Mennonites in Canada, particularly in the areas around St Jacobs and Elmira. They are often seen on the local roads using their traditional horse and buggy transportation; many also use horses to pull the implements in their farm fields. The Conestogo River, which powered the village’s original mills by the 1850s, runs through the village. At the time of the 2016 Census, St. Jacobs had a growing population of 1,988 people.

Show organizers have arranged for a guided bus tour of St. Jacobs on Saturday, June 22, leaving directly from the Hilton hotel.

This special day-trip is being offered through shorttrips.ca. Tico #2966080.

The itinerary includes:

9:30 a.m. pickup at the Hilton Mississauga
10:45-12:30 Free time at St. Jacobs Farmers Market
12:45-2:00 Buffet lunch at Stone Crock Restaurant, St. Jacobs
2:00-3:00 Free time in the village of St. Jacobs
3:00-4:00 Guided bus tour of Mennonite Country with local tour guide, visit to Kissing Bridge and a Mennonite General Store
5:00 Drop off at Hilton Mississauga
Price: $99 per person including all taxes and tips.

Please note a minimum of 40 people are required for this trip. To book, simply include payment with your registration form.

We can accept walkers but please note the buses are not equipped for wheelchairs and for safety reasons, each passenger must be able to get on and off the bus unaided in the event of an emergency.

If you have any questions, please email coordinator Wendi Trauzzi at wenditrauzzi@outlook.com

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Visit the Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library while attending the Royal

The Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library (HSPL) at the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation extends an invitation to all attendees of ROYAL*2019*ROYALE to spend a day with us!

The HSPL aims to support the work of the Greene Foundation and philately in Canada by:

  • providing a comprehensive collection of items relating to British North American and Canadian philately;
  • providing an up-to-date collection of items relating to expertizing, frauds and forgeries;
  • supporting the basic needs of the Canadian philatelic community with definitive works on important collecting areas and the most recent general catalogues.

The HSPL is noted for:

  • the best British North America reference collection in the world;
  • a significant collection of early Canadian philatelic journals in OCR searchable format;
  • a comprehensive collection of Canadian auction catalogues;
  • historical runs of selected auction catalogues;
  • research collections from important Canadian philatelists; and
  • historical collection of prospectuses for international and Canadian stamp exhibitions;

“Let me give you some more examples of why you might want to visit our library: Be welcomed. Feel at ease. Share what you know. Hear what others have to say. Exchange information, or items. Make plans. Make bigger plans. Discuss. Collaborate. Browse the latest magazines or journals. Know what book you require and pull it off the shelf. Take it home. Ask for help. Question. Watch excitement happen. Be a part of an incredible thing,” says reference librarian, Kathy Hartley.

“So while attending the popular Royal *2019* Royale, take time to spend a day with us! Book a day ahead of or following the convention and use the GO bus, with the stop conveniently located directly across the street from the hotel, to travel into Toronto. From its terminus at either the Union or York Mills subway station, we’re just a few stops away at Summerhill.’

Contact library@greenefoundation.ca for more info.

We are looking forward to your visit!

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The President’s Reception:  (Ticketed Event)  will be held at the hotel, Saturday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 (time tentative).

The Popular Awards Banquet:  (Ticketed Event)  Will be held at the hotel immediately following the banquet.

More details will be provided closer to the event.

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Things to do in the GTHA

Toronto

Ripley’s Aquarium

https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

Explore the Waters of the World at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the base of the CN Tower, the aquarium is Toronto’s newest must-see attraction for tourists and locals of all ages.

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CN Tower

https://www.cntower.ca/intro.html

At a height of 553.33 m (1,815 ft., 5 in), the CN Tower is Canada’s National Tower, an engineering Wonder, award-winning dining & entertainment destination, and Toronto’s “must-see” for over 4 decades. Rocket to the top in a thrilling 58 second ride aboard glass fronted elevators. Spectacular views overlooking up to 160km (100 miles) from 3 observation levels including, the LookOut Level with floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls, the world famous Glass Floor including Outdoor SkyTerrace and SkyPod, the highest of them all. Experience the thrilling EdgeWalk, the World’s Highest Outdoor Walk on a Building. Enjoy award-winning Canadian cuisine and breathtaking revolving views at 360 Restaurant, the perfect place for entertaining or celebrating. Plus, visual displays and exhibits on the history of the CN Tower, KidZone play area and unique Canadian artisan and souvenir shopping in the Gift Shop. Don’t miss the architectural illumination of the Tower each night from dusk to dawn.

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Royal Ontario Museum

https://www.rom.on.ca/en

Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. One of North America’s most renowned cultural institutions, Canada’s largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings in biodiversity, palaeontology, earth sciences, the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our global understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. 

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Art Gallery of Ontario

https://ago.ca/

With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the largest and most distinguished art museums in North America. An international landmark, the AGO is also one of Canada’s most innovative cultural destinations. Highlights of the Gallery’s world-class collection include iconic Canadian and Inuit works, along with European and contemporary art – all on view in a spectacular building transformed by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry.

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Hockey Hall of Fame

http://www.hhof.com/

Honor the achievements of some of the greatest stars in hockey at this shrine to Canada’s national sport.

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Casa Loma

  http://casaloma.ca/

Canada’s majestic castle and Toronto’s premier historic attraction. In 1911, Sir Henry Pellatt engaged noted architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a lifelong dream,the creation of an Edwardian castle on the top of a hill overlooking Toronto. It took 300 men nearly three years to complete the nearly to 200,000 square foot castle at a cost $3,500,000 (at the time). Situated on 5 acres, Casa Loma was the largest private residence in Canada. Sir Henry Pellatt with his wife Lady Mary enjoyed Casa Loma for less than ten years before financial misfortune forced him to abandon his home.

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Rogers Centre

http://www.rogerscentre.com/

With its retractable roof, in-house hotel and Hard Rock Cafe, the home turf of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts is truly a sight to see.

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Blue Jays vs Royals – June 28 to July 1

Blue Jays vs Red Sox – July 2 to July 4

Blue Jays vs Orioles – July 5 to July 7

Ed Mirvish Theatre

  https://www.mirvish.com/

The Ed Mirvish Theatre began its life in 1920 as a combination vaudeville and motion picture theatre in the Pantages theatre circuit. With its original 3373 seats, it was the largest cinema in Canada and, with its lavish interior – designed by the great theatre architect Thomas Lamb – the most elegant. David Mirvish officially renamed the iconic building The Ed Mirvish Theatre on December 6, 2011.

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The Book of Mormon – June 11 to June 23

The Lion King – June 13 to Aug 4

Waitress – July 9 to Aug 18

Toronto Zoo

http://www.torontozoo.com/

The Toronto Zoo is a living centre for education and science, committed to providing compelling guest experiences and inspiring passion to protect wildlife and habitats. Did you know that your admission into Canada’s premier Zoo helps support the over 5,000 animals?

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Royal Alexandra Theatre

  https://www.mirvish.com/

A masterpiece of beaux-arts architecture, the historic Royal Alexandra is Toronto’s senior theatre and, at 101, never having been converted to any other use, the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.The Royal Alexandra is also North America’s first truly “royal” theatre – “royal” by patent from Edward VII – named with royal permission for his consort, Alexandra, a Danish princess and great-grandmother of the present queen.

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Princess of Wales Theatre

https://www.mirvish.com/

The Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2000-seat playhouse built by the father and son producing team of David and Ed Mirvish, just a block away from their historic Royal Alexandra Theatre. The Princess of Wales is the first privately owned and financed theatre built in Canada since 1907 – and the first anywhere in North America in over 30 years. Construction began on August 6, 1991, and the building opened to the public with the musical Miss Saigon on May 26, 1993.The theatre was built with maximum flexibility in mind. Its stage is one of the widest and deepest in North America – large enough to accommodate the most spectacular theatrical productions – and its technical facilities are state-of-the-art.

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Ontario Science Centre

https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/

An iconic cultural attraction, the Ontario Science Centre is a global leader in lifelong learning, welcoming more than 52 million visitors since opening its doors in 1969. As a convenor of public dialogue on technology, science and society, we provide collaborative experiences, support 21-century learning and spark youth innovation. The Science Centre conceives, designs and builds world-class exhibitions; we are dedicated to community outreach and serve as a vital link in Ontario’s innovation and education ecosystems.

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

https://www.baps.org/toronto

Black Creek Pioneer Village

https://blackcreek.ca/

With its 35 restored buildings from the 1860s, this village recreates Victorian-era pioneer life for visitors.

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Including Laskey’s Emporium

The general store and post office built by Joseph Baldwin in 1845 served customers well into the 20th century. The frame structure has a “boom town” front, with a long slope-roofed veranda. The structure included store room, flanked by an open-front horse and buggy shed.  The store was saved from demolition and brought to Black Creek Pioneer Village for restoration in 1960.

Royal Conservatory of Music

https://www.rcmusic.com/performance

Classical, jazz, pop, opera, and world music are right at home in Koerner Hall. Its high ceiling and first-rate projection and communication technology make it perfect for films, lectures, and educational or corporate conferences. With its layered ribbon of wood forming a floating ceiling canopy, integrating an acoustic reflector, performance lighting, and technical bridges, Koerner Hall provides a dramatic yet intimate ambience between the audience and performers. The spectacular glass lobbies welcome guests to Koerner Hall and offer an extraordinary view of the city.

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Toronto Botanical Gardens

https://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/

Toronto Botanical Garden offers an array of 17 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres, designed to educate and inspire. You’ll also find a complete range of innovative indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages including programs, garden tours, nature day camps, organic farmers’ market and an extensive horticultural library; LEED Silver Certified

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Budweiser Stage

  http://www.canadianamphitheatre.net/

June 18 – Phish

July 4 – Bryan Adams

July 8 – Weird Al Yankovic

Fort York

https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/fort-york-national-historic-site/

Explore Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings and take part in year-round special events on this 43-acre site.. Built in 1793, Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of urban Toronto. It is best known as the location where the Battle of York came to its violent climax in 1813 during the War of 1812. The Fort served as the city’s primary harbour defence between the 1790s and the 1880s, and was the home of a military garrison until the 1930s. Today, its defensive walls enclose Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings.

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Hanlan’s Point Beach

Hanlan’s Point, the most westerly of the three main islands that make up the Toronto Island Park, is the most “green” and probably the least busy, though you’ll find it well-serviced. It has a baseball diamond, beach – including a clothing optional beach – bike trail, changeroom, drinking fountain, firepits, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, outdoor tennis courts, outdoor volleyball-food outlets, 12 picnic sites, and washrooms.

BMO Field

https://bmofield.com/

June 26 – Toronto FC vs Atlanta United FC

July 17 – Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls

June 22 – Toronto Argos vs Hamilton Tiger Cats

July 6 – Toronto Argos vs BC Lions

Roy Thompson Hall

https://www.roythomsonhall.com/

This curved glass structure, a downtown architectural landmark, is a well-known concert hall.

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June 19 to June 23 – Carmina Burana

June 29 to June 30 – The Firebird

Woodbine Entertainment & Casino Woodbine

https://woodbine.com/

https://casinowoodbine.com/

Your new home for gaming fun and excitement. Guests will find varied, top-tier gaming and entertainment, featuring over 3,400 Slots, live Table Games electronic table games. Casual dining options located on the gaming floor, live horse racing and free parking. Open 24/7.

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June 28, 29 & 30 – Post time 1:00pm

July 3, 5, 6, & 7 – Post Time 6:45pm

Dining Room – 1 -888 -767-7164 +2 +1

Toronto First Post Office

http://www.townofyork.com/

Canada’s oldest surviving purpose-built post office, in the heart of Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence district. Toronto’s First Post Office is a museum and full-service postal outlet.

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Toronto Police Museum

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/museum/

Using interactive displays, this museum documents the history of the Canadian police, as well as its present operations.

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Toronto Museums

Colborne Lodge

Located in High Park, this museum holds seasonal events, craft workshops and more.

Fort York National Historic Site

Fort York is the birthplace of urban Toronto and contains original War of 1812 buildings.

Gibson House Museum

This 1851 Georgian-style farmhouse was the home of David Gibson and his family.

Mackenzie House

The last home of Toronto’s first Mayor interprets urban Victorian life of the 1860s.

Market Gallery

Discover the art and culture of Toronto on the second floor of the historic St. Lawrence Market.

Montgomery’s Inn

The Inn provides a look at 19th-century rural life and the role of the tavern in Colonial Canada.

Scarborough Museum

The museum’s log home and late 19th-century farmhouse tell the story of the area’s rural past.

Spadina Museum

The stately 55-room house has been meticulously restored to its 1920s appearance.

Todmorden Mills

Set in the Don Valley, Todmorden Mills played a large role in Toronto’s industrial growth.

Zion Schoolhouse

This restored one-room schoolhouse in North York depicts a typical day for students in 1910.

Mississauga

Square One Shopping Centre

https://shopsquareone.com/

Square One is distinctively positioned as Ontario’s largest and foremost fashion, lifestyle and entertainment destination. Travelers will enjoy access to over 330 shopping, dining and entertainment options, 362 days a year. 

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Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

https://cvc.ca/enjoy-the-outdoors/conservation-areas/rattray-marsh-conservation-area/

Benares Historic House

https://culture.mississauga.ca/collection/heritage-houses

Hours

Wed 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Thu 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Fri-Sun 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Bradley Museum

https://culture.mississauga.ca/collection/heritage-houses

Hours

Wed 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Thu 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Fri-Sun 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Leslie Log House

https://culture.mississauga.ca/collection/heritage-houses

Hours

Wed 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Thu 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Fri-Sun 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Art Gallery of Mississauga

https://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com/

Hours

Mon – Wed10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thu10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fri10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sat – Sun12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Egyptian Museum

http://www.theegyptianmuseum.ca/

For booking guided tours and movie nights: Phone: 647-767-4043 Treasures of Egypt : -King Tut`s collection. -Pharaonic&Coptic artifacts. -Ancient Manuscripts. -Antiquities. Things to do : -Watch documentaries at the movie theater -Search the large computer based library to learn about Ancient Egypt -Have your name written in Hieroglyphic & Coptic alphabets -Drink Hibiscus & Tamarind

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Fantastic Flea Market

http://www.fantasticfleamarket.com/fantasticfleamarket/Welcome.html

Fantastic Flea Market was established in 1976.  It is the oldest and longest running market in the GTA.  A visit to the Fantastic Flea Market is something of an art show. You can expect the most unusual and unique items at very reasonable prices.

Give- hustled and bustle of bartering with varied, friendly vendors and the enormous bargains to be had are compelling reasons why the popularity of the Fantastic Flea Market continues into its 30th year of operation.

Open from 10am until 5pm every Saturday and Sunday. All year around.

Hamilton

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution. Housed in a 150-year-old Waterworks, this National Historic Site preserves two 45-foot high, 70-ton steam engines, perhaps the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines. The historic Hamilton Waterworks is a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark. The museum offers guided tours, various permanent and changing exhibits and features special events for the whole family, including Live Steamer Days from May through October.

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Royal Botanical Gardens

https://www.rbg.ca/

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Royal Botanical Gardens is located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The ever changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical plant collections, the Mediterranean Greenhouse, 27 km of nature trails and special events such as art and music in the gardens, blooms festivals and more.

Dundurn Castle

https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/hamilton-civic-museums/dundurn-national-historic-site

Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830’s on Burlington Heights; the former site of a fortified military encampment established by the British in 1813.

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HMCS Haida National Historic Site

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/haida

The last Tribal Destroyer in the world, HMCS HAIDA is Canada’s most famous warship. She inspires countless adults and children and draw visitors from Ontario, across North America and from around the globe. This WWII Tribal Class destroyer is now a floating memorial and naval museum.

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Brampton

Historic Bovaird House

https://www.bovairdhouse.com/

Historic Bovaird House is an exceptional example of a mid-19th century farmhouse built in the Georgian style. The hallmark of Georgian architecture is symmetry and proportion; these characteristics are evident on both the exterior and the interior of the house. The five-bay front elevation, windows, fireplaces and the centre hall plan that divides mirror image rooms create a visual balance that is pleasing to the eye.

From their website

Lions Head Golf and Country Club

http://www.kaneffgolf.com/clubs/lionhead/

Lionhead Golf and Conference Centre beautifully landscaped grounds incorporate the natural beauty of meadows, wetlands, forests and natural foliage on 520 acres of land. Designed and groomed to excite every level of golfer, Lionhead Golf and Country Club offers its guests one of Ontario’s finest golfing experiences on two championship courses For those who appreciate a course that will challenge every club in your bag Lionhead Golf and Country Club recommends the Legends, a difficult and demanding layout set amongst steeply rolling terrain, wooded ravines and the picturesque Credit River. For golfers who prefer a vigorous but slightly less demanding course, the Masters fits the bill as a Florida-type course with unique bunkers and scenic ponds on several holes.

Oakville

Oakville Museum

https://www.oakville.ca/museum/index.html

The historic buildings of Erchless Estate were once home to Oakville’s founding family but are now the setting for Oakville’s community museum. Colonel William Chisholm, an enterprising merchant and shipbuilder, founded the town and built Erchless overlooking his new harbour and Lake Ontario.

Today, visitors can still enjoy that magnificent view and explore the beautiful buildings, grounds and gardens of Erchless. The Oakville Museum offers guided tours of the Chisholm family home, changing exhibitions, special events and programs that tell the fascinating stories of our town.

From Website

Oakville Historical Society – Guided Ghost Walks

https://www.oakvillehistory.org/walking-tours.html

There once was a hint of suggestion
That spooks roamed in Oakville’s perception
Not wanting to boast
But many’s the ghost
That Ghost Walkers brought to fruition!

Good job ol’ wraiths, spooks and phantom
Your grisly tales spice up each annum
The ghosts in the attic
Are relayed so dramatic
Even Molly Menear understands ‘um! 

Our sweet Molly’s afraid of the law

More too the Chief’s mighty set jaw
With her two dollar fines
She’s broke, needs to dine
So she accepts with a hearty guffaw!

Carla

Oakville’s Old Post Office

144 Front Street, Oakville, Ontario 

Glen Abby Golf Course

http://www.glenabbey.ca/

This Jack Nicklaus-designed course was designed specifically for major tournaments, such as the annual Bell Canadian Open that challenges the world’s best golfers.

The Five Drive In

http://premiertheatres.ca/5drivein

When was the last time you went to a drive in?

Merrick Thomas Farm House Museum

https://www.oakvillehistory.org/the-thomas-house.html

Built in 1829 as the original home of the Merrick Thomas family, the Thomas House is furnished and presented as a pioneer home of the 1830 – 1840’s, with many original family items. 

Bronte Historical Society – Sovereign House

http://www.brontehistoricalsociety.ca/

Hours Sat, Sun & Wed – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Short Drive to Niagara Falls (1 hour)

Horseshoe Falls https://www.niagarafallstourism.com/

Journey Behind the Falls https://www.niagarafallstourism.com/

Hornblower Niagara Cruises    https://www.niagaracruises.com/

Niagara Skywheel https://www.cliftonhill.com/attractions/niagara-skywheel

Skylon Tower https://www.skylon.com/

Butterfly Conservatory https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/butterfly-conservatory/

Clifton Hill https://www.cliftonhill.com/

Whitewater Walk https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/white-water-walk/

Casino Niagara https://www.casinoniagara.com/#

Niagara Fallsview Casino https://www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com/

Botanical Gardens https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/nature-garden/botanical-gardens-2/

Marineland http://www.marineland.ca/

Whirlpool Aero Car https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/whirlpool-aero-car/

Whirlpool Jet Tours https://www.whirlpooljet.com/jet-boating/niagara-falls/

Winery Tours https://www.winerytoursofniagara.com/properties/winery/

Bird Kingdom https://birdkingdom.ca/

Niagara Falls Daredevil Exhibit https://imaxniagara.com/daredevil-exhibit/

Other Nearby Sites

Halton County Radial Museum https://hcry.org/

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