A view of Niagara Falls in winter.
Niagara isn't one size fits all. The region offers something to suit every taste and travel personality, from oenophiles to adrenaline-seekers. The same goes for accommodations. You can choose from historic B&Bs, skyscraper hotels or charming motels.
For a cozy stay, consider Niagara-onthe-Lake, a village about 20 kilometres north of the falls. Water views abound at Harbour House Hotel, a boutique hotel at the mouth of the Niagara River. The Cape Cod-style inn offers roaring fireplaces, locally sourced breakfasts and loads of nautical charm.
If you prefer high stakes to lazy days, book a room in the heart of Niagara Falls itself. The CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Fallsview Casino Resort Hotel boasts the city's largest gaming floor, penthouse lounges and spectacular views of both the American and Horseshoe Falls.
Standing 57 metres tall, the Horseshoe Falls are majestic in cold weather. Though the waterfall hasn't frozen over since 1848, ice shards and frosty mist lend an otherworldly appeal. Peek behind the watery curtain with Journey Behind the Falls. The 30- to 45-minute adventure takes you to an observation deck near the base of the falls, from which you can safely marvel as water thunders down up to nearly 110 km/hour.
Next, visit a different kind of watering hole. Since 2015, Niagara Brewing Company brewmaster Rick Neheli has been crafting unique beers using local ingredients. A pint of spicy pale ale or rich milk stout warms you up on a cold day. Or sip some Niagara Icewine beer, which blends the sweet intensity of the region's famous ice wine with the delightful carbonation of a lager.
For a more colourful nightcap, stroll to the brink of the falls at dusk. The nightly Illumination beams rainbow hues across the water. The show runs every night of the year, with daily illumination schedules posted online at