Ghost Tours at Fort Erie, Ontario
This Friday is the opening day of the very popular “Friday Night Frights” at Old Fort Erie. Visitors to the Fort can experience the late night antics and listen to the bone-chilling tales of the ghosts of soldiers killed during the War of 1812 on the grounds of the Fort – many whose bodies still remain there. Interpreters in full costume will guide visitors through the grounds with lanterns as they entertain with spooky stories from the past and historic tales of the fallen soldiers.
To help set the mood for the opening this Friday night – not only will it be a full moon, but it is also Friday the 13th.
To this day, Old Fort Erie retains the dubious distinction of the site of the bloodiest battlefield on Canadian soil. This British strongpoint was taken by the Americans several times between 1812-1814. It was eventually destroyed by the Americans on November 5th, 1814, when they withdrew to Buffalo for the approaching winter. In 1937, the reconstruction of the Fort began, and was funded by the Ontario Provincial Government, The Federal Government and the Niagara Parks Commission. It was restored to its original state and re-opened on July 1st 1939. Today it is owned and operated by the Niagara Parks Commission. In the second week of August every year – hundreds of participants engage in the re-enactment of the Siege of Fort Erie which draws thousands of spectators.
The scheduled dates for the “Friday Night Fright” ghost tours are Friday June 13th, Friday July 4th and Friday August 15th. Admission for the tour is $5 per person and tours start at 9.00pm. Don’t miss out on all the excitement happening in the Niagara Region. Book your trip with Niagara Day Tours to see this fascinating region.
A New Era Begins in Niagara Falls
After a 168 year history – the Maid of the Mist steamboat company lost its contract to operate on the Canadian side of the Niagara River with its final sailing on October 31st 2013. It was the end of an era for this world-famous and iconic tourist attraction which had long been the number one activity in Niagara Falls, Canada.
However, if you did not get the opportunity to experience Niagara Falls by water – don’t despair! Hornblower Niagara Cruises has taken over as the must-do activity in Niagara Falls, Ontario, giving hundreds of thousands of tourists every year the thrill of a lifetime.
Don’t miss their unforgettable cruise up the Niagara River, past the American Falls and up to the base of the mighty Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The long awaited opening date of 15 April 2014 was actually delayed due to heavy ice conditions on the Great Lakes and Niagara River.
Hornblower delayed the opening for a full month until the morning of May 15th 2014, making this their actual opening date. The opening was a great success and they continue to thrill visitors with this wet and wild attraction.
Hornblower’s state-of-the-art catamarans can accommodate up to 700 passengers per cruise. Guests can enjoy an interior viewing area where they stay dry – or venture onto the outside decks to brave the spray and roar of the mighty Horseshoe Falls. The catamarans come fully equipped with washrooms and also serve refreshments on many of the cruises.
Hornblower offers four types of cruises: The most common is the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour which is a 30 minute experience taking guests up the Niagara River to the base of the Canadian Falls. Departures are every 15 minutes from May 15th to October 24th and every 30 minutes from October 25th to November 16th.
The Sunset Cocktail Cruise is a 1 hour evening experience that offers a scenic viewing of the Falls, departing every night at 8pm until October 24th. The Falls Illumination Cruise is a 1 hour nighttime experience where you can view the Falls under Illuminated lights, departing every night at 9.30pm until October 24th.
The Falls Fireworks Cruise is also a nighttime experience with Fireworks and Illumination viewing, departing at 9.30pm every Friday, Sunday and Public Holiday until October 24th.
Be one of the first to experience a Hornblower Cruise in 2014. Niagara Day Tour includes the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour so you can get up close and personal with one of the greatest natural wonders in North America – Niagara Falls. We look forward to welcoming you.