10 things to do in Niagara in the summer

Niagara’s 2021 Canada Summer Games Bid was delivered to the bid committee in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 31. With the bids from all four communities now submitted, the committee will be reviewing them for the next couple of months and making its final decision on a host community by the end of March.

If Niagara’s bid is successful, there will certainly be no shortage of things to do and see for the athletes, media and visitors who attend the games and are looking for fun things to do in the region during their stay.

Summer is the perfect time to relax, unplug and take in the striking surroundings that Niagara has to offer. 

There are countless summer activities, natural landscapes and attractions to discover in the Niagara region, but here are a few of our favourites:

See Niagara Falls

It goes without saying, when you have one of the world’s largest natural tourist attractions in your backyard, you should probably go and see it. The Falls is home to several attractions, including the newly installed MistRider Zipline to the Falls. Whether you are looking to have a romantic picnic with that special someone, or seeking an adventure that will get your blood pumping, Niagara Falls and Clifton Hills is the ultimate summer hotspot.

Hike one of Niagara’s parks or trails

Look out over the escarpment from the Adam Dopko Access Trail or check out Niagara’s section of the Bruce Trail. Niagara offers an endless supply of walking and biking paths to enjoy yearlong. Looking for a trail that goes above and beyond? Check out Balls Falls Conservation Area or the Decew Trail.

Have a beach day at Port Dalhousie, Crystal Beach or Pleasant Beach

Get a little sand between your toes at one of Niagara’s many beaches. Port Dalhousie is a historic harbour front village, home to golden sand, romantic sunsets and the calm waters of Lake Ontario. The beachfront is the perfect place to take your dog for a walk or bring your children for a spin on the carousal – a Port Dalhousie staple since 1921. Looking for an entire weekend of beach fun? Try out the Pleasant Beach campground or a Crystal Beach cottage.

Peacefully paddle the Welland Recreational Canal

If you are looking for an activity that is both relaxing and active, rent a paddle board and float down the Welland Recreational Canal. The water here is very calm, making it perfect for beginners or even children. Looking to try stand-up paddle boarding, otherwise known as “SUP?” Paddle Niagara offers classes and events for all ages.

Take a winery or brewery tour

Wine and beer – need we say more? Niagara is home to countless wineries and breweries, all within a short distance from one another. Their convenient locations make for a perfect day or weekend trip. Want to add a little action to your tour? Head to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a Grape Escape bicycle wine tour for a unique wine, food and fitness pairing.

Visit Fort George

Never heard of it? Well, now is the time for that to change. Fort George National Historic Site takes sightseers back in time to the War of 1812. Tour the military architecture, taste foods of the past and sit in on a musket and artillery demonstration.

Watch the ships go through the Welland Canal at Lock 7 in Thorold

Take a peek at the last lift up on the Welland Canal from the bleachers or the viewing platform. Should you choose to tour the Complex, staff will gift you with a free maple cream cookie and a copy of Tommy Trent and the Welland Canal. They even have historical movie screenings if you are looking to learn more about the Welland Canal.

Shop in the sun at the Niagara outdoor outlet mall

The Niagara outdoor outlet mall is the ultimate summer shopping experience. Enjoy the warm sun on your face as you make your way through this enormous facility. The Outlet Collection at Niagara offers free Wi-Fi, covered sections to keep out the rain out, out and countless designer outlets for you to enjoy.

Roam the downtown municipalities

Switch up your regular shopping mall routine and wander the streets of Niagara’s 12 downtown municipalities. You can find a variety of vibrant and unique boutiques, including electronics, furniture, home accessories, jewelry and more! Make sure to refuel and catch a quick bite to eat at one of the fantastic local breweries and pubs.

Eat at local restaurants across Niagara

Craving something other than the typical chain restaurants you are used to? The Niagara Region has a plethora of amazing dining options. From Thai and Italian to authentic Irish pub grub – Niagara is full of tasty treats.

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