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table_rock_house_2012The first humans arrived in Niagara Region almost 12,000 years ago, just in time to witness the birth of the Falls. During this time (the Palaeo-Indian Period, which lasted until 9,000 years ago), Niagara was inhabited by the Clovis people. The Woodland Period lasted from 3,000 to 300 years ago, culminating in the peak of Iroquois culture in southern Ontario. Palaeo-Indian sites in Niagara would most likely be associated with the series of relic beach ridges that once formed the shore of early Lake Erie. Although he never saw Niagara Falls, the Indians he met along the St.Lawrence River told him about it. Etienne Brule, the first European to see Lakes Ontario, Erie Huron and Superior, may also have been the first to behold the Falls, in 1615. In December 1678, Recollet priest Louis Hennepin visited Niagara Falls.

Between 1849 and 1962, thirteen bridges were constructed across the Niagara River Gorge. Niagara Suspension Bridge In 1855, John August Roebling, the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, built the Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge, the first bridge of its type in the world. Between the late 1700s and the middle 1800s, boats were the main way to get to Niagara Falls. One of the first electrified street car services was provided in Niagara, and in 1893 the Queenston/Chippawa Railway carried boat passengers from Queenston to Table Rock and beyond. Later it was extended along the lower Gorge on the American side of the River, connecting back into Canada at the Upper Arch Bridge.

NFhorseshoeThe Niagara Parks Commission is in charge of about 16.19 square kilometres (6.25 sq mi) of parkland along the river, in addition to the Niagara Parkway which spans 56 kilometres (35 mi) from Fort Erie To Niagara on the Lake. Within this corridor, the NPC manages numerous trails, historic sites, picnic areas, and attractions. These include Journey Behind the Falls, the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, and the Queenston Floral Clock. The Commission manages Navy Island National Historic Site under a lease agreement with the Parks Canada. It also owns the Chippawa Battlefield Park, and has developed a historical interpretive walk at this War of 1812 site. The NPC runs the Botanical Gardens and since 1997, the Butterfly Conservatory.

NPC operates the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a world renowned training centre for horticulturalists and gardeners.

Other significant properties include the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum, which holds the nation’s oldest press; McFarland House, an 18th Century Georgian home offering tours, tea, wine, and light fare; the Laura Secord Homestead, home to the heroine of the War of 1812, and a National Historic Site; and Old Fort Erie, a War of 1812 site that is claimed to be one of Canada’s bloodiest battlefields. In addition, the NPC has placed dozens of green plaques marking significant sites and events along the Niagara River.

WhirlpoolWideAngle1Niagara Parks also operated the WEGO, a shuttle bus system intended to aid transportation along the Niagara River and help reduce automobile crowding near the Falls. The buses were powered by propane and included a trailer unit during most popular hours. In the long term, the Commission is planning for a fixed track transit system along the Niagara Parkway, although no decision has been taken on the exact technology to be used. In the meantime, the Commission joined forces with Niagara Falls Transit to launch the WEGO bus system in 2012, and in the process discontinued the People Mover service.[4]

NPC now attempts to protect the natural beauty and attract tourism along the Niagara River, Niagara Gorge and Niagara Falls. The NPC is a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation.

Niagara Airbus has been providing visitors to Niagara Falls with custom door to door Deluxe Tour options since 1987.

Niagara Falls Tours can include Sightseeing with stops at Table Rock, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, the Upper Rapids, Horseshoe Falls, Floral Clock, Botanical Gardens, Queenston Heights and Niagara Gorge. The deluxe tours also include a deluxe lunch at the Fallsview Restaurant at Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. Finally the tour concludes in Niagara on the Lake with guests able to explore the quaint shops in the historic town as there leisure.

Taking the deluxe tour with lunch offers guests a six course buffet with Fish, Crab, Roast Beef, Chicken, Vegetarian, Pasta, Fresh Salads, Soups, Fresh Fruit and delicious desserts as well as coffee, tea and juice.

NFwineryfallAnother Tour option is the Niagara Airbus Deluxe Wine Tasting Tour. The Deluxe Wine Tasting Tours include visits and guided tours at Chateau des Charmes and Inniskillin Wineries. Lunch at the elegant Bacchus Lounge at Queen’s Landing Hotel with a beautiful panoramic view of the harbour. Lunch includes an appetizer, main course (with Vegetarian options available) and Chef’s selection of Pastry. Coffee and Tea and a choice of wine or beer are also included. Guests also have free time to explore Niagara on the Lake during the Deluxe Wine Tours.

With door to door service our Deluxe Niagara Falls and Deluxe Wine Tasting Tours are great options for visitors to see and taste Niagara first hand.

If you are in Niagara Falls, or anywhere in the Niagara Region it is possible to take a taxi to either the Toronto International Airport, or to the Toronto City Centre Airport. And in reverse, is it possible to come from the airport to Niagara by taxi.

Yes, but there are two concerns with taking a taxi.
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