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MARIANA BOCKAROVA Mariana Bockarova is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto, where she teaches Psychological Resiliency, the Science of Happiness, and the Psychology of Relationships. Her research explores narrative medicine and mental health. She also holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University concentrated in Psychology.

ANDREW HIND Andrew is a freelance writer specializing in travel, history and lifestyle. He has a passion for new adventure and experiences, and also for exploring little known stories. Andrew is never without a book or three in hand and some obscure historical fact at the tip of his tongue. You should follow him @discoveriesAM

GABRIELLE TIEMAN-LEE A writer for REV publishing for over three years, Gabrielle has written for numerous REV publications including Taste, Shopping & Travel. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Journalism program and has written for a variety of newspapers including the National Post, Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette.

LAUREN CHARLEY Lauren is a Copywriter and Journalist with a passion for travel and sharing stories. Born a tropical baby at heart, Lauren spent a year woking for a magazine in the British Virgin Islands after graduating from The University of Western Ontario. Niagara-on-the-Lake will always be her home base as continues to allow her vocation take her on adventures and discover the world.

JILL THAM Jill’s passion for writing came after seeing the movie Stand by Me. She prefers listening to Niagara bands to practising her guitar and running the track better than shopping. When Jill is not moonlighting as a freelance writer, she is an Elementary teacher juggling her three children. Along with being a regular contributor to Today Magazine, Jill’s articles have been featured in Canadian Running, Pedal, Allergic Living and @OECTA. jilltham.wordpress.com @JillBT

SHERMAN ZAVITZ A retired teacher, Sherman Zavitz has had a fascination with the history of Niagara Falls and area for many years. Active in many history-related organizations, he has authored five books and has been a columnist for the Niagara Falls Review for over 20 years. He has been recognized for his historical expertise by being appointed official historian for both the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario and the Niagara Parks Commission.

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SUMMERTIME TREATS Beat the heat with these tasty (and easy) recipes, so you can be sure your freezer will always be stocked with a treat for those hot, summer days.

ON THE TABLE 2 9 BUCHANANS Buchanans Steak and Seafood is redefining the mainstream steakhouse experience. Enjoy everything from unique flavor combinations to perfectly cooked, homegrown and hand-cut steak. 3 0 DOC MACGILLIGANS A look behind the scenes at this authentic Irish pub, that serves up good food, good times and great music.

LIFESTYLE & CULTURE 42 NIAGARA FALLS: A VERY QUOTABLE PLACE Over the years there have been many other comments related to our famous falls that for their uniqueness, humour, insight or passion deserve to be remembered—or at least recalled. This article explores some of these quotable quotes.

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MONEY TALK Most individuals spend more time planning their annual vacations then sitting down to make sure their financial house is in order. So what possibly are the reasons or better yet, the excuses, Canadians have for a lack of preparation of an estate plan?

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SECRETS OF BUTLERS BURIAL GROUNDS It isn’t scenic, but there’s a distinct sense of history there. Indeed, it’s one of the most historically significant locations in all of Niagara. This significance begins with the man after whom it was named: Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler.

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THE SEVEN COMPONENTS OF FRIENDSHIP The happiest relationships are often different than other characteristic relationships in seven distinct ways. This article dives into what things make our best friendships work.

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IGNITE A BETTER YOU Most people would agree the first signs of aging are usually seen on the outside—the skin. However, the aging process actually begins on the inside and is reflected outwardly through our skin.

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GET REAL With the influx of warmer weather and the optimism of sunny economics on the horizon, an investment in your own backyard, or properties that encourage outdoor living, could be as profitable as the enjoyment they promise.  

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MOST INSTAGRAMMED SPOTS IN ONTARIO From Niagara Falls to Thunder Bay, from the countryside of the West, to the Ottawa River Valley in the East, Ontario is an aesthetically diverse province, with landscapes, coasts, and colourful foliage, offering numerous iconic places to get memorable pictures.

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WILDPLAY NIAGARA FALLS Glide down towards the falls or challenge yourself to a sky-high ropes course while overlooking the Niagara River.

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CRUISING NIAGARA’S WATERWAYS There is something captivating about spending time on the water in a kayak; water enthusiasts annually take to Niagara’s rivers with this vessel of choice to discover a new perception on Niagara’s natural habitat, beautiful shorelines and local wildlife.

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40TH ANNUAL CANAL DAYS MARINE HERITAGE FESTIVAL Make sure not to miss the annual Canal Days Festival in Port Colborne on Friday August 3rd to Monday August 6th. There will be music, food, history, and more.

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NIAGARA’S GARDENS Our region is home to some of Ontario’s loveliest floral displays. Plan a perfect summer afternoon that involves wandering around one of these places.

HERE.SEE.DO. 89 OUT AND ABOUT IN NIAGARA Events, festivals, concerts and more that are happening in Niagara this summer!

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DAY OF 1000 MUSICIANS With 250 guitars, 250 singers, 250 bass players, and 250 drummers all performing the same songs at the same time, this first ever North American event is sure to be a memorable experience.

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Cake Batter Popsicles WHAT: 3 cups of vanilla ice cream ¾ cup of yellow cake mix 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup milk ½ cup sprinkles HOW: 1) Use a blender to combine ice cream, cake mix, vanilla extract and milk. Pour it into a bowl once it’s blended and stir in sprinkles. 2) Spoon the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze. From: just-add-sprinkles.com

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B U C H A N A N S ST E A K A N D S E A F O O D // ON THE TABLE

HEAD CHEF BUCHANANS STEAK AND CAIRO KHAIRALLAH SEAFOOD BY GABRIELLE TIEMAN-LEE

Buchanans Steak and Seafood is redefining the mainstream steakhouse experience. From unique flavor combinations to its perfectly cooked, homegrown, hand-cut steak and alternative proteins, this modern steakhouse goes above and beyond when serving Niagara Falls. The restaurant, located on the second floor of the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, is instantly impressive. Floor to ceiling windows flood the large restaurant with natural light, highlighting the vaulted ceiling and natural stone detail that frames the walls and lends the restaurant a lodge reminiscent feel – leaving customers with the sense that they are in a mountain resort chalet rather than a hotel adjacent to the busy tourist district of Niagara Falls. And just as the interior is a surprise, head Chef Cairo Khairallah is not what is to be expected either. Khairallah’s thoughtful and soft spoken tone, dedication to his food and proclaimed drive to educate future chefs is a refreshing advancement towards modernized kitchens. “I was a bit older when I went to culinary school,” said Khairallah. “At 26-years-old, culinary was a second career; my parents are from Lebanon and are old school parents— very specific with what they thought their son should do. So I went to school for engineering. After a couple of years, I was miserable. So my wife suggested I try culinary—as I had experience in the kitchen while growing up and working part time.” Today, the first generation Canadian has had years of experience leading some of Niagara’s most impressive kitchens; all experience that has helped him to create breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for Buchanan’s which overflow with bold flavours and ethnic twists on traditional entrees. Each menu offers a generous serving of classic grill options and from the sea accompaniments alongside a diverse and seasonally influenced menu of creative appetizers and alternative proteins. It was their 8oz marinated sirloins, bacon wrapped filet mignons and massive 18oz rib steaks that put the homegrown Buchanan’s on the map as a Niagara Falls restaurant to watch—even grabbing the attention of USA Today, as they were listed on the prominent American media outlet’s Top Ten Steakhouses in Niagara list. Unique for a proclaimed steak restaurant, Buchanan’s has also created a selection of rich and full flavour alternative entrees which do not pale in comparison to the promoted red meat items. Rich tagliatelle egg noodles smothered with Black Tiger shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, shallots and garlic; grilled chicken tikka bites marinated and

served with plantain chips and mango chutney; balsamic and honey marinated King Cole duck breast; and fresh Lake Erie pickerel served with avocado vinaigrette. Mouthwatering, to say the least. “Even though we are a steak house, we like to have options for the families that stay [at the hotel],” said Khairallah. “On a bad day when it’s raining or cold or snowing and people decide to stay in house, we understand that steak is not for everybody—so we like to have a little bit for everybody.” With this in mind, Chef Khairallah said Buchanans will be adding more gluten free and vegan options to their repertoire. A quinoa tofu bowl with a Korean barbeque sauce and a rich quinoa, chickpea and kale patty tower will be joining the menu in the near future. The secret to the menus success is simple, said Khairallah: continually use fresh, never frozen ingredients from the top suppliers in Canada. “We always do local; everything we carry is Canadian,” said Khairallah. “Whether it is fish [mostly coming from the East], all the meats we have are from Ontario. Everything comes in fresh—nothing comes in frozen.” Khairallah said the menu is given a fresh feel once a year, with over a dozen changes being made in 2018. What will remain the same though is the incredible prices; with dinner entrees starting at an incredible $18 dollars and steaks at a jaw dropping $25 dollars each with sides included. “We make a conscious effort in [keeping the prices reasonably low] because if you really look at recently, the competition in the steak house field has increased,” said Chef Khairallah. “People tend to go after the brand name [steak house], because they think it’s best. So a lot of times you get looked at as if you are ‘that other steakhouse’. But then the people that do come, they try the food and look at the prices, they are impressed.” Along with the menu changes, Khairallah is always making changes to his kitchen—educating his staff and taking on culinary students in pursuit of a similar career to his own. “Every year is a surprise; every year is a new challenge,” said Khairallah. “I enjoy bringing students into my kitchen and training them to be dedicated and hardworking by pushing my influence onto them and my hard working attitude. “If you treat people well, they will do a good job for you; I have always believed that.” Buchanan’s is also available for weddings and private events. Visit their website buchanansniagara.ca for their full menu and reservations. TM TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 29


D O C M AG I L L I GA N’S R ESTAU R A N T & I R I S H P U B // ON THE TABLE

EXECUTIVE CHEF GARY BEYNON

DOC MAGILLIGAN’S RESTAURANT & IRISH PUB

BY GABRIELLE TIEMAN-LEE

Bringing a little taste of Ireland to Niagara Falls, Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant and Irish Pub is successfully serving up traditional Irish cuisine with a creative twist, both to hungry locals and tourists alike looking to sit back, enjoy a pint and warm their stomachs with a real, home cooked meal. Thick, rich steak and mushroom pies with a side of soda bread, savoury and seasoned to perfection Shepherd’s pies, traditionally marinated chicken curries with mango chutney, corned beef and cabbage and more. This food and restaurant, simply put, is good for the soul. In the tradition of most authentic Irish pubs, Doc’s is said to be founded on a strong commitment to teamwork and comfort inspired fare; backed by a long family history of providing a laid back, fun-loving place to meet for a few drinks and food after a long day. “What Doc’s is all about is comfort food and teamwork,” says executive chef Gary Beynon. “It’s the reason people come back. The food is something your mother may have cooked for you, or your grandmother.” Though Beynon is not Irish in ancestry, the chef said he has “comfort cooking running in his veins.” Beynon has no formal training in Irish cuisine and says to have taken an unconventional path into the kitchen (he learned to cook on the job by a number of chefs—all through a self-proclaimed “hard-knocks culinary education”). “I’ve owned five different restaurants; from barbeque restaurants, gastro pubs, I’ve owned everything,” said Beynon. “But the one thing I always come back at is comfort food.” Attached to the Best Western Hotel on Lundy’s Lane, Doc’s also offers a full a-la-carte breakfast, lunch and dinner menu seven days a week and brunch on weekends in their 300 seat Victorian inspired restaurant. Beynon said 90 per cent of the food at Doc’s is made in-house and all of the main dishes are made from a raw product. Always looking to improve, Beynon travels to Ireland every year; the chef said he attends seminars in order to improve his techniques and to talk with other chefs from around the world about Irish flavours. Though Doc’s dedicates a portion of their menu to traditionally Irish dishes, Beynon said he enjoys putting a twist on some of the classics to make them his own. For example, the famous Irish Boxty: traditionally, an Irish pancake which is stone-baked and then stuffed or wrapped

around ingredients, Doc’s Boxty takes on a wrap appearance, but maintains similar flavour profiles. And then you have the mouth-watering Irish Pierogi—a Boxty which has been filled with cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked. “You have to take recipes, and put your own twist on it,” said Beynon. “That is how I approach Irish cooking. Everything has been done, I need to make it my own and make it so people enjoy it.” Doc’s as well offers an extensive selection of premium, craft and local beers and wines which pair with the hearty menu items. This successful spin on Irish cooking has even garnered attention beyond Niagara borders; Doc’s was named one of the top 10 Irish pubs in North America in 2017 by the Irish Pubs Global Federation—a group that works to connect pubs around the world. While most Irish pubs often bring to mind loud bars overflowing with rowdy, Guinness filled bar hoppers, Doc Magilligans replaces this stereotype with their warm and inviting atmosphere which caters to every age bracket. “There is something on the menu for everybody,” said Beynon. “Families can eat here; kids can eat here. We have traditional items for people who want something authentic; but if someone wants lamb, and you don’t, you don’t have to worry. You can come here and be okay with it, because we cater to everyone with each menu.” The executive chef has a number of accolades under his belt; Beynon was named the “Best Chef at an Irish Pub Anywhere in North America”, as decided by Irish Pubs Global. Beynon, humbly, enforces the fact though that he is nothing without his team. “It’s not me; it’s the team of people that make Doc Magilligan’s what we are,” said Beynon. “I am only as strong as the guy standing next to me and that’s the truth. I can’t say enough about my team; the guys in the kitchen, my suppliers… when we win awards, it’s not one guy who just goes into that. Yes they are my dishes, but if they can’t execute it, we are nothing.” Embrace the family atmosphere and celebrate at Doc’s. The expansive restaurant is also available for private parties, family events and more. The restaurant as well hosts live music nights and events throughout the week. Visit docmagilligans.com for more information. TM


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MEDITERRANEAN QSINE

In Good Taste showcases a variety of Niagara’s most melt in your mouth, show stopping, delectable dining establishments and wineries. Whether their menus are unique to a restaurant or a familiar food that is prepared in a way you’ve never tasted before, it’s evident that Niagara is home to a food culture that is growing every day, and while it can be hard to choose where to engage your taste buds first, we hope these profiles give you a good head start.

PRANZO RISTORANTE ITALIANO

COCO’S STEAKHOUSE

THE KASBAH

Located in Hilton Niagara Falls/ Fallsview Hotel & Suites and in the center of the Niagara Falls’ Entertainment District, Pranzo Ristorante Italiano offers flavorful, hand-crafted favourites prepared to order in a lively open display kitchen. Be sure to try our signature brick oven pizzas and authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Children eat free with the purchase of any adult meal. There’s something for everyone at Pranzo.

Coco’s is a very popular restaurant destination for tourists and locals alike. Guests rave about our famous wood-fired steaks and gourmet pizzas. Watch our staff prepare your fresh pizza from start to finish, it’s a cooking show right in front of your very eyes.

The Kasbah Mediterranean Qsine features the incredible cuisine of Vaughan Bulganian who was born in Armenia and grew up in a monastery in Jerusalem where he learned the true art of cooking Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food.

Enjoy the awesome ambiance under the starlit Niagara skies as we offer nightly entertainment on the Terrace from 7:00pm onwards (in season only). Best of all, we offer ample free parking for all our guests! So visit Coco’s next time you’re in Niagara Falls and enjoy good times and great food that only Coco’s can deliver.

The Kasbah features homemade farm to table Mediterranean delights from Greece, Lebanon, Armenia & more. All menus include vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. The Kasbah is fully licensed with a total of 230 seats (patio, party room, dining, bar & lounge). Come join us for an incredible evening with amazing food, service, wine and Mediterranean music.

HILTON NIAGARA FALLS

COCO’S STEAKHOUSE

VAUGHAN BULGANIAN

6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls 905.353.7174 pranzoniagara.com

5339 Murray St. Niagara Falls 905.3564333 ext. 171 cocosniagarafalls.com

6130 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls, ON 905.357.1000 thekasbah.ca


IN GOOD TASTE

THE WATERMARK

BRASA BRAZILLIAN STEAKHOUSE

FRONTIER BBQ & SMOKEHOUSE

SPYCE LOUNGE

As the signature restaurant in Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites, the Watermark elevates guests’ dining experiences to new heights. Voted most romantic, the Watermark’s inventive cuisine, extensive wine selection, and stylish design is only surpassed by its stunning, panoramic views of both the American and Horseshoe Falls. Decorated in shades of blue and white, and located on the 33rd floor, the Watermark’s elegant, contemporary ambiance is reminiscent of the majestic Niagara Falls itself. Our Executive Chef lovingly crafts his creative dishes by using only fresh and seasonal ingredients, from fine-crafted Niagara Region wines to prosciutto from a local Niagara Falls artisan.

Located in Hilton Niagara Falls/ Fallsview Hotel & Suites and across from the Fallsview Casino, Brasa showcases the flavours and cultural flair of Brazil. Following a centuries-old tradition of cooking on an open fire, diners can experience endless cuts of succulent beef, pork, lamb, and chicken carved tableside in the style of authentic Brazilian gaúchos. The gourmet buffet features over 70 hot and cold items to accompany your meal including some Brazilian fare like Brazilian-style potato, seafood buffet and grilled pineapple. It is also home to a sophisticated wine collection with a fully enclosed, wine room containing an extensive selection of world-renowned wines. Brasa is the best place to experience a taste of South America.

Niagara’s first, Southern-style allyou-can-eat restaurant. We draw our inspiration from our neighbours to the South who have mastered the art of BBQ and serve locally-inspired sides for an authentic smokehouse experience. Our meats are smoked in a variety of woods including apple wood, mesquite, and hickory, lending to our unique Frontier flavour. Enjoy house-seasoned smoked meats direct from the grill served by our pit masters; plus over 50 hot and cold seasonal items including our ultimate potato bar with five types of potatoes and over 20 topping choices. Be sure to try our signature brisket and our house-made BBQ sauces.

Street level and in the heart of Niagara Falls’ entertainment district, you will be in the center of the action. Spyce Lounge offers a sophisticated and lavish escape from life’s hustle and bustle with live entertainment every night and a full lounge menu. Whether you want to savor a signature cocktail mixed to perfection, mingle with friends, or watch live sporting events on Niagara’s largest TV, Spyce offers customizable services to help cater your every whim. Spyce is the perfect way to start, end, or enjoy your entire night.

HILTON NIAGARA FALLS

HILTON NIAGARA FALLS

HILTON NIAGARA FALLS

6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls 905.353.7138 watermarkrestaurant.com

6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls 905.353.7187 brasaniagara.com

FRONTIER BBQ & SMOKEHOUSE 6519 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls 289.296.6367 frontierniagara.com

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BACKHOUSE RESTAURANT

HERNDER ESTATE WINES

FALLS MANOR RESORT & RESTAURANT

JOHNNY ROCCO’S

Quietly tucked away in a small stripmall in uptown Niagara on the Lake is one of Canada’s best restaurants. Backhouse offers a continuously evolving menu with a commitment to integrated cool climate cuisine and enlightened hospitality. Upon finding Backhouse, the aroma of peach wood burning in the brick oven and glow of the wood-fired grill lets guests know that they are not out for dinner but rather that they are embarking on a culinary journey of somewhereness. Boasting a finely curated local and international wine list dedicated to low intervention winemaking, craft cocktails, and tasting menus, guests are assured to have one of their best dining experiences.

A quiet country road, the gentle swell of vineyards beneath the brow of the Niagara Escarpment; turn down the lane, through a unique wooden covered bridge up to an immense, perfectly restored 1867 Victorian barn. Open 7 days a week, year round for complimentary tastings and weekend tours at 1pm. 30 different varieties of VQA wines, fruit wines and icewines keep Winemaker Angela Kasimos busy year round. Licensed patio, wine boutique and two floors of rustic beauty for weddings, private parties and dinners. Hernder also houses Niagara Vinegar a quality line of grapeseed oil, vinegars, reductions, hot sauce and homemade jellies. Come and explore all the good things at Hernder Estate Wines.

HOME STYLE MEALS FOR THE FAMILY. Falls Manor Resort and Restaurant has been part of the Niagara Falls landscape for more than six decades. Customers count on us to serve up delicious, home-cooked meals at affordable prices. Drop in today and experience award-winning cuisine guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of palates.

Gusto at Johnny Rocco’s means savour. Savour the flavours of Italy. From our succulent hand rolled Zia’s Rice Balls, to our hand tossed pizza dough, cooked to perfection in our 600 degree wood fired oven. Pair our traditional dishes with our vast array of Italian and local wines. At Johnny Rocco’s gli amici sono la famiglia – Our friends are all family.

At Falls Manor Restaurant, we are renowned for our gourmet broasted chicken and delicious, warm Belgian waffles.

From Banquets to Bachelor parties, Bridal Showers or Business dinners, our new Wine Cellar in Niagara Falls is ideal!

Niagara Region’s Original Home of Broasted Chicken. We’ve won the Reader’s Choice award for breakfast 16yrs consecutively. Try our Golden Dipped Pancakes or sample one of our Scrumptious Omelets. We offer takeout service for your convenience. Skip the cooking and pick up dinner today.

St. Catharines 271 Merritt St. | 905.680.9300

RYAN CRAWFORD CHEF & PROPRIETOR 242 Mary Street, NOTL 289.272.1242 Backhouse. xyz

RESTAURANT

FALLS MANOR RESORT & RESTAURANT 7104 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls 905-358-3211 ext. 1 fallsmanor.com

1607 Eighth Ave. Louth. St. Catharines 905.684.3300 wine @hernder.com

Niagara Falls 6889 Lundy’s Lane | 905.358.0004

WINE CELLAR 6889 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls 905.358.0004 johnnyroccos.com


IN GOOD TASTE

MICK&ANGELO’S KITCHEN & BAR

THE KEG STEAKHOUSE & BAR

THE SMOKIN’ BUDDHA

DOC MAGILLIGAN’S RESTAURANT & IRISH PUB

Now under new ownership, Mick & Angelo’s Kitchen + Bar is where family fun and great homemade food go hand in hand. Nicknamed the Locals Livingroom, this is the best place in Niagara Falls to be welcomed with open arms no matter where you are from. Our team makes every Guest feel like they are home.

Dine overlooking Niagara Falls in The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, located on the 9th floor of the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview. This landmark location offers guests floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the famous Falls and the highest quality steaks and seafood for a dining experience to remember.

Located in the Old Train Station in the Canal District of downtown Port Colborne, The Smokin’ Buddha delivers your favourite dishes from around the world. Come experience our laid-back space where global comfort food meets local Niagara food culture. If you can’t make it to South Niagara, find us at these seasonal supper markets.

Recently nominated, as North America’s top 10 Irish Pubs and Winner of the Best Irish Pub Chef, North America by Irish Pub’s Global. The entire pub was built in Ireland and shipped lock, stock and beer barrel to our Lundy’s Lane location.

Our diverse menu and superior drink list is sure to please everyone’s palate. We serve up juicy, AAA-certifed steaks, incredible calzones, fresh pizza, and some of the best wings you’ll ever have.

Fonthill Farmer’s Market Every Thursday - 4:30 to Dusk N.O.T.L Supper Market Every Wednesday - 4:30 to 9:00

It’s no wonder Chef Mick has been voted “Best Local Chef ” by the readers of the Niagara Falls Review.

Crystal Beach Supper Market Every Thursday - 4:00 to 9:00 YEAR ROUND: Welland Farmer’s Market Every Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm #lovethebuddha

MICK&ANGELO’S KITCHEN & BAR 7600 Lundy’s lane, Niagara falls 905-357-6543 mickandangelos.com

FALLSVIEW / EMBASSY SUITES 6700 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls 905.374.5170 fallsviewrestaurant.com

KEVIN ECHLIN CHEF/OWNER 265 King St., Port Colborne, ON 905.834.6000 thesmokinbuddha.com

Doc Magilligan’s consistently delivers an authentic experience. Combine a stunningly-accurate interior design with great food, drink, music and, most of all, people. Guests are immersed in another world of warmth, conversation, laughter and fun. What the Irish call ‘the craic’…. real fun. Scratch made, comfort food at its best, inspired by heritage Irish recipes. Family owned, one-of-a-kind and open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

GARY BEYNON EXECUTIVE CHEF 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, 905-374-0021

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LANG VIETNAMESE HOT POT & BBQ GRILL

KOUTOUKI GREEK CUISINE

BUCHANANS STEAK & SEAFOOD

CAFFE GATTI

Canada’s 1st All You Can Eat Vietnamese Hot Pot & BBQ Grill.

Take a break from your busy schedule! Come in and enjoy a glass wine or a pint of local craft beer at our magnificent sbar. We offer select wines from Greece and the Niagara region. Savour the flavours of our unique cuisine, carefully prepared by our chefs daily. Choose from an array of appetizers as a light snack or indulge in one of our traditional rustic entrees. Immerse yourself in our warm and cozy atmosphere. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff await you. OPA!

Dig in to a hand-cut steak, charbroiled to your liking!

Sisters Clara and Sarah GATTI welcome you to CAFFE GATTI. SMILES and friendly service await you as soon as you arrive. Serving Artisan Roman style pizza, salads, soups, gourmet sandwiches and ITALIAN cakes/pastries to go along with your choice of beverage.Serving all day Breakfast, Lunch, some Evening events. The cafe’s atmosphere was born, when the GATTI family travelled EUROPE extensively. It’s relaxed with beautiful music, while enjoying great food and local/imported beer or wines. The finishing touch fresh Italian cakes,pastries, and GELATO to compliment our freshly brewed locally roasted coffee, espresso, cappuccino, lattes, and ORGANIC teas. CAFFE GATTI caters in house or to your next EVENT!

The word Lang means ‘Village’ in Vietnamese. What we’re trying to do is give the experience of Authentic Vietnamese food here in Canada. Vietnamese cuisine is unique, and besides the different spices and flavours, the methods of cooking are unique as well. For dinner, there can be a grill in the middle of the table or a boiling pot. Whether you’re barbecuing your meal on a fire or cooking your food in the aromatic broth, you’ll get the full Vietnamese experience at Lang. Choose between our AYCE Vietnamese BBQ, or AYCE Vietnamese Hot Pot.

LANG VIETNAMESE HOT POT & BBQ GRILL 161 Church St, St. Catharines 289-362-2288 langrestaurant.com

Something is always sizzling at Koutouki! Reservations Reccommended Free Parking

“INSPIRED BY TRADITION” 5745 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls 905.354.6776 koutoukiniagara.com

A blend of modern steakhouse and chic lounge. The menu highlights crispy calamari, lobster dip, classic shrimp cocktail and Buchanans’ French onion soup to start. This home-grown restaurant offers an appealing selection of hand-cut steaks charbroiled to your liking, tasty seafood, pasta, fresh salads & more. End your meal with our house made Sticky Toffee Crème Brulee and a Starbucks coffee beverage. Lunch $12 - $16, Dinner $16 - $38. Our “Why Limit Happy to One Hour” offers a full size appetizer paired with a VQA Niagara Wine (5 oz) or Craft Brew (12 oz. Pint) for $15 – daily 26 pm. Complimentary customer onsite self parking. Event space for up to 250 guests. Located at the DoubleTree Resort on Stanley Avenue.

BUCHANANS STEAK & SEAFOOD 6039 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON 905.353.4111 buchanansniagara.ca

SARAH & CLARA GATTI 3 Race Street, St.Catharines, ON 905.641.5009 caffegatti.com


IN GOOD TASTE

BRICKYARD BREWING COMPANY

PERRIDISO ESTATE WINERY

LIV RESTAURANT AT WHITE OAKS RESORT

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

Located just minutes outside scenic Niagara Falls in the heart of historic Lewiston, N.Y., Brickyard Brewing Company is the village’s latest and greatest attraction. With an eye on the latest in brewing trends and the attention to detail of old world style this modern brew pub is serving brews and food to please. Chef Vincent Pallaci and Brewmaster John Paul Meteer are helping anchor Lewiston as a premier culinary attraction in Western New York.

Welcome to one of the newest and fastest growing wineries in Niagara. Located on the St. David’s Bench, this escarpment ridge reveals rich layers of soil and fertile vineyards, such character is reflected in deep layers of complexity of all wines produced at Perridiso Estate Winery.

LIV Restaurant is the signature restaurant for White Oaks Resort and offers a fantastic dining experience. The menu is sublime, the wine list award winning and ambiance beautiful. Set time aside for LIV, don’t be rushed so that you can savour the whole event. LIV is where you want to celebrate special moments and treat yourself to a night out of fine dining, lingering over a fabulous wine and conversation.

The memory of a great meal stays with you long after the table has been cleared. This is why at Ruth’s Chris we thrive on our great food and service. Our menu offers a variety of dining options that will please all of our guests. Our passion lies in our high quality ingredients, attention to detail and that special sizzle. Inside Ruth’s Chris Steak House you’ll also find Niagara’s hottest bar and lounge. Treat yourself at this high-end lounge with your own private booth surrounding the bar and dance floor and a personal host to cater to your every need.

LIV RESTAURANT AT WHITE OAKS RESORT 253 Taylor Road, Niagara on the Lake 905-688-2550 ext.5248 whiteoaksresort.com

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

Open daily at 4 P.M. Open Saturday at 11 A.M. Sunday Brunch at 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.

BRICKYARD BREWING COMPANY 432 Center St. Lewiston, NY 716.754.7227 brickyardbrewingcompany.com

We pride ourselves on making premium wines the old fashioned way with minimal mechanical intervention. We hand pick our grapes at optimum ripeness to ensure full flavour and balance. Within a short period of launching our wines Perridiso can be found in some of the best fine dining establishments in the Niagara Region.

PERRIDISO ESTATE WINERY 176 Warner Rd Niagara-On-The-Lake 905 358 4222 Perridiso.com

6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON 905.357.1199 ruthschrisniagara.com

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THE TWENTY VALLEY WINE REGION Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your daily life, the crush or tourists, or the repetitive weekends. Bring your friends, bring your love, or even just yourself. Experience instagram-ready views, food and shopping that you didn’t know existed so close to home. You might find something new about yourself in the experience. Just outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto lies a secret within Niagara peninsula, previously known only to a few-a world-class wine region to rival Bordeaux in climate and terroir. A place to get away from those “who are trying to get away”. Unspoiled views, hikes, wineries, bed and breakfasts, and botique shopping all await you. We’re just too great a place to stay hidden for long, so we’re inviting people who want to appreciate what we’re offering to experience it for themselves. To share with your friends what Niagara’s Wine Region has to offer-or to uncover Twenty Valley for yourself.


REDSTONE WINERY

CORNERSTONE ESTATE WINERY

UPPER CANADA CHEESE

4245 King St. | Beamsville, ON redstonewines.ca

4390 Tufford Rd. | Beamsville, ON info@cornerstonewinery.com

4159 Jordan Rd. | Jordan Station, ON uppercanadacheese.com

Stop by for a taste of our award-winning VQA wines or spend the afternoon. Enjoy a fl ight of wines in our Tasting room, perhaps a farm tour, maybe enjoy a fabulous meal on our outdoor terrace or ideally all of the above; Redstone Winery is your one-stop-shop for authentic Niagara wine country experiences.

Our family owned brand caters to wine enthusiasts of the modern era. Established in 2002, we strive to create the most exquisite quality of wine from our own vineyards. Each bottle of wine is made with handpicked and methodically sorted grapes. We aim to carry on the legacy of wine culture in our country with a modern blend.

In wine country, cheese is also treasured The Upper Canada Cheese Company is dedicated to crafting additive free, artisan cheeses from pure A2 milk of the Guernsey cow. Using only the finest ingredients, we craft our cheeses to the highest industry standards Drop by all year to sample, see our cheese makers at work, and choose from our handcrafted cheeses and a wide collection of local gourmet items!

HERNDER ESTATE WINES

GRAND OAK CULINARY MARKET

CREEKSIDE ESTATE WINERY

1607 Eighth Ave. Louth | St. Catharines, ON hernder.com

4600 Victoria Ave. | Vineland Station, ON grandoakculinary.ca

2170 Fourth Ave. | Jordan, ON creeksidewine.com

From rolling vineyard to wine press, barrel cellar to bottling line, a tour of Hernder Estate is a fascinating excursion. Open 7 days a week for complimentary tastings and weekend public tours at 1pm. Hernder’s also houses two banquet rooms available for private lunches, dinners, events and weddings. Visit www.hernder.com for more information including pricing. 905.684.3300.

You’ll enjoy visiting, and experiencing the easy access from the QEW, the fresh-baked wares, including excellent GF offerings, and locally sourced produce! Elegant Post and Beam design. The Grand Oak Culinary Market has become a favourite with locals and visitors alike, a relaxing place to enjoy lunch, coffee or a snack. The Cheese Bar and Salad Bar have fantastic selections, perfect for light lunches or a spur-of-the-moment picnic. It’s all Good! Open 9 AM – 6 PM. Closed Sundays. 289.567.0487.

Awarded Ontario’s Best Red Wine in 2016. Creekside Estate Winery has been making premium wines in Jordan for 20 years. Our winemaking team defies convention and our chef relishes in preparing honest and rustic local cuisine. At Creekside we’ve uncorked the perfect way to shop, dine, taste and tour all Niagara has to offer. Open daily 10am to 6pm. TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 39


“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” FLAT ROCK CELLARS 2727 Seventh Ave. | Jordan Station, ON flatrockcellars.com Our winery sits atop the escarpment with an incredible 360° view of our beautiful vineyards and Lake Ontario so we love to show it off. Let us introduce you to our state-of-the-art 5 level gravity-flow winemaking facility where we will reveal the secret to our consistently exceptional wines. 10am-6pm daily. Open until 7pm on Saturdays. 905-562- 8994.

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// L I F E S T Y L E & C U LT U R E “Niagara Falls is a vast, unnecessary amount of water flowing the wrong way over unnecessary rocks.” This quite original observation was uttered by the famous Irish playwright and wit Oscar Wilde during his visit to Niagara in 1882. It is a memorable line. Over the years there have been many other comments related to our famous falls that for their uniqueness, humour, insight or passion deserve to be remembered—or at least recalled. What follows are some additional examples of these quotable quotes. Along with his unusual description of the falls, Oscar Wilde also referred to honeymooners here when he noted: “Every American bride is taken there and the sight of the stupendous waterfall must be one of the earliest if not the keenest disappointments in American married life.” This remark is often abbreviated to the somewhat more cutting “Niagara Falls must be the second greatest disappointment in American married life.” Often referred to as Niagara’s first honeymooners, Theodosia and Joseph Alston came here during the summer of 1801. They did not come alone, having been accompanied by a number of packhorses and servants. The daughter of Aaron Burr, vice president of the United States at the time, Theodosia was obviously overwhelmed with the spectacle of the falls. She wrote to her sister-in-law: “If you wish to have an idea of real sublimity, visit the Falls of Niagara—they are magnificent; words when applied to express their grandeur appear to lose half their significance—to describe them is impossible; they must be seen.” As Theodosia rightly realized, describing the Falls of Niagara can be a challenge. Nevertheless, there have been a great many attempts. Here are a few notable ones. The first European to see the cataracts, Father Louis Hennepin, who arrived here in 1678, portrayed the spectacle as “a vast and prodigious cadence of water which falls down after a surprising and astonishing manner.” The inspiring Helen Keller, both blind and deaf, came to Niagara Falls in 1893 and left with a definite understanding and appreciation of the scene. Describing the cataracts as a “vast force,” she wrote about the “fearful and irresistible plunge of its waters over the brow of the precipice.” The American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne compared the falls to “an ocean tumbling out of the sky.” Abraham Lincoln succinctly summed up the sight as “a world’s wonder.” British author Fanny Trollope also neatly summarized her Niagara experience with the words: “Wonder, terror and delight completely overwhelmed me.” Major Sir William Francis Butler of the British military visited Niagara Falls in September 1867. The Irish-born Butler felt our famous falls was an impressive, not-to-be-missed landmark for the traveler, noting: “What the pyramids are to Egypt, what Mount Vesuvius is to Naples, what the Battlefield of Waterloo has been to Brussels, so is Niagara to North America.” Winston Churchill visited Niagara Falls three times, in 1900, 1929

and 1943. During the latter visit, he was accompanied by his daughter Mary. While standing at Table Rock beside the Horseshoe Falls, a Canadian Press reporter approached the renowned statesman and asked him if he saw any difference in the falls compared to how they looked during his first visit here 43 years earlier. Churchill stared at the reporter for a few seconds, then turned and looked at the falls while taking a few puffs on his ever-present cigar. After what seemed like several minutes he once again faced the reporter and said, “The basic principle remains the same.” Of course, some people who have been unimpressed with the falls left behind some classic quotes as well. For example, during February 1886 the Toronto Globe (now Globe and Mail) columnist Laura Bradshaw Durand related the story of the Niagara guide who escorted a couple to Table Rock. After staring at the falls for some time, they turned to their guide and, both totally blasé, one of them asked, “What else could the water do but go over?” Going one step further, probably the epitome of Niagara putdowns came during Charles Dickens’ visit in 1842. His wife’s maid, Anne, dismissed the falls as: “It’s nothing but water and too much of that!” Dickens had a much different reaction. Emotionally affected, he wrote: “Niagara was at once stamped upon my heart, an image of beauty to remain there… until its pulses cease to beat forever.” He referred to the area around the falls as “enchanting ground.” Many have been spiritually affected by the sight of the cataracts. Writing in 1853, Ontario pioneer settler Maj. Thomas Strickland enthused: “Who could behold the mighty Niagara and say there is no God?” Occasionally there have been references to Niagara Falls in popular music. In the lyrics to “Let’s Get Away From It All,” there is the highly quotable line, “Let’s take a trip to Niagara, this time we’ll look at the falls.” Movies have also produced some interesting Niagara quotes. One of them came in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief when Cary Grant tells Grace Kelly: “What you need is ten minutes with a good man at Niagara Falls.” Let’s conclude our survey of Niagara quotes with a comment from British Travel Writer Ethel Tweedie, as found in her 1913 book “America As I Saw It; or America Revisited.” Ethel was very impressed with Niagara Falls but at the same time left a warning for future generations concerning its care: “Niagara is worth travelling many hundreds of miles to see; its power, its strength, its force, teach a sermon far deeper and more lasting than the best of sermons or the finest books of man. Even the most frivolous must pause and think before such a masterpiece of majestic beauty and power. It is devoutly to be hoped that the material gain to the industrial undertakings in the neighbourhood would not be allowed to destroy one of the greatest, most forceful and most awe-inspiring sights in the world.” TM

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iagara-on-the-Lake is rich in history. It lies in every building, down every street, and at the end of every country lane. While much of this history is on full display for tourists to see, some of it is almost hidden from view, requiring some effort to unearth. Such is the case with Butler’s Burial Ground, a rarely visited cemetery in an area of Niagara-on-the-Lake that tourists don’t often frequent. Butler’s Burial Ground isn’t scenic, but there’s a distinct sense of history there. Indeed, it’s one of the most historically significant locations in all of Niagara. This significance begins with the man after whom it was named: Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler. >>

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SADLY, HE LOST IT ALL—HIS HOME, HIS LANDS, AND HIS WEALTH—AS A RESULT OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND HIS DECISION TO REMAIN LOYAL TO KING AND COUNTRY. John Butler, the man credited with founding Niagara-on-the-Lake, was a man of contradictions. Rarely has there been a soldier as loved and hated at the same time. To Canadians he was a hero, a patriot who fought bravely and with notable success on behalf of the British Crown during the American Revolution. To people south of the border he was a traitor, a man who turned his back on his country and as the head of his Rangers sought to suppress the rebellion. The real John Butler is probably somewhere in between. Butler was born in New London, Connecticut in 1728, the son of Lieutenant Walter Butler and Deborah Dennis. While still a young child, his family moved to the Mohawk River Valley of New York State, which was then the frontier of colonial America. John was raised during the turbulent years of the French and Indian Wars, and entered into service with the British Indian Department with which he saw action in several battles. Eventually, Butler amassed an estate of 26,600 acres, making him one of the wealthiest men in the Mohawk Valley. Sadly, he lost

it all—his home, his lands, and his wealth—as a result of the American Revolution and his decision to remain loyal to King and Country. He once again volunteered his services to the Indian Department and led a force of Natives to victory at the Battle of Oriskany in New York on August 6, 1777. This success led British commanders to urge Butler to raise an elite corps of Rangers to serve alongside the Natives and fight in their style. This unit came to be known as Butler’s Rangers. A pattern of bloody campaigns along the frontier followed, with the Rangers emerging from the darkened depths of the forest to put villages to the torch, destroy crops, defeat rebel forces, and instill in the enemy populace a crippling terror. Butler’s Rangers became so notorious for their ruthlessness that when the conflict ended with an American victory there was little hope of reconciliation between former enemies. The Rangers could never return home. So, they packed up their families and headed for British protection in Niagara to establish new lives. Butler was a towering figure in the refugee community. He served as Justice of the Peace, member of the Land Board of Niagara,

commander of the Nassau and Lincoln county militia, leader of the Church of England, and a member of the local Masonic Lodge. He was so prominent and highly regarded that the young village of Niagara-on-the-Lake was originally named Butlersburg in his honour. Butler died on May 12, 1796, after a long illness. He was buried on a family cemetery on the corner of his farm, known today as Butler’s Burial Ground, alongside family and at least four other Rangers. After Butler, Rolfe Clench is perhaps the most noteworthy figure. Born in Pennsylvania in 1762, he served as a lieutenant in the Rangers under John Butler. After the war, he settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake where he served in a number of prominent positions, including town clerk, judge of the Surrogate Court, and member of Provincial Legislation. Upon his death in 1828 he was initially buried at Butler’s Burial Ground. Later, however, his will was uncovered and clearly specified that he wished to be buried beside his daughter, Eweratta, who died in 1797 and was buried at St. Mark’s Cemetery. As per his wishes, Clench’s body was disinterred and removed to St. Marks to rest forever alongside his beloved little girl. >>


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And then there was William Claus, who in the 1790s had a stone crypt built to hold his remains and those of his family and who may have been a Ranger as well. Claus spent his career in the Indian Department, rising to the rank of deputy superintendent during the War of 1812. Though he was a prominent and respected citizen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Claus abused his position of authority among the natives to line his pockets with gold. At the time, members of the First Nations of Upper Canada were forbidden to sell their property without first consulting his department. Claus was known to have profited largely on bribes from prospective owners, since he had the final say in any proposed sale. He died in 1826 and was buried in the vault. His home, The Wilderness, still stands at 407 King Street. Butler’s Burial Ground isn’t just a place where former soldiers are laid to rest: it was also a battlefield. During the War of 1812 a skirmish took place on the Butler Farm—land that today encompasses the cemetery and the subdivision that backs onto it. The Action at Butler’s Farm, as the skirmish is generally known, took place on July 8, 1813. On that day an outpost of the American army encamped near Fort George was ambushed and defeated here by a band of Six Nations and Western Natives led by Chiefs John Norton and Blackbird, and Indian Department interpreters Michel Brisebois, Louis Longlade, and Barnet Lyons. Lieutenant Samuel Eldridge and 22 soldiers of the 13th United States Infantry were killed during the engagement and another dozen taken prisoner. A century later, the cemetery was abandoned, neglected and almost forgotten. The fences around the burial ground had rotted away, the plots were overgrown, and cattle were allowed to roam between the graves. Most headstones were broken or lost. Even John Butler’s headstone could no longer be found. The crypt belonging to the Claus family had been partially destroyed by a large tree that had fallen onto it, leaving the interior open to the elements. Vandals would break into the crypt and scatter bones. While the cemetery was never truly restored, efforts were made to prevent further vandalism. The crypt was initially sealed with an iron grilled gate, but vandals kept breaking in despite this precaution so a steel plate was welded in place over the entrance. Eventually, the entire crypt was buried in sand. More than the vault is buried beneath the knoll at Butler’s Burial Ground. Dig deep and you’ll strike any number of secrets and historical stories, each one reflecting the early years of Niagara and indeed our nation. There are no grave markers today, but with a bit of historical knowledge it’s easy to imagine the early decades of Niagara-on-the-Lake when Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler and his Rangers settled the region. TM Butler’s Burial Ground lies at the end of Butler Street (southwest of Butler Street and John Street intersection)


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The 7 Components For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of teaching the course “Psychology of Relationships” to eager students yearning to learn about the nature of human relationships, and hopeful to glean some scientific insight into how to improve their own. What I have found that my students enjoy learning most, perhaps given the current climate of casual relationships which can go ill-defined, are the key factors which make an intimate relationship namely that — intimate. What a common misconception around ‘intimate relationships’ is, however, is that they are only within the domain of romantic or sexual relationships. Indeed, perhaps our most intimate relationships needn’t require sex or romance, but simple friendship. Interestingly enough, it’s of no surprise then, that the commonalities between romantic and best friendships often cross-over. According to researchers Ben-Ari and Lavee, the happiest intimate relationships are often different than other characteristic relationships in seven distinct ways. In other words, these are what make our best friendship ‘work’:

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When forming deep, intimate relationships, we share a vast amount of personal information that we wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable sharing with others. Of course, the amount of information may differ from one person to the next; research shows that women, on average, tend to share more intimate information with their friends as well as partners, in comparison to men, who generally reserve more intimate topics for their partners. Nonetheless, with our close friends, when in healthy relationships, we feel safe sharing our deepest dreams, desires, fears, past histories, traumas and goals for the future. Generally, this is a reciprocal and gradual process.

Interdependence

Our deepest friendships also tend to be highly interdependent, wherein each friend influences the other meaningfully, frequently, and vastly, in terms of topic and importance. This can range from choosing what to eat for dinner to where to live. Often, this is why we take our friend’s advice to heart. They influence us, and we have trust that they are doing so with our best wishes in mind.


of Friendship Care

Care is another hallmark of healthy close friendships. There is a considerable amount of care each friend places in the other, and this differs from the care that one would typically display to another, non-intimate person. Friends thus show concern for each other’s well-being, comfort in times of distress, and safekeeping the other from harm. While the display of care can differ from one person to the next (as a function of communication style or differing displays of affection, for instance), close friends tend to display genuine, selfless care for each other.

Trust

In my opinion, trust is what holds the other six components of intimacy together. Trust is a difficult concept to discuss because of its complexity, but we certainly feel it even without fully being able to define it. In my estimation, trust is the confidence that we place in another human being to act in a way of honor and fairness that is of benefit to us, or at the very least, that our friend or indeed romantic partner will not cause us purposeful harm.

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Responsiveness

Healthy close friendships involve people who are mutually responsive to each other’s needs. This means recognizing, understanding and supporting each other, both in times of pain (e.g., losing a parent or a job) and gain (e.g., getting a promotion, announcing a pregnancy). When each friend feels like the other meets his or her needs, this culminates in feeling appreciated, connected and loved.

Mutuality

Though this is more true in romantic intimate relationships, friendships do involve a certain sense of mutuality, as well. For instance, after a certain point within a healthy friendship, each friend recognizes a close connection to the other. No longer does one person feel alone and solitary in the world, but a close friendship changes one’s sense from being a ‘me’ to a ‘we’. What am I doing becomes ‘what is my friend group doing this weekend’, or the oft-used “girls” or “boys” night. Before a friendship forms in a solid way, for instance, one might consider their weekend plans as “what am I doing this weekend” but after forming a deep friendship, one might consider “what are my friends, what are ‘we’ doing this weekend?” The concept of mutuality helps us to feel secure in the world, and thus is no surprise that it reforms of psyche from seeing ourselves as ‘me’ to a ‘we’. >> TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 55


Commitment

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Ultimately, a comprehensive skin care approach must contain products that address the outside (topical creams), the inside (ingestibles), and attention to controlling stress. Most people would agree the first signs of aging are usually seen on the outside – the skin. However, the aging process actually begins on the inside and is reflected outwardly through our skin. So when I see patients seeking youthful and luminous skin, I start from the inside and layer on outward treatments to complement. I strongly believe that knowledge is our best protection so I have always had the goal to make skin care as simple to understand as possible and to help people make the best decisions for their personal situation. There are four recognized causes of aging: oxidation, inflammation, glycation, and mitochondrial dysfunction. However, I recognize a fifth crucial cause of aging – barrier dysfunction. The skin barrier exists in the top layer of the skin and is quite simply a mix of cells (corneocytes) and lipids also know as fats (ceramides, cholesterol, and free fatty acids). What is most important to understand about the skin barrier is that it is VERY delicate and when it’s homeostasis is disrupted then our skin breaks down leading to inflammation, dryness, redness, wrinkling, and more severe conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and rosacea. In order to have a healthy skin barrier, we must start from the inside by ensuring our gut lining is functioning properly as that is where vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are absorbed from the foods we eat. As these nutrients are absorbed they are fed to the dermal (deep) layer of the skin, which acts as a bridge for nutrients to move from the gut to the outer layers of skin. If the gut is not functioning properly, then the outer layers of our skin are starved of nutrients and will appear dull and dehydrated. A healthy gut is built with whole, unprocessed, and nutrient dense foods as well as probiotics, essentially fatty acids, and managing stress.

Ultimately, a comprehensive skin care approach must contain products that address the outside (topical creams), the inside (ingestibles), and attention to controlling stress. Fortunately, there are many habits we can adopt to protect our skin barrier and keep it fully nourished and strong resulting in healthy glowing skin. Here are my top 5 recommendations: 1. Consume the right food and supplements. Foods with healthy fats such as fish, nuts, avocado, and flax will also provide your body with the fats needed to for healthy glowing skin. Supplements with flax, evening primrose, and fish oil along with antioxidants is foundational to repair the skin barrier. 2. Manage stress and sleep. If our cortisol levels are constantly elevated our skin is unable to repair itself properly. Managing stress and getting adequate sleep sets the perfect environment for skin restoration. 3. Use a properly formulated cleanser with a pH of 5.5 daily and keep exfoliation to once per week. Being gentle with your skin will prevent stripping the skin of fats and healthy bacteria while still allowing a deep cleansing to occur. 4. Wear sunscreen if you will be in the sun for more than 15 min. This will dramatically reduce inflammation caused by excess sun exposure. 5. Apply skin identical ingredients and antioxidants daily. Ingredients such as ceramides, cholesterol, and free fatty acids will nourish the skin barrier from what is lost through aging and environmental factors. Antioxidant ingredients such as vitamin C, E and niacinamide will protect the skin barrier lipids from being oxidized. Invest the time in these daily habits and your skin will look smoother and more luminous. By creating sustainable habits that are both affordable and easy to follow you will be modifying your gene expression by up to 80% which will be apparent in the illumination of your skin health and vitality.

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With the influx of warmer weather and the optimism of sunny economics on the horizon, an investment in your own backyard, or properties that encourage outdoor living, could be as profitable as the enjoyment they promise.  However, when thinking of short or long term influence on your real estate investment, an acknowledgment of use versus value is debatable on a number of fronts. First and foremost, and as Niagara residents, we are fortunate to have the variety of every season available to us to enjoy.  Depending on global warming patterns, one or two of these seasons is often elongated providing us with a longer winter, or a sustained summer season overlapping well into the fall.  While some venture north to cottage country in the warmer season and others escape down south during the winter, many of my clients have decided to diversify their investment portfolio to include an appreciation of outdoor living on their current property. If you have available backyard space, an outdoor entertaining venue is an enticing option to better maximize both the use and value of your home.  From heated pool settings, to lush landscaping with up-lit lighting, to outdoor kitchens, which are trending more and more these days, many savvy clients are deciding that one of the best use to value ratios they can achieve on their money is a thematic outdoor living space.  If you have sun and water (pool) already in the tableau, why not create a resort style entertaining space right in your own backyard?  Gone are the days where homeowners would automatically accept a loss on their pool investment, and historic are the times when a buying client would discriminate about a pool in the backyard.  In this day and era, the career professional, or deserving retiree, has earned the right to create an escape right in his/her own backyard. And why not?  Your backyard is within easy proximity of friends and colleagues in the area, and the space can be accessible at all times of the day, so use is never an issue, nor is the added value of a picturesque setting to gaze at, inspiring rest and relaxation from the virtue of the visual alone. If escape remains a priority in your appreciation of outdoor living, why not invest in a seasonal property.   Niagara is currently hosting a number of co-ownership opportunities and land leases that at affordable prices can provide both use and rental income to diversify how you see your vacation money.  If escaping into Niagara is still not enough, there are numerous cottage (both seasonal and full year) options available in northern surrounding areas that are always in demand, both as investments and rental income opportunities.  Why not invest in a four-season cottage that you can also escape to in the winter, in order to enjoy the outdoor luxuries our province has to offer within a two to three-hour drive span. In the hustle and bustle of a busy work schedule, Niagara residents have embraced the notion that winter is not necessarily about hibernation and summer is not only about finding a place with air conditioning.  Outdoor living, glamping, luxury waterfront properties, and your own backyard offer a variety of options to fully find real estate value and personal use with an investment in outdoor living.   


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Ready to spark up your night with Niagara’s most talked about nighttime experience? Then check our Hornblower’s Falls Fireworks Cruise featuring Niagara’s all-new $4 million dollar Falls lighting technology. Start off your night with access to Hornblower’s Riverside Patio where you can savour local Craft Beers, Niagara wines and cocktails, listen to live music and grab a bite to eat from our Food Trailer. Then hop aboard our fully licensed boat and listen to pumped up music while cruising the Great Gorge and taking in the majestic views of the illuminated Falls and city skyline. These 40-minute cruises are Niagara’s ultimate evening entertainment - and a whole new way to see the Falls! And that’s not all, see colours whirl and sparks fly with the famous Falls Fireworks spectacle directly overhead at 10 pm. Hornblower’s Fireworks cruise is available every night until September 3. Boats board promptly at 9:15 pm and sail 9:30 pm – 10:10 pm. This is a Light Mist thrilling evening cruise experience.

TICKET TYPE PRICE ADULT $39.95 CDN CHILD (ages 5-13) $35.95 CDN CHILD (4 & under) FREE From September 3 until October 27 enjoy the full Falls Fireworks Cruise or a Falls Illumination Cruise. Visit niagaracrusies.com for detailed Fireworks Cruise & Falls Illumination schedules.

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If it wasn’t on social media, it didn’t happen. Nowadays we live for the beautiful places we visit, not only to enjoy them ourselves, but to share them with friends, family and associates on social media. From Niagara Falls to Thunder Bay, from the countryside of the West, to the Ottawa River Valley in the East, Ontario is an aesthetically diverse province, with landscapes, coasts, and colourful foliage, offering numerous iconic places to get memorable pictures. Home to quaint towns, cities rich in history, and Canada’s largest metropolis, there are famous sites which explorers have long sought to check off their bucket list. As the rise of social media continues, Ontario’s hidden gems and wonders have increased in recognition and popularity. Previously, it took travel brochures, guide books, and word of mouth to know about some of these picture-perfect locations. Now, you’ll see landmarks, sites, and natural features frequently spotted on your friends’ pages on social media. These are some of the most Instagrammed, Facebooked, Pinterested, and Snapchatted places you’re sure to see on social media! >>

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Known as “A Natural Wonder in the City”, the “The Bluffs” are located in the GTA suburb of Scarborough, just over a half hour drive from downtown Toronto. It is one of many parks located along the geographical formation, the bluffs—a type of broad rounded cliff—along the shore of Lake Ontario. If you’re adventurous, you can hike to the top of the 100 metre cliffs, which makes a perfect snap for social media, as on nice days the turquoise waters and sandy beaches resemble a setting like those in the Mediterranean sea.

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A recognized Wonder of the Modern World, it’s no surprise that Canada’s iconic 553.3 metre tower in downtown Toronto is one of the most popular shots on a traveller’s bucket list. For Torontonians, the tower represents one of the main symbols of their home, as it’s the most eye-catching piece of the skyline, next to the Roger’s Centre’s dome. According to a study done last year by On the Go Tours, it is one of the 12 most popular landmarks based on the number of hashtags on Instagram, as #CNTower’ has been used over a million times.

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If you venture up to Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario, you can see the spectacular gorge known as Ouimet Canyon. The canyon is 100 metres deep, 150 metres wide, and 2,000 metres long. Visitors can enjoy a hike along the walkway consisting of boardwalks and trails, which lead to viewing points for great photo ops overlooking the beautiful gorge. See if you can spot the formation known as the Indian Head rock.


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One of Downtown Toronto’s hot spots for both visitors and locals, The Distillery Historic District is a national historic site comprising 47 buildings of the old Gooderham & Worts Distillery. The pedestrian-only neighbourhood has kept its 19th century charm with the restored old buildings and cobblestone streets, and is filled with boutique shops, galleries and lively bars and restaurants. Be sure to get a photo with one of the many art installations, the most popular being the ‘Love Lock’, where the letters L-O-V-E are are adorned with hand-decorated padlocks.

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Referred to as ‘The Centrepiece of Downtown Ottawa’s landscape’, Parliament Hill is a political and cultural landmark on the Southern Banks of the Ottawa River. Gothic-style parliament buildings sit atop the dramatic hillside setting. Pose in front of the Centre Block to get a great photo with the 92.2 metre Peace Tower in the background.

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Here in Niagara, the White Water Walk is a board walk situated on the Niagara River, where you can get an up close experience with the class 6 white water rapids. You must take an elevator 70 metres down to Niagara’s Gorge and pass through a tunnel which leads out to the board walk, taking you adjacent to the thrilling rapids. This attraction gets very busy, so it is best to go towards the end of the day for a beautiful picture at sunset. >>

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One of numerous waterfalls within the Niagara Escarpment, DeCew Falls is comprised of both Upper DeCew Falls, a 22 metre plunge waterfall, and Lower DeCew Falls, an 8 metre cascade waterfall. You can hike along the Bruce Trail which offers an infinity of spots for pretty pictures, but to get right up close to the falls you’ll need to wear some good shoes, as the hike down is very steep. With this shot, your followers may ask if your photo was taken in Costa Rica or Hawaii! >>

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Self-proclaimed as the new 8th Wonder of the World, Niagara Falls is a natural wonder which you cannot visit without getting a photo to post on social media. There are several vantage points to which you can capture a great photo, including the Journey Behind the Falls and Hornblower viewing platforms, the walkway in from of the Table Rock Centre with the falls falling behind, and across from the American and Bridal Veil Falls. Of course, the most popular is the backdrop of the beautiful Horseshoe Falls, during the day or when illuminated at night.

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A popular vacation spot in all seasons, Blue Mountain is an alpine ski resort located just Northwest of Collingwood, between the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment and the shores of Georgian Bay. The Blue Mountain Village captures the hearts of many cell phone cameras, as the unique four storey buildings reflect turn-of-thecentury rural Ontario architecture. These beautiful four-storey buildings house unique restaurants and shops, and the public spaces host festivals and events year-round.

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The Thousand Islands in Gananoque is an archipelago of over 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River between the U.S. and Canadian border. For the best picture-perfect spots, it is best to explore by boat, either on a private vessel or on one of the river cruises. There are numerous spots within the #thousandislands area where social media users take photos, but the most popular include the German-style Boldt Castle on Heart Island or any activity enjoyed in the Thousand Islands National Park in the summertime.

Ontario is full of gorgeous places, agriculture and landscapes, exciting attractions, and friendly people. Use these places as a starting point to discover the gems and picture-perfect locations across the province. Find the hidden beauties and create your own hashtags for new Instagrammable spots in Ontario. TM

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WILDPLAY NIAGARA FALLS NIAGARA’S FAVORITE OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS! With 5 amazing outdoor attractions to choose from, WildPlay Niagara Falls has something for everyone. From the spectacular adrenaline-rushing Zipline rides to the base of the mighty Horseshoe Falls, to the family-friendly Whirlpool Adventure Course, an outdoor oasis of suspended obstacles and aerial games nestled in the quiet heart of the pristine Niagara Parks alongside the Whirlpool Rapids and Niagara River Gorge, WildPlay offers a host of must-do experiences for any visitor to Niagara Falls. >>

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ZIPLINE TO THE FALLS Hang on to your heart and keep your eyes wide open because you’re in for the ride of your life! You’ll feel the force of nature – the awesome power, thundering roar and amazing mist of the mighty Canadian Horseshoe Falls as you soar 67 meters high above the Niagara River Gorge and glide 670 meters (2200 feet) past the American Falls to the Falls Landing and Observation Deck at the base of the mighty Canadian Horseshoe Falls. There’s no better way to experience Niagara Falls up-close and personal than from one of our 4 parallel Ziplines that combine an amazing adrenaline rush with the very finest panoramic views of Niagara Falls. This is Niagara’s most breathtaking experience. The Zipline To The Falls is available for ages 7 years and older and Family Passes are available for groups of four riders and offer savings of $40. Zipline admission includes free elevator access to the Launch Platform, comfort harness with zipper pouch for personal effects and return transportation to the top via air-conditioned shuttle van. Guests should visit before 10am or after 6pm to avoid wait times or lineups. Refreshments, souvenir photos and videos are available for purchase at the Falls Landing and Observation Deck.

NIGHT-TIME FALLS ILLUMINATION ZIPLINE TO THE FALLS This is Niagara’s ultimate evening entertainment experience. Set to the backdrop of starry summer skies, breathtaking views of the dazzling city skyline and the colored Illumination the American Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the night-time Falls Illumination Zipline is a visitor favorite. With check-in times after sunset, riders can also enjoy exclusive Falls Fireworks viewing from the Zipline Launch Platform or directly overhead from the Falls Landing and Observation Deck. Tickets are limited and sell-out quickly. Admission includes free elevator access to launch platform, return transportation to the top via air-conditioned shuttle van, the very best Falls Fireworks viewing anywhere and complimentary lightup zipline souvenir. 5920 River Rd (Niagara Parkway) at the foot of Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Canada

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NIAGARA’S WATERWAYS Boasting one of the most captivating natural settings in Ontario, Niagara Region is home to a number of rich outdoor adventure landscapes awaiting those ready to fill their lungs with fresh air and venture out to discover. But the problem for many is: they’ve seen it. They have hiked the gorges. They have cycled the trails. They have walked and scooted and rolled their way around every nook and cranny of this beautiful peninsula. It is time to breathe new life into the same backdrop and add a fresh perspective on the beloved Niagara outdoors. And there is only one way to discover a fresh perspective in our own familiar backyard—the secret is to paddle. >>

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There is something captivating about spending time on the water in a kayak; water enthusiasts annually take to Niagara’s rivers with this vessel of choice to discover a new perception on Niagara’s natural habitat, beautiful shorelines and local wildlife. But for many, especially for the tourists visiting the region and many apartment dwelling locals, easy access to both kayaks and the water is limited. Niagara Kayak Rentals removes the struggle from getting onto the water and allows it to simply be easy and fun for all. The first entirely mobile kayak rental company in the region, the family run business is 100 per cent user friendly; not only will they meet you at the launch location and supply all of the equipment—including user-friendly kayaks, lifejackets, water bottles, rain jackets and dry pack bags for your belongings—they will even lend instruction to new paddlers and pick all of the equipment up after you are done. So all your group has to do is show up ready to enjoy a day out on the water. “We take all of the trouble out of the equation,” said Lisa Palmer, owner of Niagara Kayak Rentals. “We fully facilitate the launch; we bring all of the equipment and anything else you may need for a day out on the water—then pick it up after you are done. We will even pick a group up at their hotel and drop them off at a winery or other location afterwards. We try to make it as easy as possible.” Directed towards paddlers of all skill levels yearning for something different (with the appropriate swimming ability and confidence on the water), Niagara Kayak Rentals services all waterways in the region from the lower Niagara River to Lake Ontario; an area steeped in a rich history and natural beauty. “Anywhere there is water that you can access by foot, we can launch from,” said Palmer. “There is zero other way to enjoy those shorelines unless you are in a jet boat.” Serviced waterways include the popular Niagara-on-the-Lake beach launch, Chippewa Creek, the Port Dalhousie Launch tour and guided tours that travel down from Queenston Heights; each offering their one unique set of wildlife habitats, nesting grounds and historic sights. >>


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We get lots of people who at the last minute decide that it is a beautiful day, they want to get out on the water, so they come to us. The mobile company’s fleet includes a full complement of 40 Canadian-made recreational, light touring kayaks. Both single and tandem kayaks are available to rent and ideal for families, couples, corporate team building groups and others in between. “Transporting equipment can suck the joy out of the sport—it is a lot of work and these boats are heavy,” said Palmer. “It is about making getting out on the water easy and accessible to everyone.” Palmer said the company began when her and her family noticed a strong need for increased water sports and light recreational use of the Niagara River. With her background in heritage conservation in both natural and built sectors and as an active member of Niagara-on-theLake’s sailing community, the company was simply a perfect fit for her and her three children. “I have a natural inclination towards a less intrusive way of enjoying this corridor,” said Palmer. “It is such a beautiful, natural bird biosphere. And rather than my teenage children working summer jobs in hot restaurant kitchens, we thought what an opportunity here, that we could offer a service to both locals and tourists alike that was easy and offered a low carbon footprint eco-friendly.” All three of her children, along with the other employees, are avid paddlers and hold varying degrees of certification from Paddle Canada. Each season, the team undergoes training to ensure they are prepared to help guide newcomers to the water and make the trips as easy and enjoyable as possible. All paddlers are required to listen to the tutorial provided by the team leaders and fill out the company’s waiver before heading out on the water. “[The staff ] is trained to profile our guests to ensure they are in the appropriate equipment and offer a tutorial on safety and basic kayaking instructions,” said Palmer. “We cater to all types of groups, age brackets and paddling skill levels. We even cater to groups with prosthetic legs; we have trained our staff how to add counterweights to the boats so they can remove their prosthetic legs and be comfortable for hours out on the water.” Palmer has expanded the company’s website to include an online booking section and prepay option as to better facilitate same day launches and make it easy for groups traveling from out of town to reserve boats and schedule tours with confidence. “We can exceed 100 launches a day and the majority of the volume that we do on weekends is a lot of walk ups,” said Palmer. “We get lots of people who at the last minute decide that it is a beautiful day, they want to get out on the water, so they come to us. Online booking will allow us to better accommodate those last minute additions and have them feel assured that they have their time booked.” Though Niagara Kayak Rentals has a retail location on Niagara Stone Road in Virgil, Palmer wants kayakers to understand that the business is not located in a single spot. The best place to reach herself and the team is always through the website or email. “The beauty of being a mobile service is that we can be literally in the middle of Lake Ontario and be able to process a credit card,” said Palmer. “This allows us to move with the paddlers and still cater to those not yet on the water.” Rates vary according to style of kayak rented and chosen launch location. If you want to kayak in Niagara, but aren’t sure quite where to start, check out ontariotrails. on.ca/trails/activity/canoeing-kayaking, to get a look at all the different routes and areas! All information on rates, how to book, where to download the waiver and contact information is available at niagarakayak.com. TM


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The City of Port Colborne is proud to be celebrating its 40th Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival from August 3rd to 6th, welcoming Vale as the title sponsor. More than 400,000 people will attend Canal Days – an event that began in 1979 at the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum as a celebration of the Canal and the marine heritage that has shaped the city. Be sure to visit their brand new interactive exhibit on the history of the Welland Canal and its influence on Port Colborne! In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Arabella’s Tea Room (located on the Museum grounds), they are sponsoring free admission to the Museum’s activities during Canal Days weekend. Canal Days offers fun for the whole family. Food venders, shopping kiosks, entertainment and vessels line West Street. Children can enjoy the Kids Zone located at Seaway Park or spend the day at the Midway enjoying rides, games and prizes. Families can explore the decks and take a hand at the wheel of vessels like the U.S. Brig Niagara, Buffalo, N.Y. fireboat E.M. Cotter, HMCS Oriole, and Lettie G. Howard, or sail the canal and Lake Erie aboard the Empire Sandy, sponsored by Chamber of Marine Commerce. The Scotiabank Patio on West offers a great location to relax, enjoy a drink and listen to great Niagara talent. While many attractions are located along West Street, there are a variety of other locations with exciting events. These include: 1. The International Kite Festival on Saturday, August 4th, and ever-popular Car Show on Sunday August 5th at their new location at Killaly Street West and Westside Road.

2. The Canal Days Craft Show at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre on Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th with over 60 juried crafters. 3. A boat ride from Sugarloaf Marina for guided Lighthouses Tours, presented by the Friends of the Port Colborne Lighthouses and Hamilton Port Authority. 4. Jazz on the Lawn at the Roselawn Centre on Saturday, August 4th. 5. Sawhorse Races at Lock 8 Park Saturday, August 4th. 6. and so much more! The Canal Days Concert Series, sponsored by Port Colborne Quarries Inc. & Rankin Construction Inc., moves to its new location at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park. The lineup includes: 1. Friday, August 3rd – 54.40 with Lowest of the Low, and 97.7 HTZ-FM Rocksearch winners King Park, presented by 97.7 HTZ-FM. 2. Saturday, August 4th – Blue Rodeo with Freman Dre & the Kitchen Party and Mel Monaco, presented by 91.7 Giant FM and Country 89.1. 3. Monday, August 6th – The Caverners and Tim ‘E’ Hendry on Monday afternoon, presented by 610 CKTB and 105.7 EZ Rock. On Sunday, August 5th, visitors can enjoy a not-to-miss fireworks display and boat parade of lights with the whole family along the Canal. We hope to see you all #PORTicipate at our 40th Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival. For more information on Canal Days, please go to http://canaldays.ca.

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FLORAL CLOCK Our lives revolve around time. Alarm clocks, schedules, timers; time is an ever controlling factor in day-to-day life. But Ontario Power Generation and the Niagara Parks Commission’s Floral Clock has given us the opportunity to look at time, having halted the rush and planted the beauty back into the passing minutes in a literal fashion. This free horticulture attraction featured along the Niagara River Parkway adjacent to the Centennial Lilac Garden and Sir Adam Beck Generating Stations entices millions of tourists annually, all coming to take in the beauty of this modern mechanical clock meets organic botanical wonder. Built to act as a beautiful distraction, the clock was designed and constructed in 1950 by Ontario Hydro with the intention of drawing attention away from the wires that surround the area.

Inspired by a similar famous clock found in the Princess Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, Ontario Hydro Chairman Dr. Richard L. Hearn was told to look into the floral wonder in 1903 while on a business trip. Inspired by the beauty of the clock and the attention it was attracting, Hearn set away to design a similar, but more impressive in stature, clock which would later be constructed in 1950. In 1977, Ontario Hydro joined with the Niagara Parks Commission allowing them to control the maintenance and design of the botanical aspect of the floral clock while Ontario H y d r o maintained the original design

and construction of the hardware — including the clock mechanism, hands, transformers, drive system and musical applications that are housed within the three small rooms underneath the clock. To this day, the Floral Clock continues to be a team effort. Today, the clock is more than three times the size of its inspiration in Scotland, with the face measuring 40 feet across, the planted area measuring 38 feet across and containing over 16 thousand locally grown carpet bedding plants and three traditional hands that weigh a combined 1250 pounds. But the clock is not only a once annual feat, it features two faces each year; one in the spring that is made up of violas which provide a colourful design to welcome the spring and the second at the beginning of June for the summer season, showcasing thousands of carpet bedding flowers . >>


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tourists can be found tossing change into the pond and making a wish. When the Parks drain the pond later in the season, the coins are given to Ontario Power Generation who then give it to local charities.

NIAGARA PARKS FLORAL SHOWHOUSE This is a lovely place to stop and wander around at any time of the year. Several annual displays take place, with something new in bloom each time. Located at 7145 Niagara Parkway. Admission is $5.

QUEEN VICTORIA PARK Possibly the best view a park could ever have, this beautifully manicured park has a collection of both native and international pants. There is a rock garden, hanging baskets, rose garden and more, not to mention tons of benches and quiet spots to enjoy a picnic. This is also one of the areas oldest parks, having been established in 1888. This beautiful spot nested on top of the escarpment is both picturesque and historic. And while the history might not be pretty, the landscape certainly is. This is a great summertime spot to wander, and you can also enjoy the splash pad, playground and fine dining at the Queeston Heights Restaurant. Notably, Queenston Heights Park is the Southern Terminus of the Bruce Trail. These are just some of the amazing gardens and parks Niagara has to offer! And while these ones are some of the most well known, sometimes the best way to discover a new favourite place is to get out in your car and explore… you never know what kind of natural beauty you may come across, especially in a place as diverse as Niagara! TM

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Chosen for their easy maintenance, these summer season flowers begin growing in the greenhouses at the School of Horticulture in November and include red, pink and yellow Alternanthera, grey and green Santolina and other similar plants that are used until the ground frosts in October. But the clock’s face is not simply a pretty design. The design team utilize the creative surface to commemorate the history of the Niagara Parks Commission and Hydro as well as celebrate special events important to the community. Past clock faces have commemorated the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara, The Boy Scouts, and the War of 1812. Community members can pitch ideas to the team for inspiration, but the majority of the ideas come from head staff, usually almost a year prior to the planting. Following finalizing the clock’s face design, a design is made to scale and a graph gets put on it. Then it is given to the carpenters who make a wooden template of the design. Once the template is done, staff sets out to make the metal forms that outline the design and help in the planting process. Starting from the top and working their way down, it takes a team of six plus people and four days, weather permitting, to rip out the plants, lay the design and plant the new seasonal arrangements. But the manual labour does not end at the initial planting. Every two weeks, two gardeners of the maintenance team halt the clock to trim the plants in order to maintain the height and colour of the clock face’s design. This process takes two to three and a half days, weather permitting. Adding another touch of whimsy, curving around the clock’s face is an 85 foot wishing well pond, housing bright gold fish and lily pads. Constructed as a preventative tactic to ensure tourists did not climb up on the clock or pick the flowers, all summer long

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Following the roaring success of their second season, we are delighted to announce the return of The Foster Festival with 3 sparkling comedies for summer 2018. Nobody does Norm Foster comedies better than The Foster Festival and this summer will see 2 new World Premieres plus one of Foster’s Greatest Hits. The Foster Festival is the very first theatre festival in Canada to celebrate the work of a living Canadian playwright - recently appointed Officer of the Order of Canada Norm Foster. The Foster Festival will keep you laughing all summer long with its Trademark “HUMOUR with HEART” in the Heart of Niagara. More info at firstontariopac.ca

Open all year, long the Floral Showhouse is the perfect tropical oasis to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Collections of orchids, succulents, and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year that reflect the changing seasons. Offering 7 shows per year, there is always something beautiful in bloom to enjoy. More information at niagaraparks.com/events/event/annual-summer-show

COCA-COLA CONCERT SERIES

Free outdoor screenings in the Mann Raceway Plaza , located directly behind the PAC beginning at dusk (approximately 9pm.) Bring your own lawn chair and blankets, concessions will be available. For more information on what movies are playing, visit firstontariopac.ca

RUNNING UNTIL SEPT. 3 | QUEEN VICTORIA PARK

The Niagara Parks 2018 Coca Cola Concert Series will feature free performances featuring local artists from a variety of musical genres from country to classic rock, with bonus concerts scheduled from July 1 to 4. Out-of-town guests and local residents alike are invited to enjoy free live performances on the concert stage located at Queen Victoria Place, starting at 8 p.m. Each evening will culminate with a fireworks display over Niagara Falls at 10 p.m. A list of bands be viewed at: niagaraparks. com/events/event/coca-cola-concert-series

MYSTIFY: CLOSE UP MAGIC SHOW RUNNING UNTIL SEPT. 15 | THE SCOTIABANK CONVENTION CENTRE

Come join us for an extraordinary close up magic experience featuring mind blowing magic, comedy, interactive mind manipulation and world class entertainment. The show runs 75 minutes, featuring two sleight of hand artists with over twenty five years of experience entertaining audiences just like you!All seats are general admission, and are close up for optimal viewing - NO BAD SEATS! The show is suitable for ages 12 and up. We have lots of tricks up our sleeves, so get your tickets before they disappear! There are two shows per night at 7:00pm and 9:15pm. More info on dates, times and tickets at: niagarafallsmagic.com

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Breaking box office records all over the world, Lord of The Dance - Dangerous Games embarks on an adventure of love, danger and desire featuring the most outstanding Irish dancers backed by a thrilling percussion soundtrack. More info at fallsviewcasinoresort.com/entertainment/event/lord-of-the-dance

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Recently named ‘Best New Festival in Ontario’ the TD Niagara Jazz Festival is an exciting jazz festival dedicated to celebrating the art form of jazz in the Niagara Region. Inspiring, educating & developing future jazz audiences while combining live jazz with a Niagara experience – food, wine, culture & natural wonders. More info at niagarajazzfestival.com

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When circumstances force Rosalynde from her home in the city, she flees into the unknown wilds of the forest where she sets out on a journey of identity, self-discovery and love, learning that to carve your own path, sometimes you need to break the rules. >> TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 89


Looking back 100 years to Canada in 1918, Rosalynde (or, As You Like It) explores the right to be who we are, to love whom we choose and to do what we please in a time when women were fighting for equality, the government was regulating recreational substances, and conflict was shaping our country.  Not at all like today, eh? No advance tickets required. Come downtown, bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Performance is rain or shine  and just pay-what-you-can. Performance begins at 7:30 pm.

DAY OF 1000 MUSCIANS JULY 21 | FIREMEN’S PARK

This will be Niagara Region’s version of Rockin’ 1000,  an ambitious attempt to gather 1000 musicians to perform simultaneously for the largest Canadian rock show ever.  Amateur and professional musicians will join forces performing 6 songs in one big production, while raising money for local charities including music for therapy programs in the region. More info at dayof1000musicians.com

I MELA-INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL AUG. 4 AND 5 | QUEEN VICTORIA PARK

Presented by Virasat Media, as an amalgamation of traditional and modern artistic expressions iMela promotes Indian culture among Indo-Canadians and the broader Canadian audience and draws South Asian culture to the beautiful lap of Niagara Falls. This year the iMela team will be presenting a free movie night on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 before the main event, Sunday, August 5th. Queen Victoria Park is the perfect location to watch a movie under the stars at night beside the Falls. It is the perfect way to end the night at Niagara Falls by watching a free movie presented by the iMela team. Two films will be screened at the Queen Victoria Park. One which will be a kid’s-oriented film such as the Lion King etc., and the other will be a family-oriented Bollywood film. The Bollywood movie will be presented with English subtitles to appeal to the larger English speaking audience. This event presents an opportunity for a unique and serene experience and one that can be enjoyed by a diverse audience. More information at imela.ca

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Join us for Burgers, Burger Blend wines by the glass and live music every Saturday of a long weekend May through September! More info at 13thstreetwinery.com/events/ burger-day-2

SIMCOE DAYS AUG. 6 | MACKENZIE PRINTERY AND NEWSPAPER MUSEUM

Celebrate the Civic Holiday, also known as ‘Simcoe Day’, or ‘Emancipation Day’ in the African Canadian community, which honours the first Lieutenant Governor of this province. Join us as the Mackenzie Printery will be featuring the works of Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant Governor, John Graves Simcoe and his contributions to shaping the future of Ontario. Admission is $6.25 for adults and $4.15 for children six to 12 years of age. Children five years and under are admitted free at all Niagara Parks attractions. The Mackenzie Printery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free parking available. More information at niagaraparks.com

BLUES AT THE WINERY AUG. 11 | TRIUS WINERY AND RESTAURANT

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and spend the day in the vineyard, listening to the great sounds of live Blues music. 2018 Blues Festival line-up includes: Blackburn, Sue Folley and Harrison Kennedy. Tickets start at $49 per person + taxes and fees. More info at triusredpresents.com

WINE COUNTRY FARE AUG. 25 | PELLER ESTATES WINERY AND RESTAURANT

Put on your Stetson and dust off your cowboy boots to Party in the Vineyard with us! Your ticket includes entry to the event and a souvenir event glass. Mechanical bull rides, food and wine are available for purchase at the event. More information at andrewpeller.com

SIP, SIZZLE AND SAVOUR AUG. 26 | QUEENSTON HEIGHTS RESTAURANT

The annual Sip, Sizzle & Savour Harvest BBQ is back at Queenston Heights Restaurant. This outdoor food and wine tasting event features creations from Niagara Parks Culinary team, along with select VQA wine, spirit and beer tastings. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children under 12 and include our full BBQ menu, three drink sample tickets and raffle. More info at niagaraparks. com

MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT SEPT. 8 | OLD FORT ERIE

The Niagara Parks Commission’s Old Fort Erie is pleased to announce the return of the popular Murder Mystery Night on September 8 at 7 p.m. A murder has taken place at Old Fort Erie and the inspector needs help to catch the culprit! Search for clues around the old stone fort and meet the suspects to help solve the crime. Fun prizes to be won throughout the evening with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. More information at niagaraparks.com TM


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