Are you looking for a change of scenery for Valentine’s Day? GO Transit makes it easy for a day trip getaway from Toronto to Niagara Falls for a Valentine’s date to remember. The trains run from Toronto to the Burlington Station, and within 10 minutes of arrival you may take the GO Bus easily and efficiently to the Niagara Falls Bus Terminal in the heart of Niagara Falls (see schedule).
Niagara Falls is the epitome of romance and beauty. The Winter presents the American and Horseshoe Falls in a wonderful scene straight out of a novel, with its icy white wonderland of cascading rushing waters to the basin below.
Whether you are looking for a place to experience some fun and be a kid again, casual dining, or to visit wine country, Niagara Falls has it all for a memorable Valentine’s Day celebration.
GET COZY IN NIAGARA
Explore all of Niagara’s finest pleasures with horse-drawn carriages rides, an abundance of spas featuring couple’s packages, and wineries perched in the middle of the most upscale surroundings, with dishes from some of Niagara’s top chefs.
There are a number of wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake featuring Valentine’s Day dinners for couples to enjoy.
PELLER ESTATES WINERY & RESTAURANT
*Photo via Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant
Executive Chef Jason Parsons will prepare a fresh, awe-inspiring five-course dinner. Firstly, you’ll be treated to a glass of sparkling wine upon seating, and then for $95 per guest (exclusive of wine, taxes and gratuity) you’ll be treated to a delicious meal featuring local ingredients. Book your table by calling 1-888-673-5537.
TWO SISTERS VINEYARDS
*Photo via Two Sisters Vineyards
Enjoy a delicious specially-curated, Italian-inspired 4 course dinner, romantic live music and an intimate, candle-lit dining experience at Kitchen76 for $125 per guest and $110 for Wine Club Members (all prices exclude taxes and gratuities). Make reservations by calling 905-468-0592 ext. 22.
STAY THE NIGHT
If you choose to stay in Niagara, you’re in for plenty of options. There are plenty of inexpensive hotels close to the razzle and dazzle of Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane that feature romance and couples packages, such as: Howard Johnson – Niagara Falls Romance Package, Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Romance Package, and the Sheraton on the Falls Ultimate Couples Experience Package.
For the most dramatic and extravagant setting with the beauty of the Niagara Falls as the backdrop, these packages may be more your style: Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel and Suites Couples Packages, Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Romantic Escape Package, or the Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls Romance Package.
No matter your preference, you are bound to find a Niagara Falls Hotel to meet your individual needs as a couple in a city known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World!
CASUAL FUN & DINING
The main source of entertainment can be found along Clifton Hill and Victoria Avenue. Here, couples will find a wide variety of things to do from romantic rides on the Niagara SkyWheel, adrenaline-pumping thrills such as daring to enter the Nightmares Fear Factory or the Zombie Attack ride, to venturing off the path to try your hand with a little gambling at Casino Niagara, or being a kid again at the Fallsview Water Park. All this fun in within minutes to view the beauty of the majestic Falls, as well as simply walking door to door to each of these facilities. Since Valentine’s Day is in one of the coldest months of the year, you’ll want to stay warm — and that’s what the convenience of Clifton Hill offers couples.
KELSEYS CLIFTON HILL VALENTINES PACKAGE
Head inside the newly renovated KELSEYS Clifton Hill for a Valentine’s experience where no reservations are required. They are offering a 2 for $50 Valentine’s menu running from February 8th-15th.
*1 Spinach Dip per couple
*Choice of 1 entrée per person: Chicken Fried Chicken, Alfredo Chicken Pasta, Chicken, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with a Garlic Twist or Chicken Parmesan
OR for an additional $2.50 per entrée, you can choose: Classic Sirloin, Maple Mustard Salmon
*1 White Chocolate Cheesecake per couple
Journey Behind the Falls
If getting up close to the Falls is a must and you don’t mind getting a little cold and damp, literally walk behind the Horseshoe Falls for a romantic viewing up close and personal with the Journey Behind the Falls. One of the oldest tourist hot spots, it will take your breath away with it’s sheer beauty and photographic opportunities.
Buy something special for your love on your trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with a souvenir from either the Canada Trading Company or Souvenir City Headquarters. Both stores offer a wide variety of unique and specialty gifts.
If boutiques and treasure-hunting is more your thing, take a stroll up Lundy’s Lane (close to the Fallsview District) or into Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Queen Street is an old town straight out of a Charles Dickens novel with its Victorian and 19th to early 20th century atmosphere. Visit little shops such as “Great Things” Womenswear or “HALLEY’S” Fashion for Men. “Irish Design” and “Scottish Loft” feature gifts and goodies from overseas, and there are plenty of art galleries and antique stores to browse through.
Queen Street circa 1938
Current Queen Street Shopping (Photo cred)
Reaching Niagara Falls from Toronto via train and then catching the bus can be achieved in approximately two hours — without the hassle of driving (you can drink!) and the heavy traffic that tends to block up the stretch of highway between Toronto and Burlington.