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Autumn in Niagara - fall fun for all

© By Nick Brune

Fall fairs are wonderful opportunities for family fun and the Thanksgiving Day Festival at Ball's Falls in the Niagara Peninsula is not to be missed. Located on Sixth Avenue between Highways 24 and 75, within hailing distance of Jordan Station and Vineland, Ball's Falls is a rich conservation area that offers spectacular scenery, glimpses of endangered species and abundant natural beauty. Picturesque any time of the year, Ball's Falls is most impressive during autumn's cavalcade of colours. Choose either a leisurely stroll or a brisk hike along Cataract Trail which hugs Twenty Mile Creek. Two of the cataracts spill over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. Make sure to bring your camera!
     Balls Falls also provides a relaxing glimpse into mid-nineteenth century pioneer life. Tours are available to provide insights into the barn, pavilion, church, and other century-old industrial buildings. Not surprisingly, Ball's Falls is a popular destination for school groups from nearby St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.
     Along with a myriad of vistas and attractions that Ball's Falls offers, the Festival is a special event. This year, the 34th annual, features over 140 artisans, a gourmet food tent, heritage demonstrations and live entertainment. There is the charm of an older, simpler world while strolling, bundled for the first time in jackets and coats, having your hand warmly clutched by eager children or grandchildren. With the colourful sights a treasure for the eye, a rich variety of available treats is an adventure for the taste buds.
     Ball's Falls offers a wide variety of other interesting programs. "Listen to the Night, Bats of Ontario", a fascinating traveling Royal Ontario Museum exhibit, opens September 6th and closes November 2nd. It examines the myth and reality of the fabled creature. "Beginning Blacksmithing" course, a big summer success, will run into the fall.
     Golfing enthusiasts have been frustrated by the wet summer. Niagara offers some of Ontario's most stunning golf courses which may salvage the season, experiencing many levels of difficulty on stunning landscapes, especially in autumn.
     Whirlpool Golf Course, located on the Niagara Parkway, has been in operation for over 55 years and consistently ranks as one of the finest public courses in Canada.
     Legends of Niagara, also located on the Niagara Parkway, offers three different impressive and challenging courses: Usher's Creek, Battlefield and Chippewa.
     Hunter's Point, located in Welland, is highly rated as a link-style course. Literally dozens of other courses make the Niagara region a golfer's haven.
     Fall in Niagara is rich and vibrant; so whether it's fairs or golf, join in the fun!


Nick Brune is an historian who has written for a wide group of organizations, including C.B.C. News in Review, The Dominion Institute (The Memory Project, Passages to Canada, etc.), the Hong Kong Commemorative Veterans Association (The Forgotten Heroes), and Elections Canada (The Democracy Project). He has co-authored more than half a dozen history textbooks for elementary and high schools.

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Niagara Parks Commission

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