By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We will be entertaining friends who will be visiting us for a couple of weeks. We havenít seen them for years and Iím trying to find ways we could keep them busy. One of the places we were considering is Niagara Falls. But are the attractions open there?

A: Yes and no. If youíre thinking of exploring the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), most of the attractions are seasonal and closed until the spring. So the Whirlpool Aero Car and the Niagara Falls and Great Gorge White Water Walk are closed. But the Parks do have other attractions open during the off-season and the two falls: the American and the Canadian Horseshoe are open and running year-round.

Within the NPC, visit the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, and Table Rock which is considered the heart of Niagara Parks. According the the NPC, every year over 8-million visitors stand close to the brink of the Horseshoe Falls here. The NPC has a Winter Magic Pass valid until April 19, 2009 which includes admission to the Journey Behind The Falls, Butterfly Conservatory and the SkyWheel along with discount coupons for select venues and a free MP3 Audio Tour you can download.

Depending on your length of stay and interest, you can purchase a Winter Magic Pass as a day trip or choose a hotel from economy to a four-star. For more details on the Winter Magic Pass, visit Other local landmarks like Clifton Hill packed with its museums and gift shops are open as well as the Skylon Tower (, the famous tower with its three iconic yellow bugs that zip you up to the Observation Deck in 52 seconds remains a favourite spot for a birdís eye view of the city and The Falls.

If your friends enjoy gaming, drop by the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and perhaps take in a nightly show. You can check out the casinoís events calendar online at


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