By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I’m considering getting married in Niagara. We don’t want traditional. Do you have any suggestions?

A: What about exchanging vows at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Wedding Chapel? You can say your “I dos” with the backdrop of the dramatic Niagara Falls. Considered Canada’s first gaming establishment to have a wedding chapel, couples can wed and honeymoon here. For more details phone the Niagara Fallsview Casino at toll-free 888-FALLSVUE or visit them on the Internet at

Winery weddings are popular too. Imagine exchanging your vows amid acres of grapevines as the warm sun kisses your face. The Hernder Wine Estate offers a variety of wedding packages. For more details log onto

Rief Estate Winery also offers weddings. For their offerings, you can visit them online at As a kid I used to see many weddings occur at a teeny weeny white chapel along the Niagara Parkway enroute to Niagara-on-the-Lake. This miniature chapel is a Niagara gem and is known as the Living Water Wayside Chapel. In front there’s a white picket fence, and parking for a few cars at the side. The two-pewed chapel was built in 1969 by the Niagara Falls Christian Reformed Church.

Today, visitors can sign a notebook or drop off a donation in a locked box. Although the chapel wasn’t originally intended to be used for weddings, they have been known to occur there. It was actually built for people who were walking or using the recreation trail along the Parkway as a rest stop. The Vandermeers, a local family who have a farm nearby have been tending the chapel for several years.


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