The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
GOLF & LEISURE 159 Anticipation builds as the kilometres tick by and you finally enter the City of Niagara Falls, a community of 83,000 whose lifeblood has always been the tourists who come to gape at the wondrous, roaring cascade at its heart. The first European to visit, the missionary and explorer Louis Hennepin, described the falls in 1678 as “an incredible cataract or waterfall without equal”. But it was Charles Dickens who best expressed the grandeur of the falls when he wrote, “I seemed to be lifted from the earth and to be looking into heaven.” Collectively known as Niagara Falls, three cascades tumble 670m into the churning Niagara River here on the border of Canada and the United States. Both the American and Bridal Veil falls are situated stateside. But Canada’s single cascade, the Horseshoe Falls, is larger than the other two combined and is opposite a long and beautifully maintained river bank from which to marvel at the scene. No wonder a large majority of visitors head straight for the Canadian side. Most are content to view the waterfalls from the serenity of the river bank. Far more thrilling is the Journey Behind the Falls adventure, which wends through the damp tunnels bored behind Horseshoe Falls to an observation deck where, draped in a raincoat, you’ll experience close up the shuddering power of 2,800 cubic metres of water per second crashing to the basin below. Famous as the Honeymoon Capital of the World, Niagara Falls offers accommodations that range from lavish hotel suites with heart-shaped beds to cosy B&Bs. The Sheraton on the Falls Hotel is in demand for its jaw-dropping views and indoor and outdoor pools. And a favourite with film buffs is the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls, built in the 1920s. Marilyn Monroe stayed in room 801 while filming the 1953 thriller Niagara. Another popular option is to stay in the lively town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, 24km north of the falls at the mouth of Lake Ontario. First settled in 1781, Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of Canada’s prettiest and best-preserved historic communities. It’s the hub of the local wine industry and host to the Shaw Festival, which stages acclaimed theatre productions throughout the summer season. Recommended hotels include the Oban Inn, the Pillar & Post, and the Charles Hotel. Niagara-on-the-Lake is also home to the oldest golf course in Canada. Opened in 1881, Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club is a nine-hole parkland-style jewel on the edge of Lake Ontario. But it was the 2002 launch of the C$27 million Legends on CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: Legends on the Niagara golf complex outside the City of Niagara Falls; Legends lakeside holes; Floral Clock in Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens; wine tasting; Horseshoe Falls with Niagara Falls’ Skylon Tower in the distance.
The Cut - Spring 2016