Photo Credit: Kevin Bowen

Thanksgiving is America’s biggest and most celebrated holiday. It also so happens to be the most busiest travelling time of the year with pushy people, overpriced flights and delayed transportation. Wrap this up and put a giant red bow on it and it just might be the best holiday gift you gave to yourself all year! Every holiday as travellers we become smarter by understanding the tips and tricks to hurdling around the holiday travel. If you happen to not be flying this Thanksgiving but are close enough such as Boston, Philadelphia, Rochester or Ohio to drive to Niagara Falls, Canada you might just want to consider travelling and make a friendly 1-hour stop to Hornblower Niagara Cruises while you’re at it! Here’s some great reasons why you will want to travel to Ontario.



With only 19 days left until we close for the Winter we are excited to announce our last boat tour is on November 29th with the last boat departure at 4pm. If you will be visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario on November 21st or November 27th you will be happy to know that we will be offering our last evening ‘Falls Illumination Cruise with Bonus Fireworks.’ The 40-minute cruise is celebrating the kick off of the 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights. Grab your glass of Niagara wine and or beer, cozy up and watch the Falls and city skyline illuminate in colour and awe. The 40-minute cruise offers an on board bar, light snacks and music to get you in the mood for your holiday. So gather your friends and family and join us for a cruise. See schedule below:


November 21st departs at 6:25pm with fireworks at 6:45pm

November 21st departs at 7:25pm with fireworks at 7:45pm

November 27th departs at 8:30pm with fireworks at 9:00pm


falls illumination cruise with bonus fireworks


The 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival Of Lights kicks off on November 2st with many exciting concerts, sites and colourful spectacles to see all the way up until January 31st, 2016.



What better way to say thanks than with a glass of wine to go with your wine, we means turkey? Sip and savour the many regional flavours by the candlelight at the famous Peller Estates Winery Barrel Cellar Dinner. You are sure to fill your stomach with the four course plated meal and paired Peller wines. Reserve your tickets in advance.


peller estates dinner



When the Canadian dollar is good, shopping becomes a whole lot better! When the Canadian dollar isn’t so good shopping still takes a front seat when visiting Niagara. Browse over 100 stores at Niagara’s newest outdoor Outlet Collection in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Just a short drive off the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEW) located on Lundy’s Lane continue exploring the many great finds at the Canada One Factory Outlet. See what promotions they have running this November.


niagara shopping mall



Depending on your duration of your visit, Toronto, Canada’s biggest city is a stone’s throw away and located only a short 1.5 hour drive from the city. Just like Niagara the city has many great events happening all year round including the one of their most famous events for the the 49th annual Cavalcade of Lights which includes the Lighting Of The Christmas Tree in Nathan Phillips Square.


toronto calvacade of lights



The Holiday season tends to put most visitors in a good mood, except for the travelling part. Tell yourself, ‘you got that holiday feeling’ by enjoying a live theatrical performance of ‘Kinky Boots’ or Dirty Dancing and Theresa’s Rebeck’s Seminar A Comedy playing throughout November at the Mirvish Theatres in Toronto, Ontario.


What are you waiting for, escape the States and celebrate your American Thanksgiving in Canada!