Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Falls Avenue Resort: A Family Vacation to Remember! + A Giveaway! #LikeNowhereElse

Being a farming family, we don't get to travel much for pleasure very often. The farm cannot go unattended. The animals are always up to something. I also suspect that Murphy's Law has made it so that whenever we do go away, we can expect the our cattle getting out onto the highway or my mother-in-law's basement flooding. You know...all the fun stuff.

We were so thrilled to discover that I was selected as one of five Falls Avenue Resort Brand Ambassadors!

Niagara Falls has always been one of my favourite destinations. When I lived in Toronto, I used to try to make it to Niagara Falls yearly. I can never tire of "the Falls".

This trip was special since this was Little One's very first trip to Niagara. It was also the first time in a long time that we were able to go away as a family.

Niagara Falls is definitely "Like Nowhere Else", and the same can be said of  Sheraton on the Falls at Falls Avenue Resort and Fallsview Waterpark!

We were so excited about our trip that we were tweeting and posting on FB the entire time we were away! I had eight friends tell me they were going to take their families to Niagara on March Break just because of my Twitter and Facebook updates! I wasn't trying to suggest they go, but more just wanting to share how much fun we were having!

Here's a little glimpse of the fun we had!

We were welcomed by friendly and helpful staff at the registration desk. To be honest, everyone we met was very helpful and hospitable. What impressed me was that the staff recognized us and some even remembered Little One's name. The reason this struck me was that they see hundreds of faces filter in and out of the hotel and water park every day, yet they still remembered us. That is phenomenal.

This is what awaited us.

Our room was perfect. The beds were very comfortable and it was the best sleep I had in ages!

The view from our room was breathtaking.

Once settled into our room, we made a game plan for how we were going to proceed with our time at the resort. Of course, Little One was set on spending pretty much the entire time at the Fallsview Waterpark.

Dinner at the Fallsview Restaurant at the Sheraton Falls was impressive. It was buffet style and there was something for everyone.

We could not believe how much our Little One ate! She loved the pasta and chicken. She was even served a special smoothie. She was right in her happy place!

I'm actually kind of embarrassed to tell you that my tiny waif-like 4 year old ate chicken, ravioli, a vegetable medley, shrimp, stuffed pork tenderloin, and a slider. She then had her smoothie and went to the dessert buffet with Daddy.

I was pleased (and not surprised) to see that for dessert she didn't go for the decadent items, but chose fruit!

We were seated in VIP, where we had the most amazing view. One one side we had this...

and this...

and on the other, we could see this...

While most parents like to have their kids in bed soon after dinner, there was a method to my madness. I suggested to Hubby that we take Little One to the Waterpark after supper because:

A) It would likely be less busy because parents were probably putting their kids to bed
B) It would exhaust her and she'd sleep through the night!

I have to say that for once I credit myself with being a true genius. It was the best decision I made! We went to the Waterpark the next day and it was packed!

A little bit about the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

It's North America's largest indoor water park and resort with 3 acres of indoor family fun! There are 16 thrilling water slides and the water park is connected to the Falls Avenue Resort (including 3 hotels + more). There is a massive indoor wave pool, which my 4 year old enjoyed immensely! The water park also features hot springs and an outdoor pool and sundeck. Not only that, but it's also a 2 minute walk to the water falls!

If it were up to Little One, we'd spend our entire vacation at the water park! I think we spent a total of 6 hrs at the water park!

My family had so much fun that we decided we will definitely be back. My poor little four year old didn't want to leave!

We enjoyed our mini vacation so much and are excited to be able to share a similar experience to readers of Life on Manitoulin!

{ WIN IT }
The Prize:
  • Fallsview Family Suite at the Sheraton on the Falls
  • Four Passes to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
  • Celebration Dinner at the Rainforest Cafe

How to Enter:
Simply enter for your chance at winning a Niagara Falls getaway at the contest link here. One winner from each of the five Falls Avenue Resort Brand Ambassadors will be chosen. That's 5 winners!

Make sure to follow @fallsavenue and @FallsWaterpark, as well as @chancesmommy @inRdream @orangeheromama @Gingermommy and @adomesticmomma and their #likenowhereelse tweets!

For more information, please visit and
Connect with Fallsview Waterpark and Falls Avenue Resort on Faceook. 

Thank you so much, Fallsview Waterpark, Falls Avenue Resort, and PTPA for a great opportunity! 

Stay tuned for another #LikeNowhereElse post coming soon! We'll be showing you even more fun to be had in Niagara!

I'd love for you to tell me why you would like to win a weekend at Fallsview! Not mandatory, but would love for you to leave a comment and let me know why you'd like to win!

Disclosure - I am a Falls Avenue Resort Brand Ambassador. Though affiliated, all the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.


Gingermommy said...

We are so lucky to have such a beautiful place to visit. Looks like you had a blast

Christine McN said...

Thanks! It was such a great experience! Both Hubby and I think the next time that we will have to stay another day or two. It was too short to cram in everything into just the one night and two days :) We had a blast, but definitely one extra night would work better...especially after a 6 hr drive to Toronto and then another 1.5 - 2hrs to Niagara :)

Doris Calvert said...

Wow! Your pictures are amazing! I have only been there once, being from western Canada we tend to go to places closer to home, a shame really that it's so far because eastern Canada has a lot to offer and would love to spend a month travelling there, Canada is beautiful and we are so lucky to be Canadian.

mamawee said...

looks like so much fun! Would love to take the boys to experience all Niagara has to offer!

Christine McN said...

Oh, that would be fabulous! The boys would have such a great time!!! There is so much to see and do there. My next post will show some of the other things we did!

silverneon2000 said...

I think my youngest would enjoy this a lot and so would we.
Looks like you had a great time.

pamalot said...

Several of my friend have visited and loved it and I would love to have the same experience and also see the Falls.

Little Miss Kate said...

I love Niagara in the winter - we have not been for a few years, but it is one of my favorite places to visit.
Love the view from your hotel room!

Ava Mifflin said...

I would love to win since it been forever since we have been up there well and money is tight. I would love for my boys to have fun and make family memories that will last them a life time. I loved your review and can't wait to have the same

Cheryl Kirkness said...

It looks like you guys had an amazing time! This is on our list of places to see now. Thank you for all the wonderful photos and tips!

Everything Mom and Baby said...

That is so awesome!!!! I would love to go there.
Great review mama! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Oh to visit this fabulous place! It looks so beautiful!

Randa Derkson said...

I see this often on commercials. Looks like a fun place to stay.

Nancy Tch said...

Normally we go to GWL in Niagara but would love to try out Fallsview - maybe our next visit will be there.

Anonymous said...

LOVE this post Christine!! so many fun photos! The Fallsview looks like so much fun!!

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

I followed along on your facebook page all weekend and loved seeing your photos. I love Niagara Falls and would love the opportunity to take the kids again. Thanks for the giveaway opp:)

Patti-atti said...

Ooh! This is very cool!

I'd like to enter on behalf of my brother, and future sister in law, and their daughter! They're getting married this year, in July, and, as someone who was married last year and had a getaway in Niagara Falls a few months before the wedding - there is just NOTHING like taking a weekend at the Falls to switch out of wedding brain and remember what the core of your relationship is. Plus, their daughter is totally a little water baby, and she'd FLIP over the waterpark! So, consider me entered :)

Mom vs. the boys said...

what a great trip! that view is amazing!! we did Niagara Falls two summers ago for Marineland, it was really fun. I was surprised to see how much the area has developed, it's like a mini times square now!

Tammy inRdream said...

Looks like you all had an incredible time! WOW the views were stunning! The Hershey store is a must I would agree. I cannot wait to see the water park... 3 acres? WOW! Thanks for sharing your adventure with me.

Jennifer Van Huss said...

What an amazing mini vacation! Your daughter looked like she had a blast!! Thank you for sharing! I hope to take the boys there soon!

Kellie R said...

We have been wanting to visit the falls for years now. That was one of the hotels that we were looking in to staying at.

Torviewtoronto said...

looks like loads of fun :) we enjoy spending time in Niagara

Jennifer Hunt said...

I would love to visit Niagara with my boys! They would have so much fun.

Cheryl P said...

Love to win a getaway for my family....just found out my Dad's cancer has spread and has been given 6 months to one year to live. Therefore we are trying to squeeze everything we can in as a family while he still feels able to enjoy it! And as economically as we can!

Sandra D said...

We would love to win this awesome prize as we are a family of 5 who doesn't get to spend too much "away" time together and we've never had the oppourtunity to go yet! Thanks!

barthanar said...

Ive never been and Im sure my kids would have a blast !

Tanja Paquette said...

I would love to be able to take the kids they would love to play there and see the falls.

Holly Messana said...

This would be amazing to win. We have wanted to take the kids here forever. It is very costly for a family of six, but this would sure help out enough to be able to go.

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