OMCA Niagara Pre FAM tour 10 pax (Operator only). Please send your interest in this FAM to Jennifer McGregor, firstname.lastname@example.org. This itinerary is subject to change. First come, first serve. Thursday October 27th 1:00 pm Check into: Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel for your 2 night stay. Welcome to Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel, an exquisite three star property located in the Entertainment District on Fallsview Boulevard in Niagara Falls. This remarkable venue blends classic historic character with elegance and well-thought design. Luxury is fragrant throughout the Historic Hotel with well appointed bedrooms and dining options to spoil you. 2:00 pm Niagara Helicopter Ride over the Falls and into Chateau des Charmes Winery Canada has so many unique and one-of-a-kind experiences they are almost too numerous to count. Some of the top experiences have been recognized by our National Tourism Organization, the Canadian Tourism Commission, as a Signature Experience. Niagara Helicopters offers a tour that truly showcases two of Canada’s greatest treasures – Niagara Falls and Niagara Wineries from the greatest vantage point available – above it all. It will truly be an experience of a lifetime. 2:30 pm Chateau des Charmes Winery Welcome Reception and Winemaking 101 Château des Charmes was founded in 1978 by Paul Bosc, a fifth generation French winegrower. We believe we are custodians of the land. From the beginning we have been committed to using sustainable practices and are charter members of Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario. We use modern science and a lot of TLC to coax the best out of every vine. And with more than 30 vintages in our vineyards we think we now know which varieties grow best in which spot. But there is always more to learn. We believe our groundbreaking research with unique grape varieties will blaze a trail to the future of our industry. 5:00 pm Dinner: Johnny Roccos Johnny Rocco's Authentic Modern Italian Restaurant in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines 8:00 pm Performing Arts Centre: Cowboy Junkies Concert Opening its doors in fall 2015, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a 95,000 square foot academic and cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues. The state of the art Diamond Schmitt Architects designed facility is located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, on the corner of Carlisle and St. Paul streets, adjacent to Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Friday October 28th: 8:30 am Breakfast at the DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls hotel, located two blocks from Horseshoe Falls and American Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. With location-inspired architecture, our resort presents a luxurious, full-service experience. Walk from our Niagara Falls hotel to all that Niagara Falls has to offer This Fallsview resort provides a full-service Niagara Falls restaurant, in-room dining and a coffee bar. Select from award-winning Niagara Region VQA wines or a local craft beer while listening to live jazz guitar or piano, on select Friday and Saturday evenings, at Buchanans Steak and Seafood 10:00 am IMAX theatre In this IMAX adventure film you will re-live a lifetime of Niagara`s sensational true stories that have been talked about for generations. Be there as this spectacular film takes you back to the days when Native peoples worshipped the thunder spirits, and when the first Europeans encountered this wild wonder of nature. Meet the daredevils who challenged the fury of the Falls, from the Great Blondin, who completed a death-defying tightrope walk over the river in 1860, to Annie Taylor, a 63-year-old schoolteacher, who became the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and live to tell the tale. Share the heart-pounding terror of 7-year old boy who survived the plunge with only a lifejacket. 11:00 am Butterfly Conservatory This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight! The self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation that is close captioned for the hearing impaired. 1:00 pm Lunch & Tour of Rockway Vineyards & Golf Course Our winery was built for the sole purpose of making premium wine. It houses state of the art equipment to ensure a sanitary and controlled environment for our wines. We also house a mixture of French and American oak barrels ranging in age, forests and cooperages. Although our winery was not built to accommodate public tours, we conduct one-of-a-kind tours through our antique wine museum, where guests can look into the history of winemaking from the 17th and 18th centuries. Our retail store is right next door so please join us for a tasting and find your favourite wine! 3:00 pm Welland Canal Centre The Welland Canal, one of the amazing man-made wonders of the world, which was originally constructed in 1829 to link Lake Erie with Lake Ontario and offer ships a safe detour around Niagara Falls. The Welland canal is simply amazing. The first impression of a modern lake-faring freighter is of its overwhelming size. It doesn't seem possible that something of such immense proportions could even be built, much less be able to dock, load, and sail the lakes. Yet dozens of lakers and "salties" (sea going ships) ply up and down the Welland Canal every day, casting enormous shadows as they cruise incongruously past lush orchards and vineyards. 4:15 pm Guided Tour of Meridian Centre The Meridian Centre is a 5,300 seat arena in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, located at 1 IceDogs Way. The arena is the home of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League as well as the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada and the Niagara Lock Monsters of the Canadian Lacrosse League. 5:30 pm Niagara on the Lake: Dinner Saturday October 29th: 8:00 am Americana Waterpark, Resort & Spa The Americana Waterpark Resort & Spa offers 200 guest rooms ideal for couples, families and business travellers. Room comes with a mini-fridge/microwave/coffee maker, and we offer kiddie bunk bed suites, fireplace/jacuzzi suites, fitness room, wheelchair accessible. We have a gift shop, licensed snack bar and pizza parlour, video gaming arcade, over 20,000 sq ft of conference and banquet facilities, coffee kiosk. Relax in Senses Spa and Boutique. The whole family will enjoy Waves Indoor Waterpark. 10:00 am Bird Kingdom Bird Kingdom is the World’s Largest Free Flying Indoor Aviary, located a 5 minute Walk from Niagara Falls. (Open All Year) Encounter Exotic Birds, Animals and Reptiles as you search for the legendary Lost Kingdom. 1:00 pm Skylon Tower lunch For those with a taste for the extraordinary, Skylon Tower Revolving Dining Room simply must be experienced. Our award winning continental cuisine is presented in an elegant setting 775 ft. above the Falls. Lunch or dinner, the menu is rivalled only by the view, which you can appreciate at leisure (one rotation per hour). Dine by night and you`ll discover the unique atmosphere created by the illumination of the Falls. Relax and enjoy as we revolve silently 360 degrees once each hour. Thank you for being part of our Pre-OMCA FAM.