Here’s some news from our friends at Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority:
As the trees begin donning their fall colours, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is busy preparing for its long-standing classic Niagara tradition with the 37th annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival weekend. The Festival will take place from October 7 to 10 at the beautiful Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Jordan. This event is truly a favourite family tradition where visitors converge from far and wide to enjoy the many aspects of this fun festival.
The festivities begin on Friday, October 7 and run through to Monday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6.00 per adult; children under 14 years of age are free when accompanied by an adult. Friday, Oct. 7 is Seniors Day with admission only $4.00 for seniors.
The Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival features the exceptional work of over 100 artisans offering beautiful items for sale, a host of daily live entertainment, children’s activities and numerous heritage displays. Visitors can explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of the area including the many historical features such as the Ball family home, the historical Church, a visit through the operating Grist Mill and a peek inside the Blacksmith shop.
Be sure to visit the Seeds in Disguise exhibit sponsored by Stokes Seeds in the Centre for Conservation sponsored by Stokes Seeds. Again this year, wineries of the Twenty Valley will offer an assortment of wines for sampling. This is a great way for visitors to learn about the unique growing region while sampling some of Niagara’s finest vintages.
A courtesy shuttle service from the parking lot into the park area is available for those who wish to use it and visitors will be able to utilize a courtesy parcel checking service that will be conveniently available at the NPCA Information Tent. Handicap parking is available and visitors are reminded that the NO PETS POLICY at Special Events is in effect for the duration of the festival.
DIRECTIONS: Ball’s Falls Conservation Area is located south of Vineland on Regional Road 24. To avoid the traffic congestion along Victoria Ave., visitors are encouraged to use the alternate routes as follows: From Toronto; Follow QEW Niagara to Exit 64 (Ontario St. Beamsville) Take Ontario St. to Regional Road 81 (King St.) Turn LEFT and follow to Regional Road 24 (Victoria Ave.) Turn RIGHT onto Victoria Ave. and follow to 8th Ave. Turn LEFT onto 8th Ave. then turn LEFT onto 21st St. and LEFT at 7th Ave. to enter Parking Area; From Niagara Falls/ Buffalo: Follow QEW to Exit 55 (Jordan Rd.) Follow Jordan Road to Regional Road 81and follow signs to Ball’s Falls Parking; or access via Hwy 20 to Victoria Ave. Southbound – Follow Directional signs to new park access entrance.