Any time of year is a good time to visit Ball’s Falls (ha ha ‘balls’ ha ha).
Quit your giggling, it’s called Ball’s Falls because in the mid-1800’s George Ball constructed grist, saw, and woollen mills that ended up being the hub of one of the first communities in the area.
The Ball’s Falls Conservation Area is special for three specific reasons, the rich history that goes back to the origins of this region, the diverse geographical features that includes 2 waterfalls and the rich ecology of the area. It is so special that it is considered a Provincial Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) and has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
This time of year, Ball’s Falls is also a huge draw to tourists and locals for their Thanksgiving weekend event. The 2012 event is the 38th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival and runs from Friday, Oct. 5th to Monday, Oct. 8th, 10 am to 5 pm
There are tons of events, entertainers, shopping, great food, free parking and shuttle service with the historic Ball’s Falls Conservation as a spectacular backdrop. This is a great event for the whole family and one that we have really enjoyed and highly recommend.
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE:
- Courtesy Parcel Check and Wheel Chair Loans (Courtesy of Lewis & Krall Home Health Service) at the Information Tent located outside of the Big Vendor Barn
- Shuttle Service to and from the Parking Lot and Centre for Celebration
- ATM Machine
- Baby Comfort Station
Family and Heritage Displays: Activities and Refreshments!
- Ball Family Grist Mill in operation where you can purchase freshly ground flour
- Black Smith Shop demonstrations
- Niagara Antique Power Association displays and kiddie cart train
- Garden Tour and Three Sister’s soup demonstration and sampling (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Historical building tours
- Sky Hunters Present, Birds of Prey (Sat, Sun, Mon). Stop by and wish Boo the owl a Happy 10th Birthday
- Niagara Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild
- Atkins Pony Rides ($5 per ride, $8 for photo)
- Joseph Paquette – Story Telling and Aboriginal Traditions
- The Peanut Gallery
- Pioneer Toys for sale in the Heritage Barn
- Lemonade Stand
- Tours to the Upper Falls Courtesy of the Niagara Bruce Trail Club at 2 pm leaving from the Information Table
- Niagara Peninsula Woodcarvers Association Children’s Work Shop ($2 per session) at the Picnic Pavilion
- Time For Magic Face Painting (across from Information Table)
Centre for Celebration: Enjoy Free Candy Floss Samples and Gourmet Food Samples (while quantities last), listen to Captain Leonard’s North Tonawanda Military Band Organ, enjoy The Royal Ontario Museum’s exhibit “Iroquois Beadwork”, and see if our participating event planners can help you with your special occasion.
- Conklin Shows
- Niche Catering & Event Design
- The Watering Can Flower Market
- Betty’s Unique Cakes
- Feastivities Events and Catering
- Grand Oak Culinary Market
- Gotcha Covered Chair Cover and Linen Rentals
Admission is $6 per person, Kids under 14 are free!
Seniors 65 and over are $4 on the special Seniors Friday!
No Pets, please.