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2023 Spring Launch Weekend

Authored by Cindy Badley
January 12, 2023


Join us for our Annual Spring Launch Meeting May 5–7 at the beautiful Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa in Niagara Falls, Ont. (Click to book! Code: GRL), perfectly situated with stunning views of the falls. Every room has a view of either the falls or the river. Niagara Falls is a wonderful destination with hundreds of things to see and do.

Cost of the event is $119 USD/pp

Please click here to register online / click here to view printable registration form (No refunds after 4/21/23)

Book your room by April 5

Click here or call the hotel at 1-888-501-8916 with code “GRL”. Please note the cancellation policy for these rooms when booking since it is somewhat more restrictive than most other hotels. Rates are $185 CAD for Fallsview rooms and $159 CAD for Riverview. We have two luxury rooms; $275 CAD for Superior Fallsview room and Grande Niagara King Bed Suite at $325 CAD that need to be booked by phone. Plus HST and 7.9% Niagara MAT. The $15.95 amenity fee shown on the website is waived for our group.


Friday, May 5

1200-1700 Registration (Lobby)

1300-1700 A meeting room has been booked for any committee meetings you may wish to hold. (Coordinate timing of the room with Rear Commodore Eric Sunstrum or Rear Commodore David Spencer)

1800-2100 Stand-up reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. (Canadian and US cash accepted. No credit cards. Casual dress.)

Saturday, May 6

0900-1200 GLCC and GLF Board of Directors meetings (Niagara Room). 

1200-1800 On your own to enjoy all Niagara Falls has to offer. A list of potential activities is provided below. There is always something to do in Niagara Falls!

1800 Cocktail Hour and 1900 Buffet Dinner (Molinara Fallsview room. Canadian or US cash bar, no credit cards. Jacket and tie for gentlemen and appropriate similar attire for ladies. Uniforms optional for officers.) Our guest speaker from the Niagara Historical Society will regale us with tales of Niagara Falls’ interesting past. Afterwards, many will want to continue socializing and admiring the wonderful view from the Molinara Fallsview Room with our cash bar.

Sunday, May 7

Departure. Many will want to enjoy some of the attractions missed on Saturday afternoon. A slight detour on your way out of town by taking a scenic drive to Niagara on the Lake is highly recommended.

Please click here to register online / click here to view printable registration form (No refunds after 4/21/23)


Saturday (and Sunday) Activities

Niagara Falls is a wonderful destination with hundreds of things to see and do. Some may want to take a walk along the Niagara River Parkway in front of the hotel enjoying different views of the falls. Some may want to explore the kitschy Clifton Hill with its old-fashioned attractions like wax museums and haunted houses. Some may want to leave their money behind in the huge Fallsview Casino. Or, you may want to hop in their car and take a scenic drive along the Niagara River Parkway to the beautiful small community of Niagara on the Lake; famous for its numerous wine estates and its attractive downtown shopping streetscape. If you have your passport, you can walk across the Rainbow Bridge to the United States and have a look at the falls from the Niagara Falls State Park and the pleasant parkland on Goat Island.

There are also several “must see” paid attractions a short stroll from our hotel. You don’t need to decide right away.  We will be providing more details and ticketing information on the following list of activities at the event. Some of these will be governed by weather conditions although early May in Niagara Falls is usually quite pleasant. You can enjoy all Niagara Falls has to offer when you first arrive on Friday right through to your departure on Sunday.

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour (~$37 CAD)

The 20-minute Voyage to the Falls boat tour, sailing from Niagara Falls, Canada, brings guests on the journey of a lifetime. Enjoy stunning views of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, and come face-to-face with the famous Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Feel the thundering roar, awesome power, and amazing mist.

Journey Behind The Falls (~$18 CAD)

To stand at the heart of Niagara, you’ll first need to descend 125 feet and explore 130-year-old tunnels through the bedrock, but you’ll feel the thunderous vibration of the Horseshoe Falls long before you see them. The observation deck at the foot of this 13-storey-tall wonder will leave you breathless (and maybe a little bit wet), but don’t forget the viewing portals cut straight through the rock, offering a once-in-a-lifetime view of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down in front of you. 

Niagara Power Station (~$32 CAD)

From the most towering turbine to the tiniest detail, uncover fascinating stories hidden within the historic Niagara Parks Power Station. New this year, descend 180 feet in a glass-paneled elevator and explore the 2,200-foot long tunnel, leading to an observation deck at the river's edge. Explore the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River with immersive exhibits, restored artifacts and interactive storytelling.

If you have questions, contact chairs: Rear Commodore Dave Spencer 519-520-1399 / or Rear Commodore Eric Sunstrum 613-793-7982 /