Niagara Fall family-friendly lodge wins major tourism award


Published October 20, 2023 at 3:38 pm

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Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls is a well-known waterpark resort with over 100,000 square feet of wild rides, slides, and water activities that host over 500,000 guests each year.

That’s another award for the wall at Niagara Falls’ largest family attraction, Great Wolf Lodge, as they finished first in the “Top Family Entertainment Centre” category for this year’s Attractions Ontario’s Eighth Annual Ontario’s Choice Awards.

This marks the second award in less than a year as last year on Dec. 1, Great Wolf Lodge (3950 Victoria Ave.) won the Air Canada Business of the Year Award at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada in Ottawa.

The difference with the Attractions Ontario award is that it’s not voted not by peers but rather, families vote online for their favourites. This one is definitely more of a “People’s Choice” award.

The waterpark resort with over 100,000 square feet of wild rides, slides, and water activities hosts over 500,000 guests each year.

While the resort hasn’t issued a statement on their most recent victory, when general manager Shannon Allen was on hand in Ottawa for last December’s award, she noted, “We couldn’t be more proud of our Wolf Pack. They bring their passion and professionalism to work every day and that’s what makes Great Wolf Lodge such an amazing experience for our guests.”“To be a part of creating memories for families is a privilege for which we are grateful. We are appreciative of our industry peers and business partners for their contributions to rejuvenating and redefining tourism. We are humbled by this recognition and it is an honour to be considered alongside an astute group of peers.”

Widely an American chain with 19 Great Wolf Lodges locations scattered throughout the U.S. side, as well as three more in the planning stages, the Niagara Falls site is the only Canadian locale.

However, the company announced another north-of-the-border opening in Cornwall, Ontario, expected to be completed within the next three years.

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