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From grabbing your morning brew to going grocery shopping and keeping your kids entertained, Niagara is chock-full of exciting local spots. Carve out some time on your weekends to discover these frequented places for yourself. If you’re thinking of moving to one of our communities in the Niagara region, now’s the time to immerse yourself in all there is to do and determine whether this happening and established area is for you.

Go for Date Night at R5 Patio & Bar

Located in Fallsview Casino Resort, R5 Patio & Bar offers creative cocktails, a delectable tapas menu and an unparalleled level of service. Located just 13 minutes away from Empire Imagine and a 22-minute drive from Empire Calderwood and Empire Legacy, this patio and bar is the perfect place to unwind and connect one-on-one with your loved ones. Did we mention it boasts one of the city’s best views of Niagara Falls?

Pick Up Your Morning Brew at Starbucks

They say when you get a Starbucks in the area, you’ve made it. Empire Imagine residents enjoy a 5-minute drive to their local Starbucks in the morning, where they’ll meet the familiar faces of local commuters and go-getters. For those living at Calderwood or Legacy, their freshly brewed cup of coffee is only a 4-minute drive away.

Entertain Your Kids at Clifton Hill

Niagara Falls’ world famous Street of Fun is a must-see, with its wide assortment of attraction and entertainment offerings. Located a block from the Falls, Clifton Hill is only 12 minutes from Imagine, and a 20-minute drive from Calderwood and Legacy. Once you’ve arrived, head over to the Niagara Skywheel to revel in picturesque views or visit the Great Canadian Midway. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, Antica is the place to be for fresh, wood-oven pizza.

Go Grocery Shopping at Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market

Nearly 50 years running year-round, the Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings features the famously delicious produce of the region as well as fresh breads, jams, honey and more. It’s located just 11 minutes from Empire Imagine, and a short 20-minute drive from Empire Calderwood and Empire Legacy too.

Get Grammable Photos at Niagara-on-the-Lake

Called the loveliest town in Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake combines scenic and historical beauty with modern attractions. Theatres, festivals and a historical business district straight out of a move set continually grace the squares of Instagram. Take a 30-minute road trip from our Imagine, Calderwood or Legacy communities to see it for yourself.

Buy Birthday Cakes at Moodie’s Bakery

From great daily treats to specialty cakes and cupcakes, Moodie’s Bakery is a favourite for Niagara locals. We love their fair prices and fresh-baked smell. Pro-tip: Call ahead for specialty cakes and enjoy friendly service at its finest. For our residents living at Empire Imagine, the bakery is only 14 minutes away, and for those coming from Calderwood or Legacy, we promise that the 23-minute car ride is well worth the trip.

Workout at LA Fitness

With a kid’s club, on-site trainers and a full schedule of community classes, Niagara locals love this internationally-recognized chain for its high-quality equipment, spacious facilities and knowledgeable staff. Just 10 minutes away from Imagine or a 20-minute ride from Calderwood and Legacy, this fitness facility makes it easy for our residents to fit their early morning or late night gym sessions in.


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