Father’s Day in Niagara Falls

Why not show your appreciation for your father or father figure this Father’s Day,  by taking him on a trip to Niagara Falls. There are a ton of things to do to express your love and gratitude to this wonderful man. Here are just a few suggestions.

-if he’s a golfer you’re in luck. Niagara Falls and the Niagara Region has over 25 superb golf courses, and many of them award winning. Several are offering Father’s Day specials. Why not offer to be his caddy for the day?

-It seems no matter what age, everyone loves to fly a kite. So why not tell your dad, with a big smile, you want him to go fly a kite. Pick up a few kites, (they don’t have to be the expensive ones) and head for the upper Niagara Parkway. Just beyond the Control Structure above the falls is a favourite spot with locals. The wind is strong and there are no trees or lines to contend with as you fly your kites over the Niagara River. Conversation comes easy when you are flying a kite.

-The Niagara River is an acclaimed fishing spot. As you travel the upper Niagara Parkway above the falls you’ll spot other fishers trying to catch,” the big one”. Make sure you have the appropriate Ontario Fishing license. Ontario residents under 18 years of age and seniors over 65 are free.
You might want to take a hike (good shoes for this steep walk are a must) to the lower Whirlpool Glen just below the popular Niagara Spanish Aero Car. You’ll have plenty of company.

-Niagara Falls has no shortage of interesting things to see and do. A ride aboard a Hornblower Niagara Cruises or a visit to the Journey Behind the Falls attraction where you go below the falls and get wet (You’ll be provided with a raincoat) is always a highlight.

If your Dad likes flowers The Niagara Falls Bird Kingdom, and Butterfly Conservatory attractions are filled with lots of lush tropical plants amidst hundreds of birds and butterflies. The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse and Fragrance Garden is a short walk from the Falls. Here you can check out the world’s tallest flower-the Titan Arum and an oasis of local and tropical plants. Hydrangeas, delphiniums and foxgloves will be featured in the greenhouse. Outside the Floral Showcase is a spectacular garden including a garden for the visually impaired. Plants are identified in Braille.

-Why not step back in time and experience what life was like in early 1800’s. In Fort Erie and Niagara on the Lake you’ll find two magnificent restored forts of the War of 1812 and 14.

Historic Fort George at the mouth of the  Lake Ontario and the Niagara River  and Old Fort Erie at the other end of the Niagara River both have events commemorating 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States.

A stop at the lovingly restored Laura Secord Homestead in the Village of Queenston keeps you in the historic mood. Costumed interpreters bring to life this most famous heroine of the War of 1812.

Queen Victoria Park near the falls celebrates its 125th anniversary as Ontario’s first provincial park. Inside the Victoria Park Gift store is a fascinating photo display about the history of the park. Outside the store is a mass of colourful flowers, like tulips and daffodils and other springtime flowers.While you’re in this area tell dad you’ve arranged a bit of a show for him in the evening. It includes the performance of, Rich and the Poor Boy’s a high energy, traditional blues band at 8pm, the illumination of the Falls from 9pm until midnight and a eye popping fireworks display over the falls at 10 pm. Actually, every Friday and Sunday evenings and special holidays a live band performs in the Coca Cola band shell in Queen Victoria Park followed by the illumination of the falls and the fireworks.

Check out Tourism Niagara’s website for the multitude of restaurants that are offering special Father’s Day Brunches and dinners. If you decide to stay (there’s so much to do and so little time) find comfortable, affordable accommodations on the same sight.

Make this a Father’s Day that dad will remember.