In early April Queen Victoria Park on the Canadian side of the border near the falls comes alive with bright yellow beautiful daffodils .In fact there are so many of these daffodils Niagara Falls has become known as ,”the daffodil capital of North America”. Springtime in Niagara also brings out millions of tulips. Everywhere you look you’ll see brightly coloured flowers rearing their head. You can’t help smelling spring at the Centennial Lilac Garden, down river near the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge. It’s a-bloom with more than 1,200 aromatic lilac bushes. It’s located beside the Niagara Parks Commission’s Floral Clock with its new face of 19,000 springtime flowers.
Nearby are the grounds of the Niagara Parks Commission’s Botanical Gardens. You’ll discouver 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens with stunning colorful springtime flowers. You’ll understand the expression,”it’s like a breath of spring air” when you visit the gardens.
Another sure sign of springtime is the opening of dozens of top-notch public golf courses, such as John Daly’s Thundering Waters Golf Club and the Niagara Parks three championship courses.
In the historic area of Niagara Falls an event called Springlicious occurs late May.This is primarily a free outdoor music festival with plenty of live bands. Plenty of street food vendors and activities for the kids.Visitors will be able to rub shoulders with the locals who walk up and down Queen Street. Last year around 35,000 people enjoyed this spring time event.
Spring is the time to put new air in your bicycle tires. The Niagara River Recreation Trail that runs parallel to the Niagara Parkway is a hive of activity with cyclists, walkers, and wheelchair users.
If hiking is your thing take advantage of the Niagara Glen Nature area off the Niagara Parkway near the Whirlpool Golf Course. You’ll be able to take trails right to the edge of the lower Niagara Rapids. Along the way, enjoy the new growth of red and white trilliums, wild columbine and jack-in-the-pulpits.
Not far north of the falls is historic Niagara on the Lake.
On April 3rd the world famous Shaw Festival begins its 52nd season when it previews Somerset Maugham’s social comedy, Our Betters. Soon after that the hit Broadway musical Guys and Dolls begins previews on the Festival stage April 12th.The season officially opens in May with 10 plays running in repertory on 4 stages until the end of October.
If you’re in Niagara on the Lake between May 24th and 26th you’re in for a treat. Those are the date’s one of the largest battles of the War of 1812-14. The Battle of Fort George will be re-enacted on that weekend. It’s part of the wars Bicentennial activities which began last year and ends in 2014. Tall ships will be docked in town and they’ll be lots of action taking place on the commons. This event reflects the occupation of the town by U.S. forces.
In Niagara, spring is not only in the air, it’s in the gardens and everywhere. You won’t be able to miss it. Click here to see the weather forecast.