The Natural World Wonder
Witnessing the extraordinary beauty and power of Niagara Falls with your own two eyes is possible 24/7, 365 days a year. Whether you stroll by the Falls stopping for a photo in the mist or drive along the Niagara Parkway to get a peek from the car, the experience is always free of charge.
Get an extra special look when you visit the Falls after dark and catch the illumination tower casting vibrant colours on all three waterfalls - an event that occurs every single night of the year.
Winter Festival of Lights
Canada’s largest FREE outdoor light festival takes place from November 12, 2022 to February 20, 2023. Celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary with 101 nights of twinkling lights, 40 nights of Fireworks and 40 nights of entertainment. Explore the festival routes to experience 3 million lights and dazzling 3D displays along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and across city streets. Learn more at www.WFOL.com.
With acres of secluded paradise, Dufferin Islands is made up of several small islands connected by bridges and footpaths. Loved by locals and visitors alike, the tranquil picnic-perfect spots and diverse wildlife make the islands a great place to spend the day.
NIAGARA RIVER RECREATION TRAIL
Bring your bike and head out on one of the many bike trails that make up the more than 300km of cycle routes across the region. The Niagara River Recreation Trail totals 56km paralleling the Niagara River, extending from historical Fort Erie, through Niagara Falls past the waterfall and ends at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Ride the trail end-to-end or start and stop where you please - you'll find plenty of cycle-friendly businesses along the way.
For hiking fanatics, be sure to visit the Niagara Glen for meandering paths through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest. A designated nature reserve since 1992, the Glen offers well laid out trails mixed with slightly rugged terrain along the banks of the Niagara River. If you're here during the spring or summer months, you can set out on a guided hike led by the Niagara Parks team to learn more about the wild flora and fauna in the gorge.
Just 2.5 kilometres north of the Botanical Gardens sits the massive 40-foot wide Floral Clock. Built in 1950 and made of a breathtaking display of nearly 20,000 plants, the clock features new displays twice a season and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
NIAGARA PARKS BOTANICAL GARDENS
Established nearly 100 years ago, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens contain 99 acres of immaculate horticulture, including the world-famous rose garden with more than 2,400 roses. Themed seasonal displays always complement the collection of perennials, trees and shrubs.
NIAGARA FALLS HISTORY MUSEUM
Every Thursday evening the Niagara Falls History Museum offers free admission from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Explore Niagara Falls' rich history including the pivotal Battle of Lundy's Lane, considered one of the bloodiest during the War of 1812. They also offer a variety of events, from yoga classes to movie screenings, every Thursday as part of their '@ The Museum Thursday Night' series.
While it may seem simple, taking a beautiful drive or cycling along the picturesque Niagara Parkway, from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie (or vice versa), is a great way to enjoy the scenery. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way or savour locally inspired cuisine at restaurants and cafes. Whatever route you decide to take, as long as you have a great soundtrack and even better company, you'll enjoy the ride.
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