Victoria Day Fireworks Niagara Falls

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Opening night fireworks for May long weekend.

Experience Victoria Day fireworks in Niagara Falls this weekend as we celebrate another holiday in Niagara and the surrounding Region. With good weather in the forecast this long weekend, visitors and tourist to the Falls will be enjoying the many family attractions and events the area has to offer. Here are some recommended links we’ve curated for you to help plan your holiday visit this weekend in Niagara Falls.

Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Queen Victoria Park | Niagara

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Since opening on May 24, 1888, Queen Victoria Park has been the heart of Niagara Parks, playing a vital role in preserving the rich heritage and natural beauty of Niagara Falls. To mark the historic 125th anniversary of the … and beautifully maintained gardens. According to the Annual Report of the Commission in 1888, Queen Victoria Park was opened to the public on the 24th day of May in honour of the 69th birthday of Her Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Victoria.

GO trains return to Niagara Falls again this summer, Victoria Day

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GO Transit is again offering seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto. This year, the service is available during the Victoria Day long weekend, Friday, May 17 until Victoria Day, Monday, May 20, then …

Niagara Parks plans party, photo contest to mark 125th anniversary

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6T2, Canada. Several special events to commemorate the opening of Queen Victoria Park have also been planned to coincide with the Victoria Day holiday weekend, including: Friday, May 17 …

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The holiday has been observed since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign’s actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country on the fixed date.


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St. Johns Conservation

Twelve Mile Creek is Niagara’s only cold-water creek, and the 28-hectare St. Johns Conservation Area protects the headwaters of one of its tributaries. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority built a .75 hectare trout pond on the creek. The public are welcome to fish for rainbow trout in the smaller spring-fed pond. A wheelchair accessible path and boardwalk encircles the pond.

Watch for tadpoles, frogs and painted turtles along the way.
Several well-marked trails guide visitors through this breathtaking, mature Carolinian forest. Boardwalks rise above wet areas covered with skunk cabbage. The diversity of foliage is amazing with an abundance of ferns, more than 400 species of vascular plants and 80 mushrooms species growing here.

This lush Escarpment woodland will take your breath away. St. Johns Conservation Area is located near Fonthill. From Regional Road 20, take North Pelham Road to Hollow Road.

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Battle Ground Museum

The Battle Ground Hotel Museum is situated on the historic grounds of the War of 1812 Lundy’s Lane Battlefield. The building was initially constructed as a home in the early 1800’s.

However, even at that time, it was noted by the future owners that the place had the making of a great tourist attraction and thus was later converted into a tavern and inn. The interior of the building combines architecture details from both the Regency and Classical Revival style of the mid 1800’s.

Each of the rooms allows the visitors to go back in time and imagine the taverns of the early and mid 19th Century. In addition, costumed guards also provide details about the War of 1812.

Over the past few decades, the Battle Ground Hotel has undergone numerous reconstructions and revisions to help restore the artifacts relating to the early years of the tourism industry in Niagara Falls, and the legacy of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.

Situated across from Battle Ground Hotel is the Drummond Hill Cemetery, an important historic site where the War of 1812 was fought and the resting place for Laura Secord. A monument commemorating the Battle of Lundy’s Lane is also located at this historic site.

The Battle Ground Hotel is open daily from May 1st to October 31st. During the winter months, the site is open by appointment. The museum is located at 6151 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls. For visits, one can phone 905-358_Ì5082

Victoria Park

Niagara has many parks and one of the most well known is Queen Victoria Park. It is located in the middle of downtown Niagara very close to the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls. Like its Royal name, the Park has all the appearances of being Regal.

The park has immaculate lawns and well manicured gardens. With every season, the garden is surrounded by the flowers of the season that may include tulips, fuchsia, lantanas, magnolias or daffodils. Walking through the garden one becomes familiar with the various garden themes in the Park which include a Rose garden, a Rock garden and an international collection of plants.

Autumn brings about the annual falling of the leaves and reveals another serene aspect of the Park. When it snows in winter, the icicles can be seen on all the twigs and the bare tree branches- giving an appearance of absolute solitude.

The park has all the facilities for tourist and the pristine lanes allow for a leisurely stroll. When one is tired, there are ample park benches located in the shade.

In the summer, the annual fireworks are always on display each night and there is no place better than the Park to catch the glamour of the Niagara skyline in the background.

Like most of Niagara Parks, it is well illuminated very attractively at night. The best time to visit the park is early morning or late in the afternoon. The park offers an excellent view of the majestic Falls and its roaring waters going over the Falls.

For those who are tired after a long day of walking and sight seeing, the nearby Queen Victoria restaurant provides a relaxing atmosphere with all its serenity.

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Oakes Garden

In 1932, when the Clifton hotel was destroyed by fire, the gutted site was purchased by Sir Harry Oakes. This property bought by Mr. Oakes is today located on the south side of Clifton Hill. Oakes then rebuilt the basic foundations and constructed the amphitheater.

Over the ensuing years, the natural landscape with its splendid backdrop to the Falls led to the development of the gardens. The amphitheater has all the resemblance of the Roman architecture and the immaculate gardens reflect all what is native to Canada. The gardens are surrounded by limestone and well paved lanes. The reconstructed spiral staircases with painted steps lead directly to the Falls.

In the late summer, there is no view like it and rivals some of the best images seen in Canada. The Oakes Garden is one of Niagara’s most beautiful and inspiring place. It makes one oblivious of the city’s congestion, traffic and offers a, quiet place to sit and reflect, and a presents a vision of soft colors and fragrance.

The gardens display a diverse and unique collection of plants, landscape features, and culture heritages. They reflect the human effort to create a harmonious blend of nature and art. In addition to beauty and comfort, these gardens also provide education and conservation opportunities. They are the sparkling jewels within the Niagara Falls Park System. Admission is free and there is ample parking.

Marriott Fallsview Hotel

Just one hundred yards away from the majestic crescent of liquid thunder that is Canada’s Horseshoe Falls, the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel and Spa will quickly demonstrate how it earned its coveted 4-diamond and 5-star ratings as the finest hotel in the Niagara Region.

Bring the family to the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview for an unforgettable stay with the “Kids Love Niagara” package. Special offers are included for these unique activities: twenty tokens for fun and play in the Marriott Arcade, passes for four (2 adults and two children) to the amazing Skywheel, a 175-foot observers’ wheel with fully enclosed gondolas, and admissions for 4 to the astounding magic presentations of Greg Frewin. For a quiet night in, try our Movie and Popcorn Night presented in your guest room. When everyone is hungry, use the $75 voucher for dinner in the renowned Terrapin Grille Room, and be sure to bring an appetite to the daily Buffet Breakfast, complimentary with this package from Marriott.

Want to unwind on a romantic weekend for two? Choose the Romance and Spa Package at the Marriott Fallsview. From champagne to roses, to strawberries dipped in chocolate, we set the atmosphere just right. Book and enjoy one complimentary Spa service: massage, facial, hot stone skin treatment, or one of many others at the Serenity Spa, overlooking the magnificent Horseshoe Falls. Guest accommodations available with the Romance and Spa Package include any of the Whirlpool suites with king-size beds, some with fireplace, and several with a two-storey layout for the ultimate in intimacy.

In the Niagara Region, golf is a three-season sport, and the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview golf vacation packages are second to none. In cooperation with three of the top Niagara golf courses: Rees Jones, Legends on the Niagara, and Whirlpool Golf, the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel can create a golf package to entertain and thrill every golfer from the lighthearted novice to the skilled low-scorer.

For family holidays, romance, and sporting fun, the place to make your base for a great vacation is the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel and Spa.

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Do the fish go over the falls?

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Yes, they do. Most survive the hard journey over the falls, sometimes laying stunned for a few minutes at the bottom before continuing their journey down the river.

Since water is the natural habitat for fish and they are much more buoyant than we are, going over the falls isn’t much different for them as an elevator is for us. Most of the time the fish stays in the water as it heads over the falls, and the foam at the bottom acts as a cushion for them. They can withstand a large amount of pressure before it will cause any injury to them. The pool at the bottom of the Falls is about 150 feet deep so most of the time they aren’t forced to the river bed. Their biggest threat when going over the Falls isn’t the fall itself but the seagulls waiting at the bottom to pluck the stunned fish out of the water before they get the chance to recover.

More fish are injured going over American and Bridal Veil falls due being crushed against the rocks at the bottom of the Falls.

Interestinly enough, a number of years back a tourist was hit by a salmon while taking a stroll on the Cave of the Winds boardwalk. He wasn’t hurt, but he did catch the fish and was allowed to keep it.

You won’t see fish jumping out of the water at the bottom due to the volume of water falling, and it’s very rare to see dead fish at the bottom.

What kind of fish are found?

The Niagara River contains around 94 species of fish including the Chinook and Coho Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow and Lake Trout, Catfish Muskellunge, Northern Pike and Yellow Perch. The biggest fish found in the Niagara is the Lake Sturgeon that can reach 7 feet in length and weigh more than 300 pounds. It’s not unheard of to catch a salmon weighing 20 to 30 pounds during the fall months

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Hilton Hotel and Suites

Striving to make your Niagara stay even better, the Hilton Hotel and Suites has just opened the tallest property in Canada, a gleaming tower of five hundred suites-only guest accommodations. In a prime location to the north of Horseshoe Falls, the Hilton Suites provides the most-desired amenities in each suite: the latest wireless technology, big-screen plasma TVs, sumptuous king-sized beds, and a relaxing Jacuzzi from which you can view the breathtaking Horseshoe, Bridal Veil and American Falls.

Upon leaving your room, the gracious care bestowed by Hilton Hotels continues. All of our accommodation packages include vouchers for travel on the Niagara Shuttles, including the famous People Mover buses right along the Niagara River. Family Fun packages for one or two nights feature passes to ride the Maid of the Mist, venture behind Niagara Falls, and visit other Niagara Falls and Niagara River attractions.

Add the Bed and Breakfast Plan to any of the Hilton Hotels and Suites packages. Sample the “make your own omelette” area, several hot dishes, delectable breakfast pastries and breads, and a tempting selection of beverages from piping hot coffee to fresh juices.

Three unique restaurants in the Niagara Falls Hilton offer many delicious options for lunch and dinner. Romano’s Macaroni Grill has traditional Italian dishes in healthy-sized portions using the freshest ingredients. The Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse presents succulent meats, poultry and game cooked on an open grill, carved at your table and served on skewers. Head up to the Watermark Rooftop restaurant for dinner and the nightly Fireworks at the Falls.

For a short or long stay, with family or just the two of you, choose the Niagara Falls Hilton Hotel and Suites to truly get away from it all.

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Hawley House

Built as two separate buildings in 1796, the Hawley-Beckenridge House underwent massive renovations in order to merge the buildings into the beautiful house that exists today.

This location on Mississauga Road played a large role in the underground railroad as several freed slaves found temporary refuge in the house. In fact, it is believed that at least six of those very slaves were buried in the backyard.

Yet despite the fact that the house aided many in their struggle to live free lives, the house continues to exist with an aura that is not as positive. Though it cannot be confirmed that the bodies buried in the backyard are at all responsible, frequent reports lead many to believe that the spirits of several angered slaves may still be living inside the house.

Unwelcome guests are often greeted at the house by the slamming of doors, where no one was there to do so. The large brass knocker on the front door is often repeatedly banged with brute force, and some have answered a knocking at the back door only to find that no one was there.

Apparitions such as a woman dawning a long, flowing dress, briefly seen before she disappears in a puff of smoke have plagued this house. What can only be described as a smoky, foggy-like figure has been seen standing at the foot of the stairs and a woman, appearing to be in her mid 30s, clothed in a bonnet and a long dress is often briefly glimpsed at prior to disappearing right before the fireplace.

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Niagara on the Lake

Niagara on the Lake is often called the loveliest town in Ontario and also an picturesque commercial centre with many shops and dining destinations among beautiful old homes lining the tree-shaded streets. Niagara on the Lake offers many attractions including historical sites like Fort George and the Historical Society Museum, theatres, the heritage business district, golf courses, parks, markets, and the world-famous Niagara wineries. Niagara on the Lake is located at the south shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River and can be reached via highway from all of Ontario and the northeastern USA.

Niagara on the Lake : Bike Rentals

Biking is a must do experience during your visit on Niagara on the Lake. Rental rates are $20 for half day or 3 hours and $30 for full day until dark. Long term rentals are also available from 2 days to 7 days with prices ranging from $50 to $105. All bikes have baskets, water bottle cages, kickstands, helmets, bike locks and maps all included in the rental price.

Mystery on the Lake

Mystery on the Lake: The Secret of Butlersburg is an interactive theatre where the audience can interact with actors in secret locations around Niagara on the Lake. It is more of a mystery as the starting location is also kept a secret. It is like a walking tour, scavenger hunt and historical puzzle all rolled into one as you will be walking and discover other sides of town, hunting down clues and trying to solve the mystery, and lastly, you will be learning more about the town’s history. Sampling of local food and beverages and admission to two of Niagara on the Lake’s premier historical attractions is also included.

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Falls Erosion

How much does Niagara Falls erode each year?

Studies to determine how much erosion was taking place were started in 1842. Between that year and 1905 erosion took place at the rate of 1.16 meters, or 3.8 feet per year, at Horseshoe Falls. Between 1906 and 1927 the erosion rate declined to .70 meters, or 2.3 feet per year. The decline was due to water being diverted for hydro electric generation.

Currently remedial efforts are underway to reduce the erosion even more. It is estimated that erosion is reduced to less than 1 foot per year due to those efforts. At American Falls the flow rate of 10,000 cubic feet per second is insufficient to cause any major erosion.

As it stands today, American Falls has an erosion rate of about 3 to 4 inches per year. The biggest factor for the American falls is the fact that it has cracks at the Crestline in the top cap rock layer. Underneath that is a softer shale layer. The lifting action of water coming through these cracks cause them to become larger and along with the freezing and thawing each year, the rock structure continues to weaken until that part finally cracks and falls off. The flow at American Falls isn’t strong enough to erode the rocks at the bottom of the Fall.

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