Celebrate Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day Holidays With The Niagara Parks Commission

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is excited to announce a number of family friendly events that will be taking place during the Canada and U.S. Independence Day holidays. Kick-off your summer vacation and enjoy all that Niagara Parks has to offer, including:

Fort Erie Friendship Festival

The 29th annual Fort Erie Friendship gets underway beginning on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Mather’s Arch Park. Help celebrate the over 200 years of peace and friendship that exists between Canada and the United States, by taking part in the festivities, music, art showcases and kids’ activities taking place over the four day event ending on Sunday, June 28. Mather’s Arch Park is located along the Niagara Parkway, in the Town of Fort Erie.

Pan Am Days at Niagara Parks

Starting on July 1 and running until August 16, Niagara Parks will be the place to be to celebrate the tastes, sounds and experiences of the diverse cultures and nations participating in the upcoming Pan Am Games. As the Games are taking place, a variety of entertainment has been planned, from street performers and story tellers to dancers and musicians who will be performing at NPC’s three main venues: the Queen Victoria Place Stage, Grand View Marketplace and Niagara Parks’ new Falls Incline Pan Am Plaza, located near Table Rock Centre.

Niagara Parks’ culinary team will also be featuring special themed menus at Edgewaters at Queen Victoria Place and Elements on the Falls Restaurant at Table Rock Centre, to showcase the tastes of the Pan Am regions. For more information on the entertainment and programming planned during these special Pan Am Days, please visit www.niagaraparks.com. Continue reading

Celebrate the Start of Summer and Father’s Day This Weekend at Niagara Parks

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is thrilled to officially mark the start of summer with several exciting events taking place this weekend, including the return of its popular Laura Secord Day, annual Queenston Concert Series and Father’s Day celebrations in the Park.

Laura Secord Day – June 20

This Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Friends of Laura Secord and NPC will be hosting a free day at the Homestead to celebrate Laura Secord and her contribution to Canada and Niagara. Events will include tours of the Homestead and discussions on Laura, her family’s history and legacy as a heroine of the War of 1812. WEGO shuttles provide service to the Laura Secord Homestead and into the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Shuttles depart NPC’s Floral Clock every 60 minutes, starting at 10:30 a.m. and returning from Fort George every 60 minutes starting at 11 a.m. Parking is free at the Homestead, which is located at 29 Queenston Street. For more information on all Laura Secord activities, please visit: http://friendsoflaurasecord.com or call the Homestead at 905-262-4851. Continue reading

World’s Tallest Flower Set to Bloom at Niagara Parks

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to announce it once again has one of the world’s tallest flowers set to bloom at its Floral Showhouse.

The Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum, is a massive bell-shaped flower, growing up to three metres in height. Aside from the massive size, the Titan Arum is also known for its unique smell. After flowering, a single leaf emerges in place of the blossom, which is the size of a small tree, standing up to six metres tall and five metres wide. This flower is exceedingly rare to see. Until 1989, fewer than 30 flowerings were recorded to have occurred in botanical gardens worldwide. Continue reading

Celebrate the Start of Summer and Father’s Day This Weekend at Niagara Parks

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is thrilled to officially mark the start of summer with several exciting events taking place this weekend, including the return of its popular Laura Secord Day, annual Queenston Concert Series and Father’s Day celebrations in the Park.

Laura Secord Day – June 20

This Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Friends of Laura Secord and NPC will be hosting a free day at the Homestead to celebrate Laura Secord and her contribution to Canada and Niagara. Events will include tours of the Homestead and discussions on Laura, her family’s history and legacy as a heroine of the War of 1812. WEGO shuttles provide service to the Laura Secord Homestead and into the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Shuttles depart NPC’s Floral Clock every 60 minutes, starting at 10:30 a.m. and returning from Fort George every 60 minutes starting at 11 a.m. Parking is free at the Homestead, which is located at 29 Queenston Street. For more information on all Laura Secord activities, please visit: http://friendsoflaurasecord.com or call the Homestead at 905-262-4851. Continue reading

Old Fort Erie Ghost Tours Return Friday, June 12th

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS!
Old Fort Erie Ghost Tours Return Friday, June 12th

Fort Erie, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie has an exciting season lined up with the return of its popular “Friday Night Frights” Ghost Tours, starting on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Visitors will enjoy stepping back in time on guided lantern tours, conducted by costumed interpreters, who describe the shocking and entertaining tales of the ghosts of soldiers who remain on Canada’s bloodiest battlefield at Old Fort Erie. Continue reading