Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters Sound and Light Show Returns to Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to announce the return of its highly entertaining and family-friendly sound and light show, Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters, which combines the power of water, sound and laser light to showcase the beauty, mystery and magic of Niagara Falls.

Onguiaahra (ON-GEY-AIR-RAW), from which we get the name Niagara, is a mysterious word used in several First Nations languages. Many believe Onguiaahra means “Thunder of Waters” and was used to describe the beauty and power that is Niagara Falls. Inspired by this story, NPC has developed an innovative 20 minute show about Niagara Falls and how it has been viewed and described over the years.

Queen Victoria Park will once again be the site of a multimedia water theatre, where Niagara’s story will come to life in an incredible choreographed laser light show projected on a 30 by 11 metre (100 by 35 feet) water and mist screen.

During the show, you will witness over 8,700 litres (33,000 gallons) of water come to life and create a stunning backdrop for the visual images projected by laser lights. This engaging event will not only thrill and excite, but give you pause to reflect on what you thought of, or said when you experienced Niagara Falls for the very first time.

Free nightly shows are scheduled to take place over 17 nights in Queen Victoria Park, between August 28 and September 13, with show times scheduled at 8:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Live musical performances have also been scheduled between each of the Onguiaahra shows, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., making Queen Victoria Park the place to be to celebrate summer and experience all that Niagara Parks has to offer.

Sip, Sizzle & Savour – 2015 Queenston Heights Harvest Barbecue

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to announce the return of its Annual Harvest Barbecue at Queenston Heights on Sunday, August 30.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the lower Niagara River in the heart of wine country, the Annual Harvest Barbeque will begin at 4 p.m. on the patio of Queenston Heights Restaurant, located next to Brock’s Monument.

NPC’s world-renowned chefs have once again created an irresistible menu featuring Niagara’s seasonal harvest, which will be showcased at six specific dining stations. Other popular tasting stations will include samples from Château Des Charmes, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Reif Estate Winery, Mike Weir Winery and Niagara Oast House Brewers.

All are invited to mingle and savour the delicious menu selections while enjoying live outdoor musical entertainment. Tickets are $45.00 for adults and $22.50 for children 12 and under (taxes and gratuity included). Cash bar is available. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online by visiting, or by calling (905) 262-4274.

Special draws are planned throughout the afternoon with prize packages of Sunday Brunch at Queenston Heights Restaurant, Niagara Parks Attractions Passes and several more surprises, for all those who attend!

Job Opportunity: Night Janitor

The Niagara Parks Commission operates like a city within a city, and is one of the largest employers in the Niagara Region, with over 1,600 full time and seasonal employees! Our team is comprised of energetic and friendly staff who provide our visitors from around the world with exceptional quality service. Our professional and dynamic team thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy working with people.

We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who share our mission of preserving the nature and heritage of the Niagara River corridor and who are interested in growing their career with a company dedicated to conserving Niagara’s natural wonders and inspiring people world-wide.


Under the supervision of the Janitorial Supervisor, Table Rock or designate and within established policies, procedures and guidelines, a Night Janitor is required to provide janitorial/labourer and cleaning services. The equipment frequently used in this position are a mop, a broom, a vacuum, a burnisher, a polisher, rags, pressure washer and various cleaning materials. The working condition of this position is a standard janitorial environment and as assigned outdoors in all weather conditions. Continue reading

Art in the Gardens Art Show

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and the Parkway Artist Guild (PAG), are pleased to announce the return of the Art in the Gardens Art Show, which will be held at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and Botanical Gardens.

On August 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., PAG artists will be on hand to showcase and sell their original fine art paintings while demonstrating their skills in the beautiful setting of the Botanical Gardens. The show will also feature a free Children’s Paint Corner. Children of all ages are invited to try their hand at basic painting techniques with the help of a skilled PAG artist. All art supplies will be provided. Just bring your imagination! Continue reading

Niagara Parks to Host Several Exciting Events in August

International Dragon Boat Championships and OPP Golden Helmet Precision Team all part of the exciting events and activities taking place at Niagara Parks this Summer!

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting two high-profile events that will be taking place in Queen Victoria Park during the month of August.

International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) 12th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

On Monday, August 17, The International Dragon Boat Federation will be holding its opening ceremonies for the 12th World Nations Championship, which will be taking place at the Welland International Flatwater Centre from August 19 to 23, 2015. Join us and the over 2,000 athletes from 20 nations who will be competing and taking part in the opening ceremonies, which will take place at the Queen Victoria Park (QVP) Stage. According to organizers, the opening ceremony will consist of traditions deeply rooted in the rich history of the dragon boat – the eye dotting ceremony and awakening of the dragon. Continue reading