Niagara Parks is completely self-supporting and receives no funding from Ontario taxpayers. We raise our own revenue through the operation of our attractions, gift shops, historic sites, restaurants, golf courses and parking lots.
In terms of our economic and tourism contribution, we play a key role in helping to attract over 11 million visitors to Niagara each year. It is estimated these visitors spend almost half a billion dollars annually purchasing tourism goods and services in the Niagara region.
Niagara Parks hosts major events and festivals at an annual investment of approximately $500,000. The Winter Festival of Lights, Fallsview Casino International Marathon and Falls Fireworks and Concert evenings held in Queen Victoria Park, are just some of the special events that draw visitors to Niagara. Historical re-enactments, art shows, children’s educational programming and much more, can be enjoyed at Niagara Parks attractions throughout the year.
As a community-based organization, we are proud to assist local groups raise over $1 million each year, by hosting their fund-raising events on our property. We maintain the Niagara River Recreation Trail and many picnic and park venues, where events like walk-a-thons and marathons are held for important causes such as Heart Niagara, the MS Society, Canadian Cancer Society and the Alzheimer Society.
Niagara Parks and its employees also support a number of social service agencies and charitable organizations in Niagara. We are proud of our work with the United Way of Niagara and with groups such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, John Howard Society, N-Tec, Niagara Support Services, Big Brothers-Big Sisters-School Mentors, Niagara Schools Challenge and the Head Injury Association.
Residents and businesses in the region and the three municipalities that border the Park ~ the City of Niagara Falls, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Town of Fort Erie ~ and visitors alike, all enjoy the amenities and services offered by the Park. Free amenities include playgrounds with splash pads, hiking trails, boat launches, sites for photography and miles of nature areas with benches for enjoying the sights. Modest administration fees are required to book pavilions and sites for picnics and re-unions, wedding ceremonies and boat docking.