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Adventure

Niagara Parks features some of Canada’s most desired natural sights and travel destinations, and Niagara Parks Attractions showcase these through classic experiences, beloved by generations of explorers for more than 130 years. Whether it’s standing in awe under the roar of the falls or soaring over a rushing whirlpool, our iconic Canadian experiences always show you something new.

Adventure Experiences:

  • Venture deep below and behind the heart of Niagara at Journey Behind the Falls, a Canadian Signature Experience
  • Walk along the very edge of one of the world’s wildest stretches of whitewater at White Water Walk
  •  Soar over the Niagara River and cross the international border line a total of four times aboard our 100-year-old Whirlpool Aero Car.
  •  Sail as close as possible to the magnificent Niagara Falls with Hornblower Niagara Cruises, the official supplier to Niagara Parks, providing Canada’s only Niagara Falls boat tour experience.
  • Experience high-adrenaline aerial adventures while you discovering the wonder of Niagara with WildPlay Niagara Falls, the official supplier to Niagara Parks, providing both the Mistrider Zipline to the Falls and Whirlpool Adventure Course.

Culinary

Savour a taste of Niagara with our five Feast On certified restaurants on the Niagara Parkway. Feast On, a program by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, certifies restaurants that are champions of Ontario food and drink. Enjoy seasonal menu items, Niagara VQA wines and Ontario craft beers at Elements on the Falls, Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, Queenston Heights Restaurant, Legends on the Niagara or Whirlpool Restaurant.

Culinary Experiences:

  • Feast On with Niagara Parks Culinary
  • Celebrate local food and drink at the Niagara Chef Showcase
  • Explore the fresh tastes of the Niagara region and support local culinary talent at the Apprentice Cooks & Chefs Showcase Dinner
  • Visit the Sip, Sizzle & Savour Harvest BBQ to enjoy a selection of incredible creations from Niagara Parks Culinary paired with select VQA wine, spirit and beer tastings
  • Discover all the beauty, nature, flavour and culture that is rooted in Niagara with our annual Nuit Vert: Dinner Under the Canopy dining experience

Golf

The dramatic landscapes of the Niagara Peninsula are brilliantly highlighted in the stunning designs of our championship courses at Whirlpool Golf Course and Legends on the Niagara. Dramatically situated next to the mighty Niagara Whirlpool or bordering the historic grounds of the 1814 Battle of Chippawa, Niagara Parks Golf courses feature challenging designs by renowned golf architects.

Golf Experiences:

  • Golf alongside the historic grounds of the 1814 Battle of Chippawa at Legends on the Niagara
  •  Play a round at Whirlpool Golf Course, one of the last courses built by Stanley Thompson
  • Explore grow the game initiatives with Niagara Parks Golf Academy, junior camps and the Whirlpool Amateur Tournament
  • Learn more about the Audubon Environmental Certification of our courses

Heritage

Niagara begins here, and our encyclopedic Niagara Parks Heritage team can take you back in time to show you just how historically true this is. From First Nations history to the blazing battles of the War of 1812, to early Ontario political strife, to our role as a last stop on the Underground Railroad, and to so much more.

Heritage Experiences:

  • Stop into the Mackenzie Printery to see Canada’s oldest printing press, The Roy Press, which printed Upper Canada’s first newspaper and the Emancipation Act of 1793.
  • Step back in time at Old Fort Erie, a War of 1812 National Historic Site and Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.
  • Visit the restored homestead of Canadian heroine, Laura Secord, and hike all or a portion of her legendary 32 kilometre trek on the Laura Secord Legacy Trail.
  • Take part in the Siege of Old Fort Erie, the largest re-enactment in Canada
  • Enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea inside McFarland House, one of the oldest structures in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Nature and Gardens

Escape to our sprawling parkland, manicured gardens, or peaceful Butterfly Conservatory with
Niagara Parks Nature and Gardens. Discover world-famous rose collections, spectacular flowering trees and shrubs, and annual baskets in full bloom. Explore historic Queen Victoria Park and the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, meet our naturalists for a hike through the Niagara Glen, or cycle along the 53 kilometre Niagara River Recreation Trail.

Nature and Gardens Experiences:

  • Tag and release Monarch Butterflies as part of the Majestic Monarchs event
  • Explore rugged trails or take part in guided tours through the Niagara Glen
  • Enjoy 99 acres of manicured grounds at Botanical Gardens
  • Visit the Bee Hotel inside the Legacy Prairie Garden
  • See the new outdoor art installation “Life on Display” at the Floral Showhouse
  • Cycle between two Great Lakes on the Niagara River Recreational Trail

Family Travel

Enjoy kid-friendly and affordable activities in Niagara Parks, no matter the season. Explore our attractions and heritage sites, or take advantage of the free events, programming and seasonal fireworks series that occur throughout the year.

Family-Friendly Experiences:

  • Experience our attractions, gardens and heritage sites – suitable for all ages
  • Enjoy family-friendly educational exhibits at the Butterfly Conservatory
  • See Niagara’s story comes to life through sound, narration and an incredible choreographed laser light show at the free Onguiaahra Sound and Light Show.
  • Tag and release Monarch Butterflies at part of our Majestic Monarchs event
  • Take a stroll through an enchanting winter wonderland as Queen Victoria Park, Dufferin Islands and the Niagara Parkway are transformed by millions of dazzling lights as part of the annual Winter Festival of Lights.