Upcoming Events in the Parks
June 17 – August 26, 2011
Friday Night Frights at Old Fort Erie
A popular tradition – hear the eerie stories of the ghosts of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. Call for more information: (905) 871-0540.
June 24 – September 4, 2011
RCMP Officer Meet and Greet
Canada is known for many things but nothing is more notable than the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Come to Table Rock Centre, located at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls during the summer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet a RCMP officer for photos and to answer questions.
July 30 & 31, 2011
Simcoe Days at the Mackenzie Printery
Why is the Civic Holiday also known as Simcoe Day? Find out at the Printery. Stop by the Mackenzie Printery on “Simcoe Day” and learn how the nation’s oldest printing press helped John Graves Simcoe shape the province of Upper Canada.
August 6 & 7, 2011
The Siege of Fort Erie, 1814
Witness the battles of 1814 that turned Old Fort Erie into Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. On-going events throughout the weekend with Canada’s largest Battle of 1812 re-enactment taking place. Special evening lantern tours through the fort after the Battle re-enactment.
August 13 & 14
Art in the Gardens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See the beauty of fine art by local Artisans from the Parkway Artist Guild showcased in the dazzling manicured Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Visitors and art enthusiasts alike can saunter at leisure through the exhibits that are pleasantly laid out along the walkways that run throughout the 99 acre garden. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Botanical Gardens, 2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls.
August 28, 2011 from 4 – 8 p.m.
Annual End of Summer BBQ at Queenston Heights
Join the fun at Queenston Heights Restaurant Patio, high atop the Niagara Escarpment, at the foot of Brock’s Monument. Cost is $30 Adults; $18 Children. Space is limited. Call 905-262-4274 for reservations.
I just got the news that this year (2011), there’s no fireworks on Wednesday evenings. But there are still fireworks on Friday and Sunday evening.
Fenian Raids this Weekend
Niagara Parks is pleased to announce the return of the Fenian Raids of Old Fort Erie on June 11 & 12. Daily battle re-enactments of the last invasion into Canada will take place, featuring the Fenian soldiers, whose dreams of Irish independence instead helped Canada become the nation it is today.
Weekend Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 11
1:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
1:30 p.m. Afternoon Battle
8:30 p.m. Evening Battle, followed by Ghost Tours of Old Fort Erie
Sunday, June 12
1:30 p.m. Afternoon Battle
On June 1, 1866, Irish veterans of the U.S. Civil War, under the newly formed flag of the Irish Republican Army, crossed the border into Niagara. This armed incursion into “Canada West” (Ontario) was expected to force the British into freeing Ireland. After two days of fighting in the Fort Erie area with Canadian militia units, the Fenians, as they were known, retreated to the Old Fort, where they were captured attempting to return to the United States. This invasion into Canada spurred efforts for Confederation in order to protect Canadian sovereignty. On June 2, 1866, the invasion came to a head at The Battle of Ridgeway.
Entrance to Old Fort Erie includes day programs or evening lantern tours. Battles are FREE. Adults (13 and over) $9.00, Children (6 – 12 years old) $6.00 (prices in Canadian dollars), Children under 5 are free. Staff comp passes are always welcome. Parking during construction is located in front of the Fort at 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ontario. Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The grounds and the main floor rooms of the buildings are wheelchair accessible. The grand opening of the new Welcome Centre will take place on July 1. For information, please call (905) 871-0540.
Long Weekend Events
The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the return of its popular Victoria Day Weekend Falls Fireworks, a sure sign that summer is on its way. On Friday, Sunday and holiday Monday, free concerts will also take place at 8 p.m. on the Illumination Tower Stage in Queen Victoria Park, followed by Falls Fireworks at 10 p.m. Continue reading
The famous Niagara Icewine Festival is ready for everybody. The Festival will be held from Jan 14th to Jan 30th, 2011.
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Have you ever seen the falls run dry? Yes, it happened twice.
March 29th, 1848, the falls ran dry due to in the upper Niagara River for about 20 hours.
June 1969, U.S. engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls for several months.
When the falls run dry, it looks like a desert. Recently, Russ Glasson stumbled across the pictures, which were taken by his in-laws, and had been left in an old shoebox in their garage for over four decades. Here below is the news and pictures about this “new discovery”.
Stark: A completely dry Niagara Falls has never been seen before or since the six months in July 1969 when U.S. engineers set about restructuring the American side of the twin landmark
The news is quoted from Daily Mail. Click here to see more!
It’s taken 41 years, but a previously unseen set of photos of the mighty Niagara Falls reduced to nothing more than a barren cliff-top have finally surfaced.
The stark images reveal North America’s iconic – and most powerful – waterfall to be almost as dry as a desert.
In June 1969, U.S.
engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls for several months.
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November 15 – 18, 2010 4 – 7 p.m.
A. $5 Admission OR A per person, per attraction donation of a non-perishable food item for Niagara’s Fury and Journey Behind the Falls.
B. $5 Parking at the Falls Parking Lot.
C. 25% discount on regular menu items at Elements on the Falls Restaurant (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities).
From Nov 6th, 2010 to Jan 31st, 2011, the 28th Annual Winter Festival of Lights will light up Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland.
Light Displays Include:
•Dufferin Islands Displays
•Winter Wonderland Displays
•Enchantment of Disney® Displays
•Displays in the City
Click http://www.wfol.com/lights.html to see more details. Click to see more pictures
Winter Magic Pass – On Sale October 25, 2010 to April 14, 2011
The price of the Winter Magic Pass from Niagara Parks Commission is
$24.95 plus tax, so the total amount comes to $28.19. But now you can purchase it from Angel’s Hideaway B&B for only $25.
The Winter Magic Pass includes admission to 3 magical attractions for 1 low price: Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara’s Fury: The Creation of the Falls.
Plus Bonus Coupons Valued at over $60:
• 15% off Shopping on minimum purchases of $25 at Niagara Parks Gift Shops
• Tapas at Table Rock’s Elements on the Falls Restaurant ‐ Buy 2 get 1 Free, 3‐6pm daily
• Bird Kingdom 2 for 1 pricing
• IMAX Theatre Legends & Daredevils Movie $3.51 off Adult admission
• Niagara Helicopter Tours $27.00 off Adult / $16.00 off Child
• Niagara SkyWheel $1.00 off Adult admission, up to 6 guests per coupon
• Skylon Tower Ride to the Top and Observation Decks $3.00 off Adult admission, up to 6
guests per coupon
• Winter Festival of Lights Rink at the Brink Free Skate Rental