May 4

A walk across the Falls!!!

It’s been more than a century since anyone has crossed the Niagara Gorge on a high wire, but a new chapter in the daredevil tradition that put Niagara Falls on the world’s tourism map, is about to be written.

Famed American aerialist Nik Wallenda will attempt a dramatic crossing over the Niagara River between Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario on a tightrope, suspended approximately 60 metres (200 feet) above the turbulent waters rushing over the brink of Niagara Falls. Wallenda will cross the Niagara Gorge on Friday, June 15, beginning at 9 p.m. This modern-day walk — which will be watched by millions world-wide — will take him approximately 550 metres (1,800 feet) across a narrow wire over the world-renowned Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

In announcing his walk, Wallenda stated, “This has been a dream of mine ever since I saw Niagara Falls for the first time when I was six years old. I fully expect this to be only the beginning of my life long relationship with Niagara Falls.”

Given Niagara’s storied history with stunting and daredevil attempts, the Niagara Parks Commission felt Wallenda’s wire walk was an appropriate way to pay tribute to the daring individuals and performances of long ago, while highlighting Niagara Parks’ ongoing role as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. Wallenda’s tightrope walk is expected to draw more than 120,000 people between both Parks on either side of the river to witness the event firsthand. American television network ABC will broadcast Wallenda’s historic high wire walk live, enabling millions of viewers to watch his crossing worldwide.

The Niagara Parks Commission is putting together a host of activities and performances for the huge crowd that comes out to watch Wallenda’s amazing tightrope performance. A live concert is being organized at the Illumination Stage at Queen Victoria Park before Wallenda inches across the gorge. The night will be capped off in dramatic fashion with a spectacular fireworks display over the Falls shortly after Wallenda completes the crossing.

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October 12

Ghosts Behind the Falls – October 14, 15, 21, 22 and 28 and 29

“A haunting experience awaits you Friday and Saturday nights in October at Journey Behind the Falls. Niagara Parks has called upon its ghosts to greet them during this unique and limited time event. Suitable for all ages. Regular admissions apply.”

Please be advised that the last ticket sold for regular visits will be at 4:45 p.m. on the above dates and then your guests would have to join in with the structured ghost tours that begin at 6 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

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August 27

Orange Illumination of the Falls in Honour of Jack Layton Saturday

Due to a large number of requests from the public, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board has decided to illuminate Niagara Falls in orange on Saturday to commemorate the career and memory of the late Jack Layton. The Falls will be illuminated in orange during the following times:

9:00 – 9:15 p.m.
10:00 – 10:15 p.m.
11:00 – 11:15 p.m.

In keeping with the State Funeral which is being held in honour of Mr. Layton, Flags throughout the Parks will also be flown at half mast until sunset Saturday.

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