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Take Our Kids to Work Day at Niagara Parks

On November 2, 2016, The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) hosted 23 Grade 9 students from across Niagara for Take Our Kids to Work Day!

Take our Kids to Work Day is organized by The Learning Partnership, an annual national program in which Grade 9 students are hosted by parents and relatives in workplaces across Canada.

Through experiential learning in a variety of departments and areas at NPC, Grade 9 students embarked on a tour of a variety of different career options and got a true look behind the scenes of NPC’s attractions and facilities.

Students started their day with the Heritage Team, where they learned about the interpretive and curatorial roles at our Heritage sites. They learned of all the different employment opportunities available in Heritage, starting in high school. Students were even treated to a live demonstration of a musket shooting at Table Rock Centre!

Then the students met with NPC’s award winning Culinary team about the Apprentice Cooks and Chef’s Showcase Dinner, which has supported the educational endeavors of numerous aspiring chefs over the last 11 years through the Niagara Parks Apprentice Cooks scholarship. They discussed different education paths students should take to get their foot in the door as a culinary artist and treated students to a really interesting cutting demonstration!

To add a little fun to the day, students visited one of NPC’s most popular attractions, Journey Behind the Falls. While enjoying the breathtaking view, NPC’s High Angle Team dropped in for a quick visit by rappelling down into the Niagara Gorge. It was a highlight of the day!

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NPC’s Engineering team welcomed students to the Maintenance Centre where they got a close look at the many trades employed by staff. From carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical and mechanics, NPC has it all.

Finally, students were led by the Horticulture team on a walking tour of Niagara Parks’ renowned Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture and spoke to current students at the school about their experience.

“The Botanical Gardens was my favourite part of the day, hands down. Second was visiting the Forestry Department. I am very interested in botany.”  – Dawoud

NPC is very proud to be a part of Take Our Kids to Work Day. The program is a valuable tool to showcase what NPC has to offer while giving students a chance to appreciate the work their family member does.

Celebrate #AeroCar100 with Niagara Parks

This Saturday, we’re kicking off the celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of our Whirlpool Aero Car with a free pop-up concert featuring The Darcys and Modern Space at the Aero Car site! Niagara Parks Culinary will also be on location during the concert with a BBQ and beer garden that will be featuring our limited edition Aero Car Ale. If you’re joining us for #AeroCar100, here’s a few tips to help plan your visit.

 

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The Whirlpool Aero Car was designed by the Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo, and has been in operation in Niagara Parks since 1916. The cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and offers a spectacular view of the swirling Niagara Whirlpool, the Gorge, and the Class 6 whitewater rapids of the Niagara River. Guests can ride the Aero Car with their Niagara Falls Adventure Pass or purchase individual tickets at the attraction counter. The Whirlpool Aero Car is located at 3850 River Road in Niagara Falls.

 

 

 

Travelling to Niagara Parks

Coming from the GTA? Enjoy the comfort and ease of taking GO Transit to the Niagara Falls GO/VIA Station. Trains run Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until September 5, with stops at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO Stations, and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Stations. Find your schedule here.

Take the WEGO Green Line North from the main transfer hub at Table Rock Centre or from the Niagara Falls GO/VIA Station to the Whirlpool Aero Car. WEGO Green Line North departs the Niagara Falls GO/Via Station & Bus Terminal every 12 minutes and will be making additional return trips after the show. Some parking is also available on-site. Find your WEGO schedule here.

 

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Spending the day in Niagara Parks?

Arrive early and enjoy all that Niagara Parks has to offer. A daily parking pass, which includes unlimited in and out privileges at all of our parking lots along the Niagara Parkway for one full day, can be purchased at any paid parking lot or pay station in Niagara Parks for $25, tax included. All three of our Niagara Falls Adventure Passes include one-time admission to the listed Niagara Parks attractions, along with two days of access on WEGO, the hop-on, hop-off bus transportation system that connects Niagara Parks with your hotel and other tourist areas in the city. Choose your adventure: Classic, Nature, or Plus.

Looking to explore even more of Niagara Parks? Here’s a few more ideas:

If you’re looking for dining options near Niagara Falls, look no further than Niagara Parks Culinary. Our five full-service restaurants located along the Niagara Parkway are Feast On certified, offering guests the very best of Niagara food and beverage.

 

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Staying an extra day?

From August 5th to 8th, enjoy several events hosted throughout Niagara Parks during Mid-Summer Days! From #AeroCar100, to the Siege of Old Fort Erie (Canada’s largest 1812 battle re-enactment), to the annual Niagara Parks Golf Whirlpool Amateur Tournament at Whirlpool Golf Course, to the fireworks show over Niagara Falls at 10:00PM on Sunday night.

Share your experience with us on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #AeroCar100.

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Need extra help planning your visit to Niagara Parks? Check out our online Trip Planner for more information!

Canada Day Long Weekend Fun at Niagara Parks!

The wide array of attractions located along the Niagara Parkway normally results in a steady flow of traffic running through Queen Victoria Park on long weekends. But this Canada Day visitors will have the rare chance to experience Queen Victoria Park as a car-free zone between Clifton Hill and Fraser Hill, from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight!

WEGO buses and Niagara Parks service vehicles will be the only vehicles operating in the median lanes of Queen Victoria Park on July 1, allowing greater access for all pedestrians and visitors, as well as cyclists to enjoy the beauty of both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. *See below detailed information on road closures and group tour access.

Canada Day Great Canadian BBQ at Queen Victoria Place

Relax and unwind with the Falls as your backdrop, when you join us on the front lawn of Queen Victoria Place to take part in our Great Canadian BBQ. Settle in a comfortable Muskoka chair or find one of the many picnic tables and enjoy great musical entertainment from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., while the fully licensed BBQ takes place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

All Day Entertainment and the Coca Cola Concert Series

Located on the Illumination Tower Stage right beside Queen Victoria Place, the Madhatters will be playing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Canada Day, followed by the band Monkley Cascade, who will take to the stage at 8 p.m. and perform until the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. For the full weekend concert listing, visit niagaraparks.com/events.

Be sure to stop and enjoy the interactive entertainment that will also be taking place throughout the day within Queen Victoria Park, between the Falls Lower Incline Plaza and  Grand View Marketplace, featuring face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers and other surprise performers!

Falls Fireworks

As part of the holiday celebrations, special extended fireworks displays will be held on Friday, July 1 to mark Canada Day and Monday, July 4 in honour of the U.S. Independence Day. These expanded holiday fireworks are in addition to the regularly scheduled fireworks show planned for Sunday, July 3.

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‘One World: A Tribute to Humanness’ Multicultural Event

Taking place from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Queen Victoria Park, at the base of Murray Hill, this special cultural event will feature a variety of multicultural performances and music, including a Canada Day cake cutting ceremony to be held at 5:30 p.m. For more information can be found here.

Interpretative Heritage Tours

Visit Table Rock Welcome Centre and take part in an interpretative tour led by Niagara Parks Heritage staff from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Floral Showhouse Summer Display

During the holiday weekend, be sure to stop by the Floral Showhouse to take in the spectacular summer display. The displays in the popular greenhouses are regularly changed for visitors’ enjoyment, with eight seasonal plant exhibitions held throughout the year. While at the Showhouse, guests can enjoy the site of a developing Titan Arum bud, which is expected to bloom in early-July. Considered the world’s tallest flower, the Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum, is a massive bell-shaped flower, which can grow up to three metres in height. Admission to the facility is $5 for adults and $3.75 for children, ages six to 12 years of age.

Niagara Falls Adventure Passes

Create lasting family memories during the holiday long-weekend when you purchase the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass. The pass includes admission to four incredible Niagara attractions – Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, White Water Walk and Hornblower Niagara Cruises – with two days’ unlimited ridership on the WEGO bus transportation system and over $60 in bonus coupons. Learn more information and purchase your pass here.

*Canada Day Road Closure & Parking Information

Vehicular access into Queen Victoria Park via Murray Street, from Warren Avenue (at the Skylon Tower) to the Niagara Parkway, will be closed during the day. Table Rock Welcome Centre, Floral Showhouse, Falls Parking Lot and Fraser Hill Parking Lot will all remain open and be accessible from the Niagara Parkway via Upper Rapids Boulevard, in the south. For directions, please visit www.niagaraparks.com/plan.