Visit Niagara Parks for Family Day Weekend Fun!
The best of today and yesterday are coming together at The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) during Ontario’s Family Day (or U.S. President’s Day) long weekend.
Over its short history, Family Day has quickly become the ideal time for a quick mid-winter escape. This year, with the holiday falling on the same day as National Heritage Day, there is no better time to visit Niagara Parks.
“A large part of the intrigue of Niagara is our rich and deep history, and we work hard to ensure that is properly showcased,” says Janice Thomson, NPC Chair, “We are the perfect mix of heritage and popular attractions that will help you see Niagara and its surrounding area in whole new light” Thomson went on to add. “It is in our mandate to enhance any visit to the Niagara Falls area by preserving the beauty and history of this unparalleled wonder.”
Experience three great Niagara Parks attractions — Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory — for a single price with the Niagara Magic Pass. As an added bonus, the Butterfly Conservatory is currently hosting a unique exhibit, Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest.
The heritage focus for this year’s holiday celebration is on two key pieces of Niagara’s history: the War of 1812 and power generation. The Ontario Heritage Trust is kicking off its Heritage Week celebrations with Defending a Nation, featuring the upcoming bicentennial of the War of 1812, a defining event in Canadian history. A celebration of Canada’s power generation is the chosen theme of the Heritage Canada Foundation. Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of hydro-electric power, and the power of Niagara Falls has been fundamental in helping to shape that legacy and the history of Niagara Parks.
“Niagara Parks is one of the few, if not the only, organizations that has elements of both our military history and our power generating heritage,” says Thomson. “Our heritage focus is very much on these two very important parts of Niagara’s history as we reflect back on our past.”
On Friday and Saturday at the Niagara Square, residents will be able to visit Niagara Parks staff in period costume to learn more about the bicentennial activities for 2012. On Sunday and Monday, Niagara Parks heritage staff will move their display to Table Rock, where it will be featured alongside the recently updated Ontario Power Generation interpretive board.
The heritage display will give a sneak peek at the events planned to commemorate 200 years of lasting peace and a friendship that was forged in fire, while the OPG board has recently been updated with new videos documenting the Big Becky tunnel project.
Central to Niagara Parks’ bicentennial celebrations will be Heroes & Legends: The Niagara Heritage Trail Pass. Along a 53-kilometre route between Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, explore the battle sites and more than 100 plaques and monuments to the brave soldiers who helped establish peace between our two great nations.
NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Recreation and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.