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!
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.
‘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.