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Celebrate Memorial Day in Niagara Falls!

History Behind Memorial Day
The United States Celebrates Memorial Day on the last Monday of May.  Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.   By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  As a marker, it is typically the start of the summer vacation season and also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, and trips to the beach.

Celebrate Memorial Day on Clifton Hill!
Memorial Day is about spending time with family, friends and doing a little cross-border shopping — and we have all that here in Niagara Falls! Family friendly adventures can be found all along Clifton Hill — the “Street of Fun by the Falls” and beyond.  If you want to be right in the middle of all the action, waking up with all the attractions, and with the majestic Niagara Falls just 5 minutes from your hotel room, you can plan to stay at The Comfort Inn Clifton Hill.  Known as a great family location and voted in the top 10 for “Family Hotel” on Trip Advisor, most people enjoy the free continental breakfast and wi-fi, as well as the convenient access to the adjoining restaurant, Kelsey’s.

Many package deals at amazing discounts are offered here with some discounts as high as 75% off savings like attending the Greg Frewin Magic Show.  The Comfort Inn Clifton Hill is the only hotel in the area with the Build-A-Package option, allowing YOU to pick and choose what activities and attractions you want to do this Memorial Day weekend.

It is always a good idea to try and book your hotel in advance, especially when it comes to a long weekend such as Memorial Day weekend, as availability gets slim if you wait to the last  minute.  For more details on the convenience of our online reservation system, we can get you started by clicking here!

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Getting Here from the United States

If you are driving your car you may need to know a few things before you cross the border:

1. Know what ID is necessary:  All visitors arriving to Canada need a passport or passport equivalent.  If you are traveling soon, you can get a passport within 24 hours at
2. At the border be ready to address the officer:  Passengers should pass their passports and other ID to the driver before reaching the border services booth. In addition, take off your sunglasses, turn off radios and cellphones – don’t start doing these tasks once you’ve arrived at the booth.
3. Have a note for children traveling without both parents:  Adults traveling over the border into Canada with childrenwho are not their own, should have a written note from the parents or guardians giving permission for the children to leave the country. The permission should include the name and contact information of the parent / guardian.

(Children under the age of 16 can present an original copy of their birth certificate, passport or NEXUS card as preferred identification.  Anyone over 16 MUST have a passport to cross the border.)

4. Know what you can and can’t bring into Canada.
5. Have your car registration available.
6. Check/empty your trunk:  Unnecessary items in your trunk may be a source of questioning by border officials and may add time to your border crossing.
7. Be prepared to answer questions.
9. Roll Down the Front and Back Car Windows When You Pull up to the border officer’s  window.
10. Check Out Border Wait Times Before Crossing.

Clifton Hill is the BEST place to find parking for the Memorial Day Weekend!
Parking behind the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill is your best bet for not only the most inexpensive parking on a Holiday weekend, but also easy access to all our local attractions and a few minutes walk down to Queen Victoria Park to view the fireworks:

Victoria Day weekend

Add Excitement to Your Memorial Day weekend getaway!
As mentioned earlier, Clifton Hill has all the fun by the Falls that you need!  Grab a putter and play a prehistoric round of mini putt at the Dinosaur Adventure Golf, and afterwards, just steps away, is the world famous Niagara SkyWheel.  This giant Niagara Falls attraction gives you an eagle’s eye view of Clifton Hill, the Niagara Falls and the surrounding area and maybe an opportunity to view some amazing sites and plan a little bit of your itinerary for the weekend!  A relatively new ride has been launched (only 2 years old) called the XD Theatre Ride and you can find it located in the Great Canadian Midway.  Don’t forget you can get a great discount on all these attractions and more by picking up the Clifton Hill Fun Pass on-line, which also gives you an extra spin on the SkyWheel!

Memorial Day Fun Pass offer

Niagara Boat Tours
Maid of the Mist: As you make your way to the bottom of the hill experiencing all this famous street has to offer you will find the
Maid of the Mist. The boats depart from Niagara Reservation State Park at Prospect Point in Niagara Falls, New York.  Known as North America’s oldest tourist attraction, millions of visitors have enjoyed the boat tours since 1846, and you can too!

Memorial Day hours for Maid of the Mist are as follows:  Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 24 9:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.;  Sunday, May 25 9:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Monday, May 26 9:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Prices: $17.00 US for Adults, $9.90 US for Children and all children 5 and under are FREE!

Hornblower Niagara Cruises:  They will take you on the ride of your life! An intimate tour that gets you as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist that is the magnificent Niagara Falls. Within the Niagara Great Gorge, the catamarans will journey past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and into the very heart of the famous Horseshoe Falls.

Tour Hours: Ticket booths will open daily at 9:30am; First Boat will board at 9:45am and will sail at 10am; For May 15th through May 19th, the last boat will leave the dock at 7:30pm.; For May 20th through May 22nd, the last boat will leave the dock at 5:30pm. ; For May 23rd through May 26th, the last boat will leave the dock at 7:30pm. ;For May 27th through May 29th, the last boat will leave the dock at 5:30pm.; For May 30th and May 31st, the last boat will leave the dock at 7:30pm.

Marineland also just opened a week prior on Victoria day weekend, and the park stays open from 10am – 5:00 pm daily. The Comfort Inn Clifton Hill  is also offering the Marineland Two Night Package! For information on this incredible deal and savings, click here.

Marineland on Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day Fireworks Schedule
View the Holiday Niagara Falls Fireworks display hosted by the Niagara Parks on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th at 10:00pm.  If you can’t make it for the special holiday show, the amazing spectacle can also be viewed every Friday and  Sunday at 10:00pm as well.  Although keep in mind all dates and times subject to change and dependent upon weather and wind conditions.

 Memorial Day Events and Activities

Niagara Falls Fireworks
Memorial Day weekend offers 3 Shows: Friday, Sunday & Monday over the Falls, starting at 10pm…more info
Niagara Falls Illumination
Every Night the Falls are lit in the colours of the rainbow – see the beauty of the Falls at night!…more info
Hornblower Niagara
Open Thursday, May 15th, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, Canada’s only boat cruise… more info
Niagara SkyWheel
Soar 175 feet above the Falls for the most spectacular view you’ll ever experience… more info
Bodies Revealed
Showcasing real human bodies, dissected and preserved through a revolutionary process… more info
Greg Frewin Show
Imagine Magic! Come to Clifton Hill & see the International Grand Champion of Magic perform live… more info
Marineland Canada
Open Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy thrilling rides, live shows and more… more info
Rumours Nightclub
Where your party begins every weekend at the top of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Canada …more info
Little Big Town
Famous for their trademark harmonies, Grammy Award winning country quartet …more info
Kevin Nealon
Stand-up Comedian & one of SNL’s top alumni, Kevin is ready to make you laugh out loud!…more info
Bursting onto the scene in 1958, Dion put doo-wop on the map. With hits like “Runaround Sue… more info

Night Life on Clifton Hill during the Memorial Day weekend!
There is a spectacular nightlife along Clifton Hill when the sun sets and all the attractions are lighting up the sky.  You may even notice some street music making you want to move those hips.  There is enormous room to get your dance on at Rumours Nightclub and see one of Canada’s hottest light shows.  If you are looking for a more laid-back setting, check out Kelsey’s new patio. It is bigger and better then ever, and will have more live entertainment this year!

Don’t worry about running out of money here as there are plenty of ATM locations on Clifton Hill if you need to replenish the stash. If you are worried about loosing any valuables, there are also lockers available for you at the Great Canadian Midway, so you can relax and feel comfortable while you are checking everything out.

Rumours Nightclub during Memorial Day

As you can see there is never a dull moment in Niagara Falls, so if you are looking for a fun time with the family on your Memorial Day long weekend, think about planning a trip to Niagara Falls and use Clifton Hill as your gateway to an amazing Memorial Day weekend!!

Christine on Memorial Day weekend

Christine Lynn





Instagram: @cliftonhillfun


— clynn

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