The celebration of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day happens every June 24th since 1834.
It is not known why Saint-Jean-Baptiste came to be considered the patron saint of French Canada. One legend has it that a great many French-Canadians bearing that given name persuaded the journalist and patriot Ludger Duvernay to adopt it as the name of the national society of French-Canadians which he founded in 1834. In any case that was the name he chose, and the St Jean Baptiste Association (St Jean Baptiste Society from 1914 on) of Montreal took the maple leaf and the beaver as its emblems…and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day was born! The founding was celebrated 24 Jun 1834 by a banquet to which 60 guests were invited – Irish, US, and Canadian. Many among them sang their interpretations of patriotic songs, including George-Étienne Cartier who sang ‘Ô Canada! mon pays! mes amours!’ The celebration became annual, and gradually more elaborate, and spread to other localities in Quebec, in Acadia (1880), and in the francophone regions of Ontario, the Canadian west, and even the USA. The celebrations were suspended 1838-42 because of political troubles.
Celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Niagara Falls!
In 2016, Quebecers get a long weekend as June 24th lands on a Friday, so it’s time to plan a little getaway, and Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls is the perfect destination for families looking for a break.
If you’re going to stay the long weekend, you’re going to need a hotel, and one that is close to Clifton Hill’s exciting attractions. Lucky for you, Niagara Falls has no shortage of fantastic hotels and motels to choose from. That said, if you are bringing the family, you’ll find the best selection of accommodations in the main tourist areas. You are going to want to find a location close to Clifton Hill’s World Famous Street of Fun by the Falls, but perhaps you are looking to gamble the night away as well at the Fallsview Casino, or check out the beautiful Niagara Parks landscape and attractions. If that is the case, let us assist you with the planning with our page that focuses on lists of great Niagara Falls Hotels within three categories: Clifton Hill Hotels, Fallsview Hotels, and Lundy’s Lane Hotels.
Many of these hotels offer some fantastic savings on packages catered to family fun, such as the “Niagara Falls Family Fun Package” at the Howard Johnson on Victoria Avenue.
Once you arrive on Clifton Hill, we want to make sure you’re fueled up before your adventure begins! That’s why you need to make your way to Boston Pizza Clifton Hill.
Once you step inside our restaurant, you’ll be dazzled by what you see. We are one of Canada’s largest Boston Pizza locations, but also unique in that we are not only a sports bar and popular family dining destination, but we feature many arcade games in our building. The Great Canadian Midway is on the lower level, and many of their games and family favourites are located upstairs in our establishment as well. Additionally, we are connected to Strike! Rock N Bowl, which is a 14 lane, 10-pin bowling alley. We also have eight billiard tables for all the pool lovers out there.
The Great Canadian Midway is a giant 2 story building that features literally hundreds of arcade games, exciting rides such as the 6D Wild West Coaster and the family favourite, Ghost Blasters Dark Ride. We feature two redemption prizes centres to redeem your winning tickets for prizes — one on the lower level and the other located upstairs at Strike Rock N Bowl.
Here are some fun activities on the “Street of Fun by the Falls” you and the family could enjoy for this years Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. Let this video navigate you through our “Street of Fun by the Falls”.
We are just about to truly kick-off to the busy Summer tourist season, and Clifton Hill has a way of drawing tourists and locals in like a magnet. The hill comes alive with an atmosphere of lights and sounds emanating from the numerous “haunted houses” that line the street, the giant talking Pharaoh outside Movieland Wax Museum and the roar of the Dinosaurs and volcano “eruptions” at the Dinosaur Adventure Golf . You will know when you are getting close to Clifton Hill once the spectacular Niagara SkyWheel comes into view! This is Canada’s largest observation wheel, which will take you 175 feet high above the horizon for one-of-a-kind views of the majestic Niagara Falls and the entire surrounding landscape.
Print this off and try it out. You won’t be disappointed in the panoramic views:
These are just a few reasons why it’s hard to resist cramming the streets of Clifton Hill for an entire day of excitement and intrigue. Patios are open, karaoke begins and crowds form around the “Golden Elvis”, a gentleman bathed head to toe in gold paint impersonating the Rock N Roll legend. Find him in the SkyWheel courtyard! Take a photo with him and he will deck you out in Mardis Gras beads…the perfect accessory for such a happy place in Niagara Falls.
Get yourselves the best deal going for family fun entertainment on Clifton Hill, with the Clifton Hill Fun Pass. Experience our 5 most popular attractions, for half the cost of purchasing each individually. Just $25.95 for Adults, and $19.95 for Children (+ taxes). This gets you a full day of fun — with another Niagara SkyWheel admission when you purchase the pass online ONLY!
Niagara Falls Fireworks Shows
On Friday, June 24th and Sunday, June 26th at 10 p.m., enjoy a spectacular Niagara Falls fireworks displays in Queen Victoria Park. Come early on both evenings to enjoy free Coca Cola concerts at 8 p.m.
**Friday, June 24th “The Deal” performs, followed by “Retromatics” on Sunday, June 26th.
Note: All dates and times are approximate and subject to change.
Fireworks displays are weather permitting.
Jackson Browne at the Seneca Niagara Casino
June 24th, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Tickets start at $60
His music has defined a genre of songwriting with honesty, emotion, and distinct personal vision. Don’t miss an evening with the legendary singer/songwriter Jackson Browne at the Seneca Niagara Casino. He has rocked the charts for five decades with classics hits like “Doctor My Eyes,” “Somebody’s Baby,” “Lawyers In Love,” and his signature song “Running On Empty.” A multi-platinum recording artist several times over, he is an inductee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2004) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2007).
Visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com for ticket information
Parking on Clifton Hill
Clifton Hill is the BEST place to find parking for the long Saint-Jean-Baptiste weekend!
We have introduced a larger lot that spans over 700+ parking spaces. It gives easy access to all our local attractions and is only a few minutes walk down to Queen Victoria Park to view the fireworks.
Our parking lot is a short walk from the Fallsview Casino and their adjoining restaurants, and it comes complete with a jolly cut that allows you to bypass busy crowds and get from the parking lot into Queen Victoria Park and the Falls in a matter of seconds.
Click the image below for information on how to get here from the QEW or the Niagara Parkway, which includes a printable version for easy travelling: