Niagara Falls Canada Day Long Weekend

Niagara Falls Canada Day Weekend

Join us for Niagara Falls Canada Day weekend to celebrate Canada’s birthday on the second weekend of the summer!

Niagara Falls, Canada is the “place to be” for one of the biggest annual birthday celebrations on Friday, July 1st, 2016. It’s a giant celebration throughout Niagara’s tourist and entertainment areas.

The crowds start to gather in Downtown Niagara Falls at Queen Street for the city’s official Canada Day Parade. Then followed by multiple concerts and performances in the evening. Plus our world-famous Niagara Falls fireworks show that you simply don’t want to miss!

We will be buzzing with activity, as Canadians from across the country flock to the area to celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday in style!

Canada Day Celebration Highlights

Niagara Falls Canada Day Fireworks!

Date: Friday, July 1st, Sunday, July 3rd, and Monday, July 4th, 2016 | Time: 10:00 pm

Fired from the base of the Niagara gorge, directly across from the American Falls, a spectacular pyrotechnic display will kick off the weekend celebrations in style! To get the best view, be sure to watch from the bottom of Clifton Hill (Locals secret). These spectacular Canada Day fireworks are provided free for your viewing pleasure by local hotels, attraction and restaurant owners of Niagara Falls, Canada.

Another fantastic way to view the fireworks and the beauty of the Niagara Falls is from the 175 foot Niagara SkyWheel. Each gondola can hold up to eight people with panoramic views of the Niagara skyline. Enjoy the comfort of climate-controlled enclosed gondolas. Wheelchair accessible gondolas are also available.

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Before the fireworks shows, there will be free concerts at 8:00 pm on all three days located in Queen Victoria Park at the foot of the Illumination Tower.

Bands:

July 1st: the Maddhatters and Monkley Cascade (*Maddhatters hit the stage from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, followed by Monkley Cascade at 8:00 pm)

July 3rd: the Razorbax

July 4th: Wednesdays Engine

If you are sticking around Clifton Hill for the Fireworks at 10:00 pm, it is definitely worth it to stick around after to relax and enjoy the sites some more.  The hill will be busy, so grab a seat at the newly renovated KELSEYS Original Roadhouse, with one of Niagara’s largest outdoor patios. We will be hosting live entertainment on the patio daily, so you won’t want to miss the fun and excitement on Canada Day!

Niagara Falls Canada Day

There is so much anticipation for this year’s Niagara Falls Canada Day celebrations, as we have many new additions that have arrived, or are almost ready to be revealed in July.

Click here to read about what’s new in Niagara Falls!

Niagara Falls Canada Day

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

It’s easily one of Niagara’s favourites! The Hornblower Niagara Cruises is a thrilling new way to experience Canada’s most spectacular wonder of the world. 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.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is located on the Niagara Parkway at the north end of Queen Victoria Park, close to the Rainbow Bridge and the Oakes Garden Theatre at the foot of the Clifton Hill tourist area.

Niagara Falls Canada Day

The best way to catch savings with the family is to purchase the Clifton Hill Fun Pass.

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.

Come experience a family-friendly 6D motion simulator on the Wild West Coaster. You can find it located in the Great Canadian Midway.  You can get a great discount on all these attractions and more by picking up the Clifton Hill Fun Pass online, which also gives you an extra spin on the SkyWheel!

Niagara Falls Canada Day

Online only, you can purchase 180 Great Canadian tokens for $50 ($44.25+tax). Click the image below for details on our “Family Token Offer“:

Niagara Falls Canada Day

City of Niagara Falls Canada Day

Free Birthday Cake from Portage Bakery (while quantities last) Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebrations!

4th Annual 5K Run or Walk for St. John Ambulance at Oakes Park

◾Registration begins at 8:00 am

◾Prizes, fruit, & medals for age category winners

◾Entry forms are available at St. John Ambulance, 5734 Glenholme Avenue, Niagara Falls or online at www.eventsonline.ca

11:00 am • Canada Day Parade begins!

The Niagara Falls Canada Day parade begins on Victoria Av. at Armoury St., travels north to Valley Way, onto Queen St., ending at Queen and St. Clair.

10:00 am – 11:00 am:

Niagara Falls Concert Band performing out front of the Niagara Falls Public Library at 4848 Victoria Av.

11:00 am: Parade begins.

12:30 pm • Opening Ceremonies!

The Canada Day Opening Ceremonies begins with the Canadian National Anthem at 12:30 pm on the City Hall Main Stage of Centennial Square on Queen Street. Entertainment and events for the Canada Day celebration include:

◾Free Birthday Cake from Portage Bakery (while quantities last) ◾Presentation of the Good Canadian Citizen Awards ◾Children’s Inflatables ◾Rock Climbing ◾Mini-Putt ◾Face Painting ◾Reptile Kingdom ◾Car Show (1:00 – 4:00 pm) lined up along Queen St., between Victoria and Crysler Av. There is no entry fee this year, with 2 awards to be presented ◾Mad Science Fun Stations ◾Live Entertainment by Chicago Transit, and Rookie and The Kings◾EXTREME Music, Dance & Sports performances, showcasing a BMX stunt team ◾Aerial dance◾Skateboarding demos ◾Hoola Hoop Fun Zone ◾Pepper Palace WingFest at Taps on Queen St.

There will be a Niagara Arts Showcase celebrating Canadian artists. Be inspired and enjoy the beautiful art along Queen!

A complimentary bike valet will be provided in the Rosberg Family Park, south of the Children’s Stage from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. Residents are reminded to bring their own refillable water containers to the event. The Niagara Region water truck will be located at Queen & Erie beside the Niagara Region Sun Hut.

*Temporary road closures will occur: Victoria Av. (from Jepson to Queen) closed 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. All of Queen Street will be closed from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Queen from Ontario to Erie will remain closed until 10:00 pm for entertainment at City Hall.

Fort George Canada Day 

Niagara Falls Canada Day

Free event at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake at 10:00 am, but begins at 8:00 am with a pancake breakfast and BBQ lunch in Simcoe Park (8:00 am – 10:00 am), followed by a BBQ dinner at Fort George and fireworks in the evening.  It’s a family fun day, which includes music, food, fireworks, muskets, cannon firings, local heritage group displays, antique auto displays and fireworks.

Call 905-468-6621 or visit them online at www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca.

Parking for the Niagara Falls Canada Day 

You will find plenty of parking over the Niagara Falls Canada Day weekend at this lot pictured in the map below. This parking lot has recently been expanded to hold 700+ vehicles! It’s only a 5 minute walk down Clifton Hill to the fireworks show, complete with a jolly cut for those of you that are parked closer to the Skylon Tower and want quick access to view the majestic Horseshoe Falls.

Remember, Niagara Falls will be super busy for Canada Day — which means parking will be scarce throughout the city. This lot can accommodate plenty of vehicles, and is just steps away from the Fallsview district for those of you who wish to do a little gambling at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

Niagara Falls Canada Day

Here’s the easiest way to get to this parking lot (via the back way at Robinson St.):

Route #1 From Highway 420

1.  Once you are on Highway 420 heading towards the Falls.

2.  Turn RIGHT onto Stanley Avenue.

3.  Take Stanley past Lundy’s Lane.

4.  LEFT on Robinson Street.

5.  Continue Straight and before you hit the dead-end go LEFT into the back entrance.

Route #2 From Highway 20 (turns into Lundy’s Lane)

1.  Follow Highway 20 past Thorold Townline Road (where it turns into Lundy’s Lane).

2.  Turn RIGHT onto Stanley Avenue.

3.  Turn LEFT on Robinson Street.

4.  Continue Straight and before you hit the dead-end go LEFT into the back entrance.

Route #3 From Thorold Stone Road

1.  If you are on the QEW heading south towards Niagara Falls you will see signs for Thorold Stone Road.

2.  Take the Thorold Stone Road exit and turn LEFT, continue all the way through to Stanley Avenue, slight right.

3.  Follow Stanley Ave past Highway 420 and Lundy’s Lane.

4.  Turn LEFT on Robinson Street.

Continue Straight and before you hit the dead-end go LEFT into the back entrance.

Route #4 From McLeod Road

1. On the QEW, head south towards the Falls and take the McLeod Rd exit and turn left.

2. Travel through to the Marineland Parkway and turn LEFT on Stanley Ave.

3. Turn RIGHT onto Robinson Street.

4. Continue Straight and before you hit the dead-end go LEFT into the back entrance.

 

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