Get ready for an exciting time as the Civic Holiday long weekend approaches, spanning from August 4th to August 7th. Now is the time to set your plans in motion and make the most of this fantastic opportunity for a memorable getaway with your loved ones. If you’ve been postponing your travel plans, this is the perfect chance to take a well-deserved break and create wonderful memories with family and friends.
Look no further than Clifton Hill for the ultimate destination during the Civic Holiday long weekend. This vibrant location offers everything you could desire for a fun-filled getaway conveniently clustered together on the Hill. Imagine enjoying delicious food, engaging in exciting activities, and savoring breathtaking scenic views, all while surrounded by the people who matter most to you. It’s an experience you wouldn’t want to miss!
What is the Civic Holiday?
The Civic Holiday is an annual celebration observed on the first Monday of August throughout Canada. However, it goes by various names in different provinces and territories. In Ontario, this holiday was established to pay tribute to John Graves Simcoe, who played a significant role in the establishment of modern Toronto. Additionally, it serves as an opportunity to celebrate the rich and diverse Canadian culture. Interestingly, each province and territory has embraced this holiday for its own unique reasons to celebrate.
Niagara Falls Parking
You will find plenty of parking over the Civic Holiday weekend at this lot pictured in the map below. It’s only a 5 minute walk down Clifton Hill to the fireworks and illumination show. It’s a short walk to the Fallsview Casino and their adjoining restaurants. Queen Victoria Park offers amazing scenic views of the Falls, access the Niagara City Cruises, and the Zipline to the Falls attraction!
Making the Most of the Weekend
Niagara SkyWheel: OPEN DAILY 10:00am-2:00am!
Soar 175-feet above Niagara Falls for the view of a lifetime! The Niagara SkyWheel gives riders a breathtaking panoramic view of this spectacular natural wonder from the vantage of climate controlled gondolas. Soak in the awe-inspiring scene year-round, day and night, in total comfort. Get tickets for the Niagara SkyWheel
Niagara Speedway: OPEN DAILY 10:00am-1:30am!
A Clifton Hill hit that is not to be missed is the Niagara Speedway which combines traditional go-karts with the added fun and excitement of an elevated coaster styled track. Our most talked about attraction, with a track that spans 2000 feet and climbs up a 4-story spiral before you head down the ramp.
Movieland Wax Museum: OPEN DAILY 10am-2am!
All New Exhibits!!! Check out Niagara Falls’ top wax museum and be amazed by our life-like wax sculptures of characters from classic films like Aliens and the Terminator…to current hits like Black Widow and the Ironman! Snap a selfie next to your favourite stars and celebrities this weekend!
Take a picture with the all new Chris Hemsworth wax figure as Thor Odinson the Asgardian God of Thunder, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Jumanji, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, plus many more!
Carnival Chaos: OPEN DAILY 11am-1am!
You’ll need to bring your ‘A” game to challenge the carnies coming at you from all sides as you get deeper and deeper inside this demonic world. You’ll be whisked onto many dangerous amusement rides starting with a rickety roller coaster that crashes through the roof of a sinister workshop, then get spun out of control on the Wheel of Misfortune and the scary swing ride, then bang around in bumper cars until you are finally led to the bizarre Big Top show.
The freaks are as relentless as they are terrifying stirring up chaos throughout the journey. Every rider is armed with a laser gun to protect themselves, but working together greatly improves your chances of survival. You can also compete for the highest score by hitting as many targets as possible. This fully immersive experience is a first of its kind dark ride like no other!
Niagara Parks Power Station: Open Daily 9am-8pm
The Niagara Parks Power Station recently opened the Tunnel at the beginning of the month. Be amongst the first few visitors to explore the new underground tunnel experience at the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River with immersive exhibits, restored artifacts and interactive storytelling. And at night, feel the once-dormant power station come to life in a breathtaking interactive experience you’ll never forget.
The Tunnel: Descend 180 feet beneath the halls of the Niagara Parks Power Station with the all-new tunnel experience, included with regular admission. Find out how this remarkable 2,200-foot-long tunnel was excavated with only lanterns, rudimentary dynamite, pickaxes and shovels. Then, step out onto a new observation deck at the river’s edge.
For 100 years, the “Canadian Niagara Power Company generating station” harnessed the powerful energy of the Horseshoe Falls and turned it into a great source of electricity. Now, years after its turbines came to a halt, the wonder of this hydropower pioneer is coming back to life in an entertaining and educational experience that highlights both the remarkable history and unique architectural features of this 115-year-old engineering marvel.
Niagara Falls Restaurants
To keep you fueled and ready for action we have two family friendly restaurants that feature a broad selection of menu items. Both Boston Pizza and Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse are the perfect way to take a break from the action while still being able to see the action from a distance that to the outdoor patio dining options.
Events for the Civic Holiday Weekend!
Below is a listing of all the top events for Civic Holiday Weekend in the Falls and the Niagara Region.
Niagara Falls Illumination
Every evening beginning at dusk the Falls are lit in the colours of the rainbow – don’t miss the unmatched beauty of the Falls at night!
August 1 to 15th: from 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Greg Frewin Theatre
Presented by Greg Frew, the International Grand Champion of Magic, and skillfully performed by Christian Mascia, Wonder Magic is an exciting and groundbreaking show. Prepare to be captivated by a blend of Big Illusions, Close-Up Magic, and a truly inspiring storyline. Witness the enchantment of Wonder MAGIC in the prestigious 650-seat theater, one of Niagara Falls, Ontario’s most remarkable attractions. For an even more magical experience, inquire with the theater’s Box Office Staff about including our delightful Buffet Dinner alongside your ticket. Additionally, don’t miss out on the Starter Menu, Concessions, Bar Service, and Magic Shop, all available during each show.
August 4th, 5th and August 7th
6:00 PM: WONDER MAGIC (Dinner)
7:30 PM: WONDER MAGIC (Show)
Niagara Fiesta Extravaganza 2023
At Fireman’s Park: 2275 Dorchester Road. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Step into the world of the Niagara Fiesta Extravaganza, a yearly summer celebration dedicated to honoring the vibrant Filipino heritage in the Niagara Region of Ontario and across Canada. Our primary mission is to promote multi-cultural awareness and appreciation of Philippine heritage, while also acknowledging the invaluable contributions of the Filipino community to Canada’s social and economic fabric.
This lively festival promises a diverse array of thrilling activities and attractions for all attendees. Delight in a spectacular musical extravaganza, continuous entertainment, enthralling cultural heritage presentations, traditional Filipino games, sports, a delectable food expo, diverse vendors and exhibits, and shining spotlights on community achievements, among many other engaging experiences.
August 5th – 6th: From 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
St. Catharines Rotary Rib Fest
The Rotary Club of St. Catharines hosts the annual 4-day community fundraising event known as Ribfest. Live music, food trucks, and kid-friendly activities are all included.
This summer, we are happy to visit Montebello Park once more. One of the biggest downtown events in St. Catharines remains ribfest. Over 30,000 people will be there, there will be live music each day, there will be over 20 vendors selling food, drinks, and other items, and there will be plenty of ribs from Bone Daddy’s Ribs, Billy Bones BBQ, Silver Bullet BBQ, Camp 31 BBQ, and Uncle Sam’s BBQ.
From Friday, August 4th through to Monday, August 7, 2023, more than 30,000 people are anticipated to attend Montebello Park to sample ribs from five of the top ribbers in Canada and the United States.
August 4th – 6th: From 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
August 7th: From 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Niagara Falls’ Top Hotels
Exciting news for those planning an overnight trip during the Civic Holiday weekend! Niagara Falls offers a plethora of fantastic options for a perfect getaway. If you’re visiting from out of town, the key to having an unforgettable weekend is to stay for a night or two, allowing you to fully indulge in all the wonders the city has to offer. Opting for one of our highly recommended nearby hotels guarantees you’ll be right in the heart of all the action and excitement.
Shopping in Niagara
- Canada Trading on Clifton Hill
- Fudge Factory on Clifton Hill
- Canada One in Niagara Falls
- SmartCentres in Niagara Falls, Welland and St Catharines
- Outlet Collection at Niagara in Niagara-on-the-Lake
- The Pen Centre in St Catharines
- Fairview Mall in St Catharines
- Briarfield Shopping Centre in St Catharines
- Pendale Plaza in St Catharines
- Seaway Mall in Welland
Beer and Liquor Stores
- Beer Store
- Most of Niagara’s Beer Stores will be open
- Civic Holiday (Monday, August 7th) 11am-6pm
- Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm
- Sunday 11am-6pm
- Most of the LCBO stores in the Niagara Region will be open.
- Civic Holiday (Monday, August 7th). 10am-8pm
- Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm
- Sunday 10am-8pm
- Customers are encouraged to check the store locator feature for their local store hours on lcbo.com or the mobile app.
Driving Route Alternatives
Visiting today for the Civic Holiday? Here are a few driving options to consider while getting in and out of the Falls. Have a safe and happy holiday today!
Civic Holiday Contest…Coming Soon!
Contest details below:
1) Follow our FB page and/or Instagram @cliftonhillfun
2) Comment what your go to Clifton Hill Summer treat is
3) Share on your Facebook feed, or post on IG and tag us @cliftonhillfun
4) Tag your Summer crew
Winner will be officially announced on Friday , August 3,2023 via official post on our account and not by direct msg, messenger or friend requests.
Epic Prize package includes:
- Four (4) x 6 attraction Clifton Hill Fun Passes
- One Hundred (100) Midway Game Tokens,
- Four (4) Niagara Speedway Tickets
- Four (4) Combo tickets to RIPLEY’S attractions
Note: We will officially announce the winning via our Facebook page as a post only. Be safe and do not click on any links sent to you by accounts claiming to be Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls.