It’s officially the beginning of the Summer and you may be looking for inexpensive, fun things to do in Niagara Falls for Canada Day for you and the whole family. The Niagara Falls is definitely one of Canada’s biggest draws, but on Canada Day the city sees thousands and thousands of sight-seers and travelers from all over Canada and across the world because of its variety of things to do in Niagara Falls on Canada Day weekend. There really is no better place to celebrate Canada’s birthday than in a city full of historic significance that gives meaning to Canada’s patriotism. This year, on Canada’s 146th birthday, there is a wide variety of activities, events and fun things to do in Niagara Falls…and the cost? This is all free s*#t!
Let’s start with accommodations. This isn’t free, but it is cheap. You are going to need a family-friendly hotel to stay at, and one with inexpensive rates close to all amenities and main attractions so that transportation to and from these many events is limited and in some cases, not required at all! That place is the one voted the Travelers Choice award for Family Hotels on Trip Advisor, the Clifton Hill Niagara Falls Hotel. Located right on the “Street of Fun by the Falls” and the main centre of all the action, this hotel is on Clifton Hill, just a 5 minute walk to the Niagara Falls. Walk out the lobby and you are met with a lively family-friendly atmosphere with a steam-erupting volcano and dinosaur sounds from the Dinosaur Adventure Golf and one of the biggest draws of them all, North America’s tallest ferris wheel that gives you a spectacular view of the Falls, the 175 foot Niagara Skywheel. Heading down Clifton Hill you will come across all of Niagara Falls main attractions that are also included in the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, one of the most popular things to do in Niagara Falls for family fun packages. If you are looking for free s*#t, buy it online and you will get another bonus admission to the Niagara Skywheel…just for purchasing it online! The Clifton Hill Niagara Falls Hotel is also the only hotel that allows you to build your own package add-ons online with the additional tickets of the items that you choose to do during your stay conveniently waiting for you at check-in, with the Build-A-Package option. Everything for the risk-taker (Niagara Helicopter discounts), the adrenaline-seeker (Nightmares Fear Factory discounts!) to the wine-lover (Winery tours!) and, of course, the family fun seeker with the Niagara Adventure Pass, Greg Frewin Theatre, Marineland tickets and so many more tickets for incredible discounts!
FREE Canada Day Party on Queen Street!
Niagara Falls will be jammed with free things to do in Niagara Falls for Canada Day long weekend, so be sure to get here early from wherever you are traveling from to avoid long waits and highway back-ups! After spending the last 11 years working on Clifton Hill, I can assure you that as long as you aim to be in Niagara Falls before noon you will avoid the traffic and potential temper tantrums in the car from the kids!! That I had to get out of the way first.
11:00 am in Downtown Niagara Falls is the free Canada Day parade! The parade begins at Armoury Street and moves North on Victoria Avenue to Valley Way. The parade ends at Ontario Avenue. The Canada Day opening ceremonies begin at 1:00 pm on the City Hall Main Stage of Centennial Square on Queen Street with tons of free entertainment including free birthday cake, live entertainment, face painting and car shows! For a detailed map of the parade route click here.
It’s going to be a hot weekend….how about FREE swimming!
It’s going to be hot this coming weekend and what better way to cool off then with free public swimming at ALL City pools! Niagara Falls is offering this all Summer long as well, but seeing as though it’s going to be scorching hot, take advantage of it for Canada Day weekend! Here’s a list of participating pools with all public swimming time being 1:00pm-5:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm. Splash pads are open daily from 9:00am-8:00pm:
MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road), Patrick Cummings Memorial Sports Complex (Weinbrenner Road), Niagara Falls Lion’s Park (Drummond Rd. and Scott Street), EE Mitchelson Park (Springdale Av.) and F.H. Leslie Park (Valley Way and Sixth Avenue).
City of Niagara Falls pools:
Stamford Centre Volunteer Firefighters Association Pool (3800 Springdale Av.), Prince Charles Pool (6360 Arad St.), F.H. Leslie Pool (5250 Valley Way), Niagara Falls Lions Club Pool (4981 Drummond Rd.) and Buck Hinsperger Pool (3970 Welland St. in Chippawa).
FREE Concerts and Fireworks!
If you are a local in Niagara Falls, you probably already know that Friday’s, Sunday’s and Holiday’s offer free concerts at the Queen Victoria stage at 8:00 pm and fireworks at 10:00 pm throughout the Summer until September 1st, 2013. However, if you are from out of town this may be new to you…but it’s true! Friday, June 28th is a concert from “Escapade”. Saturday, June 29th is a concert from the “Beer Nuts”. Sunday, June 30th has “Fear the Worst” performing and on Monday, July 1st “Electric Blonde” performs! Be sure to arrive early for the fireworks and concerts and for cheap parking with plenty of room just steps away from Queen Victoria Park, click here. This lot is spacious, inexpensive and has an easy “hidden” access to the Park that not many people know about…complete with a map on how to get there. Shhh, it’s secret!
Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada: Canada Day event!
Celebrate Canada Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort George with FREE admission to Fort George on Canada Day from 10:00am-10:00pm. This event is full of music, muskets and artillery demonstrations throughout the afternoon. The fun doesn’t stop in the afternoon though, as the evening includes a BBQ dinner, more music from “More Bad News” and the “Horns from Hell” and free fireworks! The festivities of the day will begin with a pancake breakfast put on by the Friends of Fort George in Simcoe Park and then the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps will lead a giant birthday cake down Queen Street to Simcoe Park.
The Fort Erie Friendship Festival
Fort Erie is Niagara Falls’ neighbor so I think this popular festival applies! This event is completely FREE and sees thousands of people year after year and has been in existence since 1987. This one is definitely a must-see and extends from Friday, June 28th to Monday, July 1st, 2013. Live entertainment, a talent show, a Midway, vendors galore and fireworks are all featured at the Fort Erie Friendship Festival. For more details on this event, visit my last blog write-up on it by clicking here.
If you are looking for an abundance of things to do in Niagara Falls on Canada Day, this is a great start! And all free s*#t! Free to enter, free entertainment, free swimming, free concerts and fireworks and even free cake in one circumstance! For some more information on Canada Day in Niagara Falls click here. In the comments section of this blog, feel free to mention any other free s*#t to do in Niagara Falls on Canada Day weekend that you know of and share it! We want to make sure that Niagara Falls is the #1 destination for locals and tourists and we definitely feel that in order to do this we need to highlight all the great influences and businesses that make this city extraordinary. Please feel free to share s*#t!
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