Come to Niagara Falls for Victoria Day Weekend in 2016
Victoria Day: The kick off to summer, shake off the soggy spring and get out and enjoy beautiful Niagara Falls!
A Little History Behind the Holiday
Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning Canadian sovereign’s official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada.
The holiday has been observed since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign’s actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country on the fixed date. In Quebec, the same day was, since the Quiet Revolution, unofficially known as Fête de Dollard until 2003, when provincial legislation officially named the same date as Victoria Day the National Patriots’ Day. It is a statutory holiday federally, as well as in six of Canada’s ten provinces and three of its territories.
If you are driving, Monday is Victoria Day in Ontario and Victoria Day Weekend has become one of the busier cross-border weekends in the Niagara–Fort Erie Region, with the busiest day being Victoria Day Monday. Travellers taking advantage of the many cross-border destinations and activities on Victoria Day, should consider some of the following border crossing tips to facilitate their return back and forth between the U.S.A. and Canada:
Niagara Falls Border Crossing (click image)
You may be packing up the car, but the GO train runs from Toronto/Niagara Falls starting the Victoria Day long weekend! For the schedule click here.
Save by adding your favourite Clifton Hill attractions and restaurant specials when you book online. Simply select from the selections that you want, and the quantity needed, and you’ll be all set. Print off a copy of your confirmation sheet and bring it with you when you arrive to retrieve your savings!
|Wild West Coaster! The all-new Wild West Coaster 6D motion ride takes visitors on an amazing adventure that transcends time, space and imagination …more info||Niagara Falls Fireworks Special Victoria Day Firework Events over the Falls will start a 10pm – weather permitting…more info||Hornblower Niagara Cruises Opened on April 1st for the 2016 season, just in time for the Victoria Day Weekend, Canada’s only boat cruise… more
|Niagara SkyWheel Soar 175 feet above the Falls for the most spectacular view you’ll ever experience… more
|Jeff Dunham Named “one of the most powerful entertainers” by Forbes Magazine, American funnyman Jeff Dunham heads to Fallsview Casino…more
|Greg Frewin Show Imagine Magic! Come to Clifton Hill & see the International Grand Champion of Magic perform live… more
|Great Canadian Midway 70,000 square feet of fun located in the heart of Clifton Hill. Featuring over 300 games!… more
|Kelsey’s Niagara **All new! At the top of Clifton Hill, please join us in our newly renovated Kelsey’s roadhouse! Double stacked burgers, two-handed sandwiches, and unforgettable chicken wings are just some delicious items…more info||Food Truck Eats Kick off your summer at the ultimate backyard bash. Peller Estates Winery is hosting Food Truck Eats on the May long weekend.…more info|
|Butterfly Conservatory Exquisite butterflies floating in the warm air, spreading their iridescent wings… more
|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||Fallsview Casino Enjoy stunning views, exciting entertainment and a huge luxurious gaming floor… more info|
|Kyle Hickey at Yuk Yuk’s The home to hilarious, live comedy every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Victoria Day weekend will showcase the comedy of Kyle Hickey... more
|Dinosaur Adventure Golf With 3 distinct decorative ponds with fast-moving rapids, a 50 foot high “active” steam-erupting volcano that lets golfers play directly through it, it’s time to get outside and play mini golf!…more info||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!…more info|
Niagara Parks Annual Fireworks Display
Just like previous years, you can count on the annual array of colourful explosions in the sky above the falls.
The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to announce added Fireworks Days with the return of Canada’s longest-running fireworks series. The fireworks will take place on Friday, May 20, Sunday, May 22nd, and Monday, May 23rd at 10 p.m., and will continue every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and Holiday throughout the summer until October 30th, 2016. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls. Please note: all dates are subject to change and dependent upon weather and wind conditions.
Long Weekend Coca Cola Concert Series Lineup
Free concerts take place at 8 p.m. at the Illumination Tower Stage, located in Queen Victoria Park at the bottom of Murray Hill, next to Victoria Place. Come out early and you can listen to some live entertainment before the fireworks countdown at 10 p.m.
Here is the BEST place to find parking for the Victoria Day Weekend!
We just added more spots! Our newly expanded Niagara Falls parking lot is your best bet for easy access to all our local attractions and a few minutes walk down to Queen Victoria Park to view the fireworks.
Click the image below for detailed directions in order to get to this lot:
What Are Some of the Top Attractions to Visit During the Victoria Day Long Weekend?
With the Victoria Day weekend drawing near, it’s time to get out of hibernation and look forward to a getaway with the family. One of the most popular times to vacation to Niagara Falls, Victoria Day weekend presents gorgeous atmosphere along the Niagara Parkway; dozens of species of flowers transform the landscape with their vibrant and brilliant colors. It’s a photographer’s oasis as April showers have lightened up and Niagara Falls temperatures can peak at 20c, but generally stay situated as an average high of 13.9c.
For 2016, here are some highly anticipated attractions to visit:
The Niagara SkyWheel:
Imagine being hovered 175 feet (53 meters) in the air over Niagara Falls and capturing the most beautiful pictures of the Horseshoe and American Falls. This is exactly what you get for an inexpensive fee of $10.99 + tax for adults and $6.99 + tax for children on an attraction set apart from the rest. It stands alone as one of the most spectacular aerial views you will ever experience for miles in every direction; all while you are comfortably encased in a climate controlled gondola that provides year-round sightseeing comfort, day and night.
The Niagara SkyWheel varies from 8-12 minutes, with operating hours that extend from 9:00 am to 2:00 am on the Victoria Day weekend and then throughout the Summer (*weather permitting*). No need to worry about sun glare off the glass either as each gondola is constructed with specialty made anti-glare coating…for a perfect photo every time!
It is one of Clifton Hill‘s most talked about attractions. This is among the largest of North America’s indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf courses that features 18-holes of challenging fun, and is showcased in a brightly coloured exhibit of Wizards, Trolls, and Dragons. Here, there’s something interesting for everyone to enjoy. You’ll golf among wizards, trolls, fairies, castles and dragons and get lost in a medieval story of fantasy and wonderment!
You’ll find Wizard’s Golf near the top of Clifton Hill, beside Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Call 905-358-3676 for hours of operation, ticket prices and other helpful information.
Whirlpool Jet Boats:
April 27th was the kick-off date to this year’s Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours out of Niagara-on-the-Lake season. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water flow over the Falls every minute and as that water enters the narrow rock gorge, it is compressed into wild rapids. This makes for an exhilarating time when you can experience first-hand the power of the rapids in a completely safe, 40-54 passenger vessel. You must be at least 44 inches tall to ride, but there are no restrictions for seniors as long as you are in good health (free of heart, neck or back issues).
With the Niagara Parks on bloom watch, what a view you will get with the Niagara Helicopter Tours! As the helicopter gently lifts off from the Victoria Avenue location, the awe-inspiring views of the Niagara Falls Region begin to appear below. Don’t let any picture-taking opportunity be missed, so have your cameras out and ready to go right from the start! The helicopter holds up to 6 of your family members in a 12-minute spectacular flight over the Niagara Falls that spans 27 kilometers. There are 5 helicopters available and the wait times are usually 15 minutes max.
*Check out my personal experience at the Niagara Helicopters here. Includes pictures from the trip!
Clifton Hill The World Famous Street of Fun by the Falls
Clifton Hill is the one vacation destination where you’ll find incredible experiences for the whole family to enjoy on your long weekend! Plan your day from the Niagara SkyWheel and be amazed by the spectacular views. Your vacation starts at Clifton Hill, where “FUN” happens everyday! Between restaurants, gift shops, and the nightlife how can you possibly get bored? Enjoy discounts on attractions as well when you pick up the Fun Pass and when you buy on-line you get an extra spin on the SkyWheel! Click on the image below to get started on purchasing your online pass:
Victoria Day weekend is when Niagara Falls and the streets of Clifton Hill really begin to come to life for the summer, and this is a great time to stay overnight and enjoy Niagara’s best offerings. To simplify your Niagara vacation plans; check out all our nearby Niagara Falls Hotel options., and get started on planning your trip.
Whatever your plans may be, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday weekend!