Victoria Day is just around the corner which means that Summer is surely on its way! With the nicer weather comes a plethora of top activities like outdoor patio dining, sightseeing at Niagara’s most amazing vistas, taking in nature’s beauty, and of course- fireworks! Niagara Falls is the perfect place to spend the long weekend with your family, friends, or even that special someone that makes your heart beat a little bit faster. If you’re planning a Niagara Falls Victoria Day weekend excursion, don’t miss the very first fireworks show at Queen Victoria Park on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 10pm!
One-stop-shop: There’s no need to run around town, Clifton Hill’s World Famous Street of Fun by the Falls is Canada’s top tourism, family and entertainment destination for holiday weekends.
Niagara’s Top Attractions All Within A Block of the Falls!
Here on Clifton Hill, all of your favourite attractions are open for the season just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend. Using your Fun Pass, you’ll be able to enjoy activities like the Niagara Skywheel, Zombie Attack, and outdoor mini-golf at Dinosaur Adventure Golf.
If that wasn’t enough, the entire Niagara Region is bursting with even more options for fun and games making choosing what to do quite the feat! We’ve created this list of our top recommendations so that you can focus more on enjoying yourself and less on planning.
Victoria Day Facts and Information
Victoria Day is a Canadian Public Holiday that takes place annually on the last Monday of May. The holiday exists to honour Queen Victoria’s birthday who was the reigning Queen when Canada became its own country in 1867, but the holiday has been around and celebrated even before Canada was officially a country! Canada continues to celebrate it in various ways across the land, on a specific Monday in May. 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. Additionally, it’s a statutory holiday for six of Canada’s ten provinces and three of its territories.
Not only is it celebrated here in Canada, but also in Scotland. For many of us Canadian’s, Victoria Day means that the summer season is just around the corner which is cause for great celebration… winter in Canada is no joke! When the Queen died in 1901, the parliament declared that her legacy is celebrated at the end of May.
Niagara Falls Fireworks
Niagara Falls Fireworks
Returning to Niagara Falls after a short hiatus, you can now see the full array of colorful explosions in the sky above Niagara Falls this Victoria Day weekend. The fireworks will kick off on Friday, May 20th at 10:00 pm and then continue daily straight through to Monday, October 10th!
The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls or catch it on our Falls cam page. Please note: all dates are subject to change and dependent upon weather and wind conditions. (more fireworks info).
**For a full list of events check out our events calendar.
Breakfast Television Live from Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is thrilled to welcome Breakfast Television on Friday, May 20th as the unofficial kickoff to summer!
Dina, Sid, Frank, Devo and the BT crew will be broadcasting live at Oakes Garden Theatre at the base of Clifton Hill from 6am to 10am.
Anyone can join Breakfast Television’s live filming on May 20th from 6am-10am as the live audience and be offered some fun entertainment, giveaways and more.
Clifton Hill The World Famous Street of Fun by the Falls
Clifton Hill really does have everything that you might need in order to make the Victoria Day weekend something worth remembering. This popular amusement area is known for its uplifting energy and an abundance of activities that anyone of any age can enjoy.
Since most families like to stretch their dollars, save by purchasing the Clifton Hill FUN PASS directly online and save up to $30 off. Simply select your offer and the quantity needed, and you’ll be all set.
Clifton Hill is where “FUN” happens everyday! Between restaurants, gift shops, and the nightlife how can you possibly get bored? Most of all, enjoy discounts on attractions when you pick up the Fun Pass, or take advantage of our Midway Token Offer to get 160 Great Canadian Midway tokens for $44.25! ONLINE ONLY SPECIAL!
Ways to Relax on Clifton Hill
Open Air Patio Dining!
Kelsey’s Clifton Hill
Kelsey’s Patio Overlooking the Speedway!
For lunch or dinner visit one of the newly opened outdoor patios on Clifton Hill. Stop into Kelsey’s or Boston Pizza to browse through hundreds of menu items that’ll satisfy any craving. Once you’re full and energized you’ll be ready to enjoy each of the activities on Clifton Hill…Most noteworthy, the Niagara Speedway, now open for the season!
Race on the Niagara Speedway
Visit North America’s largest elevated go-cart track facility. The the first of its kind in Canada! Niagara Speedway is a marriage of traditional go-karts with the added fun and excitement of an elevated coaster. Test your driving skills along the straight away, negotiate the hair -pin turns and climb the elevated ramp as you head for the checkered flag!
Driver $13.00 (Per ~5 Minute Race)
Rider $4.00 (Per ~5 Minute Race)
TICKETS ARE TO BE PURCHASED ON-SITE IN-PERSON
*Prices do not include applicable tax.
Hours of Operation:
|May 9 – 15||10am-12am||10am-12am||10am-12am||10am-12am||10am-1:30am||10am-1:30am||10am-12:30am|
|May 16 – 22||10am-12am||10am-12am||10am-12am||10am-12am||10am-1:30am||10am-1:30am||10am-1:30am|
*Hours are weather dependent and subject to change.
Niagara Boat Cruises
Whirlpool Jet Boats (details)
There’s nothing quite like a boat tour in and around the famous Niagara Falls to celebrate a long weekend. The only question to ask yourself is- how wet are you willing to get?! For a gentle misting, opt for the Niagara City Cruises. For something a little more immersive (you may want to consider bringing a change of clothes!) we recommend the Whirlpool Jet Boats. For a tour that falls somewhere in between, there’s always the classic Journey Behind the Falls.
Niagara City Cruises (details)
Get ready to hop aboard and make your way to a memorable experience, no one ever forgets – the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour. A trip like no other, get up close and personal with the American Falls and the full-mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, or ride after sunset for a light-mist experience (that’s still heavy on the magic) with the illumination of the Falls. For a late-at-night moment you’ll only find here, there’s nothing quite like a 40-minute Falls Fireworks Cruise featuring starry skies, panoramic skyline views, stunning illuminations and, of course, fireworks that light up the sky — and your smiling faces.
White Water Walk
The Niagara Falls Region has an impressive number of options for you to be able to enjoy the incredible wildlife and blooming flowers without getting hit with a single drop from the Falls. Fully immerse yourself in the changing of seasons and the awakening of the beauty that comes with the warmer weather by spending an afternoon at the Botanical Gardens. Just next door is the Butterfly Conservatory, an unforgettable experience with nature that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of spring and the summer to come. Don’t forget the exciting White Water Walk with the exciting spring run off driving high volume river flow.
Niagara Falls Hiking
The Niagara Region is an outdoor playground for locals and visitors alike, offering a vast network of trails to explore. The stunning views from a good hike along with the fresh air and serene surroundings will help you reconnect with nature and stay grounded during turbulent times. Experts agree that spending quality time in nature reduces stress, calms anxiety and leads to a lower risk of depression.
Click here to see our list of Epic Hiking Trails in Niagara Falls
Please note: some trails are closed due to travel restrictions in our local area.
The Niagara Parkway is a key destination for cyclists, offering the 54-kilometre Niagara River Recreation Trail, which spans the entire length of the Niagara River corridor from Fort Erie, past Niagara Falls, and into Niagara-on-the-Lake. Riding along the Recreation Trail is a visual oasis that boasts gardens, recreation, hiking, bouldering, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and the Niagara Falls.
Fort Erie: 350 Lakeshore Rd, Fort Erie, ON L2A 1B1
Fort George: 51 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
More Victoria Day Activities
Niagara Region Events
Virgil Stampede 2022
Victoria Day Weekend May 21, 22 & 23, 2022Fifty-four years ago a group of neighbors got together to organize fireworks for Victoria Day. Today the Virgil Stampede celebrates with rides, games, fun events and great food — every year we add something new and this year will be better than ever. Net proceeds of this year’s Stampede is going to the proposed Pump Track Concept. Get Details
Virgil Sports Park
1565 Four Mile Creek RoadVirgil, Ontario, Canada
Hours: Sat. May 21: 10:00am – 9:00pm; Sun. May 22: 11:00am – 8:00pm; Mon. May 23: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Admission Cost: Adults $5.00/ea; Children under 10 Free; Free Admission on Sunday
One-stop-shop: Parking on Clifton Hill’s World Famous Street of Fun by the Falls will put you close to many of the Falls’ top facilities and you will also find many food and beverage options including ice cream shops, hotdog vendors as well as Boston Pizza on Clifton Hill!
Niagara Falls Victoria Day overnight stays!
Clifton Hill comes to life on holiday weekends and is a great time to stay overnight and enjoy Niagara. To simplify your Niagara vacation plans; check out all our nearby Niagara Falls Hotel options., and get started on planning your trip.
Please note: Monday is Victoria Day in Ontario and is considered one of the busier cross-border weekends in the Niagara–Fort Erie corridor. The busiest day being Victoria Day Monday. Travelers taking advantage of the many cross-border activities on Victoria Day, should consider some of the following border crossing tips to limit hassles between crossing the U.S.A. and Canada.
Foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated may be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel. Foreign nationals who are not completely vaccinated will be allowed to enter only under certain circumstances: Find out if you are eligible to enter Canada.
To keep everyone safe, all visitors entering Canada by land, air, or water, regardless of citizenship, must comply with testing and quarantine regulations. Canadians must meet and adhere to the same entrance standards. Unless you are exempt, you must show documentation of a valid pre-entry test result at this time.
Pre-entry testing will no longer be necessary for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air, or water beginning April 1, 2022.
LCBO Niagara Falls
Both LCBO and The Beer Store will be open during the long weekend. Hours will depend on the specific location.
Generally all the local Niagara LCBO and Beer Stores will be closed Monday, May 23rd, 2022.
Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Holiday Monday: Closed
Victoria Day Giveaway!
Giveaway for Victoria Day! Let’s Goooooooo! Kick-off your summer fun with Clifton Hill!
VICTORIA DAY PRIZE PACK:
- WIN multiple Clifton Hill Fun Passes (6 Attractions Each)
- Passes for Strike Rock N Bowl
- Tickets for Niagara Speedway
- 200 Great Canadian Midway Game Tokens
- $100 Boston Pizza, Clifton Hill
HOW TO ENTER:
- Share the Victoria Day contest post on your social feed/stories
- Tag a friend in the comments
- Tell us Why You Love Summer Fun on Clifton Hill
*Winner will be announced via our Facebook LIVE! Friday, May 20th during Fireworks Show…
**Please beware of scammers / fake accounts reaching out claiming you’ve won. We ALWAYS ask winners to contact us to avoid any mishaps. Please be advised of online scams arising from our giveaways. Do not click on links or follow suspicious accounts as we do not msg users directly, stay safe friends!