Niagara Falls, Ontario, is famous for the world famous waterfalls. Its site on the Niagara River’s western shore overlooks the Horseshoe Falls, the cascades’ most expansive section. Elevators take visitors to a lower, wetter vantage point behind the falls. A cliffside park features a promenade alongside 520-ft.-high Skylon Tower with an observation deck. The parks, trails and gardens are easily accessible to biking, hiking, walking – or even just a nice afternoon picnic. If you want to take a tour of the falls, boat and helicopter tours are available.
It’s an outdoor recreation destination that excels in the areas of food and beverage. Do you want to check out the best of Ontario wineries? Go no further. Niagara Falls is home to oustanding wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Niagara is linked with the U.S. by the Rainbow Bridge.
Whilte the photogenic Falls and many beautiful parks are the draw for many tourists, the history of the area contributes to the story of Canada today. Niagara was the scene of one of the most famous battles of the War of 1812 – a major turning point in Canadian history. It was a significant stop on the Underground Railroad during the 19th Century.
Niagara historic sites include the Forts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit Old Fort Erie, the first fort built by the British in the late 1700s and scene of one of Canada’s most horrific battles in the War of 1812. Visitors may also experience other national historic sites along the Niagara Parkway.
Experience the Falls
There are great ways to experience the Falls. Start with an exploration on foot. Once you’ve had a chance to see the American and Horseshoe Falls from the sidelines, getting up close is a must. Hornblower Niagara Cruises takes visitors on a boat ride tour to the foot of the Falls for a wet and wild view of the 13-story falls from below. A completely different sensation, Journey Behind the Falls where you here sounds like thunder as you descend to tunnels that travel to Observation Decks literally behind the falls. In winter, it is a sight to behold, as the mist freezes into beautiful formations. Get some fresh air at the boardwalk on the edge of the Niagara whitewaters – the White Water Walk or head over in the evening for a different view of the Falls with the nightly illumination and seasonal Falls fireworks – head up Skylon Tower for a perspective unlike any other.
May in the Falls
May is the start of the peak season in Niagara Falls. We arrive just after “May 2-4” and the region should be in full bloom.
In the historic area of Niagara Falls an event called Springlicious occurs late May. This is primarily a free outdoor music festival with plenty of live bands, street food vendors and activities for the kids.
Spring also means the start of the season for the world famous Shaw Festival, a must see theatre experience anytime you’re in the region. With new and exciting acts every year, you can never go wrong with season passes to the festival.
In Niagara, spring is a great time to explore before the summer tourist crowds arrive!
The Shaw Festival
The Shaw Festival season has been announced for 2019. The season runs from April 6 – December 22, 2019 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tickets go on sale on December 8.
Tim Carroll, Artistic Director
Tim Jennings, Executive Director