Holiday Weekend: Victoria Day Niagara Falls 2017
Victoria Day the unofficial kick off to summer, shake off the soggy spring and get out and enjoy beautiful Niagara! Flowers are in bloom, outdoor dining, and patio season is in sight. If you’re planning a Niagara Falls Victoria Day weekend excursion, there is no shortage of things to do before watching the spectacular fireworks show at Queen Victoria Park.
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!
Niagara Falls Fireworks – Special Victoria Day Fireworks over the Falls commence for a new season starting at 10pm – weather permitting (more info).
Pippin the Musical – Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying Broadway musical hit, full of extraordinary live action playing at the Fallsview Casino (more info).
Food Truck Eats – Kick off your summer at the ultimate backyard bash. Peller Estates Winery is hosting Food Truck Eats over the May long weekend (more info).
Niagara Falls Elvis Festival – Welcome to a spectacular event! “The Niagara Falls ELVIS Festival” will take place over 3 days at the Greg Frewin Theatre (more info).
**For a full list of events check out our events calendar.
Here is the BEST place to find parking for the “Victoria Day Niagara Falls” weekend!
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 19, Sunday, May 21st, and Monday, May 22nd at 10 p.m. for the Victoria Day holiday weekend. 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.
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 more detailed information:
Clifton Hill The World Famous Street of Fun by the Falls
If you want to have a memorable Niagara Falls Victoria Day weekend with loved ones, Clifton Hill is the one vacation destination where you’ll find incredible experiences for the whole family to enjoy! 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 when you pick up the Fun Pass, or take advantage of our Family Token Offer to get an incredible discount of only $50 for 180 Great Canadian Midway tokens! ONLINE ONLY.
For Victoria Day Niagara Falls fun, the streets of Clifton Hill 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!