Here are many of the nicest parks in the Niagara Region (not to mention the two Great Lakes and the Welland Canal) to help decide where you would like to spend your day. You may just decide to spend the whole summer exploring the park-lands of the Niagara Region!
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
Balls Falls is on the Niagara Escarpment and it’s managed by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. It’s a UNESCO World Biosphere Park. They have all sorts of things for children to do including the Centre for Conservation and interactive exhibits that will introduce kids to the Niagara Escarpment. Their web site lists lots of other activities and they even have a webcam running so you can see the falls in real-time. Ball’s Falls is recognized as a unique and outstanding geographical and geological feature in the Niagara Region and the Niagara Escarpment.
3296 Sixth Ave, Lincoln, ON L0R 1S0, Canada
Not a huge park but definitely worth stopping to see if you happen to be anywhere in the area (Niagara Falls, Niagara On The Lake, St. Catharines…) when the lilacs are in bloom in May or early June.
14004 Niagara Parkway, Queenston, Ontario, Canada
(behind the Sir Adam Beck Power Plant and near the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge).
It is worth mentioning the multitude of wonderful bike paths there are from lake Erie to Lake Ontario, along the Niagara Parks Boulevard. There are many parks along this route but there is a website dedicated to providing information for cyclists. There is also a bicycle GO train that’s fantastic!
Brock’s monument is owned by Parks Canada and is located in Queenston Heights Park, which is maintained year-round by The Niagara Parks Commission. There is a park all around the monument and there is a restaurant which i have only eaten at once, in the summer. I sat on the deck and the menu outside is very limited so I have not reviewed this restaurant yet – not until I have eaten a full mean inside – then I will let you know. The view from both inside and outside in the park is beautiful though – that I can say.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada
A “must see”, the Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens was established in 1936 and it is located on the Niagara Parkway about 10 minutes north of Niagara Falls. This beautiful garden is also home to the Butterfly Conservatory and is part of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. It is 99 acres of perfectly maintained gardens including many perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, as well as the famous rose garden with over 2,400 roses.
2565 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 6X8, Canada
Lakeside Park is on Lake Ontario at the north end of St. Cathrines, in Port Dalhousie. It has 1,500 feet of sandy beach, picnic area, beautiful historic carousel, concessions, playground equipment, dressing rooms, washrooms and parking area, pavilion, Waterfront Trail and Port Dalhousie Harbour Walkway. Great place to spend the day with young children. The carousel is a landmark, the animals are beautifully hand carved and painted. I believe it still costs 5 cents for a ride too!
9 Main St. Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines, ON
Main Street and Lakeport Road
Charles Daley Park is in Lincoln Ontario, just north of St. Catharines. It is a small park with a short boardwalk along the lake, a band-shell, a playground and lots of benches and picnic tables. Although it is smallish, it is one of our favorites just because it is well laid out, with lots of parking, it isn’t too crowed, it all very well maintained and quite new, and best of all – there is a music series in the park that ruins all summer!
Jordan Station, ON L0R 1S0, Canada (off the service road)