Many call it the heart of Niagara and if you’re a nature lover you might call it that as well. Queen Victoria Park is located very near to the falls and offers up a wealth of plants, trees, and flowers that are at their peak during different times of the year. This means that depending on when you visit you could be greeted by tulips in the spring or spectacular carpets of blooms in the summer. Even the frozen winter landscape of Queen Victoria Park has its appeal.
Opened in 1888, Queen Victoria Park was proposed by a three member committee of the Canadian Parliament and construction began in 1887. The park officially opened to the public on May 24 of the following year, the birthday of Queen Victoria.
Today, Queen Victoria Park is one of Niagara’s most popular attractions and sees millions of visitors each year. Be sure to reserve a spot on your itinerary for this beautiful park, and these are just a few of the ways you can spend a few hours or more taking in the lush surroundings during your visit to Niagara Falls.
Calling All Shutterbugs!
Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, any photographer will thoroughly enjoy the numerous photo opportunities located throughout the park. No matter the season the wide array of flowers, trees, shrubs, and bushes will always make for exceptional photos. The rock garden and the rose garden are especially popular.
Since the park is open, try to get there early, not only to beat the crowds but also to capture the early morning light and the mist that floats over from the falls. The resulting photos have a dreamy quality to them that just can’t be matched.
Take a Carriage Ride
During the summer months guided horse and carriage are available and there isn’t a better way to see the park. Not only do you get to stay off your feet, but your guide will point out all the wonderful aspects of the park, including the various plants, trees, and flowers you’ll see. The experience is romantic, the horses are well cared for, and you’ll thoroughly enjoy every minute of the ride.
The carriage tours of Queen Victoria Park are available all year, weather permitting. Visit the carriage company’s website for more information about availability and prices.
Go on a Picnic
One of the best ways to experience any park in any location is to simply pack a lunch, perhaps a bottle of wine, and head off for a picnic. With its expansive lawns and numerous shade trees Queen Victoria Park is an idyllic locale for a relaxing afternoon surrounded by nature.
Druxy’s Famous Deli is a great choice for picnic eats and isn’t too far from the park. Stop in, grab some sandwiches and other munchies, and wander the park to find the perfect spot. Don’t forget your picnic blanket and a book. You may find yourself so entranced that you don’t want to leave.
Parks are a wonderful way to experience a city, and Queen Victoria Park in Niagara is no exception. Be sure to save some time for this gem during your next visit.