The Niagara Parkway is a scenic drive running parallel to the Niagara River 55 km (34 mi) from Fort Erie in the south, to Niagara on the Lake in the north. The parkway is one of the oldest in Ontario. Construction of the Niagara Parkway began in 1908 and was completed in 1931.
The Niagara Parkway passes through several villages and several attractions along the river, including:
- Old Fort Erie
- Queen Victoria Park, which houses the popular attraction MistRider Zipline to the Falls.
- Access to The Floral Showhouse, Journey behind the Falls, Clifton Hill, Oakes Garden Amphitheatre, Niagara City Cruises, White-Water Walk, Whirlpool Aero Car, Niagara Helicopters, and Wild Play Adventure Park just before the Niagara Glen Nature Area.
- These are followed by The Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
- Finally, tt the northern end of the parkway is Niagara on the Lake, location of the world-famous Shaw Festival.
Before I finish I should mention when British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill visited Niagara Falls in 1943 and he is quoted as saying the Niagara Parkway is the “prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.”
I couldn’t agree more.
The Niagara Parkway is owned and maintained by The Niagara Parks Commission.