Niagara Falls at night were forever changed more than 100 years ago in 1860, when 200 Bengel Lights were arranged to illuminate the Falls in honour of an upcoming visit by the Prince of Wales.
From then until the early 1920s the Falls continued to be illuminated for further Royal visits and special events. It wasn't until a group of Niagara Falls businessmen lobbied for improvement of the Niagara Falls lights that Falls illumination became more common. The group, known as the 'generators', raised enough money to purchase and install 24 new arc lights. This ultimately led to the creation of the Niagara Falls Illumination Board in 1925, to ensure the management, operation and maintenance of the illumination lights. Since their erection, The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has financed and operated the Falls illumination.
The Niagara Falls nightly illumination has greatly improved and changed over the years, with an update as recently as December, 2016. A brand new $4-million lighting grid was unveiled that delivers twice the brightness and a wider spectrum of colour all at a quarter of the energy consumption than the previous illumination.
Discover the illumination through these epic Falls experiences:
While the Falls are lit up in all colours of the rainbow, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board is happy to provide special illuminations in colours chosen by registered charities to honour their causes. These illumination requests can be made through Niagara Parks, and include your date and colour preference.
MAKE A SPECIAL REQUEST
During the summer months, special occasions and the Winter Festival of Lights, fireworks shows occur over the Falls making for a fantastic display of glowing night lights. While you can view the fireworks schedule prior to your arrival, it can change due to inclement weather.
View the Fireworks Schedule