Headquartered in Niagara Falls, The Niagara Parks Commission offers an unparalleled variety of sights and sounds, from the majestic Niagara Falls to theatres, festivals and attractions. All the Niagara Parks attractions, like Journey Behind the Falls and the Whirlpool Aero Car, and beautiful gardens like the Botanical Gardens are meticulously managed and operated by Niagara Parks staff. The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.
Welcome Centres are located at key pedestrian entrance points to Queen Victoria Park, the parkland beside the Falls:
- Table Rock Centre* (inside the building next to the Horseshoe Falls) on both the upper and lower levels
- Grand View Marketplace Welcome Centre (outside the Hornblower Niagara Cruises ticket booths)
- Clifton Hill Welcome Centre (at the intersection of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, opposite Oakes Garden Theatre)
- Murray Hill Welcome Centre (near Queen Victoria Place, below the Fallsview Tourist Area and Fallsview Casino Resort)
- Rapidsview Welcome Centre (south of the Falls at Rapidsview Parking Lot)
The Welcome Centres are open June through August starting at 9:00 a.m., but hours may vary throughout the season.
*Table Rock Centre is the only one open year round
The Niagara Parks Commission was established in 1885 to control the lands and buildings immediately surrounding the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The area, which is now known as Queen Victoria Park, encompassed just 62.2 hectares (154 acres). In our long history we’ve grown to own and maintain over 1325 hectares (3274 acres) of parkland along the entire length of the Niagara River, stretching 53 km (36 miles) from Fort Erie in the south to Niagara-on-the-Lake in the north. We are set up like a city within a city, with our own police services, road maintenance, waste collection and all other services needed to sustain our extensive operations. During the height of the tourist season, Niagara Parks employs over 1,700 staff: approximately 300 full-time and 1,400 seasonal hires.
Niagara Parks receives no government financing – they raise theirown revenues through gift shops, golf courses, restaurants, attractions and parking lots. The Niagara Parks Commission along with the illumination committee, lights up the Falls and set's off fireworks every year. Check our illumination and fireworks page to find out the most current schedule.