Table Rock Welcome Centre
This is where to start your "best ever" Niagara Falls vacation!
Table Rock Welcome Centre is the heart of Niagara Parks - where every year over 8 million visitors stand close to the thundering water rushing over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls!
There are many exciting features at Table Rock:
- Niagara's Fury - You'll feel like you were there for the Creation of the Falls at this immersive 4-D experience.
- Journey Behind the Falls - Where you can walk through tunnels far behind the Falls and to observation decks at the foot of the Falls.
- Welcome Centres - Where you can purchase our special admission Passes, plan your day and make timed-ticket reservations.
- Shopping at Table Rock - Our new stores on the second level include Pop & Lolly's our fun and interactive Candy Shop. Don't miss Canadian Treasures for Canadian Diamonds, Roots brand name wearables, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Kids Explor-it.
- Table Rock Food Court - Tim Hortons, Niagara Pizza Co., Burger Town and other favourite options for a light meal or beverage.
All areas of Table Rock are fully accessible and wheelchairs are available for visitors free of charge with a major credit card imprint (or other form of acceptable identification) during the summer months at the Welcome Centre. You will also find Digital Attractions photo services, Automatic Teller Machines, Currency Exchanges and a First Aid station.
Falls view hotels and the Fallsview Casino Resort are all a short walk to the Falls Incline Railway, that will quickly transport you down the steep moraine to Table Rock. From the Clifton Hill Tourist Area, it's just a 10-minute walk through the beautiful gardens of Queen Victoria Park.
Paid parking is available just across the street at the Falls Parking lot or you can park at the Rapidsview lot, a short drive south of the Falls, and a free shuttle bus will bring you back to Table Rock.
Hours of Operation: Journey Behind the Falls and the main Shops are all open daily year-round except December 25. Some services close in the winter. The view of the Falls is always available - 24-hours a day, 7 days a week!
Table Rock Welcome Centre Location: 6650 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
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History of Table Rock
Hundreds of years ago, the land on which the pedestrian walkway at the brink of the falls and Table Rock now stands, formed part of the Falls and was covered with fast flowing water.
The original Table Rock was one of the oldest structures taken over by the Commission with the Parks’ lands in 1886. It was erected in 1853 by Saul Davis at a time when private owners controlled the land surrounding the Falls. It occupied a site just north of the existing Table Rock, opposite the historic land form of Table Rock, a limestone ledge which was overhanging near the brink of the Falls and that fell into the Niagara Gorge in 1850.
Table Rock was a starting point for the Scenic Tunnels, now much changed and renamed Journey Behind the Falls. In 1926, the old Table Rock House was demolished and a new Table Rock House was built of limestone with a copper roof, south of the old one and closer to the Horseshoe Falls. The new facility contained a lunch counter, souvenir sales, washrooms and dressing rooms for Scenic Tunnel visitors. It was also the station for the electric railway, the main mode of transportation through the Park at the time.
In 1960, the second floor housed a display of replicas of the Royal Crown Jewels of Britain.
Extensive alterations were made to Table Rock House in 1963 and in 1974 an expansion was added upstream of the main building consisting of the semi-circular dining room on the upper floor providing a panoramic view of the Falls. The lower floor housed a gift shop and snack bar. In 1989, a major revitalization program was started in the Table Rock area which spanned several years and improvements to the Table Rock complex were made again in 1993. In 2008, extensive renovations included the addition of a covered pedestrian walkway to take visitors safely over the Niagara Parkway to the Falls Parking Lot and the Incline Railway, as well as a two-level indoor viewing gallery called the Grand Hall, where a panoramic view of the Falls can be appreciated no matter what the weather.