- Initiative launches with a new online guide to assist visitors with exploring the spectacular sites and experiences along the Niagara River corridor
- Explore the Niagara is a collaboration of Niagara Parks, Parks Canada, City of Niagara Falls, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Town of Fort Erie
- Additional information is available at exploretheniagara.com
Niagara Falls, ON – The 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor and the lands that surround it comprise one of the most historically important and culturally rich regions in Canada. Throughout the spectacular natural landscapes of Niagara, themes of Indigenous culture, Black History, Nation Building and many more are waiting to be discovered around every corner. A new collaborative initiative, Explore the Niagara, encourages visitors and residents to experience these remarkable stories as they build and expand on their own unique personal connections to Niagara.
Explore the Niagara highlights sites and activities spanning Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The three municipalities collaborated with staff from Niagara Parks and Parks Canada to leverage the vast array of experiences available to visitors and package them in a new and accessible way, delivering curated and digestible itineraries that are ideal for exploration.
Explore the Niagara has launched with the following five themes for 2022:
- Black History
- Indigenous Culture
- Nation Building
- Active Living
Through these initial five themes, over 50 unique sites, monuments, trails, parks have already been featured with more to come. Additional details on Explore the Niagara, including full theme itineraries are available at exploretheniagara.com.
Quote from Niagara Parks Chair April Jeffs
“As the environmental and cultural stewards of the Niagara River corridor, Niagara Parks is proud to work with our municipal partners and Parks Canada to celebrate the history and culture of Niagara with this exciting new initiative. I look forward to Explore the Niagara providing additional awareness and visitation for the many authentic and memorable experiences that Niagara has to offer.”
Quote from Parks Canada Southwestern Ontario National Historic Site Superintendent Lisa Curtis
“Parks Canada protects Canada’s natural and cultural treasures and is proud to contribute to the Niagara Region’s world-class tourism. From parks to battlefields, and heritage sites to cultural landscapes, there is an amazing array of places and diverse stories to discover right here in our own backyard. Parks Canada is thrilled to work in collaboration with Niagara Parks and municipal partners to offer “Explore the Niagara”, a new and innovative program that enables people to discover and connect with history and nature.”
Quote from Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop
“We are blessed to live in a vibrant, active community surrounded by natural beauty, history, culture, and diversity. The “Explore the Niagara” initiative is a dynamic example of using digital creativity to promote all the mighty Niagara River has provided us. Working together, Niagara Parks, City of Niagara Falls, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Town of Fort Erie and Parks Canada have brought this idea to life, spreading the word about our incredible region and all it has to offer. Fort Erie is proud to embark on this exciting adventure.”
Quote from Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Betty Disero
“Explore the Niagara is a dynamic tool that helps promote and encourage residents and visitors to see and experience sites and attractions along the Niagara River,” stated Lord Mayor Betty Disero. “The Niagara River connects three municipalities that are rich in history and culture, and Explore the Niagara is intended to highlight these diverse attributes. Niagara-on-the-Lake is very fortunate to be a part of the landscape that the Niagara River flows within. I am excited for individuals, families, and friends to use Explore the Niagara to plan their next visit to this beautiful region. Thank you to Niagara Parks and Parks Canada for overseeing this project!”
Quote from Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati
“There is something for everyone in Niagara Falls and in the Niagara Region. The new Explore Niagara initiative highlights some of the far-reaching themes throughout Niagara that touch everyone in some way! With a focus on diversity, nature and active living, we know that you will find something important and interesting to explore. We invite you to engage in this new creative set of highlights as a unique way to explore our destination!”
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