Dufferin Islands - Nature Park with several small islands
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Dufferin Islands

Dufferin Islands

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Take a short walk south from Table Rock Centre to discover ten acres of secluded, pristine greenspace at Dufferin Islands. Winding paths and wooden footbridges connect small islands and offer a tranquil escape in the heart of Niagara Falls. You may be surprised by the wildlife you’ll find in this popular escape, one of Niagara’s hidden gems!

From November through January, explore nature-themed light displays inspired by this natural paradise as part of the annual Winter Festival of Lights.

Reconnect with Nature

With 56 kilometres of preserved parkland found along the Niagara River, there’s an abundance of opportunities to reconnect with nature in Niagara Parks. Explore endless hiking trails, learn about the exciting sport of bouldering, discover hundreds of bird species along the Niagara Parkway, or take an unforgettable ride along the paved Niagara Recreational Trail.

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Century-old Islands

The construction of the Ontario Power Generating (OPG) Station in the early 1900s shaped the geographical features of Dufferin Islands. The fill from the construction of the power station’s inner and outer forebays and tunnels was used to create new islands. The OPG Station, located just north, drew its 12,000 cubic feet of water per second from the Dufferin Islands area and was carried two kilometres for use.

The OPG Station ceased operations in 1999 and the building was handed over to Niagara Parks.

Picnics at Dufferin Islands

Relax and unwind with a quiet afternoon picnic at Dufferin Islands! Stop by Table Rock Market for a delicious selection of gourmet grab-and-go menu items, then find the perfect spot surrounded by the relaxing sights and sounds of nature. Parking and picnic tables are available at Dufferin Islands.

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Winter Festival of Lights

The annual Winter Festival of Lights is presented by the Ontario Power Generation across Niagara Parks and features millions of dazzling lights throughout Dufferin Islands, Queen Victoria Park and surrounding tourist districts. Whether you drive through or decide to park your car and explore by foot, this magical festival is a key highlight for the whole family.

Founded in 1982, the festival is the largest of its kind in Canada and attracts over 1.8 million visitors annually. Witness Niagara Falls transform into a breathtaking palette of colours with brilliantly animated lights and interactive displays from November to January.

Map of location leading to an interactive map of Niagara Parks