History, fireworks, boat tour on tap to celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. (June 24, 2016) – Niagara has everything visitors need to celebrate Canada’s upcoming 149th birthday in style and kick off summer at the same time.
Families looking to make the most of the July 1st long weekend can find a mix of history, fantastic scenery, great accommodations and truly Canadian activities.
“You really can’t get a better taste of what makes our country so special than celebrating Canada Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake,” says Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours president John Kinney. “Our roots stretch back to the founding of Canada so we go all out in Niagara making sure Canada Day is memorable and fun.”
Here are a few truly Canadian ideas for visitors to make the most of Canada Day in Niagara:
· Join the party at Fort George National Historic Site in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The fort, which helped turn the tide of the War of 1812, will open its doors for free on July 1. The festivities start with a pancake breakfast at nearby Simcoe Park, a parade lead by the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps that will lead a giant birthday cake through Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Old town and a night of entertainment at Fort George, including a BBQ dinner, musical performances and a fireworks show.
· Visit Queenston Heights Park to enjoy a Canada Day picnic or a hike along one of the park’s many trails. You can also enjoy for a self-guided tour of the Battle of Queenston Heights, where Major-General Isaac Brock, Commander-in-Chief of British forces in Upper Canada, died On October 13, 1812, shortly before dawn. You can climb the 235 steps inside the 56-metre tall monument to Brock for a stunning view of the Niagara Gorge.
· For those who want to really experience the power and the majesty of the Niagara River, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours takes adventure-seeking passengers on unforgettable jet boat rides from the mouth of the Niagara River through the Class 5 Devil’s Hole Rapids and to just below the incredibly powerful Niagara Whirlpool. Passengers can get onboard at three departure locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Niagara Glen Nature Centre check-in to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.
· Visitors looking for a more leisurely boat tour on the Niagara River can go for a ride on the Niagara Belle, a fully restored New Orleans-style paddle wheeler. Niagara Sunset Cruises operates a variety of tours — including lunch and dinner cruises — aboard the Belle, taking passengers down the Lower Niagara River, through Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the mouth of Lake Ontario. Tours depart from docks in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. and Lewiston, N.Y. The Belle is offering a special three-hour Canada Day dinner cruise where passengers will end the night watching the spectacular fireworks show off Fort George from aboard the boat.
· Explore Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake and soak up the history and charm of one of Canada’s prettiest towns. Once the capital of Upper Canada, Old Town has deep historic roots that stretch back well over 200 years. In addition to wonderful heritage buildings, Old Town has fantastic shopping in its many boutiques and specialty stores, as well as great dining and entertainment, including world-class theatre at the Shaw Festival.
About Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours:
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has been giving passengers a taste of adventure on the white water of the Niagara River since 1992. Passengers experience a thrilling and educational one-hour guided tour, where they can take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Niagara Gorge, feel the rush of the Class 5 Devil’s Hole rapids and marvel at the power of the Niagara Whirlpool. Headquartered in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the tour company’s fleet of custom-built jet boats depart from three locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (shuttle bus from Niagara Glen Nature Centre check-in to Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.
For more information, go to www.whirlpooljet.com.