Defined by Winston Churchill as “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world”, Niagara Parkway is a 55-kilometre Boulevard and iconic road trip highway in Ontario, Canada, that follows the course of the Niagara River. Known for its outstanding scenes of natural beauty and proximity to the famous Niagara Falls, the parkway is one of the world’s most famous routes, dotted with major landmarks, local communities, historic parks and breathtaking viewpoints. The parkway begins at its southern point in Fort Erie and continues along the Niagara River, through the Canadian city of Niagara Falls, until reaching Fort George in the north, passing famous natural sites and urban attractions along the way.
From the north, the first attraction along the Niagara Parkway is Fort George, a historic 19th century battleground where visitors can learn about local military history, which is surrounded by smaller landmarks like Living Water Wayside Chapel and McFarland House. Along the route, visitors will pass various vineyards and wineries, and small tourist attractions such as the River Brink Art Museum, Laura Secord House, the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum and 55-metre tall Brock’s Monument. There are numerous hiking opportunities along the parkway, such as Niagara Glen, spots of natural beauty like the Niagara Whirlpool and Botanical Gardens, and even the largest floral clock in the world. The main attraction of Niagara Parkway is the famous Niagara Falls, where visitors can get up close to the overwhelmingly powerful water and take boats to the foot of the waterfalls and tours into the caves behind them.
Visitors can reach the Niagara Parkway from a variety of directions, with direct connections from Buffalo in New York, where visitors have to cross the Pace Bridge to enter Canada, and from Toronto along the QEW highway. There are also public transport connections to the area, with a train station and bus terminal in the city centre of Niagara Falls, although the Niagara Parkway itself is a road to be driven upon.
Dating back to the 18th century, the Niagara Parkway is one of Ontario’s oldest roads, first used to survey the length of the river until it was fenced off to become a public road linking Fort Erie and Fort George. It was given to the Niagara Parks Commission in 1891, designed to be a scenic route passing the major landmarks of the surrounding nature.