Explore Niagara's Green Side

Picture this; you drive throughout The Niagara Region, and each and every spot to stop at, you are bombarded not with a plethora of tourists, but with flowers and floral fauna like never before. Here in Niagara The Niagara Parks Commission certainly knows a thing or two about maintaining our parks, and therefore whichever park you hop on over to, you know it will be just perfect. Many of the parks have a variety of facilities such as picnic table seating areas, splash pads, soccer or football fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and so much more. One of the lovely things about The Niagara Region is the fact that they have leash-free dog parks, so if you've brought your 'sporty' dog with you than head on over to Burgoyne Woods Park where your dog can roam freely for once. Spend the afternoon picnicking at Queens Royal Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Montebello Park in St. Catharines. The beautiful thing about Queens Royal Park is that there is a gazebo, trail and perfectly maintained grass area where you can certainly plop yourselves down for the day and take in the beauty of the water and enjoy the laid back lifestyle that Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts. No matter which park you choose, you'll certainly feel like a kid again as the park was always the best spot to go on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy the day outside with your very best friends and family. So go on, take out your shoes, grab a soccer or football and let the games begin.

If you feel there's something magical about the presence of a single butterfly, imagine having 2000 of them flying about! Thanks to tropical foliage and flowers, a waterfall and an added dose of humidity, the experience becomes downright exotic....  Read More

Oakes Garden Theatre

Built on the site of a destroyed hotel (and incorporating portions of the ruins), this garden was completed in 1937. Remaining faithful to the lay of the land, it takes the shape of an amphitheater, and the stage, engagingly, employs the Falls...  Read More

This somewhat futuristic-looking glass structure, dating to 1945, shelters a host of beautiful, delicate plants. Within its walls, visitors find specimens from all over the world, including orchids, lilies, cyclamen and succulents. Plants used...  Read More

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy of Flickr.com/Leonora Enking

Initially established in 1936, these botanical gardens attract nearly a million visitors each year. In fact, folks can't seem to get enough of NPBG's 100 acres of manicured beds and plantings, which are maintained by a select group of students...  Read More

The beauty of Burgoyne Woods Park is not just the fact that you can let your dog roam free in the 'dog park' area, but it's the fact that you can get the family together for a day filled with barbeques, sports and full on enjoying the company of...  Read More

Niagara on the Lake is certainly known for its wines and perfect outdoor festivals, but if you make the trek on down here, one of the very best spots to go is to The Queen's Royal Park. Not only does it offer up a perfect spot to lay out a...  Read More

Charles Daley Park is the most splendid place to spend the day during those hot summer months. With 22.5 acres of waterfront views, the park is open all year round and offers a plethora of green space and sand to dig your toes in. There are two...  Read More

This park is certainly a beautifully manicured park frequented by picnickers and locals alike in pursuit of a whole slew of activities. As the birthplace of Canada, this park is certainly home to not only a bunch of activities (baseball field,...  Read More

Located in North St. Catharines this park has it all and so much more. With two lighted soccer fields and lighted tennis courts, games are going on all day and night. There are always local soccer teams either in tournaments or playing regular...  Read More

Montebello Park is a lovely green space located in busy downtown St. Catharines. The park itself is 2.49 hectares, hosts events and festivals throughout the year and is certainly the perfect spot to enjoy a day outside with family and friends....  Read More


Meet Melaina Gasbarrino

Melaina is a native to The Niagara Region. Though she's traveled the world, she loves coming home and experiencing the true beauty that The Niagara Region has to offer. From hikes through The...  More About Melaina

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