The central Niagara Parks region boasts of the wonderful Oakes Park Theatre situated at the foot of Clifton Mountain. It’s the gateway to Queen’s Park that is the primary place to see the majestic Niagara Falls. A popular attraction for visitors, this theatre has been featured in several feature-length films including Jurassic Park and The Lion King.
The Oakes Park Theatre was first opened to the public in 1937, built on the old grounds of the former Clifton Hotel. This state-of-the-art facility is one of the largest in the area with a stage set around four acres and the largest floor-to-ceiling screen in Niagara Falls.
With its large stage and two large balconies, it is one of the main attractions for sightseers who want to catch a glimpse of Niagara Falls from a very good vantage point. The main stage features two grand screens that are linked together by a series of ropes.
Visitors can enjoy a show on either the top balcony or the bottom balcony. There are also many smaller balconies available for those who prefer the view of the theatre without being able to see the huge screen. The Oakes Park Theatre is equipped with sound, video, lighting, a snack bar, restrooms, a concession trailer, and a bar. There are also several bars inside the theatre for patrons to enjoy beverages. There is a small parking lot to park your car.
There are a number of walking trails to follow around the area and take you into the heart of the natural beauty of the Clifton Hills. While on these trail walks, you will find some beautiful picnic areas as well as beautiful landscapes to photograph. These beautiful views are available all year round. There are also many local businesses and shops to explore. Many of these businesses are open on weekends and offer special sales and discounts to visitors.
A special treat for people traveling to Niagara, Canada is a day trip from the Oakes Park Theatre to Niagara Falls via Sky Tower. This trip includes a ride over the Gorge and the breathtaking Niagara Falls. During this trip, a spectacular fireworks display will illuminate the falls and a spectacular sunset will illuminate the skyline for amazing views.
Another great way to view the falls is through a guided tour. All tours include lunch on one of the picnic tables, a guided river walk, and an introductory speech by a local resident. These speeches are provided by local residents who are experts in the region and the natural wonder that is the Clifton Hills.
The park theatre is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and is a must for anyone interested in natural history, local culture, the history of the region, or just taking in the stunning scenery of the area. For the most part, tours are provided for free and you are encouraged to bring your own camera. if you wish to take pictures.