Visitors who visit Niagara Falls Canada and Niagara Falls, New York travel thousands of miles to experience the powering roar of the Falls, the refreshing cooling sensation from the waters and the brightly-lit Falls that electrify with vivid colours. The Falls Illumination Board has successfully provided magnificent colours on the Falls throughout the seasons of Winter, Spring, Fall and Summer.  The recent 2015 schedule was released shortly after the announcement of Mark Thomas who was appointed Chairman for the Niagara Falls Illumination Board. Mark is the Western District Director of the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation. Mark came on board after replacing Niagara Falls Mayor, Jim Diodati who held the position since November 2012.  Mayor Jim Diodati will continue to serve as a board member to represent the city of Niagara Falls, Canada.

Mark Thomas role has begun and will sit as chair for the next two years. “The lighting of the falls is such a vital part of the visitor experience at Niagara Falls. I am honored to serve a term as chair as we work together to sustain and enhance this important feature of our shared natural wonder,” said Thomas. The board was established in 1925. The Niagara Falls Illumination Board is made up of representatives from the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario; the City of Niagara Falls, New York; Ontario Power Generation Inc.; The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and The Niagara Parks Commission. It is the Illumination Board’s responsibility and mandate to finance and maintain the nightly illumination of both the Horseshoe and American Falls.

Visitors travelling to Niagara Falls, Canada are always in awe of the magnificent and vivid colours that radiate and illuminate the Falls at night. The colours always add an exciting and joyful experience for those who walk along the Niagara Parkway. The Falls Illumination has formed a schedule of the lights that display on all three Falls (Canadian Horseshoe, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls) so that visitors can time their stay and coordinate their days to watch the natural wonder in a different light. Many times the Falls Illumination board will pay tribute to a national cause or registered charity lighting the Falls with a symbolic colour. Those who wish to request the Falls be lit in a specific colour must submit a request no later than 30 days prior.

For guests who travel to Niagara Falls from the Spring through to the Fall months have the chance to experience the Falls Illumination up close and personal onboard the Falls Illumination Cruise. The evening cruise is just one of the two brand new evening cruises available for guests to explore while in the city. The cruise is equipped with on board refreshments, snacks, on board bar, music, glass retractable walls for keeping dry and areas to sit (both top deck and lower deck) Like what you hear? Learn more about our Falls Illumination Cruise.

Those in Niagara Falls, Canada on December 31, 2014 will be sure to see the Falls in great light as they will be lite white all evening long (5pm-1am) as guests fill Queen Victoria Park for the New Years Eve celebration.

Here’s a peak at the Falls Illumination 2015 Schedule.

DATES                              ON                           OFF

January 1st – 31st             5pm                       Midnight 

February 1st- 28               6:30pm                  11:00pm

*March 1 – 27                   7:00pm                   11:00pm

*March 8 – 31                   8:30pm                   11:00pm

*April 1- 30                      8:30pm                   11:00pm

May 1 – August 13            9:00pm                   Midnight 

August 14 – Sept 30         8:30pm                    Midnight 

October 1 – 31                 7:00pm                     Midnight 

November 1 – Dec 30      5:00pm                      Midnight 

December 31                   5:00pm                      1am


NOTE: Illumination Times are approximate and subject to change according to light conditions.

*During the months of March and April, the Falls will be illuminated until Midnight on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. 


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