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The Niagara Parks Commission

The Niagara Parks Commission

Photo by contributor Colin Semple - Posted April, 2006

The Niagara Parks Commission

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The City of Niagara Falls
Upriver from the Falls, along the river sidewalk
opposite the bus/limo parking lot near Table Rock House


Coordinates: N 43 04.694 W 79 04.732

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Plaque Text

In 1885, the Province of Ontario established The Niagara Parks Commission as part of an international effort to preserve the natural scenery around Niagara Falls. Originally, the commission included Colonel Casimir Gzowski, Chairman, John W. Langmuir and J. Grant Macdonald, and was responsible for making the park self-financing while keeping admission free to the public. The Commissioners acquired parkland along the Niagara River to create Queen Victoria Niagara Falls Park, which opened on May 24, 1888. Beginning with a 62.2-hectare park, the Commission has grown to administer a world famous, 1720-hectare park along the full length of the Niagara River, nationally and provincially significant historic sites, botanical gardens, a horticultural school and recreation areas, while remaining financially self-sufficient.

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