Niagara Parkway closures for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Niagara Parkway will see closures on Friday morning for several hours to accommodate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events taking place at the Niagara Parks Power Station.

To accommodate events to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Niagara Parks announced road closures along the Niagara Parkway on Friday, Sept. 30.

The agency said there will be a full day of free events in recognition of the children who never returned home from the residential school system, those who survived and their families and communities. Sept. 30 is also known as Orange Shirt Day.

The Parkway will be temporarily closed between Murray Street and Fraser Hill on Friday from 6:30 am to 11:30 am during events held at the Niagara Parks Power Station Plaza near the Horseshoe Falls.

Access to the Falls parking lot will continue to be accessible to traffic entering from the Niagara Parkway.

Special event parking is available at Falls Parking, Lot A, with accessible pedestrian pathways leading to the event site, located at the newly repurposed power station.

Falls Parking is easily accessible by entering the Niagara Parkway from McLeod Road/Portage Road at Upper Rapids Boulevard, then heading northbound to the entrance at Fraser Hill, the agency said.

The Falls Incline Railway is a fully accessible option for those traveling from the upper Fallsview tourism district, linking visitors to the pedestrian pathway in Queen Victoria Park to the Niagara Parks Power Station Plaza, the agency said.

The agency said WEGO buses will be diverted to the Grandview Bus Management center at Falls Avenue during the road closure. For routes and schedules, please visit

Visitors are advised to dress warmly and in layers for all types of weather conditions, as all events will be held outdoors, rain or shine, the agency said.

The agency is hosting two days of free public events, performances and storytelling to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The agency said the falls themselves will also be lit up in orange and there will be a special fireworks display at night on Sept. 30.

The two-day event kicks off on Sept. 29 with a free public concert outside of the Niagara Parks Power Station.

Dubbed “TREATY: A Reconciliation Revelry,” the concert, starting at 6 pm, will feature an ensemble of award-winning Indigenous and allied musicians.

The agency said the concert, featuring songs interspersed with videos of artists, historians and civic leaders reflecting on the meaning of truth and reconciliation, will raise awareness of Indigenous peoples’ contributions to Canada and their struggle for appropriate acknowledgment.

Among the concert performers will be singer-songwriter and blues great Joshua Arden Miller, classic rock band The Ollivanders, Rob Lamothe, Tasheena Doxtator and others.

On Friday, at the transformed power station, there will be a traditional sunrise ceremony at 7 am led by Jackie Labonte and the lighting of a ceremonial fire by Dave Labbé.

That will be followed by a ceremony at the power station starting at 10 am with songs and music about the origins of Orange Shirt Day, honoring the 150,000 children and their families affected by what were known as Indian residential schools. The agency said people can bring a blanket or chair to take in the event.


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