Originally called Clark Island the property was purchased by the Niagara Parks Commission in 1887. The Dufferin Islands are famous amongst both tourists and locals; they consist of different small islands that are linked by footpaths and bridges. The islands are approximately 10 acres in size and are a nature lover’s paradise. The Dufferin island’s are most famous for their Winter Festival of Lights displays. 3-dimensional lighted displays of Moose, Deer and even a Mammoth placed on Dufferin Islands delight children and adults during the Winter Festival of Lights. There is no fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands.
Many who take a summer trip or tour to Niagara from Toronto will visit Dufferin Islands. It is a tranquil setting where you can take time out and get back to nature. Many people enjoy bird watching, nature walks and fishing.
There is also a wonderful picnic area overlooking a pond with ducks and geese where you can gather the family and have an outdoor picnic lunch, but please do not feed the animals. However, it is pleasant enough to stroll around the grounds and experience nature in all its simple, beautiful glory.
If you are taking a winter drive to tour Niagara Falls from Toronto or Mississauga, make sure you visit during the Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL), which usually begins mid-November and ends late January. Whether you are with young children or on a couples retreat you kick off the winter holidays as you gaze at the giant lit animals lining Dufferin Islands.
General Operating Hours: Open 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week