Oakes Garden Theatre is designed around shrub gardens that have vivid green features, which are accented by many different flower arrangements and beautiful water features. Oakes Garden Theatre is the perfect place to stop and enjoy an afternoon walk in the park, relaxing on the picnic benches and taking in the beautiful scenery.
Oakes Garden Theatre has a mixture of architectural and horticultural attractions, which makes this destination intriguing and different from the other gardens of Niagara. This destinationincludes restaurants, gift shops, and hotels that are well known by the public and make this a popular destination within the Niagara region. There are many well-maintained gardens and lawns that bring out the beautiful flowers and colours of the gardens throughout the seasons. Oakes Garden Theatre also contains a large cobblestone wall surrounding the area to bring out the history and age of the theatre. The garden theatre is fan shaped and allows the view of the falls to be a natural backdrop to the display of flowers, lily ponds, and shrubberies.
The Oakes Garden Theatre has great significance to Niagara Falls history. The landscape of the Oakes Garden Theatre used to be the home of Niagara Fall's most prominent 19th century hotel. This hotel is known as the Clifton House and was built in 1833. However this hotel was destroyed by a fire and is no longer standing. The Hotel created a name for the theatre and also created a large amount of revenue for Niagara Falls. Once the Clifton Hotel was no longer standing many renovations took place and the land was purchased by Harry Oakes; a resident of Niagara Falls. Once Harry Oakes had full ownership of the land he began to hire individuals such as architect Dunington-Grubb, Stensson, and William Lyon Somerville to create an intricate design of gardens and stone sculptures in 1937. The garden was officially open to the public in 1937 and in memory and in honor of Harry Oaks the garden was named Oakes Garden Theater to pay tribute to all the hard work and dedication he put into the creation of this new beautiful spot in Niagara to visit. Also, there is a stone table located in the heart of Oakes Garden to pay tribute to Harry's contribution. To this day, The Oakes Garden Theatre is one of the most famous places to visit in Niagara Falls.
The Oaks Gardens are open all day year round. If you are interested in going in the attractions at Oak Gardens see Niagara Parks website for further details.
(Estimated time: 1 hour 38 minutes, 130 km)
QEW highway towards Niagara/ East Hamilton/ Fort Erie
exit ON-420 East towards the Falls/Niagara Falls U.S.A.
Continue onto Falls Avenue and take Victoria Avenue towards the Falls
1st right onto Eastwood Crescent
Right onto River Road
Destination is located on the left
From Fort Erie:
(Estimated time: 30 minutes, 33.5 km)
Take the Queen Elizabeth Way toward Toronto
take exit onto ON-420 East toward Niagara Falls U.S.A.
Continue onto Falls Ave/Regional Road 402
Make a right onto River Road
Destination will be on your right
From Niagara Falls:
(Estimated time: 7 minutes, 2.6 km)
Head east on Ferry Street towards Buchanan Ave
Continue onto Victoria Street
Turn right onto Clifton Hill
Turn right onto River Road
Destination is located at the foot of Clifton Hill.
This park is accessible to the use of wheelchairs. There are multiple ramps to provide easy access to all the gardens and attractions.
5825 River Road, Niagara
Niagara Parks Commissions
7400 Portage Road South
PO Box 150
Niagara Falls, ON
Toll free 1 877 642 7275