Regional Municipality of Niagara

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The Regional Municipality of Niagara, also known as the Niagara Region, or colloquially "Regional Niagara", is a regional municipality comprising twelve municipalities of Southern Ontario, Canada. The regional seat is in Thorold. It is the southern end of the Golden Horseshoe, the largest megalopolis in Canada.

The region occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula. Its eastern boundary is the Niagara River, which is also the border with the United States. It is bounded on the north by Lake Ontario and on the south by Lake Erie.

Unique natural landscapes make the Niagara Region an important centre for agriculture and tourism in Canada. The most important agricultural enterprise in Niagara is viticulture, or winemaking. The Niagara Wine Route, which connects visitors to dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw while the internationally renowned Niagara Falls is one of Canada's major tourist attractions. Along with Shaw Festival, held annually in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the Welland Canal, the Regional Municipality of Niagara receives up to 12 million visitors each year.

Niagara Region
Région de Niagara  (French)
Regional municipality (upper-tier)
Regional Municipality of Niagara
Municipalité Régionale de Niagara  (French)
Flag of Niagara RegionRégion de Niagara  (French)
Motto(s): Unity, Responsibility, Loyalty
Location of Niagara within Ontario

Location of Niagara within Ontario
Coordinates: 43°03′N 79°18′W / 43.050°N 79.300°WCoordinates: 43°03′N 79°18′W / 43.050°N 79.300°W
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Formed 1970 (from Welland and Lincoln Counties)
Seat Thorold
 • Chair Alan Caslin
 • Governing body Niagara Regional Council
 • MPs Dean Allison, Chris Bittle, Vance Badawey, Rob Nicholson
 • MPPs Jim Bradley, Wayne Gates, Sam Oosterhoff, Cindy Forster
 • Land 1,854.25 km2 (715.93 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 447,888
 • Density 232.6/km2 (602/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)






Canada census – Regional Municipality of Niagara community profile
2011 2006
Population: 431,346 (0.9% from 2006) 427,421 (4.1% from 2001)
Land area: 1,854.25 km2 (715.93 sq mi) 1,854.17 km2 (715.90 sq mi)
Population density: 232.6/km2 (602/sq mi) 230.5/km2 (597/sq mi)
Median age: 41.9 (M: 40.7, F: 42.9)
Total private dwellings: 188,877 179,903
Median household income:
References: 2011[1] 2006[2] earlier[3]

Historic populations:[3]

  • Population in 2001: 410,574
  • Population in 1996: 403,504

Racial groups[2]

Religious profile[2]

Top ten largest ethnicities[2]



Festivals and major events

  • Canada Games - 2021
  • Canal Days
  • Festival of Lights
  • FISA World Rowing Championships - 1970 & 1999
  • Niagara Folk Arts Festival
  • Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
  • Poultryfest
  • Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
  • St. Catharines Wine Tasting of 2005
  • Serbian Day (Vidov Dan)
  • Shaw Festival
  • Welland FloatFest
  • Welland Zombie Walk
  • West Niagara Fair

Health care services

History and trails

Persons of interest


  • Clifton Hill (Niagara Falls)
  • Lundy's Lane Tourist District (Niagara Falls)
  • Niagara Olde Town (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
  • Port Dalhousie (St. Catharines)
  • Safari Niagara (Fort Erie)
  • Victoria Ave (Niagara Falls)
  • Welland Canal Centre (St. Catharines)
  • Howell Family Pumpkin Farm (Fonthill)
  • 97.7 HTZ-FM (St. Catharines)
  • 105.7 EZ Rock (St. Catharines)
  • NewsTalk 610 CKTB (St. Catharines)

Protected areas

  • Short Hills Provincial Park
  • Wainfleet Bog Provincial Wildlife Preserve
  • Ball's Falls Conservation Area
  • Chippawa Creek Conservation Area
  • Long Beach Conservation Area
  • Morgan's Point Conservation Area
  • Cave Springs Conservation Area
  • St. John's Conservation Area
  • Rockway Conservation Area
  • Louth Conservation Area
  • Mountainview Conservation Area
  • Beamer Memorial Conservation Area
  • Woodend Conservation Area
  • Woolverton Conservation Area
  • Wainfleet Wetlands
  • Humberstone & Willoughby Wetlands
  • Mud Lake Wetlands
  • E.C. Brown Conservation Area
  • United Empire Loyalist Conservation Area
  • Port Davidson Weir Conservation Area
  • Sugar Bush Conservation Area
  • Stevensville Conservation Area
  • Virgil Dams Conservation Area
  • Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary
  • Niagara Glen Nature Reserve


West Niagara

East Niagara

See also Niagara Peninsula wineries



Niagara Region contains three airports used primarily for general aviation:

For commercial flights Niagara residents use Toronto Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, or John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area; as well as crossing the border to use Buffalo Niagara International Airport or Niagara Falls International Airport in Upstate New York.


400-Series expressways:

Other highways:

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Niagara Regional Municipality census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved March 27, 2012. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cp2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b c d "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  3. ^ a b "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.

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