Drone display back on this week in Niagara Falls


Published October 3, 2023 at 12:41 pm

"Meep, meep!" Will tourists see the Roadrunner at Thursday night's drone test over Niagara Falls? Not likely. However, they will see familiar landmarks light up the sky.

After their show was canceled last Friday (Sept. 29) due to police activity near the launching area, North Star Drones will be bringing their sparkly show to light up the night at Niagara Falls on Oct. 5.

Sponsored by Niagara Falls Tourism, the Canadian company will send 300 drones up 400 feet in the sky at 9 p.m. between Skylon Tower and Clifton Hill, immediately after the fireworks show.

The fireworks are set to stop at the end of this weekend as they run 144 consecutive days between the May long weekend and Thanksgiving.

“The test will feature drone lights forming shapes that represent a selection of the many world-class attractions Niagara Falls has to offer visitors,” said Niagara Falls Tourism.

“The objective of the test is to understand sight lines in the area. It will have no audio component. The test show will last approximately 10 minutes, beginning at 9 pm.”

However, the group emphasized that at this point, there are no plans to swap out the fireworks displays and replace them with a drone display.

“There is no immediate plan to replace fireworks at Niagara Falls with drones. This test is part of a larger discussion about whether drone shows may represent a viable supplementary addition to fireworks at Niagara Falls while ensuring to preserve the natural environment,” said Niagara Falls Tourism.

“The test will assist in educating stakeholders with regards to show content, length, sight lines, and other relevant information. This test is part of ongoing efforts by stakeholders to ensure Niagara Falls continues to offer leading, world-class visitor experiences.”

However, the fireworks were interrupted several times this year as the air quality in Niagara was poor due to the northern Ontario wildfires. Mechanized drones, of course, don’t affect air quality.

Niagara Falls Tourism added the pathway between Robinson St. (Skylon Tower) and Clifton Hill will be closed to pedestrian traffic for safety reasons for the duration of the show until the drones have landed from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“The show can be seen from various vantage points within Queen Victoria Park, between the base of Clifton Hill and the bottom of Murray Street.”


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