The team at the Discover Niagara Shuttle is excited to announce details for our 2018 season that begins in May. We've gone to great lengths during the off-season to improve our service and explore additional stops on our route. As always, we have to acknowledge the support of our partners, both public and private, for makings this important initiative for our communities possible. As we approach the season, more details will be made available, but there are some key pieces of information we are excited to announce now.
The shuttle service will begin as a weekend only service, before moving to full 7-day service Memorial Day weekend. Here are the opening dates of operation:
May 4-6, 2018
May 11-13, 2018
May 18-20, 2018
Daily service begins May 25 - Sept 30, 2018. Our operating hours will be Sunday-Thursday 9am-6pm and Fri-Sat 9am-12am. Please refer to our schedule page for the finer details regarding timing of our stops.
We are excited to offer an express run from downtown Niagara Falls, NY to Old Fort Niagara. We have identified roughly five pick-up places in Niagara Falls that are conveniently located near the downtown hotels. This will allow hotel guests, or any one that wants to get an early start exploring our region, to head directly to Old Fort Niagara at 9am. Pickup times will be between 8-8:15am at the Early Bird Express locations.
After 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays, the shuttles will run a limited route to allow you to explore our communities and take advantage of the many dining and entertainment options available, and most importantly, catch one of our breathtaking, world-class sunsets! This evening route will include the downtown Niagara Falls stops, the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, the Lewiston Village stops, and the Youngstown Village stop.
We are adding two additional shuttle stops to our route. The first will be another stop in the Village of Lewiston we're calling the Lewiston Academy Park stop, which will be on the east side of the village near the park. The second stop will be at the Stella Nature Preserve in the Town of Lewiston.
On October 13, 1812, the United States invaded Canada. Lewiston was the staging area for the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle of the War of 1812. Cannons installed on the lawn of Barton Hill were aimed at the village of Queenston, across the Niagara River in Canada. Troops were quartered on Major Barton's property as well.