Queen Victoria Park was established by the Provincial Park Act in 1885 and opened to the public on May 24, 1888; the birthday of Queen Victoria. The park is operated by the Niagara Parks Commission and is considered the centerpiece of the Niagara Falls tourist area. The Park is located along the Niagara Gorge and River, beginning from the brink of the Canadian Falls and extending to near the Rainbow Bridge. This area provides the best vantage points for viewing Niagara Falls.Queen Victoria Park is known for its outstanding flower displays. The park features a valuable collection of unique native and foreign plants from around the world. Many of the flowers and trees are labelled for the public. Queen Victoria Park is also famous for its’ Hybrid tea rose garden and attractive carpet-bedding style displays. The main buildings in the park include the Floral Showhouse, the Table Rock Welcome Centre, two former power generating stations, and Oakes Garden Theatre. There are many walking paths throughout the park, several that span its entire length. From November to January, The Winter Festival of lights has many of their light displays throughout Queen Victoria Park.