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American & Bridal Veil Falls, Visit Niagara Falls

American & Bridal Veil Falls, © Can Stock / rabbit75can

Visit Niagara Falls

When you visit Niagara falls, you can do so from two towns named Niagara Falls – one in Canada and the other in the United States. The two towns are on opposite sides of the Niagara River. There are 3 waterfalls to see when you visit Niagara Falls. The waterfalls are the Horseshoe (Canadian), the American and the Bridal Veil Falls. All the islands at the falls are all located in the United States.

Maid of the Mist, Visit Niagara Falls Canada

Maid of the Mist

Visit Niagara Falls – Maid of the Mist

In the summer, the most popular attraction at Niagara Falls is the Maid of the Mist. You can catch the Maid of the Mist from either the US or Canada to enjoy close up and extremely wet views of the falls. The departures from either country avoids the need for a border crossing. Plastic rain gear is provided and you will need it. The Maid of the Mist goes so close to the Horseshoe Falls that you will get drenched by the mist.

Niagara Falls from Canadian Side

Niagara Falls from Canadian Side

Visit Niagara Falls – Canadian Side

Stroll the riverfront walkway from Clifton Hill to Table Rock for views of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Along the way, stop at the Bird Kingdom too. The Canadian side enjoys the best views of the falls. You will also get great views of the Maid of the Mist fleet in operation. In summer, you can catch a double decker bus on the riverfront walkway. The double decker bus ride goes along the Niagara River south of the falls.

If you want to change sides of the river, take the Rainbow Bridge border crossing or book a tour of both sides of Niagara Falls. Fly over the falls in a helicopter with Niagara Helicopters. Try the Grand Helicopter Tour. Don’t miss the evening summer fireworks shows at the falls.

Journey Behind the Falls, Table Rock, Visit Niagara Falls Canada

Journey Behind the Falls, Table Rock, Canada

Table Rock

The Horseshoe Falls press right up against Table Rock in Canada, where you can get a few feet away from the river disappearing over the edge of the falls. At the Table Rock Welcome Center you will find a visitor center, souvenir shop and cafeteria. You can also go on the Journey Behind the Falls. You enter a tunnel for the Journey Behind the Falls and then you can peek out of the tunnel at the base of the falls. Not quite as impressive as the Maid of the Mist voyage, though. This attraction is open throughout the winter too.

From Table Rock you can also take a short funicular ride on the Niagara Falls Incline Railway to the Canadian hotels on the ridge overlooking Niagara Falls. Visit the Fallsview Casino Resort and ride up the Skylon Tower.

Canadian Horseshoe Falls from Maid of the Mist, Visit Niagara Falls

Horseshoe Falls from Maid of the Mist

Along the Niagara River – Canadian Side

A short distance down river from the falls you can pay to walk along the Niagara River on the White Water Walk. Take an elevator down to the river’s edge and stroll along the boardwalk beside the Class 6 Niagara River rapids. The walkway ends just up stream from the Niagara Whirlpool. The White Water Walk is not open in winter.

Cross over the Niagara Whirlpool in the Whirlpool Aero Car or take a jet boat ride here. The Niagara Whirlpool is located downstream from the falls and the rapids. This attraction is closed in winter.

Marineland – one mile from the town on the Canadian side. The 450 foot high Sky Screamer has distant views of the falls as you plunge back to earth.

Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls Canada

Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls Canada

Visit Niagara Falls – Hotels

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton – likely the best views of the Horseshoe Canadian falls, plus large rooms and a Keg restaurant. The Presidential Suites with corner views to the American and Canadian falls are fabulous.
  • Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel and Spa – great views of the Horseshoe Canadian falls, plus dining with views of the falls.
  • Sheraton on the Falls – views of the American falls and the lighting at night.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview
Niagara Falls, Canadian Side

Niagara Falls, Canadian Side, © Can Stock / nialat

Visit Niagara Falls – Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is the downtown area of Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the river. Clifton Hill is more like a mini trip to Disneyland or the atmosphere of a country fair upgraded to commercial status. You will find a wax museum, a Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Niagara Sky Wheel. The noisy hawking is a stark contrast to the natural beauty of the falls nearby.

Niagara Falls View from Embassy Suites Canada

Niagara Falls View from Embassy Suites Canada

Niagara on the Lake – Canadian Side

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a small, picturesque town of about 15,000 people about 30 minutes from Niagara Falls. The Niagara River enters Lake Ontario here. Niagara on the Lake is famous for the restored buildings and for the Shaw Festival each summer. The Shaw Festival pays tribute to the works of George Bernard Shaw. Take a shuttle to the Fort George parking lot from the Niagara Falls Casino Resort – contact Niagara-on-the-Lake for information, as this isn’t often marketed by the Niagara Falls tours. Combine your visit to Niagara on the Lake with a vineyard tour or a bike tour.

Fallsview Casino, Visit Niagara Falls Canada

Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls Canada

Dining in Niagara Falls, Canada

  • the Keg, with views of the falls in the Embassy Suites by Hilton. It’s now easy to reach the Keg by taking the Niagara Falls Incline Railway (funicular) from the Table Rock Welcome Centre at the Canadian Horseshoe falls.
  • the buffet at the Fallsview Casino Resort.
  • views of the falls from Morton’s Grille or the Terrapin Cafe at the Marriott Fallsview.
Clifton Hill, Visit Niagara Falls Canada

Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls Canada

Niagara Falls – U.S. Side

  • Niagara Falls State Park, including the Maid of the Mist cruise, the Niagara Scenic Trolley and the Discovery Center. Take an elevator down to the foot of the American Falls and get wet on the Cave of the Winds Tour. Back at the top, stand at the cliff edge between the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.
  • Visit the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.

Niagara Falls Weather

Niagara Falls weather is warm and humid in summer. Winters are cold with some snowfall. Snowfall usually does not stay for long periods in winter. The height of the tourist season is the summer months, when high temperatures average around 80 F (25 C) and lows are about 60 F (16 C), while rainfall is low. Niagara Falls also gets some visitors in winter when ice dams can build up below the falls, but the river never stops flowing.

Niagara River Whirlpool Aero Car

Niagara River Whirlpool Aero Car

Get to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is considered the honeymoon capital of the world. You can get to Niagara Falls in about 2 hours from Toronto by rental car, MegaBus.com, Via rail / bus or with a day tour from Toronto. Gamblers can also get buses from Toronto to the Fallsview Casino Resort. On the US side, the falls are about a half an hour from Buffalo, New York. Once you get to Niagara Falls, you can buy packages tours, which offer discounts if you see several attractions.

American Falls in Winter, Visit Niagara Falls

American Falls in Winter

WeGo

Many Canadian hotels offer complimentary WeGo bus transportation or a day pass can be purchased. WeGo covers three routes including the falls, the Canadian town and an extended route along the river. Take the WeGo bus along the Niagara River to visit the White Water Walk, the Whirlpool, the Botanical Gardens, the Whirlpool Golf Course & Restaurant, the Butterfly Conservatory, the Sir Adam Beck hydro plant and the Floral Clock. The WeGo bus system doesn’t stop at the bus depot in the winter.

Over Niagara Falls inside Barrels

The falls gained their early reputation from the daredevils who went over Niagara Falls inside barrels. The drop is 160 feet. The first to go over Niagara Falls inside a barrel was 61 year old Annie Edson Taylor. She went over in a barrel with her cat aboard in 1901. Several subsequent stunts have ended in loss of life, so it’s now illegal to try to go over the falls by any means.

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