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Niagara Falls, Canada: Travel Tips & Other Sights

Do you want to visit Niagara Falls in Canada and are you looking for tips? You are right here!

We don't want to talk about it for long - Niagara Falls is one of the main attractions in Canada (and the world). If you're reading this article, there is a good chance that you will want to visit Niagara Falls and / or are looking for other attractions nearby.

The German translation of “Niagara Falls” often leads to confusion, because Niagara Falls is both the name of a city as well as the English name of Niagara Falls (the waterfalls). In this post we give you tips for visiting the actual waterfalls and tips for other sights in and around the city of Niagara Falls.

We recently visited Niagara Falls on the Canadian side together. It was Lisa's first time and she loved spending time at the falls themselves. However, Niagara Falls (the Canadian city) is sometimes overwhelming - and reminded us a bit of Las Vegas. It can be difficult to get an overview when you get so many sensory impressions from all over the place.

That's why we've put together this guide to give you tips for Niagara Falls, Canada and the city of Niagara Falls - including things to do in summer or winter, day or evening!

We're also talking about the best time to travel and where to stay in Niagara Falls as many travelers want a hotel with a view of Niagara Falls. Ready? Let's explore the Canadian side of Niagara Falls!

If you're looking to explore the Niagara region and / or are visiting Canada for the first time, you can find more helpful posts here:

Things to Consider When Visiting Niagara Falls

If you want to visit Niagara Falls, there are a few things you should know about the area, the falls, and the borders. Here is some information that can help you plan the perfect trip.

General information about Niagara Falls / Niagara Falls

If you are not too familiar with the region, you should know that Niagara Falls is a city in Ontario, Canada - we mentioned that earlier. On the other side of the border / river there is also a town called Niagara Falls in New York State, USA. Just to make things even more confusing. The grouping of waterfalls is also known as "Niagara Falls" in English. In German the waterfalls are mostly called Niagara Falls.

It is also important to know that it is three waterfalls there: the Canadian Falls - also called Horseshoe Falls - the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. We'll go into more detail later in this article.

The city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, belongs to the greater Niagara area, which also includes the Niagara on the Lake area south of Lake Ontario. This region has a unique climate and is therefore one of the best wine growing regions in Canada. If wine is your thing, check out some of our favorite Niagara on the Lake wineries.

Back to Niagara Falls - you can cross the border there and enter the USA (via the Rainbow Bridge) to see the other side of the river, for example. However, you will need your passport for this.

If you are in Niagara Falls, Canada, you should also expect to pay in Canadian dollars. Credit cards are also widely used as a means of payment. Given its proximity to the US border, many stores in Niagara Falls, Canada also accept US dollars - but this is not always the case.

Best time to visit Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls

The best time to visit Niagara Falls really depends on what you want to do and see. The summer months in Ontario are hot and humid - and very popular with tourists. There is a lot going on near Niagara Falls from mid-June to late August. Depending on how hot September is, it can still get quite crowded.

If you want warmer weather - but fewer people - we recommend traveling to Niagara Falls in May / June or September / October. At this time the weather is usually already or still quite nice, but it is not quite as crowded anymore.

However, we also heard (and seen photos) that Niagara Falls is supposed to look beautiful in winter. The ice forms from the mist of the waterfalls and makes for great photos. Unfortunately we haven't been there ourselves in winter - but we imagine it is really nice and really cold (in Ontario it can get icy cold especially in January / February).

Niagara Falls also hosts a large New Year's Eve celebration with fireworks every year - this is an event that is very popular. If you are planning a longer tour of Canada, you will find our recommendations for the best travel time for Canada by region here.

Getting around Niagara Falls

If you have a place to stay in downtown Niagara Falls, you can walk practically anywhere. This is where many of the top attractions are located - and that's what we'll focus on in this post.

That said, there are some attractions that are a little further away. It's worth renting a car or taking the bus here (we'll talk about these sights later in this article). If you are coming by car or want to park near the falls, there are plenty of parking spaces near Horseshoe Falls. It won't be cheap, but straightforward!

If you don't have a car, you can also use the Niagara Falls bus system. They also have a special bus system for tourists called WEGO. WEGO buses run on three different lines from the city center to the main attractions:

  • along the river to the north to more distant sights (e.g. the flower clock),
  • along Lundy’s Lane (a historic and popular area to visit)
  • and even with an extension shuttle service from April to October to Niagara am See (where the wine-growing region is located).

The three lines meet near the Table Rock Visitor Center at Horseshoe Falls. Here you can find out more about the routes and prices. And if necessary, there are also taxis in Niagara Falls if you want to get to a sight in the city quickly but don't have a car.

Just so you know: There is also an “Incline Railway” that runs from the city center to near the Horseshoe Falls behind the Table Rock Welcome Center. The way from the city center to the footpath next to the waterfalls is a bit steep - that's why this train is particularly useful for people with limited mobility, children, older travelers or visitors with legs tired from all the explorations! You can find out more about the Incline Railway here.

Overnight in Niagara Falls

We wrote our own article about accommodations and neighborhoods in Niagara Falls. If you are looking for accommodation in Niagara Falls and don't want to read the whole blog post about it, we have summarized the most important information here.

Basically there are tons of hotels, a handful of motels and a few bed and breakfasts in the city. Lots of people stay in or near downtown to be close to popular attractions - and many travelers choose a hotel from where they can see the falls.

If you know you want a hotel, check out Niagara Falls hotels here. If you want to stay in a place that is close to Clifton Hill attractions and the American Falls from your hotel look, you should take a closer look at these hotels:

If you have a Hotel overlooking the Canadian Falls (aka Horseshoe Falls) then check out the following "Fallsview" hotels:

If you want a more comfortable stay, you will find plenty of lovely bed and breakfast accommodations in the quieter neighborhoods and along the Niagara River / Niagara Gorge. These houses are usually historic with a lot of character and friendly Hosts who often conjure up delicious breakfasts! You can search for bed and breakfasts in Niagara Falls here.

We stayed at A Moment in Time B&B while visiting Niagara Falls and really enjoyed our stay: the hosts were friendly, the big bed was comfortable, the breakfast was plentiful and tasty, and the hotel was only about 15 minutes from downtown away (we liked the walk into town). We would recommend an overnight stay!

* Friendly Disclosure: We paid for our stay entirely ourselves. It is not a sponsored post.

Top sights in Niagara Falls, Canada

Okay, now is the time to talk about some of the must-see sights in Niagara Falls - there is so much more to see than just Niagara Falls (although these are, of course, the highlight for many visitors).

Therefore, below is an extensive list of many popular and a few lesser-known attractions in and around Niagara Falls. It would be hard to see and experience all of the above sights and activities in a single visit, so check out the list and pick what interests you!

If you already know that you want to book an activity like the famous Hornblower boat tour or the "Journey Behind The Falls", then you can use the following links to find out about great activities, tours and attractions in Niagara Falls and book now - like this you can avoid queues later!

The Niagara Falls

Often times, you don't have to explain a visit to Niagara Falls any further. Most people already know what you want to see when you are there - the waterfalls! Fortunately, there are three waterfalls to marvel at!

As mentioned above, Niagara Falls is a term used to describe a group of three waterfalls on the Niagara River:

  • Horseshoe Falls or Canadian Falls (see above) is the waterfall you probably see in front of you when you think of Niagara Falls. This is the waterfall on the Canadian side in a distinct "U-shape"!
  • The American Falls (shown above and below) are the falls that are entirely on the US side of the river. The waterfall has a very shallow profile with lots of rocks at the bottom.
  • Finally there is Bridal Veil Falls (shown above and below), the very small waterfall to the right of the larger American Falls.

If you are on the Canadian side, you can see all three waterfalls perfectly. Because of this, some claim the Canadian side of the river is better to visit. However, there are many green parks and similar attractions on the US side. So it's definitely worth it - just to get a different perspective.

The special thing about the Canadian side is that there is a long footpath that follows the river and gives you great viewpoints for all the waterfalls. The Table Rock Welcome Center is also near Horseshoe Falls.

We'll bring it up again below, but there are restaurants here and many activities start here - such as the Journey Behind the Falls, where you can walk behind the Horseshoe Falls and walk these lower paths around the waterfall all the way to be close.

If you explore the US side of the river, you can see the falls from Niagara Falls State Park. As on the Canadian side, there are walkways that allow for a direct view of the falls. There are also walkways further down to get really close to the American Falls. These boardwalks are also known as the “Cave of the Winds”.

This article only deals with attractions on the Canadian side. However, if you're into the US side too, check out this ultimate USA Half Day Falls tour to see all of the falls from different angles and attractions (like the Cave of the Winds trails and the famous Maid of the Mist boat tour).

There are definitely many different ways to experience the falls in Niagara Falls. We list some of these below - but you can also combine many of the best ways to see the falls into one ticket or tour.

If you want to see the falls lit up at night, check out this Niagara Falls Night Cruise with Dinner.

If you have little time but want to experience everything - and that on both sides of the river - then that is also possible. Check out this ultimate tour with the Maid of the Mist US boat tour and then the Skylon Tower on the Canadian side! This tour starts in the US, but you can be picked up on either side of the border. Don't forget your passport!

Niagara Hornblower boat tour

One of the most popular attractions (if not THE most popular) on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is the Hornblower Cruise - also known as the "Voyage to the Falls"!

Perhaps you know the name of the “Maid of the Mist” boat tour, which also takes you to the waterfalls. This is the boat tour from the American side of the river. The tour is basically the same, but they have different names. If you want, you can check out the Maid of the Mist boat tour here.

If you know you want to take the boat tour from the Canadian side, then you can buy your Hornblower ticket in advance with skip the line.