Niagara Falls, Canada, what a spectacle! Jaw-dropping scenic beauty. Whatever expression you choose, you will definitely fall short of describing the beauty. It is great to see the natural power of 4-6 million cubic feet of water plummet over the edges like liquid glass every minute of the day. There are two sets of falls in Niagara, the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the falls from the American and Canadian sides. Only 135 km, about 90 minutes driving distance from Toronto.

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The Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and Goat Island

Best Time to Visit

Summer is the best time to visit Niagara Falls. June and August are peak seasons because the temperatures are in the 80s. During the peak season, the location is crowded, and hotel rates are much higher than in other seasons, like spring, fall, and winter. But summer is the best time to experience all the attractions and enjoy the pleasant weather. 

How to Get There

From Toronto: Self-driving is the best option, only 135 km, about 90 minutes driving distance. If you cannot drive, no problem, as many day trip packages are available from Toronto. I definitely recommend staying overnight to enjoy the light show at night. 

Things To Do And See In Niagara Falls

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour and Observation Elevator

For a great experience, take the world-famous Maid of the Mist cruises from the American side to the base of the American Falls, then to the basin of the magnificent Horseshoe Falls. It’s a fantastic, unforgettable 30-minute trip through the crashing waters, surrounded by massive rock formations. 

The observation elevator offers a dramatic view of the Falls and the Niagara River. Elevators descend to the Maid of the Mist boat dock.

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Maid of the Mist Boat Tour close to the falls, definitely fun thing to do!

Cave of the Winds

You definitely need to enjoy the journey down into the Niagara Gorge for a stunning unparallel view of the Falls with the Cave of the Winds tour. In a souvenir rain poncho and sandals designed to navigate the Hurricane Deck. On the deck, you’ll experience tropical storm-like conditions, getting doused with the spray from the rushing waters. 

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A dramatic view of the Falls from the extended deck at New York, USA side.

Enjoy The Spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks

Apart from talking about the fantastic Niagara cruises for a thrilling up-close fall experience, don’t forget to check out the spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks schedule. Usually, it’s between June – August or has dinner at Skylon Tower with the breathtaking view of the falls. 

Fireworks in Niagara Falls
Fireworks in Niagara Falls

Hiking the Niagara Gorge

The area where the Niagara River journey north from the falls for 7 miles (11 kilometers) is known as the Niagara Gorge. The Niagara George trails are scenic and away from the tourist path; most visitors don’t even know these trails exist. 

In Niagara Falls, Canada side you can always take the elevator to the bottom of the gorge with a stop at the ‘White Water Walk’ or, for the best experience, a hike down into the canyon is the best way to experience the area. 

On the New York side, the river, the whirlpool trail is fabulous as you can walk all the way upriver from the whirlpool to view the rapids. And most importantly, they are free. All you need are comfortable hiking shoes, snacks, water, and a camera.

The scenic trails of Niagara George!
The scenic trails of Niagara George!

Skylon Tower

If you want to witness the spectacular view of the falls, the Great Gorge, Niagara’s wine country, Buffalo, and Toronto, then Skylon Tower is the best place to be. The view from the indoor/outdoor observation deck at 775 feet (236 meters) is unforgettable. The tower’s Revolving Dining Room restaurant is located on the top and turns 360 degrees every hour to provide an ever-changing view to go along with the upscale dining experience. The best view from the restaurant is in the evening to enjoy the city and falls lit up. 

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Skylon Tower on the Canadian side of the falls.

Where to stay in Niagara Falls, Canada 

Best Western Plus, Niagara Falls, Canada

Less than 3.1 mi from the stunning Niagara Falls and attractions such as the Fallsview Casino, this Ontario hotel offers a pleasant pool courtyard and a variety of on-site dining options. Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel features an enclosed courtyard with flowering gardens and an indoor pool. The on-site Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant and Irish Pub serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and provides various entertainment from Thursday to Sunday.

Fairfield by Marriott Niagara Falls, Canada

This Fairfield by Marriott Niagara Falls, Canada hotel is only minutes from the Hornblower Niagara boat tour. It features an indoor pool and free WiFi. Casinos and the Clifton Hill entertainment district are just moments from Fairfield by Marriott Niagara Falls, Canada. A variety of restaurants and shopping are also nearby.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Niagara Falls, Canada? Any cool tips to share?

I loved being in Niagara Falls, Canada, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Canada.

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