Niagara Falls is one of the most well-known Canadian tourist destinations for both residents and visitors alike, and has become an icon of Canada’s natural beauty. While the town itself seems to be all flashing lights and tourist traps, the Falls are stunningly beautiful and magnificent.
The Falls are located where the Niagara River flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and plunges over the Niagara Escarpment on the Canada-US border. Contrary to popular belief, the natural wonder is actually comprised of three falls. The largest of the three is the Horseshoe Falls, which is on the Canadian side of the border. Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America (Wikipedia) – and standing at the Falls, it’s not hard to believe.
A highlight of the Falls is the ability to get extremely up-close and personal with this powerful natural wonder. While many similar attractions prevent guests from being in close proximity and permit mere glimpses, Niagara Falls allows visitors to get close enough to feel the mist and wind blowing off of the water.
With all of the wonderful natural beauty in the vicinity, it is easy to plan to spend a few days in the town and surrounding area.
Here are our top suggestions:
- Visit the Falls: In the summer, the attraction does become quite busy and you will most likely have to park some distance away. You can walk or take one of the many shuttles to the Falls.
- Take a legendary Falls boat tour: Boats have been carrying tourists up to – and through – the thundering foot of the Falls for over 150 years. It’s an incredible and truly iconic Canadian experience.
- Get active: The Niagara Parks Commission maintains a network of pastoral trails and nature exhibits, including a Butterfly Conservatory, Botanical Gardens and Nature Centre. You can also rent bikes or even go bouldering on the escarpment.
- Go to a historic site: There are several historic sites from which to choose. You can explore monuments in a peaceful area upriver that is not far from the roaring Falls, yet completely quiet.