Maybe the biggest attraction of Ontario, Niagara Falls never disappoints the first time visitor. The sheer strength of this iconic waterfalls has been a symbol for Canada and a honeymoon destination for many. A fair amount of people owe their existence to Niagara falls and their parents honeymooning there. The falls used to freeze in the winter but with the global warming upon us this is a very rare occurrence. Still, whether is winter, summer or any season, Niagara Falls attracts visitors from both sides of the border as well as from overseas. The amount of tour buses in the parking lots around the city is staggering.
The town has grown around the waterfalls and now it is a full blooded resort, with many hotels, entertainment venues, casinos, water parks, rides etc. There’s even a butterfly conservatory in town, definitely worth visiting.
Niagara river is mighty but it has been subdued by the humans to provide electricity and a reliable source of income for those in the tourism industry.
The falls are stunning during the day and a colourful light play at night turns the water flow into a dazzling view. It straddles the US– Canada border and tourists would do well to visit the American side also, for a closer view of the waterfalls. Niagara Falls it’s just a bit over an hour drive from Toronto.
As with any major tourist attraction it does become crowded in the summer but the waterfalls’ cool breeze and the scenery make it all worth navigating through the crowds.
OVERRATED (Be warned!): -Niagara Falls is a major attraction so it will be crowded. -While watching the Falls is free most other activities are expensive and overpriced. -Some attractions are quite dated. -Hotels are expensive in the weekends and holidays and reach the maximum price on Valentine’s Day weekend. -Parking is very expensive near the Falls. -Outside the Falls there’s little else to see.
UNDERRATED (Cool unknown facts): -The light displays of the Falls during the night makes it worth to spend the night there. -The tourist area is quite small and walkable with all attractions close together -Visitors would do well to cross the border and see the Falls from the American side also. It’s a very short drive and worth the effort. -A family weekend should include the indoor Water Park. -A good starting point for a tour of local wineries and even “pick your own” fruit farms when in season-cherries, strawberries, peaches, plums etc.
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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