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Niagara Falls (Ontario)

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The Horseshoe Falls. That's the United States on the left, and Canada on the right and in the background, in case you can't see the difference.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, along with with its sister city Niagara Falls, New York, is the self-proclaimed "Honeymoon Capital of the World." For hundreds of years the grandeur of the Falls of the Niagara River have attracted many to this destination.

Understand[edit]

Niagara Falls was incorporated on June 12, 1903. Its population is 82,997 as of 2011. Niagara Falls is also considered by some to be one of the most romantic places in the world.

Mainly a tourist destination, the main attraction has always been Niagara Falls, which brings hundreds of thousands of tourists to the city. Now tourism plays a major part in the economy of the region. Increasingly, visitors seeking more natural settings are finding the Niagara River to be a great place to hike and visit downstream from the Falls where the majority of visitors go.

Visitor Welcome Centers open daily at 9AM, June through August. They offer advice and maps of the area, and sell WEGO bus tickets and the Great Gorge Adventure Pass. They are located at:

  • Table Rock Center (inside the mall near the brink of the Horseshoe Falls)
  • Maid of the Mist (outside the Maid of the Mist ticket booths)
  • Clifton Hill (at the intersection of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue)
  • Murray Street (near Queen Victoria Place, below the Fallsview Tourist Area and Fallsview Casino Resort)

Niagara Falls Tourism is the official Tourism authority for the City of Niagara Falls and was incorporated in 1970. They provide maps, information, and also provide an online or call in vacation booking system. You can find out information on hotels, attractions, restaurants and much more on their website.

Climate[edit]

SPRING: Temperatures range from 5° to 19° degrees Celsius (41° - 66° degrees Fahrenheit). Nightly temperatures range from -3° to 8° degrees Celsius (26º to 46° degrees Fahrenheit). As temperature changes are sudden outdoor camping before mid-May is not advisable.

SUMMER: In June, July & August the weather is generally bright and sunny with sporadic rainfall. Storms are caused Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and are seldom severe.

FALL: In the fall, it is unlikely to snow prior to the end of October. First killing frost and/or snowfall be expected by late October or early November. Mixed weather patterns prevail. Rain and cloudy skies are common.

WINTER: The days are generally cold and clear. Snow is moderate. Snow storms are infrequent. Lake effect snowfalls are mainly localized to areas near Buffalo and southward. Lake Erie, during extended cold weather will freeze over completely. It is worth noting that many of the activities associated with the falls (eg Maid of the Mist and others) do not run during winter due to the frozen conditions.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -1 -1 5 12 19 24 27 26 21 15 8 2
Nightly lows (°C) -8 -8 -3 2 9 14 17 17 13 6 1 -5
Precipitation (mm) 70 67 76 76 77 88 75 82 95 84 91 91

See the Niagara Falls 7-day forecast at Environment Canada






Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest airports to the Falls are across the border in the U.S. Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (IATA: BUF) in Buffalo, New York is about a 20-30 minute drive from the Falls and is served by most major American carriers. Niagara Falls International Airport (IATA: IAG) is the closest airport to the Falls, it is served by Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air.

On the Canadian side, Hamilton International Airport (IATA: YHM) in Hamilton is about 70 km (43 mi) from Niagara Falls, and is served by WestJet. Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ) in Toronto is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from the Falls and is served by most major domestic and international carriers.

Buffalo Airport Shuttle, +1 716 685-2550, [1] offers service from the Buffalo-Niagara airport to the Canadian side of the Falls. A family of 4 can expect to pay less than $25 per person and the drivers often have great tips on where to go and what to avoid.

By car[edit]

Niagara Falls is 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Toronto (depending on traffic) and 30 minutes from Buffalo.

  • From New York, Boston, and the East Coast: Take I-90 W towards Buffalo to the 290 West. Exit onto the 190 N towards Grand Island and Niagara Falls. Follow the highway through Grand Island, than take the exit immediately after the North Grand Island Bridge (as you're leaving the island) for the Robert Moses Parkway. Continue until in downtown Niagara Falls, New York. Proceed on Rainbow Boulevard, to the Rainbow Bridge, across to Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • From Chicago and the Midwest: Take I-90 East towards Buffalo to the 190 West. Follow signs for Grand Island and Niagara Falls. Follow highway through Grand Island, than take the exit immediately after the North Grand Island Bridge (as you're leaving the island) for the Robert Moses Pkwy. Continue until in downtown Niagara Falls.
  • From Buffalo-Niagara International Airport: Take the I-90 East to the I-290 West to the I-190 North. Take the I-190 North (over both Grand Island Bridges, $1 toll) to the Robert Moses Parkway.
  • From Toronto Pearson International Airport: Take Highway 427 South to QEW towards Hamilton. Drive for about 100 km (62 mi) and then keep left to take the Provincial Route 420 E toward Niagara Falls Bridge to U.S. Provincial Route 420 E becomes Roberts Street. Stay straight to go onto Falls Avenue.

By bus[edit]

Coach Canada, +1 800-461-7661, [2], and Greyhound, +1 800-661-8747, [3], offer regular bus service to Niagara Falls from other Ontario cities.

GO Transit, +1 416 869-3200, [4], operates bus service to the Burlington train station, connecting to trains to Toronto.

Megabus, [5], offers discount bus service to Niagara Falls from Toronto. The stop is near the VIA Rail station.

The Niagara Falls bus depot is located at 4555 Erie Avenue, +1 905 357-2133. Taxi service to the Falls and main tourist area from the bus depot will run $10-15, or you can take the Falls Shuttle, [6] (PDF), or the WEGO bus, [7]. If you fancy a walk the route is simple and easy, although nearly 5 km (3 mi), and has the advantage of seeing the Falls come slowly into view.

By train[edit]

VIA Rail Canada's [8] Toronto-Niagara Falls train offers two departures per day in either direction, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. On some days in summer there is a third train. The trip is about 2-1/2 hours direct to Niagara Falls from Union Station in Toronto. One of the trains daily continue on to New York City, via Buffalo. On the way back, it leaves New York in the morning and arrives in Niagara Falls in late afternoon.

A further four trains per day each way are operated between Toronto and Niagara Falls, only on weekends and (Canadian) holidays and only in the summer, by Toronto-based commuter train operator GO Transit [9]. This is a new service as of 2009 and will operate weekends and holidays from 27 June through 12 October (Canadian Thanksgiving), 2009. It uses the same stations in both cities as the VIA trains, although some intermediate stops use GO-only stations.

The Niagara Falls train station, +1 888-842-7245 (toll-free), is located at 4267 Bridge Street, about 4 km (2.5 mi) from the Falls and right across from the bus depot. Taxi service to the main tourist area at the Falls will run $10-15.

Organized Tours[edit]

Visitors staying in Niagara Falls can catch a tour from various Niagara Falls tour providers. The following tour companies offer pick-up from all hotels in Niagara Falls:

  • Gray Line Niagara Falls, +1 877-285-2113 (toll-free), [10], info@graylineniagarafalls.com. Gray Line provides fully guided tours of Niagara Falls (USA & Canada) multiple times a day.
  • See Sight Tours- Niagara Falls Tours, Canada, +1 888-961-6584 (toll-free), [11]. Provides fully guided and narrated tours of Niagara Falls. Half-day and full-day tours available. Pickups anywhere in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Admission tickets, parking, and all related fees are covered.

Visitors staying in Toronto can arrange a day tour from various Niagara Falls tour providers. The following tour companies offer pick-up from all hotels in Toronto:

  • BG Tours Canada, +1 647-975-4526, [12],info@bgniagaratours.com. Fully guided tour of the Niagara Falls for individuals, family, small groups, corporate clients and diplomats.
  • Bedore Tours, +1 800-538-8433, [13],info@bedoretours.com. Offers guided sightseeing tours of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York, Charter Bus service from 14 passengers to 56 passengers, Group Tour services catered to reunions and conventions and one day tours from NYC.
  • Elite Tours of Niagara Falls, +1 888-488-2074, [14]. Guided and narrated tours of Niagara Falls. Several tours to choose from, including adventure tours and history/heritage tours. Lets you bypass the line at popular attractions like Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls and the IMAX Theater.
  • Toronto Tours Canada, +1 800-391-0149 (toll-free), info@torontotours.ca, [15]. Niagara region day tour from Toronto, including Niagara Falls. Optional helicopter flight over the Falls.

Get around[edit]

On foot[edit]

Many of the main attractions are within walking distance if you get a hotel that is near the Falls, and the rest are easily accessible by transit.

During the busiest tourist season (May - October), the Niagara Parkway and Queen Victoria Park, [16] along the Canadian side of the Falls, can become very crowded and finding a "picture perfect" view of the Falls can be hard to do. Walking to the attractions can also be slow during peak tourist season with thousands of people bustling by.

By bus[edit]

The WEGO, [17], bus system runs on the Niagara Parkway along the river from May to October. There are stops at all the main points of interest along the parkway. One-day pass: Adult (13 years and over): $7.00, children 6-12 years: $4.00, children 5 and under: free. A map of WEGO stops is available online [18]. WEGO passes can be purchased from any of the Welcome Centers (see "Understand" above for locations).

The Falls Shuttle, [19] (PDF), is operated by the Niagara Transit Commission and has routes covering the Lundy's Lane and River Road districts. Tickets and day passes available at most lodgings, the bus terminal or from the shuttle bus driver. All-day pass $10. Single-ride paid in cash is $3.50.

There are also several tour services that offer the option to buy a hop-on hop-off pass, which allows you to board any of the tour buses at any stop point thoroughout the day.

By taxi[edit]

Elite Taxi Ltd., [20] is a taxi company that offers regular and wheelchair accessible taxi services. 905-356-9990 1-866-309-8294

See[edit][add listing]

Most visitors' first view of the Falls, from the Canadian side of the river, is at Queen Victoria Park, [21] along the Niagara Falls Parkway. This grand, royal garden provides the perfect vantage point for experiencing both the nightly illumination of the Falls and the summer fireworks displays. The Falls are illuminated, [22], every evening until approximately midnight (see website for exact times) and there are Fireworks over the Falls, [23], Friday and Sunday nights in the summer months.

Niagara Parks offers a Great Gorge Adventure Pass, [24], that includes access to the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, White Water Walk, and the Butterfly Conservatory, a one-day WEGO pass and discounts for other attractions. Pass components do not have to be used on the same day. In general, it takes about 6 hours to complete the main attactions on the pass. One way to use the pass is to do the Maid of the Mist and Journey Behind the Falls on one day, and use the one-day WEGO pass to do the White Water Walk, Butterfly Conservatory/Botanical Gardens, and Aero Car (all of which are near each other, but farther from the Falls) on the second day.
Skylon Tower
  • Maid of the Mist, 5920 Niagara Pkwy (near the foot of Clifton Hill), [25] [26]. A boat that takes tourists to the foot of the falls, where you can better appreciate their thunder and spray. Runs April-October. Boats depart every 15 minutes and the ride is 30 minutes. See website for hours, they vary. Line-ups for this attraction can be quite long, try later in the day (1 hour or so before the last boat leaves) for a shorter wait. Many people use their digital cameras to take pictures, but they will get wet. Waterproof disposable cameras are offered for sale before boarding. Adults (13+ years): $17.00 (USD) (July 2014), children (6 to 12 years): $9.00 (USD), children 5 and under: free.
  • Journey Behind the Falls, 6650 Niagara Pkwy (Table Rock Center, beside the Falls), [27]. This is an interesting attraction to consider in lieu of Maid of the Mist (or when Maid of the Mist isn't operating). Although popular, the lines aren't nearly as long for "Journey" as they are for Maid of the Mist, and therefore may be a better option on crowded days, or for those traveling with small children. Ponchos are provided, as the Journey still offers participants the chance to feel the "spray" of the Falls, from portholes opening behind the Falls themselves. An informative guided tour that still provides some--but not all--of the thrills of the other attractions. Open year-round except 25 December. Whilst this attraction remains open during winter, often some of the viewing points are in-accessable due to snow build up. Adults (13+ years): $12, children (6 to 12 years): $7.20, children 5 and under: free.
  • White Water Walk, 4330 Niagara Pkwy, [28]. A 1,000-ft (305 m) boardwalk beside the rapids. Open seasonally. Adults (13+ years): $8.50, children (6 to 12 years): $5, children 5 and under: free.
  • Whirlpool Aero Car, 3850 Niagara River Pkwy (4.5 km/3 mi north of the Falls), [29]. Cable car ride over the Niagara Whirlpool. Open March - November. Adults (13+ years): $11, children (6 to 12 years): $6.50, children 5 and under: free.
  • Marineland Theme Park, 7657 Portage Rd (about 1.5 km/1 mi from the Falls), [30]. Dolphin, sea lion and walrus shows, and numerous exhibits of interesting and unique marine animals, including killer whales, beluga whales, and black bears. For an additional fee, you can feed some of the animals, including the beluga whales. Also offers a variety of amusement park rides, such as Sky Screamer, billed as the world's tallest three-tower ride, which elevates riders high enough to see Niagara Falls. Age 10+ $39.95, child (5-9): $32.95, child (age 4 and under): free. Note: Marineland is currently offering a season pass for $5 per person.
  • Skylon Tower, 5200 Robinson St, +1 905 356-2651, skyinfo@skylon.com, [31]. 520-ft (160 m) tower that has an observation deck and revolving restaurant with a great view of the falls. There are arcade games in the base. Summer hours 8AM-midnight, winter 11AM-9PM. $12.95, child: $7.55, some online discounts.
Partial View of Clifton Hill.
Partial View of Clifton Hill.
  • Niagara Skywheel, 4946 Clifton Hill, +1 905 358-4793, [32]. Ferris-wheel-like, with air-conditioned/heated pods and views of the Falls and surrounding skyline. 10-minute ride. Year round. $9.99, child $5.99.
  • Clifton Hill Amusement Area, [33]. A hill, and a street, full of exciting and fun tourist attractions such as wax museums, Ripley's Believe it or Not [34], haunted houses, and gift shops.
  • Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, 2565 Niagara Pkwy (9 km/6 mi north of the Falls), [35]. Open daily year-round, dawn until dusk. 100 acres of 20th century themed gardens, a magnificent arboretum, as well as North America's largest butterfly conservatory. At their best in the summer. Free admission.
    Blue Morpho butterfly at the Butterfly Conservatory
  • Butterfly Conservatory, 2405 Niagara Pkwy (9 km/6 mi north of the Falls, within the Botanical Gardens), [36]. Over 2,000 butterflies in an enclosed garden - great photo ops. Open year-round except 25 December. Check website for times, they vary. Aged 13+ years $11, children (6 to 12 years): $6.50, children 5 and under: free.
  • Bird Kingdom, 5651 River Rd, +1 866-994-0090, info@birdkingdom.ca, [37]. Open daily. Sept-Jun 10AM-5PM, Jul-Aug 9:30AM-7PM.
  • Brick City, 4943 Clifton Hill, [38]. Tremendous Lego city built entirely by one man.
  • Floral clock, 14004 Niagara Pkwy (near the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge), [39]. A clock made entirely of flowers.
  • Queenston Heights Park, 14184 Niagara Pkwy (near the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge), [40]. This park includes the Brock and Laura Secord Monuments. It is also an end point of the Bruce Trail, which winds it way northward over 800 km (497 mi) to Tobermory.
  • IMAX theatre, 6170 Fallsview Blvd, +1 905 358-3611 or +1 866-405-4629, info@imaxniagara.com, [41]. Has an older 45 minute movie about the history of the Falls that's not quite worth the price of admission. Theater houses original barrels used by falls and whirlpool daredevils on display at no cost. $13.92, some online discounts.

Do[edit][add listing]

Niagara Falls is awesome! The list is never ending: world class casinos, rides, wax museums, haunted houses, a huge midway with more skeeball and games than you can shake a stick at, restaurants, clubs, bars, and so on. Go to Niagara Falls, get a hotel near the falls and then walk down towards Clifton Hill. The air is buzzing and there are people from all over the world there.

  • Winter Festival of Lights, area around the Falls, [42]. A 5 km/3 mi route along the Niagara Parkway featuring over three million sparkling tree and ground lights and over 120 lighting displays. Illuminations 8 Nov-5 Jan 2009. Fireworks over the Falls on 8 Nov 2008 at 6:15PM & 8:30PM, 9 Nov at 9PM. From 14 Nov 2008-2 Jan 2009, and 31 Dec 2008 at 9PM & midnight (as part of the NYE Party in the Park. No admission, $10 donation per car suggested.
  • Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, Niagara Glen departure point (approx. 8 km/5 mi from the Falls, WEGO Stop #9, very little parking). [43]. The tours operating from Niagara Glen use the JetDome boat, which is enclosed and keeps you dry as the boat navigates the whitewater rapids. For the more traditional 'gets-you-soaking-wet' jet boat tour, you will need to use the Niagara-on-the-Lake departure point. Apr-Oct.
  • Helicopter tours over the Falls and surrounding area are available from a number of operators. Niagara Helicopters Limited, 3731 Victoria Ave, +1 905 357-5672, weflyyou@niagarahelicopters.com, [44], is one option.
  • Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd, +1 888-FALLSVU (toll-free), [45]. A Vegas-style Casino.
  • Casino Niagara, 5705 Falls Ave (near Clifton Hill), +1 905 374-3598 or +1 888-946-3255 (toll-free), [46]. The old but nice casino.
  • Greg Frewin Dinner Theatre, +1 866-779-8778, tickets@gregfrewintheatre.com, [47]. Illusionist Greg Frewin presents his Las Vegas style magic show.
  • Get married: The City of Niagara Falls issues marriage licences at the City Clerk's Office, 4310 Queen St, +1 905 356-7521 ext. 4283, [48]. The fee is $100. There is no waiting period. No ceremonies are performed at City Hall. Niagara Parks [49] has information about weddings, receptions, and wedding photography near the Falls.
  • If you're on your honeymoon, you can get an Official City of Niagara Falls Honeymoon Certificate from the Niagara Falls Tourism Office, 5400 Robinson St, [50].
  • Fallsview Indoor Waterpark[51], 5685 Falls Ave, +1 905 374-4444 or +1 888-234-8410, [52]. This is Niagara's newest and largest indoor waterpark at 125,000 square feet. The water park features 16 slides, up to six stories high, full-size wavepool and outdoor year-round pool. The Fallview Indoor Waterpark is directly connected to the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel[53], Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel[54] and the Skyline Inn Niagara Falls[55].
  • Waves Indoor Water Park[56], Americana Conference Resort and Spa, 8444 Lundy's Lane, +1 905 356-8444 or +1 800-263-3508, Fully glass-enclosed 25000 square-foot water park with wave pool, twisting water slides, toddler pool, play structure with tipping bucket, hot tub spa, licensed snack bar, gift shop, arcade and redemption area, seasonal outdoor play area, sports court, and lounge areas. Open to the public year-round.
  • Queen Street Arts & Culture District, Queen St, +1 905 353-9555, [57]. Queen Street has been revitalized into the latest Niagara Arts & Culture District. Art galleries, boutiques, cafes, bistros, live theatre and festivals.  edit
  • Attractions on Clifton Hill[58], 4943 Clifton Hill, +1 905 357-2200,. Check out the vast array of flashing lights, Haunted Houses, Mazes, a Fun House, Arcade[59]. Tons of fun attractions and restaurants. Located right near the falls between the Niagara Parkway and Victoria Ave.,

Also, don't forget the wine tours. Niagara Falls has recently boomed with vineyards due to the increasing popularity of ice wines. If you've never tasted these, they alone are worth the time. They are thick and sweet much like the muscats and ports, but without the afterbite. They are processed in freezing temperatures in very early morning hours and only with "approved" grapes.

  • Mystery on the Lake Productions (The Last Illusionist), 4630 Queen St, (toll free: +1 866-386-2921), [60]. A unique interactive theatre format casts you as the star of the show with a supporting cast of improvisational actors in this entertaining adventure through the Arts & Entertainment District of Niagara Falls.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

When making purchases, be sure to use Canadian currency, debit cards or credit cards. Credit card companies actually do the currency conversions as they are billed to your statement.

(Note: As of this writing - August 2010 - U.S. money is accepted at parity (par) throughout Niagara Falls, and converting to Canadian currency may yield less than par due to fees, so it may be more advisable to simply use US cash and avoid the conversion fees from banks and creditors.)


There are a great many souvenir shops in Niagara Falls, especially in the Clifton Hill area and at the Maid of the Mist Marketplace at the foot of Clifton Hill. You'll find everything from the usual t-shirts and calendars to vials of Niagara Falls water.

  • Piccadilly Place Gifts, 6022 Stanley Ave, [61]. Gifts and souvenirs. Five locations in town: at Sheraton Fallsview, Sheraton on the Falls, Skyline Inn, Crowne Plaza Niagara, and Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview.
  • Canada One Factory Outlets, 7500 Lundy's Lane, 1-866-284-5781. Over 40 designer name outlets for clothing, shoes, jewelry, electronics, fashion accessories, etc.  edit
  • Niagara Square Shopping Centre, 7555 Montrose Road, (905) 357-1110. Mon-Fri 10:00AM-9:00PM, Sat 9:30AM-5:30PM, Sun 11:00AM-5:00PM. Over 50 stores featuring most major chain retailers for fashion, home electronics, gifts, sporting goods, and food court. Major shops include: Winners, SportCheck, Jysk, Future Shop, Michael's, The Brick, and Bouclair. Also there is a Cineplex Odeon movie theatre at the site.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Basell's Restaurant & Tavern, 4880 Victoria Ave, +1 905 356-7501. A super-cheap restaurant that may look like "a little hole in the wall" but the food is delish. Try the special: soup du jour (try the vegetable), coleslaw, potatoes or fries, tea or coffee, the special, AND frozen yogurt or ice cream for the end... all of that for only about $8. Dinner prices range from $8 for a sandwich to $20-something for steak or seafood.  edit
  • The Flying Saucer, 6768 Lundy's Ln (look for the UFO), +1 905 356-4553. Daily 6AM-11PM. Diner/greasy spoon. Home of the 99-cent breakfast (two eggs, hash browns and toast) served between 6AM and noon. Very busy on weekend mornings, but service is efficient.  edit
  • Savoury and Sweet, 3770 Bridgewater Street L2G 6H3 (just off Niagara Scenic Rt near Marineland), +1 905 295-2000, [62]. 7AM-8:30PM. 28 choices of crepes, waffles, palacsinta with a varied European Main Meal Selection. Stylish and comfortable, excellent food and all for under $10.  edit
  • Tarboosh Mediterranean Grill, 5809 Victoria Ave (at the top of Clifton Hill), +1 905 353-0909. 11AM-3AM. Tarboosh has a 100% Halal menu. Menu includes shawarmas, falafel, burgers, samosas, springrolls, ice cream, and freshly squeezed juices. 5 minutes away from Niagara Falls. Delivery available fresh and healthy food under $10. This restaurant is no longer in business.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Antica Pizzeria, 5785 Victoria Ave, +1 905 356-3844. Thin-crust pizza made to order in wood-burning ovens. Can be busy at dinner time.  edit
  • Carpaccio Restaurant, 6840 Lundy's Ln, +1 905 371-2063, [63]. Lots of options including chicken, veal and steak entrees, grilled salmon, rack of lamb, ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna, wild mushroom risotto. Thin crust oven-baked pizzas. Soy spaghetti is available. Family friendly. Dinner mains, $10-35.  edit
  • Dave & Buster's Niagara Falls, 4955 Clifton Hill, +1 905 371-1331, [64]. 11AM-2AM. Offers games and a sports bar. Transportation to and from Dave & Busters is free.  edit
  • Maid of the Mist Restaurant, 5920 River Rd (at Clifton Hill). Great hidden cafeteria style eatery. Incredible views of the fall through the floor to ceiling glass windows. Reasonable prices for great tasting pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs. Restaurant is in the courtyard outside the Maid of the Mist gift shop.  edit
  • Mama Mia's, 5719 Victoria Ave (top of Clifton Hill), +1 905 354-7471, [65]. Italian, in case the name didn't give it away. Relatively inexpensive (for Niagara Falls) and the food is good. Spaghetti (vegetarian sauce option available), manicotti, cannelloni, homemade fettuccine, lasagna, eggplant (or chicken or veal) parmigiana, gnocchi, hamburgers. Lunch mains $8-$10, dinner mains $10-20, $22.95 gourmet dinner menu.  edit
  • Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria, 5484 Ferry St (at Stanley Ave), +1 905 356-3345. Homestyle Italian food made with fresh ingredients. Casual atmosphere.  edit
  • Secret Garden Restaurant, 5827 River Rd, +1 905 358-4588, [66]. Breakfast served until 11AM daily. Large outdoor patio with a view of the American Falls and the surrounding flower gardens. Varied menu includes: hamburgers, quiche Lorraine, soups, salads, pasta, fish of the day, fish and chips, steak, rack of lamb, prime rib of beef. Vegetarian and children's menus. Dinner entrees $10-30.  edit
  • Suisha Gardens, 5701 Lewis Ave, +1 905 354-1500, [67]. Tu-Su (closed M), 5PM-10PM. Very pleasant Japanese restaurant. They cook, Teppanyaki-style, at your table. It's some tasty stuff and for what you get, the price is reasonable. The building looks old and run-down from the outside but when you enter, it's like walking into a small pocket of Japan. Sushi bar. Take-out available. Reservations recommended. Teppanyaki set menus $16-$40.  edit
  • Taco N' Tequila, 5355 Ferry St (5 min walk from Clifton Hill), +1 905 371-8255. Simple, yet good, Mexican fare and home of the 45 oz. margarita.  edit
  • Taki, 5530 Victoria Ave, +1 905 357-7274. "Taki" means "Falls" in Japanese. Very authentic-style Japanese restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere. Pricy, but it's worth it.  edit
  • Yukiguni, 5980 Fallsview Blvd, +1 905 354-4440, [68]. Daily noon-11PM.  edit* "Yukiguni" means "snow country" in Japanese. Very good Japanese food. Loved by Japanese. Menu includes sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, tempura, and noodles. Mains $10-$18.

Splurge[edit]

  • Buchanans Chophouse, 6022 Stanely Ave (atrium level inside the Doubletree Resort), +1 905 353-4111, [69]. Daily until 9PM. Casual fine dining, regional cuisine. VQA Award of excellence wine list, live entertainment select Fridays, call for details. Steaks, chops & seafood in a Grand Lodge atmosphere. AAA/CAA approved.  edit
  • CopaCabana Brazilian Steak House, 6671 Fallsview Blvd (at Main St), +1 905 354-8775, [70]. A Brazilian BBQ restaurant, where you get all-you-can-eat servings of grilled steak, pork, chicken, lamb, sausage, etc. Outdoor patio. Samba music and dancers on Friday and Saturday nights. Very busy, and there can be a long wait for tables. $36.  edit
  • Keg Steakhouse and Bar Overlooking Niagara Falls, 6700 Fallsview Blvd, 9F of Embassy Suites - Fallsview Hotel, +1 905 374-5170, [71]. Su-Th noon-11:30PM, F Sa noon-midnight. From the ninth floor, it affords one views of Niagara Falls from virtually every table. The dining room has a warm atmosphere typically of the chain; booths with heavy Oak tables and a large stone fireplace. There is plenty of tiered seating available, allowing each guest a view of the famous waterfalls.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19.

  • Watermark Restaurant, 6361 Fallsview Blvd (in the Hilton Hotel), +1 905 353-7138 (toll free: +1 800-704-9301), [72]. Go for a drink at the martini bar during one of the fireworks shows. It offers an amazing Falls view, great for a romantic gesture or a dramatic proposal.  edit
  • The Revolving Restaurant at Skylon Tower, 5200 Robinson Street, 1-877-475-9566, [73]. Enjoy fine dining at the revolving restaurant near the top of the Skylon Tower or buffet dining at the Summit Suite. Enjoy lunch or dinner, desserts as well as fine wines with free access to the observation deck. The view is one of a kind and the service is impeccable.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

Prices posted are for high season (May-October).

Numerous hotels offer a room with a view of the Falls; check with the hotel when booking and specify that you want a full fallsview room when you book, or you may be given a room with only a partial view. If getting the 'perfect' room is important to you, book through the hotel directly as opposed to on-line or via their world-wide reservations number.

Camping[edit]

  • Campark Resorts Camping, 9387 Lundy's Lane, (905) 358-3873 Toll-free 1-877-226-7275. Open all year. 300 sites with some sites with electrical/water/sewer hookup. Playground, store, showers, flush toilets, outdoor pool (seasonal), fireplace, laundry, and shelter. Pets welcome.  edit
  • Scotts Tent and Trailer Park, 8845 Lundy's Lane, (905) 356-6988. Fully-serviced trailer sites with electricity, water, and sewer hookup. All sites serviced with water. Paved roads and grass sites, washrooms with showers, grocery store, heated pool, propane tank refill centre, playground, and laundry. Security gate with card access to site.  edit
  • KOA Campground, 8625 Lundy's Lane, (905) 356-2267 Toll-free 1-800-562-6478.  edit
  • Yogi Bear's JellyStone Camp, 8676 Oakwood Drive, (905) 354-1432 Toll-free 1-800-558-2954. Pull-thru RV sites with 30/50Amp electrical/water/sewer hookup. Wooded tent lots. 6-person and 8-person cabins equipped with towels, bedding, linens, pots, pans, utensils, stovetop, microwave, fridge, TV, air conditioning, and full bathroom. 18-hole mini golf course, heated pool, playground, volleyball, basketball, and cycling trails. Yogi and Boo Boo make their rounds throughout the park to keep guests entertained. Private shuttle bus to the Falls. Attractions packages and tickets.  edit
  • King Waldorf's Tent and Trailer Park, 9015 Stanley Avenue (From QEW, take McLeod Road exit to Stanley Ave.), 1-877-700-0477. Closest campground to Marineland, the Falls, casinos, and other major attractions. 80 acres on a quiet, peaceful river setting.  edit

Budget[edit]

  • Lundy's Lane Motel Strip, Between Montrose Avenue and Garner Road. This area consists of motels belonging to major chains and privately owned motels. Some motels have seasonal outdoor swimming pools and rooms with jacuzzi tubs. Also some have special honeymoon packages as well. Reservations are not normally required - just look for a "Vacancy" sign. Rooms start as low as $30 per night during low season from Sunday to Thursday night.  edit
  • A1-Motel, 7895 Lundys Ln, +1 905 354 6038, [74]. $39+.  edit
  • ACBB Hostel Niagara, 5741 McGrail Ave (five minute walk from the waterfalls), +1 905 359-4815, [75]. Top rated travelers accommodations. Excellent private rooms, large dorms, free breakfast, bike rentals, best location, best price.  edit
  • HI-Niagara Falls, 4549 Cataract Ave, +1 905 357-0770 (toll free: +1 888-749-0058), [76]. Shared and private rooms, activities organized (day at the beach, vineyard tours) and BBQ area. From $21.  edit
  • Niagara Falls Backpackers Hostel, 4219 Huron St, +1 905 357-4266 (toll free: +1 800-891-7022). Cozy, quiet place with friendly staff.  edit
  • Skyline Inn Niagara Falls (hi), 4800 Bender Hill, +1 905 374-4444 (toll free: +1 888-234-8410), [77]. The newly renovated Skyline Inn Niagara Falls features over sized family rooms that fit up to 6 people in one room. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is connected to the hotel vis the skywalk. Features Family Movie Night, which plays every night in the main courtyard.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Greystone Manor Bed and Breakfast, 4939 River road, Niagara Falls, ON Canada L2E 3G6, 1-877-237-4746, [78]. The recently restored and renovated Greystone Manor Bed and Breakfast offers picturesque views of the Niagara River Gorge and is just a short walk to the Falls and other major attractions. This B&B offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, a full hot breakfast and much more. From $115.  edit
  • Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, 6733 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, ON Canada L2G 3W7, 1-800-395-7046, [79]. The newly renovated Radisson Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls has rooms and suites with spectacular views of Horseshoe Falls. The hotel features many family, romantic, and vacation packages that offer big savings. The renovations completed earlier this year give this hotel a very elegant feel that is naturally inspired by the nearby falls. From $149.  edit
  • Comfort Inn Clifton Hill - Niagara Falls Hotel and Resort, 4960 Clifton Hill, +1 905 358-3293 (toll free: +1 800-263-2557), [80]. In the heart of the Clifton Hill tourist area, this popular Niagara Falls hotel features 185 guest rooms, complimentary continental breakfast, large indoor pool and whirlpool, major on-site attractions and restaurants, guest parking, and free wireless internet.  edit
  • Courtyard By Marriott Niagara Falls, 5950 Victoria Ave, +1 905 358-3083 (toll free: +1 800-771-1123), [81]. In the centre of the Clifton Hill tourist district, Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls features 258 guest rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, Keg Steakhouse & Bar and more. On-site parking.  edit
  • Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel, 5685 Falls Ave, +1 905 374-4444 (toll free: +1 888-234-8410), [82]. This hotel maintains its old world Victorian style and design but provides all of its customers with new world amenities. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is directly connected to the hotel. The Crowne Plaza hotel features indoor dining options at it Fallsview Rainbowroom Restaurant.  edit
  • The Days Inn, 3 area locations.  edit
  • Fallsview, 6519 Stanley Ave, (toll free: +1 800-847-9043), [83]. 1 block away from the Fallsview Casino, and the Falls itself.  edit
  • Clifton Hill, 5657 Victoria Ave, (toll free: +1 800-847-9043), [84]. In the heart of Niagara's Clifton Hill tourist district. The Days Inn features an indoor pool, Applebee's Grill & Bar, and Remington's of Niagara Steak & Seafood Restaurant on site.  edit
  • Centre Street, 5046 Centre St, +1 905 357-2550‎, [85]. Located a block and a half north of Clifton Hill. Free Wi-fi. Complimentary breakfast is not too good but inexpensive rates. Swimming pool and hot tub on premises. Very clean hotel, staff is also incredibly helpful and friendly.  edit
  • Eastwood Tourist Lodge, 5359 River Rd, +1 905 354-8686, [86]. Full breakfast. Rooms with balconies with view of Niagara Gorge, some rooms with fireplaces, free wireless internet. $79+.  edit
  • Hampton Inn By Hilton - at the Falls, 5591 Victoria Ave, +1 905 374-4445 (toll free: +1 888-234-8410), [87]. Newly renovated features complimentary hot and cold breakfast, internet and parking for guests. Features an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna in the hotel atrium.  edit
  • Lodge Inn And Suites Near The Falls, 5234 Ferry St, (toll free: +1 800-440 9555), [88]. Short walk to the Fallsview Casino, Casino Niagara and of course the "street of fun"--Clifton Hill. Offers a free breakfast, free local calls, and cable TV. $89+.  edit
  • Oasis Niagara, 4266 Elgin St, +1 905 353-0223, [89]. Continental breakfast. The only Gay men's guesthouse in Niagara Falls, centrally located, free wireless internet. $90+.  edit
  • Ramada Hotel Niagara Falls, 6045 Stanley Ave, +1 905 374-4142 (toll free: +1 877-374-4142), [90]. Located in the Fallsview district this hotel is situated by Niagara's finest restaurants and attractions, and offers easy access to the border and highway.  edit
  • Redwood Bed & Breakfast, 5227 River Rd, +1 905 358-1990 (toll free: +1 888-713-8495), [91]. Two-night minimum stay, $129-159.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview, 6039 Fallsview Blvd, +1 905 358-3817 (toll free: +1 800-222-TREE), [92]. Five Lakes Aveda day spa [93] (PDF). Indoor lap pool and family pool, whirlpool, fitness room, seasonal outdoor hot tub and garden sun deck. Doubletree Sweet Dreams sleep experience. Spacious guest rooms, two room suites and premium rooms with two person whirlpool tubs. Choose a view of the city, river or American Falls. 365 m (400 yd) to Fallsview Casino Resort.  edit
  • Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel, 6700 Fallsview Blvd, +1 905 356-3600 (toll free: +1 800-420-6980), [94]. The hotel towers 42 storeys over the Brink of Niagara Falls - and is located only 100 yards from the waters edge. Located on Fallsview Boulevard in the Fallsview Tourist District – beside the new Niagara Fallsview Casino, the hotel is surrounded by Niagara's finest restaurants and attractions and offers the finest in Fallsview accommodations.  edit
  • Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls - Fallsview, 6455 Fallsview Blvd, +1 905 357-5200 (toll free: +1 800-363-3255), [95]. Directly across the street from the New Fallsview Casino. This hotel features Fallsview rooms and luxurious Whirlpool rooms. Complete fitness center including indoor waterfall swimming pool. Event, meeting and conference facilities, valet parking.  edit
  • Great Wolf Lodge, 3950 Victoria Ave, +1 905 354-4888 (toll free: +1 800-605-WOLF), [96]. There is a WEGO stop here. Great for kids, very family-oriented with rooms that feature "kid cabins" which private a bit of privacy for the adults. Large indoor waterpark, spa, restaurant and cafe.  edit
  • Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview, 6361 Fallsview Blvd, +1 905 354-7887, [97]. City or Fallsview rooms decorated in classic resort style. Recently opened a brand new 53-storey, 500 room all-suite tower, featuring 2 new restaurants. The hotel is in the heart of the City's entertainment district and attached to the Fallsview Casino through an adjacent walkway.  edit
  • Lion's Head Bed & Breakfast, 5239 River Rd, +1 905 374-1681, [98]. Historic Edwardian home overlooking the Niagara Gorge. Three-course gourmet breakfasts. $145-225.  edit
  • Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa, 6740 Fallsview Blvd, +1 905 357-7300 (toll free: +1 888-501-8916), [99]. Featuring amazing Fallsview accommodations, elegant Fallsview dining and full-service spa. Located in the Fallsview Tourist district, take the Skywalk to the Fallsview Casino Resort and other Niagara Falls attractions.  edit
  • Marriott Niagara Falls Gateway on the Falls Hotel, 6755 Fallsview Blvd, +1 905 374-1077 (toll free: +1 800-618-9059), [100]. Marriott Gateway on the Falls Hotel is an ideal place to stay in Niagara Falls. Featuring Casino, wine, tours, and breakfast deals.  edit
  • The Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls, 6546 Fallsview Blvd, 1 877 843-6253, [101]. The Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls is the closest hotel to the Falls, with the best views from it's Fallsview Hotel Rooms and Suites. This 21 story hotel has a completely un-obstructed view of the falls, and is adjacent to the Fallsview Casino Resort.
  • Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, 5875 Falls Ave, +1 905 374-4445 (toll free: +1 888-234-8410), [102]. The rooms at the front of the hotel offer amazing views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Indoor and outdoor pools. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is connected to the hotel. Some rooms with fireplace and jacuzzi. Features a 25-m (80-ft) buffet table at its Fallsview Restaurant.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Niagara on the Lake is a pretty, historic town located about 20 minutes north of Niagara Falls. Each summer it hosts the Shaw Festival, [103], featuring the works of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. There are also a number of wineries in the area that you can visit. 5-0 Transportation, +1 905 358-3232, offers a shuttle service from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Niagara Falls State Park, [104] is located a short drive over the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, New York. Its Cave of the Winds attraction, [105] takes you down a series of wooden staircases right beside the Bridal Veil Falls. There are also hiking trails and a Falls observation deck.


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