A Guide to: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a beauty. It stands on the border of Canada and the United States with 3 distinct one of a kind falls. This masterpiece is everything you imagined in great falls: strong bustling water currents, clear blue coloured water and a big overhanging vertical drop. The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, making it a renounced world wonder. Furthermore, if you’re heading to Niagara soon here is a guide on what to do, what’s good to eat, and where to stay:

Quick Facts:

  • Niagara Falls was created by the Wisconsin glaciation about 10,000 years ago. The same forces also created the North American Great Lakes and the Niagara River.
  • Niagara Falls is renowned for its valuable source of hydroelectric power.
  • The word “Niagara” is derived from the Iroquois word “Onguiaahra” meaning “the strait”. 

Best Time to Go:

Summer: Niagara Falls is a dream to walk around in the summer. The cool mist of the Falls is the perfect cool off treat on a hot sunny day.

Winter: If you’re looking for a winter wonderland then Niagara Falls is the place. After a fresh snowfall, the city is transformed into a white fairytale. It may be cold, but the view is worth it.



What to Do:

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If you want a more up close and personal experience with the falls hop abroad the Hornblower Niagara Cruise. This attraction features a unique boat ride which takes you right up to the tip of the falls. You get some of the best views of the falls so be prepared for the ride of your life. This thrilling experience guides you past the classic American and Bridal Veil Falls towards the iconic Horseshoe Falls where you will get drenched by the mighty mist. A poncho is an absolute must! 

This 20-minute boat ride slowly tours you around the falls so you see the best of everything. The daytime boat cruise is one of the best options because not only can you see the magnificent Falls but also the Niagara skyline of hotels and buildings. You see everything from a totally different perspective down here. There’s also tons of room aboard the boat for you to move freely and change spots for a better view. This two-tiered boat has spectacular viewing locations on both the top and bottom so the preference is up to you. 

Once the boat reaches the Falls that’s when you really start to feel the full force of the mist. The poncho comes with a hood to protect your hair and face from the full throttle, which you should probably use. If you like it you can also try the nighttime cruise for the Falls Illumination which lights up the falls in rainbow colours. 


Journey Behind the Falls

If you want to see the falls from a different angle then try Journey Behind the Falls. Elevators descend 150 feet through bedrock to tunnels that lead behind the Falls. There is a double deck observatory deck along with two portals behind the falls. The furthest one is one-third of the way behind the massive sheet of water! The power of the Horseshoe Falls is incredibly strong. The sound is like thunder and the sight is inspiring. It will let you see the Falls from a totally different perspective. You will most likely get really wet- thankfully a rain poncho is provided and acts as protection from the mist of the Falls.

Butterfly Conservatory

Did you know there are over 2,000 tropical butterflies living in Niagara? Inside the Butterfly Conservatory over 45 species of butterflies roam float freely through lush and exotic greenery. They live in a rainforest with waterfalls, fresh fruit, and exotic blossoms. The best part? You can go visit them and explore their home! See how they grow and how they eat- or count how many different butterflies you can spot. The Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens which is easy to access and convenient. 



Where to Stay:

The Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview

The Hilton Niagara Falls has an amazing location. Close to the Falls but even closer to the downtown core. There is a ton of restaurants and retail stores within reach. If you’re heading to the Casino the Hilton is directly across the street and even shares an indoor walkway there.

The Embassy Suites Fallsview

If you’re looking for the best view of the Falls then you have to check out the Embassy Suites. With 42 storeys and 525 suites, there’s a good chance you can snag a room with a view.

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls

The Crowne Plaza is always a good choice. This elegant hotel is located directly across from the American side of Niagara Falls, offering spectacular views day and night. My favourite part? It’s close to the Hersey Chocolate World!


Where to Eat:

Elements on the Falls

For a seat close to the edge of Horseshoe Falls try out Elements Fallsview. This restaurant features the freshest ingredients from local farms and wines from the vineyards of the Niagara region. I recommend the Parks Burger, Grilled Bosc Pear Salad, or Vegetable Samosas!

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

For a fun and tropical dining experience head over to Margaritaville. The food is delicious, the staff is super friendly, and the energy is inviting. Some favourites include Volcano Nachos, Freeport Fish and Chips, and the Tempico Taco Salad.

The Watermark

The Watermark Fallsview elevates dining experiences to new heights. Located on the 33rd floor of the Hilton, this isn’t a place to pass up. The menu is locally inspired with favourites including the butternut squash risotto!


In essence, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Niagara Falls. I would also recommend Niagara Glen for hiking, Niagara Falls MistRider Zipline for some serious adventure, also the Whirlpool Aero Car for some amazing views.

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