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, is the self-proclaimed "Honeymoon Capital of the World". For over a century the grandeur of the waterfalls of the Niagara River have attracted tourists to this destination.

Understand[edit]

Niagara Falls was incorporated on June 12, 1903. Its population was 83,184 as of 2008.

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

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

  • Table Rock Centre (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)

Climate[edit]

 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

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. Some of the activities associated with the falls (e.g. Maid of the Mist and Marineland) do not run during winter due to the frozen conditions, but most attractions now remain open year-round, dealing with mist related ice near Niagara Falls.

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, but only a few scheduled flights serve it.

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 Mississauga 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, and Greyhound, +1 800-661-8747, offer regular bus service to Niagara Falls from other Ontario cities.

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

Megabus, 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.

WEGO Visitor Transportation System, servicing the Clifton Hill, Fallsview and Downtown areas from a main hub at Table Rock http://wegoniagarafalls.com/ email: wegoinfo@niagarafalls.ca

Taxi service to the Falls and main tourist area from the bus depot will run $10-15, 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 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. 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 Falls1625 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY +1-877-285-2113, e-mail: . Trained and licensed tour guide, attractions admission, parking fees, pick-up and drop-off service in the Niagara Falls area, road tolls, and bridge tolls are covered. Tour desks in Niagara Falls Ontario.

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:

  • Bedore Tours +1-800-538-8433, e-mail: . 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. 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.

Get around[edit]

The Niagara River whirlpool basin

On foot[edit]

Many of the main attractions are within walking distance depending on where you walk from, and the rest are easily accessible by transit.

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

By bus[edit]

WEGO Niagara Falls, bus system runs throughout the Niagara Parkway, Falls Avenue, Fallsview Boulevard and other tourist areas year round. There are stops at the participating points of interest including attractions, hotels, and restaurants. Prices vary although day passes are available. There is a live map of WEGO stops and buses online [2]. WEGO passes can be purchased from Niagara Parks Info Centres, WEGO Drivers, and participating attractions and hotels. WEGO buses, especially on the Green line (which takes you to all of the attractions along the Niagara parkway) can easily fill up during peak hours and be difficult to find space on. If possible, try to catch the bus at its terminal end near the Journey Behind the Falls attraction in order to secure yourself a seat, especially if travelling to attractions such as the white water walk or butterfly conservatory.

Niagara Transit, is operated by the Niagara Transit Commission (City of Niagara Falls) and has routes covering sections of Niagara Falls not covered by the WEGO system. Tickets are available at the bus terminal or from the shuttle bus driver. Day passes are $10 for adults.

Niagara Regional Transit, is operated by the Niagara Regional Government to transport travellers between the cities of Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Welland. Tickets are available at the bus terminal or from the shuttle bus driver. Price is $6 with transfers available to local transit for an additional fee and day passes are not available.

There are also several tour services that offer the option to buy a shuttle pass, which allows you to board any of the tour buses at any stop point throughout the day. Many of these operators have ceased operating their shuttles after the WEGO system débuted in 2012.

See[edit]

Most visitors' first view of the Falls, from the Canadian side of the river, is at Queen Victoria Park 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, [3], every evening until approximately midnight (see website for exact times) and there are Fireworks over the Falls, Friday and Sunday nights in the summer months.

Niagara Parks offers a Great Gorge Adventure Pass, that includes access to the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls, White Water Walk, and the Butterfly Conservatory, a one-day People Mover 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 attractions on the pass. One way to use the pass is to do the Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Journey Behind the Falls on one day, and use the one-day People Mover 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
  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises5920 Niagara Parkway (at the bottom of Clifton Hill),  1-905-NIAGARA, e-mail: . New operator of Niagara Falls boat tours effective 2014. A boat tour to the foot of the falls, where visitors can better appreciate their thunder and spray. There are three types of cruises: Voyage to the Falls, Sunset Cocktail Cruise, and Falls Illumination/Fireworks Cruise. See their website for hours, as they vary. Many people want to use their digital cameras to take pictures, but they will get wet, so plan ahead.
  • Maid of the Mist1 Prospect St, Niagara Falls NY. Canadian tours ended December 2013. 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 (US funds, March 2014), children (6 to 12 years): $9.90, children 5 and under: free.
  • Journey Behind the Falls6650 Niagara Pkwy (Table Rock Centre, beside the Falls). This is an interesting attraction to consider in lieu of Hornblower Niagara Cruises(or when Hornblower Niagara Cruises isn't operating). Although popular, the lines aren't nearly as long for "Journey" as they are for Hornblower Niagara Cruises, and therefore may be a better option on crowded days, or for those travelling 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, as well as access to a small open area on the bank of the river, no more than 200 feet from the base of the falls. 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 inaccessible due to snow build up. Adults (13+ years): $12, children (6 to 12 years): $7.20, children 5 and under: free.
  • White Water Walk4330 Niagara Pkwy. 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 Car3850 Niagara River Pkwy (4.5 km/3 mi north of the Falls). 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.
  • Skylon Tower5200 Robinson St +1 905 356-2651, e-mail: . 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.
  • Niagara Skywheel +1 905 358-4793. 4946 Clifton Hill. 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.
  • Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens2565 Niagara Pkwy (9 km/6 mi north of the Falls). 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.
    Blue Morpho butterfly at the Butterfly Conservatory
    Free admission. Parking is $5..
  • Butterfly Conservatory2405 Niagara Pkwy (9 km/6 mi north of the Falls, within the Botanical Gardens). Open year-round except 25 December. Check website for times, as they vary.. Over 2,000 butterflies in an enclosed garden - great photo opportunities. Prices as of March 2014: Adults (13+ years) $13.50, children (6 to 12 years): $8.80, children 5 and under: free. Parking is $5..
  • Bird Kingdom5651 River Rd +1-905-356-8888, toll-free: +1-866-994-0090, e-mail: . Open daily. Sept-Jun 9:30AM-5PM, Jul-Aug 9AM-6:30PM. This tropical adventure with over 400 birds is the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. Adults $16.95, Seniors (55+) $14.95, Children (4-15) $11.95 (all prices plus HST), Parking $2 per hour.
  • Brick City4943 Clifton Hill +1-905-357-2200 ext. 6612. Tremendous Lego city built entirely by one man. Adults: $9.99 + Tax Senior/Student: $9.49 + Tax Child: $8.99 + Tax.
  • Floral clock14004 Niagara Pkwy (near the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge). A clock made entirely of flowers. Admission and parking are free..
  • Queenston Heights Park14184 Niagara Pkwy (near the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge). 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 and Daredevil Museum6170 Fallsview Blvd, e-mail: . +1 905 358-3611 or +1 866-405-4629. Has a 45 minute movie about the history of the Falls, filmed in 2005, that's not quite worth the price of admission ($14.50). However, the theatre also houses a daredevil exhibition with original barrels used by falls and whirlpool daredevils on display, well worth the $8.00. Some online discounts and coupons from other attractions available.
  • Sir Adam Beck Power Station,14000 Niagara Parkway Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada, +1 905-357-2379 - For the more mechanically inclined, the power plant offers guided tours every 15 minutes all year round to show how the massive power of the Niagara River is harnessed and used to power the surrounding area.

Do[edit]

Approaching the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls

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.

  • Casino Niagara5705 Falls Ave (near Clifton Hill),  +1-905-374-3598, toll-free: +1-888-946-3255. The original Niagara Falls casino. It is the oldest and smallest of the three Niagara Falls Casinos.
  • Clifton Hill AttractionsClifton Hill. Check out the vast array of flashing lights, Haunted Houses, Mazes, a Fun House, Arcade. Tons of fun attractions and restaurants. Located right near the falls between the Niagara Parkway and Victoria Ave.
  • Fallsview Casino6380 Fallsview Blvd, toll-free: +1-888-325-5788. A Vegas-style casino originally built to replace Casino Niagara. The second of three Niagara Falls Casinos and the last to be built on the Canadian side of the Niagara Gorge.
  • Fallsview Indoor Waterpark5685 Falls Ave +1-905-374-4444, toll-free: +1-888-234-8410. Niagara's 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, Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel and the Skyline Inn Niagara Falls.
  • Niagara Helicopters Limited3731 Victoria Ave, toll-free: +1-888-325-5788, e-mail: . Over the Falls and surrounding area.
  • 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, [4]. The fee is $100. There is no waiting period. No ceremonies are performed at City Hall. Niagara Parks 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.
  • Greg Frewin Dinner Theatre5781 Ellen Ave, toll-free: +1-866-779-8778, e-mail: . Illusionist Greg Frewin presents his Las Vegas style magic show.
  • Marineland Theme Park, 7657 Portage Rd (about 1.5 km/1 mi from the Falls), [5]. 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: This park has been heavily targeted by protesters in 2012 due to extensive media coverage (particularly by the Toronto Star) critical of the conditions in which animals are kept.
  • Queen Street Arts & Culture DistrictQueen St +1 905 353-9555. Queen Street has been revitalized into the latest Niagara Arts & Culture District. Art galleries, boutiques, cafés, bistros, live theatre and festivals.
  • Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, Niagara Glen departure point (approx. 8 km/5 mi from the Falls, People Mover Stop #9, very little parking). [6]. 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.
  • Winter Festival of Lights. Area around the Falls. 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.

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.

Buy[edit]

As of August 2010, U.S. money is accepted at 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 Gifts6022 Stanley Ave. 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.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Basell's Restaurant & Tavern4880 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.
  • The Flying Saucer6768 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.
  • Savoury and Sweet3770 Bridgewater Street L2G 6H3 (just off Niagara Scenic Rt near Marineland),  +1 905 295-2000. Monday closed, Tuesday through Friday 4PM to 9PM Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 9PM. 28 choices of crepes, waffles, palacsinta with a varied European Main Meal Selection $10-$25 . Stylish and comfortable, excellent food. Reservations recommended
  • Tarboosh Mediterranean Grill5809 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.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Michinoku Japanese Restaurant6100 Thorold Stone Road Unit #14 Niagara Falls, Ontario L2J 1A3 +1 905-356-3271. Mainly sushi/sashimi. Excellent quality and generally high reviews. Can get busy around dinner time, but is outside of normal tourist areas. $15-$25 per person.
  • Antica Pizzeria5785 Victoria Ave +1 905 356-3844. Thin-crust pizza made to order in wood-burning ovens. Can be busy at dinner time.
  • Carpaccio Restaurant6840 Lundy's Ln +1 905 371-2063. Lots of options including chicken, veal and steak entrées, 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.
  • Maid of the Mist Restaurant5920 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.
  • Mama Mia's5719 Victoria Ave (top of Clifton Hill),  +1 905 354-7471. 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, lasagne, eggplant (or chicken or veal) parmigiana, gnocchi, hamburgers. Lunch mains $8-$10, dinner mains $10-20, $22.95 gourmet dinner menu.
  • Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria5484 Ferry St (at Stanley Ave),  +1 905 356-3345. Homestyle Italian food made with fresh ingredients. Casual atmosphere.
  • Secret Garden Restaurant5827 River Rd +1 905 358-4588. 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 entrées $10-30.
  • Suisha Gardens5701 Lewis Ave +1 905 354-1500. 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.
  • Syndicate Restaurant6863 Lundy's Ln +1 289-477-1022, e-mail: . 11:30am-11PM. A collaboration of fam, table, and brewhouse. Great little brewpub a few blocks away from the main tourist area, and a local favourite. They have a wide selection of in-house brewed and guest beers to choose from. They make an effort to use locally raised meats in their dishes. Reservations recommended. $10-$25.
  • Taco N' Tequila5355 Ferry St (5 min walk from Clifton Hill),  +1 905 371-8255. Simple, yet good, Mexican fare and home of the 45 oz. margaritas.
  • Taki5530 Victoria Ave +1 905 357-7274. "Taki" means "Falls" in Japanese. Very authentic-style Japanese restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere. Pricey, but it's worth it.
  • Yukiguni5980 Fallsview Blvd +1 905 354-4440. Daily noon-11PM.* . "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 Chophouse6022 Stanely Ave (atrium level inside the Doubletree Resort),  +1 905 353-4111. 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.
  • CopaCabana Brazilian Steak House6671 Fallsview Blvd (at Main St),  +1 905 354-8775. 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.
  • Keg Steakhouse and Bar Overlooking Niagara Falls6700 Fallsview Blvd, 9F of Embassy Suites - Fallsview Hotel +1 905 374-5170. 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.
  • Milestones Niagara Falls Restaurant6755 Fallsview Blvd (inside the Marriott Gateway),  +1 905 358-4720. 11:30AM to 11PM. Milestones Niagara Falls Restaurant directly overlooks the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Offering select local, Canadian, and International wines at a Fallsview full service bar. Located on the second floor of the Niagara Falls Gateway on the Falls Hotel. Book a wine tasting or group event. Free parking for Milestones guests.
  • The Revolving Restaurant at Skylon Tower5200 Robinson St +1-877-475-9566. 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.
  • Terrapin Grille Niagara Falls Restaurant6740 Fallsview Blvd (inside the Marriott Fallsview),  +1 905 357-7300. 6:30AM to 9PM. Fallsview dining at its peak, presented by Chef Ron Kneabone. Wine, cocktails, beer and more available on two floors overlooking Niagara Falls. The Terrapin Bar and Lobby Lounge also cater to the sports fans offering local games during your visit. Private rooms available for groups. Luxury dining with quality ingredients and professional service. Free valet parking.
  • Watermark Restaurant6361 Fallsview Blvd (in the Hilton Hotel),  +1 905 353-7138, toll-free: +1 800-704-9301. 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.

Drink[edit]

The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19.

  • Spicy Olive5026 Centre St +1-905-371-2323. Spicy Olive serves Italian food while providing live entertainment and bands in Niagara Falls. Part of the Centre Street Shuffle, a series of bars frequented by pub crawls and other group events.

Sleep[edit]

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.

Budget[edit]

  • Skyline Inn Niagara Falls4800 Bender Hill +1 905 374-4444, toll-free: +1 888-234-8410. 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.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel5685 Falls Ave +1 905 374-4444, toll-free: +1 888-234-8410. 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.
  • The Days Inn3 area locations.
  • Fallsview6519 Stanley Ave, toll-free: +1 800-847-9043. 1 block away from the Fallsview Casino, and the Falls itself.
  • Clifton Hill5657 Victoria Ave, toll-free: +1 800-847-9043. 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.
  • Centre Street5046 Centre St +1 905 357-2550. 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.
  • Eastwood Tourist Lodge5359 River Rd +1 905 354-8686. Full breakfast. Rooms with balconies with view of Niagara Gorge, some rooms with fireplaces, free wireless internet. $79+.
  • Oasis Niagara4266 Elgin St +1 905 353-0223. Continental breakfast. The only Gay men's guesthouse in Niagara Falls, centrally located, free wireless internet. $90+.
  • Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview6733 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, ON Canada L2G 3W7 +1-800-395-7046. 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.
  • Redwood Bed & Breakfast5227 River Rd +1 905 358-1990, toll-free: +1 888-713-8495. Two-night minimum stay, $129-159.
  • Rodeway Inn Fallsview6663 Stanley Ave (Drive South on Stanley until Dunn.),  +1 905 354-2322. Clean and well kept hotel. Very reasonable breakfast restaurant on site ($5-$10 per person for a large breakfast with coffee). Close to the falls and other tourist areas. $100.

Splurge[edit]

  • Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview6039 Fallsview Blvd +1 905 358-3817, toll-free: +1 800-222-TREE. Five Lakes Aveda day spa [7] (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.
  • Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel6700 Fallsview Blvd +1 905 356-3600, toll-free: +1 800-420-6980. 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.
  • Great Wolf Lodge3950 Victoria Ave +1 905 354-4888, toll-free: +1 800-605-WOLF. There is a People Mover 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.
  • Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview6361 Fallsview Blvd +1 905 354-7887. 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.
  • The Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls6546 Fallsview Blvd +1 877 843-6253. 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 Hotel5875 Falls Ave +1 905 374-4445, toll-free: +1 888-234-8410. 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.

Go next[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, 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 is located a short drive over the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, New York. Its Cave of the Winds attraction, [8] takes you down a series of wooden staircases right beside the Bridal Veil Falls. There are also hiking trails and a Falls observation deck.
Routes through Niagara Falls
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