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Niagara Falls (Canada)

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Introduction

Nigra falls in winter

Nigra falls in winter

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The city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, sits on the Niagara River at the set of waterfalls known as Niagara Falls. In addition to a massive set of waterfalls, Niagara Falls also boasts that it is the "Honeymoon Capital of the World," offers casino gambling, wax museums and haunted houses, and theme park rides.

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Sights and Activities

Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls can be viewed for free from the edge of the Niagara River. The Falls is made up of three separate falls: the large Canadian falls – with its distinctive curved shape – is also known as the "Horseshoe Falls". It is separated by Goat Island from the American Falls, which is separated by a small island at its southern end, from the narrow Bridal Veil falls.

There are debates over whether the Canadian or American side offers the best view, but one of the closest views of the falls can be seen from The Maid of the Mist. Maid of the Mist is a boat that takes tourists to the foot of the falls, where you can better appreciate their thunder and spray. Price for a trip aboard the Maid of the Mist is $14.00 (Cdn) for adults. The boat runs in the spring, summer and fall. The opening date depends on the ice flow in the Niagara River, so check the Maid of the Mist website for the exact opening dates.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

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Casinos

On the Canadian side, there are two casinos, the newer Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and the older Casino Niagara.

Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is a street, chock o' block full of tourist attractions such as wax museums, Ripley's Believe it or Not, haunted houses, and gift shops.

Butterfly Conservatory

The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery.

Nearby

Niagara On The Lake is a pretty little town on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara river. Calmer and quieter than it's brash partner in Niagara Falls, it makes a nice stop for any trip to Niagara Falls.

You may not have heard of good Canadian wines, but they are growing in stature in the wine tasting world, as viticulturalists and vintners have begun to realize that the land and climate produce ideal grape-growing conditions due to glacial deposits and a microclimate created by the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. [1]. There are numerous wineries in the Niagara region that provide the opportunity for a tour and a tasting, including a number of wineries in Niagara on the Lake and the amazing Jackson and Triggs Estate, with it's amazing architecture and modern, open-concept design.

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Weather

The city and area have a humid continental climate with mostly warm summers and cold winters. Average highs range from slightly below zero in January to around 27 °C in July, nights between -8 °C and 17 °C respectively. Winters see regular snowfall and the total annual precipitation is around 1,000mm of which 80% is rain.

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Getting There

Most travellers will be coming either from Toronto or from the United States from Buffalo (New York) or Detroit (Michigan).

By Plane

Travellers can fly into Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport (Code: YYZ). From the airport, numerous shuttle bus services run directly to Niagara Falls. Check the Toronto airport's ground transportation page for companies providing services.

From Buffalo Niagara International Airport (Code: BUF) in Buffalo, NY State, you can take a car, bus, or taxi to Niagara Falls (about 20-30 minutes).

Limited air service can also come into Canada's Hamilton's John C. Munro Airport (code: YHM) or Niagara Falls Intl Airport (code: IAG) across the border in the USA.

By Train

Via Rail and Amtrak both have service passing through Niagara Falls for trains between Toronto and New York City (via Albany). Service is infrequent and expensive.

By Bus

Trentway-Wagar and Coach Canada offer a joint service to Niagara Falls (Canada side) from Toronto via St. Catharines. Adult same-day return fare is roughly $30. There are several departures to and from Niagara Falls per day. Phone: 1-800-461-7661.

Visitors staying in Toronto can also catch a tour from various tour providers.

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Getting Around

Niagara at Night

Niagara at Night

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By Public Transport

For longer distances, the Niagara Parks Commission People Mover is a bus service in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The service links the various tourist sights and attractions along the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls and the gorge downstream of it. The service operates every 20 minutes from April to October each year. A single all-day ticket, issued as a sticker, allows passengers to hop on and off the buses along the route, and also allows the holder to ride the Falls Incline Railway. Adult (13 years and over) $7.50, children 6-12 years $4.50, children 5 and under ride for Free. People Mover Website

For further distances, Niagara Transit operates 10 routes in the city. Fares for adults are $2.25, students and seniors (providing ID) pay $2.00, children from 6 to 12 ride for $1.00 and children 5 and under are free. Check the Niagara Transit website for routes.

By Foot

Most tourist attractions are within walking distance of the falls.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AWA Lodge at Niagara Falls5234 Ferry StreetHotel-
Accommodations Niagara5069 River RoadGuesthouse-
Ellis House Bed & Breakfast4284 Ellis StreetGuesthouse83
HI-Niagara Falls Hostel4549 Cataract Ave. Niagara FallsHostel75
Imperial Hotel and Suites5851 Victoria AvenueHotel-
ACBB Hostel Niagara5741 McGrail Ave. Niagara FallsHOSTEL89
Victoria Motor Inn5869 Victoria Ave.Hotel-
Three Diamond Inn8911 lundys laneHotel75
Niagara Falls Backpackers Hostel4219 Huron StreetHostel85
Always Inn Bed & Breakfast4327 Simcoe Street Niagara FallsGUESTHOUSE88
Mahren House4340 Simcoe StGuesthouse-
Angel's Hideaway Bed and Breakfast4360 Simcoe StreetGuesthouse-
Days Inn Welland1030 Niagara StreetHotel-
Ambiance by the Falls Bed & Breakfast4467 John StreetHostel-
Gretna Green Bed and Breakfast5077 River RoadGuesthouse-
Comfort Inn870 Niagara StHotel-
Travelodge - Niagara Falls420 Ontario Street Queen Elizabeth Hwy Exit 47Hotel-
Americas Best Value Inn13055 Lundy's LaneHotel-
The Rex Motel6247 Mcleod Road Niagara Falls, OntarioHotel-
Caravan Inn8511 Lundys Lane Niagara fallsHotel-
The Diplomat Inn5983 Stanley Ave Niagara FallsHotel75
Niagara Lodge & Suites7720 Lundys Lane Niagara FallsHOTEL70
Rainbow Bed And Breakfast4436 John St Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 1A5Guesthouse-
A1 Star Inn8627 Lundys LaneHotel-
Red Carpet Inn & Suites5334 Kitchener StreetHOTEL79
Scottish Inn5265 Lorne StreetGuesthouse86
Susan's Villa5481 Ontario AveApartment-
Cozy Inn5725 Robinson StreetGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [2]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 43.100116116
  • Longitude: -79.066270072

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