What to see and do at Canada’s Niagara Falls

The gushing sound of the falls beckons from a distance and plumes of mist rise high above the falls as crowds gather to watch the strange veil of water descending like a torrent. We are in one of the world’s most iconic locations – none other than magical Niagara Falls.

Situated at the border of Canada and the USA, Niagara Falls is easily accessible for visitors in the province of Ontario and the town of Buffalo in New York State. Consisting of three falls, two on the American side and the third on the Canadian side, Niagara Falls attracts tourists from around the globe.

The Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian border are about 170 feet high and 2 500 feet wide, while the American falls are 180 feet high and 1 100 feet long. The falls are a delight to see and take their name from their shape. The total unregulated volume of water going over the falls is estimated to be about two million gallons per second.

“What to see: Given the sheer the size of the falls and the number of visitors they welcome each year, Niagara Falls might seem like one big amusement park. No trip is complete without getting up-close and personal with the falls. One way you can do that is to take a tour on the Maid of the Mist. Be prepared to get wet, as these turbo steam boats give you an opportunity to get as close as possible to the falls. The Maid of the Mist docks on the American side of the falls while the Hornblower Niagara Cruises docks on the Canadian side of the falls.

If you would like to get a bird’s-eye view of the falls, consider a visit to  Skylon Tower rising high above the Niagara skyline. Located in downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario, the 775-foot tower allows for breathtaking views. Get ready to capture some amazing snapshots from a distinctive location. Spend a romantic evening over the falls and dine at the luxurious revolving restaurant at the top of the tower, or enjoy a Sunday brunch at the summit suite buffet overlooking the falls.

Thrill-seekers will enjoy experiencing Niagara Parks Mistrider zipline over the falls. The zipline soars 2 200 feet above the Canadian falls, travelling at a speed of 37 mph.

Where to stay: There is no shortage of hotels in Niagara Falls. Whether you are on a budget or have much to spend, your options are varied. One of the most popular spots for honeymooners and visitors is the Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview and Spa, the hotel has a number of competitively priced packages for couples and families. As an alternative, consider the Skyline Inn – this family-friendly hotel has no shortage of activities for kids and adults.

When to go: Niagara Falls is buzzing with activities all year round. Summer vacationers start arriving from June to August and viewing areas are packed. From May to September, you can expect fewer crowds. The peak fall season from October to November has fewer visitors and you can enjoy a variety of wine festivals hosted by the local community. The Fallsview Casino resort buzzes with action, not only at the gaming floor, but also at its theatre, shops, spas and lounges.

Niagara Falls is packed with activities, whether you are there to simply unwind and enjoy nature’s beauty, or experience thrill-seeking escapades

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