Niagara Falls is a bucket-list worthy destination and one of the most impressive places on earth, located only 144 kilometers from Toronto. The famous Niagara Falls is actually a collection of waterfalls, on the border between Canada and the United States, consisting of American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canadian Falls, also called Horseshoe Falls. Niagara River, where all three falls originate from, receives water from four of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie, before the water empties into Lake Ontario.
Niagara Falls is often cited as the world’s “eighth wonder” and draws more than 11 million visitors per year for its views, magnitude, and surrounding activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy, from winery visits, to boat and helicopter tours around the falls. Niagara Parks is home to the most popular experiences in the region, offering no shortage of adventure for visitors of all ages. This natural phenomenon holds an interesting history as in 1895, the first hydroelectric power station opened in Niagara Falls and one year later, engineer Nikola Tesla unveiled his direct current (DC) system, which altered the way the city of Buffalo, NY lit up at night.
Through the years, Niagara Falls has evolved from an old-school honeymoon spot, to a multigenerational travel destination. Along with stunning waterfalls, and outdoor adventures, visitors can sip their way along the Niagara Wine Trail and the ice wine vineyards, or stroll the lush botanical gardens. Whether sightseeing with that special someone or packing the family for a road trip, Niagara Falls is a spectacular and one-of-a-kind, cross-country adventure!
The Toronto International Airport known as Lester B Pearson is located at 6301 Silver Dart Dr, Mississauga, ON, situated northwest of downtown. Jetlines operates from Terminal 3 with Onsite parking and car rental companies are available. Click here for the airport website.
Niagara Falls offers both natural beauty and vibrant entertainment center. Boat and behind the falls tours offer spectacular views of the falls.
The best time to visit Niagara Falls is June to August, with summer at peak season, with average high temperatures of 27°C, with, with mists from the waterfalls make the area feel cooler. The cooler spring and fall seasons see fewers tourists, but fall is peak harvest season for the local wineries, while spring ushers in blooms at the gardens. Winter temperatures are below-freezing, creating unbelivable ice formations.
Table Rock Centre
Table Rock Centre sits at the heart of the falls, atop the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, featuring iconic attractions like Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara's Fury, delicious culinary offerings, and a memorable shopping experience at Table Rock Shop.
Niagara City Cruises
The official Niagara Falls boat tour on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The 20-minute Voyage to the Falls boat tour, sails from Niagara Falls, Canada, providing stunning views of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, bringing riders face-to-face with the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
Admire the beauty of over 2,000 vibrantly coloured, free-flying butterflies amidst a tropical garden oasis in one of the largest glass-enclosed butterfly conservatories in North America. This self-guided, family-friendly experience offers a one-a-kind opportunity to discover the beauty and science of 45 different butterfly species from around the world.
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory
Featuring 99 acres (40 hectres) of award-winning landscapes complemented by vibrant seasonal blooms and lush overflowing gardens. Every season reveals new gorgeous blooms at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, part of the ornate Niagara Garden Trail since 1990.
Journey Behind the Falls
At Journey Behind the Falls, descend 125 feet through bedrock and explore 130-year-old tunnels that lead behind the magnificent falls. Discover breathtaking cave-like portals and feel the water’s thunderous vibrations flow through your body. Come face-to-face with the sheer power of this 13-storey-tall wonder as one-fifth of the world’s freshwater crashes down in front of you.
Niagara Falls Observation Tower (not Niagara Park)
The Observation Tower rises at nearly 520 feet, offering 360° view of the falls. Even the elevators, known as “Yellow bugs,” are covered in glass for pristine views. Dine at the Tower’s Revolving Dining Room or Summit Suite Buffet.
Zipline to the Falls
The Zipline to the Falls at Grand View Marketplace takes you on a breathtaking ride into the Niagara Gorge, towards the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Glide down 670 metres (2,200 feet), soaring past the American Falls and landing atop the Falls observation deck at the base of the Horseshoe Falls.
Niagara Parks Power Station
Discover fascinating stories hidden within the historic Power Station, the newest must-see attraction in Niagara Parks. Venture through the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River with immersive exhibits, artifacts, and interactive activations. At night, feel the once-dormant power station come to life in a breathtaking interactive experience.
SkyWheel (not Niagara Parks)
At nearly 165 feet tall, SkyWheel is the largest observation wheel in Canada. It’s in the nearby entertainment district of Clifton Hill and boasts amazing views of the falls and beyond. A ride on the Skywheel lasts about 10 minutes, and the cabins are fully enclosed and climate-controlled, for comfortable rides all year.
Niagara Wine Trails (not Niagara Parks)
Niagara Wine Trail is one of the best at producing wines like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. Along with these, the grapes are also used to help produce fruit wines, meads and ciders.The region has created a unique microclimate suitable for the production of exquisite wines.
Languages: English and French
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
“Be sure to pack a raincoat, eh?” – Frank