10 Reasons to Visit Niagara Falls
1. The famous Niagara Falls – obviously! Need we say more? Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. See the 53-metre drop of the Horseshoe Falls from Table Rock.
2. The Fireworks: Watching the spectacular Niagara Falls fireworks show is fun for the whole family. Vibrant lights dance across the sky in eye-catching patterns, making the display of fireworks in Niagara Falls something to look forward to on your visit.
3. Hornblower boat tour: In operation since, 1846, the Hornblower cruise takes its poncho-clad passengers to within metres of the impressive Horseshoe Falls. You’ll feel this epic force of nature on the US-Canadian border (every second, more than a million bathtubs of water plummet over Niagara’s three waterfalls).
4. Go cycling: Niagara region is made for leisurely bike rides with lots of quiet back roads. There are more than 200 trails catering to riders of every level. Niagara Parkway has been named one of the top 10 cycling routes in the world, stretching 58 kilometers along the Canadian side of the Niagara River, passing many wineries, orchards and farms along the way.
5. Wineries: The Niagara region’s rich soils and mild microclimates have created the perfect environment for world-class wines. Tours are available to discover the science behind the myriad of varieties and you can try dry reds, fruity whites and super-sweet ice wines.
6. Night life – casinos! Two action-packed casinos bring excitement to night time in Niagara Falls with Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort offering blackjack, roulette, poker, slots, and sports gaming along with comedy shows, and live entertainment with headline stars.
7. Walk the Niagara Glen. A 10-minute drive north of the Town of Niagara Falls, overlooking the Niagara River gorge, is an enchanting nature reserve, where a network of rugged but well-marked trails thread through a rare, pristine parcel of deciduous forest. As well as fresh air and gorgeous gorge views, you’ll stumble across huge boulders, native trees and wildflowers and migratory birdlife.
8. Drive the Niagara Parkway, “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world”. There are more cars and tour buses now, but the route is picturesque with maple trees, manicured lawns.
9. The Welland Canal, one of the amazing man-made wonders of the world, which was originally constructed in 1829 to link Lake Erie with Lake Ontario and offer ships a safe detour around Niagara Falls. Tour the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre to watch ships as they navigate one of the world’s engineering marvels.
10. Niagara-on-the-Lake: There probably isn’t a prettier street in Canada than Niagara-on-the-Lake’s main thoroughfare. Running west of the town’s striking clock tower, it’s lined with cherry blossom trees, flower beds and handsome heritage buildings with cute cafes, bakeries, tea rooms, gift stores and boutiques. For some historical background – the town was pieced back together after the devastating 1812-1815 war.