Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1302 times:
My wife and I stayed for two nights at the Sheraton Fallsview a few years back. We had a two-story room, with a loft bedroom; 18ftx10ft window, overlooking the falls! Breathtaking-BEFORE we did anything in the room!
We only had one day to go around the falls area, but you could spend several days doing things there. We're going to take the kids one of these years.
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 57 Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1278 times:
Qantas077: Daytrip is a good choice. The Falls themselves are beautiful and amazing, but the city is a bit of a dump. My mom lives near Niagara Falls and it's not worth more than a daytrip to me when I go to Toronto. The Casino is nice but it's not something unique to Niagara Falls. Go see the Falls, maybe do the Maid of the Mist or go up the Skylon Tower, drive down the Gorge, and head on back to Toronto. Wave at my in-laws as you pass Winston Churchill Drive in Oakville / Mississauga on the QEW.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7719 posts, RR: 17 Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1238 times:
The Falls are worth seeing. Just saying it is just some water falling over some rocks is a simplistic understatement. It is pretty damn breathtaking.
However it is just worth a daytrip. The Canadian side of the falls has a tacky beach town feel to it with all the tacky shops and neon lights. The American side is a DUMP. The best view of the falls is one the Canadian side (especially good at night when it is light up). But you get closer to the actual water on the American side. A walk through the park on the US side is definately worth it. You can stand out on a rock outcropping in the middle (well not quite) of the American falls.
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AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 750 posts, RR: 7 Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1186 times:
Day trip, as others have said. That's all you need, that's all I've ever done.
My favorite spot is on the Canadian side, right next to the Horseshoe falls, on a bright, sunny day. I have a photo I took of the falls on such a day, with a beautiful rainbow arcing up all the way from the bottom of the falls. Stunning!!
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ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 57 Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1177 times:
Qantas077: You'll head out of town to the west on Highway 2, which is the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto - depending on where you're staying - you'll take the Gardiner if you are in downtown Toronto. If you're farther north or east or west, you'll have to ask for directions. Do you know where you are staying? The Gardiner then becomes the Queen Elizabeth Way. You'll take the QEW all the way to Niagara Falls. There is good signage once you get to NF about how to get to "The Falls". Don't hesitate to ask for directions if you get lost or are confused. It's a very safe area. Traffic between Toronto and Burlington WILL be heavy. Be careful.
You'll cross over two very large bridges: the Burlington Skyway and the St. Catherines Skyway (also known as the Garden City Skyway, if I'm not mistaken). If you are interested in shipping, the Garden City Skyway is a bridge over the Welland Canal, that connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Obviously boats can't go over the falls. The Welland Canal is really interesting because these huge ships are raised and lowered in the locks. You can make a detour to see the canal.
As you're driving after Hamilton watch for a cliff on your right. That's the Niagara Escarpment. That is the same land feature that the falls go over. It goes for miles and miles.
If power generation interests you you can drive up the Parkway from the falls and you'll come to the Sir Adam Beck generating station. It's huge!
There's also a lot of wineries in the Niagara area.
If you really don't want to drive you can take the train to Niagara Falls. If it hasn't changed, there's a VIA train between Toronto and Niagara Falls. But the drive is pretty too.