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How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls  
User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

hi there

i am headed over to Toronto in a few weeks, i'm going to be using a hire car and drive over th Niagara falls (canada side), how long is it best to stay there, overnight or just a daytrip??

thanks




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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

Daytrip it. There's not really anything else to see but the falls. Hotels not worth the money they charge.


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User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Daytrip.. It is seriously just a waterfall.. I suggest peeing before seeing it.

User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

ok thanks for that guys, daytrip it is and i can now spend more time in YYZ with friends.


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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

Qantas077, check out the rates for the hotels as sometimes they have specials on and you'll get a good deal!

A day trip is good as you can see the falls and also be able to spend time at the new Casino!

Phyllis  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1546 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!  Big grin

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.


User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

i found some pretty cheap rates but i'd rather just make a daytrip, then i can spend some quality time with some friends back in YYZ.




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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1522 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.  Smile 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.  Smile


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User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

i've never driven on the opposite side of the road before, this will be interesting!

not interested in casino's, hate them with a passion, i'll be happy to see the falls and the town then head back to YYZ.



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

Watch out for those Toronto drivers!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy It's not a bad drive once you get past Hamilton.


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User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

i don't even know which way to start driving, i assume it's well sign posted!


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User currently offlineYUL2010 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 320 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Ok, like, just drive another 4 to 5 hours out east and spend at least 3 nights in beautiful Montreal!!! You won't regret it!! You CAN'T come to Canada and skip Montreal!




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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1482 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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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1467 times:

You CAN'T come to Canada and skip Montreal!

Yeah you can. Matter of fact its real easy to do that.


User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1430 times:
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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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User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

Canadian side would be better for sure.

I did it in a day from LGA with US. Unfortunately, the taxi from BUF to the Falls and back cost more than the flight.

I had about 3 hours there. Plenty of time to have a wander, do the Maid of the Mist, and get the mandatory crap photos grinning in front of the Falls.  Big grin


Mark



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1421 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.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy 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.



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User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

i'm staying close to the airport, funny that!  Smile


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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

Allrightee...then south on 427, then west on the QEW. Alternately, west on 401, south / west on 403, then west on the QEW. Easy as pie!  Smile


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User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1384 times:

hahaha, all of that means nothing to me, but i'm sure i'll figure it out along the way!


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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

'Course it doesn't...but in a few weeks it will!  Smile


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