QANTAS077
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How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 11:57 am

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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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:04 pm

Daytrip it. There's not really anything else to see but the falls. Hotels not worth the money they charge.
 
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:06 pm

Daytrip.. It is seriously just a waterfall.. I suggest peeing before seeing it.
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:26 pm

ok thanks for that guys, daytrip it is and i can now spend more time in YYZ with friends.
 
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:52 pm

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!

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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:57 pm

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.
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QANTAS077
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 1:22 pm

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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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 2:26 pm

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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QANTAS077
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 2:33 pm

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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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 2:53 pm

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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QANTAS077
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 2:59 pm

i don't even know which way to start driving, i assume it's well sign posted!
 
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 3:06 pm

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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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 10:40 pm

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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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Thu Oct 21, 2004 11:35 pm

You CAN'T come to Canada and skip Montreal!

Yeah you can. Matter of fact its real easy to do that.
 
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:01 am

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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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:16 am

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


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ScarletHarlot
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:23 am

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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QANTAS077
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Fri Oct 22, 2004 8:15 am

i'm staying close to the airport, funny that!  Smile
 
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Fri Oct 22, 2004 9:34 am

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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QANTAS077
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Fri Oct 22, 2004 10:53 am

hahaha, all of that means nothing to me, but i'm sure i'll figure it out along the way!
 
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RE: How Long To Spend At Niagara Falls

Fri Oct 22, 2004 2:02 pm

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