There are a couple of ways to see Niagara Falls, most people make the trip down from Toronto to see one of the highest flow rates of all the waterfalls in the world.
The first way is by an organised day trip. This is a great way to see the falls if you are limited on time. The tours usually start at around 8am-9am with a door to door pick up/drop off. A mini bus will collect you straight from your hotel before meeting at a central location and joining the other guests. From here, you will embark on a two hour bus trip down to the falls. The first stop will be the Canadian side of Horseshoe Falls with a 2 hour window to explore the visitor centre and many vantage points. It is suggested you get you lunch at Niagara Falls.
Next on the agenda is a stop at Niagara on the Lake. It is an historic town which gives you another chance to stretch your legs grab some souvenirs from the local shops. From here, you will visit one of the many wineries and be able to taste some world renowned Ice Wine. This is wine which has had the grapes frozen on the vine. It is usually a sweet wine in which 85% of the world’s Ice wine is grown in Ontario.
The tour will then depart the Niagara Region and make its way back to Toronto to arrive between 6pm and 7pm. There are a few tour companies which offer the same or similar tour. These are:
King Tours - $79
Queen Tours - $67
Niagara to Toronto Tours - $79
BG Tours - $69
Moose Travel Network - $85
City Sightseeing - $55
The second way to see the falls, will allow you more time to explore and not feel rushed. Take an overnight trip by yourself. Buses depart Toronto every hour from the Toronto Bus station on Bay St. The cheapest bus I have found is with Megabus. Prices start from around $30 return and takes around 2 hours. Be sure to book the Niagara Fallsview Casino as your final destination. Note that you must be above 19 years of age to book this stop.
Many hotels offer packages for either a 1 night or 2 night stay. You will be able to complete all the activities in the area within 2 days. We stayed at the Ramada Hotel Niagara Falls and found it to be a pleasant hotel (it was in our price range). Have a read over Helpful websites to get the best rate.
There are a few attractions to see when you are at the falls for a couple of days.
Go to the falls at night time. Every night the falls come to light thanks to the massive spotlights which shine an array of colours onto the water. These last until midnight and start at different times throughout the year. During the summer months (May-Sep) you can catch a fireworks display. This doesn’t happen every night and mainly on the weekend. Get the latest timetable from here.
Get back to nature and escape the busy high street with the White Water Rapids Walk. This walk follows the river to experience the rapids up close. The track is only opened during the summer months.
One of the most famous boat tours in the world is the Hornblower cruise. It costs around $20 per person and lasts for about 15 minutes. This is plenty of time to get up close to the base of the falls and to get soaked from the mist.
If a boat trip is not for you, there is another way you can still get up close and get soaked. The Journey behind the Falls is a self-guided tour which allows you to get down to the base and also allows you to walk the 200 m tunnel behind the falls. There is plenty of information along the way to keep you interested. Allow around 30 minutes for this.
One of the highlights in the area is the Niagara Parks Butterfly conservatory. The conservatory is a greenhouse located about a 15 minute bus ride from the main station. Within the conservatory, thousands of butterflies roam free. Remember not to touch them or try and catch them. The odd one will occasionally settle on you for a little time.
The easiest way to see all he attractions is on the local buses. Buy the WEGO bus pass to allow you unlimited travel for your time there. Niagara Parks offers packages for the above activities and a few extra.
Enjoy your time there and please contact me for any more information.