Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Which side of Niagara Falls is better?

Niagara Falls' unique location between Canada and the US comprises of three waterfalls, not just one! Whether you want to see its frozen winter splendor or thunderous power in summer, both sides offer very different spectacles to choose from.

  • Horseshoe Falls

    1. Horseshoe Falls

    90% of the Niagara River flows over Canada's Horseshoe Falls. It doesn't just look awesome, its raw power is literally eroding the US-Canada border!

  • American Falls

    2. American Falls

    As the name suggests, the American Falls is on the American side. It offers some of the most extreme views, with visitors able to get nail-bitingly close to the edge!

  • Bridal Veil Falls

    3. Bridal Veil Falls

    Located in New York State, Bridal Veil is by far the smallest of the three. It's worth visiting the Cave of Winds attraction to see the water flow over you from the falls' base!

  • Daredevils

    4. Daredevils

    63-year-old Annie Taylor became the first of many to journey over Horseshoe Falls in a barrel. Horseshoe is terribly dangerous, but the others are too rocky to survive!

  • By boat

    5. By boat

    Boat tours operate in Niagara Gorge at the foot of the falls. Each country has different tour operators, so compare before deciding which side of the border to journey from.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend there?

    A day should be enough to see Niagara Falls but it's worth scheduling more time if you plan to take advantage of the many activities, tours, and boat cruises available. It is very common for people to set aside a day-trip as part of a longer stay in Toronto or New York.

  • When to visit?

    July to August are, unsurprisingly, the busiest months. If you want to avoid the crowds then going in June or September will make a considerable difference. Having said that, there are few things as awe-inspiring as the frozen Niagara in winter!

  • How to get there?

    Both Toronto Pearson Airport and Buffalo Airport offer shuttle bus services, some with group discounts. It's worth noting that Toronto is much closer than Buffalo so, unless you're travelling from elsewhere in the US, you're probably better off accessing the falls from the Canadian side. There are direct trains twice a day between Toronto's Union Station and Niagara Falls.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The falls can be be viewed 24 hours a day.
  • Is it expensive?
    It is free to view, but you will need to pay parking fees, which can be around $20.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. It's worth checking out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Given the location of Niagara Falls between two countries, there are unlimited possibilities to get there. The most direct way would be by car, but there are various bus and coach options, too - it is best to research online first which would suit you best as part of a larger trip to Canada or the US.
  • Additional information
    **You're going to get wet from the spray of the falls, so bring a rain jacket! | Make sure you have the appropriate travel documents (e.g. passport, visa) if you plan on crossing the border.*

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What people are saying about Niagara Falls, Ontario

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,665 reviews

Saeed was an “EXCEPTIONAL” guide and host —His Mercedes van was a nice way to travel about in — He was very personable and explained everything to us — Most important, he expedited us getting into the venues without any hassle — There were five us us on the tour, my wife and me - and a family of three — Everyone got along great and are now all FB friends — As my wife has cancer, Saeed and his wife even called us after the tour to give her encouragement —If possible, I would HIGHLY recommend specifically asking for Saeed to be your tour guide.

Dalton was fabulous. He was thorough and efficient. We didn’t wait on any lines & saw it all in a short time. Perfect way to start the trip. We got a lot of knowledge of other activities outside of the tour. For us in particular, it was different trails to take on our own. Thank you Dalton!!!

Lots of fun with my 82 year old Mom, two 12 year old grandchildren and two preschoolers and a baby. Don’t kniw why stillers are a problen other than stairs but that can be managed. Everyone enjoyed it

Loved it . Well organized , pleasant staff and a great boat ride . Made me feel like a kid again . Only drawback was the audio . The guide tried hard but it was difficult to hear .

Kaleb was awesome. He was friendly, interesting and knowledgeable. He went above and beyond to provide a quality experience. All the sites and activities were so enjoyable.