Everyone has seen the world famous Niagara Falls (at least on pictures or on TV)
…but, the Niagara Falls have even much more to offer than one might think.
The up to almost 6 million liters of water per second that form the Niagara River rushing down the Falls are nothing short of spectacular. Even though today a lot of the water is used for power generation, the remaining water is still quite impressive.
The river and the falls separate the United States from Canada, resulting in on part being called the Canadian side (the more famous Horseshoe Falls) and the American side.
We only saw it from the Canadian side, so I can’t tell you which side is better, but I can’t imagine the American side being even more spectacular.There is so much to do and we didn’t get to do any of the attractions. There are boat tours, a tour behind the falls, IMAX documentaries, helicopter flights and more. And these are all the attractions just for the Niagara Falls. Combined with the other part of town with all the games and shows there is probably enough to do for a week.Our bus left before sunset so we didn’t get to see the water falls illuminated or the fireworks. Both is supposed to be awesome. I guess, we’ll have to come back another time to see that. Maybe in winter, when parts of the water falls freeze. I cant’t imagine how pretty that must look.
Getting To Niagara Falls
Unfortunately all rental cars (and tours) where booked for the whole weekend, so we ended up taking the Megabus from Toronto to Niagara Falls. This ended up being cheaper than any other option anyways. And more comfortable, too, since there was so much traffic on the street.The only inconvenience was the bus terminal in Niagara Falls, which is about a 45 minute walk away from the main attractions. And for some reason, the buses to the main attractions are not even properly sign posted.
When we got out of the local bus we couldn’t help but feel like being in a smaller Vegas or a fair ground. There was so many different tourist attractions: rides, games, wax museums (yes, more than one – I counted three) and so much more.
The normal reaction to such touristy attractions that exploit natural beauty are not something that I agree with. However in Niagara Falls most of the non-Falls attractions are not interfering with the natural beauty. Between the Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill (that’s where most of the action is) there is a lovely park which lets you enjoy the natural wonder without being disturbed by the other tourist attractions if you wish to do so.
Choosing The Right Time To See Them
We made a few bad choices when choosing the day to go to The Falls. The first one was to go on a Saturday, even worse, the Saturday of a long weekend in Canada (Civic Holiday). The second was to chose a day in August when the sun was burning down, letting the temperature rise to 36°C.
The result was us being surrounded by thousands of other tourists and not being able to enjoy everything as much as we could because the heat was really getting to us. Nonetheless, we didn’t let that stop us from having great time at the Niagara Falls, I just wish that we had known how much there is to do.
If we’d known, we would have stayed here for at least one night.
Are The Niagara Falls Really 1 Of The 1000 Places?
I really regret that we didn’t get to stay longer. There is so much to do and the view is really amazing. So yes, this is most definitely a place that belongs on the list. Maybe even twice because you can go in the winter and in the summer and have two completely different experiences.
As long as you don’t mind sharing the beauty with thousands of other tourists, you will really enjoy this place and you’ll agree with me (and many others) that everyone should get a chance to see the Niagara Falls once in their life.