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1 day Niagara Falls itinerary 2024

Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA

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The Rainbow Bridge links Niagara Falls, New York, USA, to Niagara Falls, Canada (Ontario), with the spectacular Niagara falls backdrop. Niagara Falls are made up of 3 waterfalls, the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. The Niagara Falls Canadian overlooking Horseshoe Falls is the largest of the three.

Niagara Falls Canada

Which side of Niagara Falls should I stay on?

It wasn’t a question I considered before looking into it more closely. There are pros and cons to staying on the American and Canadian sides; however, I decided to go with consensus and head over to the Canadian side. I am glad I did, as this side felt more lively, with newer facilities and a “Vegas-like” feel to the area.

Things you should know before you go

Weather

With Winter going as low as 0 degrees Celcius and summer reaching around 27 degrees Celcius, I would highly recommend choosing a warmer month to explore. 

Hornblower Niagara cruise

Getting to Niagara Falls Canada

Driving in Niagara Falls Canada 

Driving from either Canada or the US is comfortable and renting a car from either side is also easy. Of course, you may pay a little extra if you pick it up in the US and drop it off in Canada, but it is worth it if you make a long road trip from New York City (as I did).

Flying to Niagara Falls Canada

You can fly into three airports (choose wisely as some are closer than others): Niagra Falls International Airport, Niagara District Airport and Buffalo Niagara International Airport. However, if you are flying from Singapore, it’s a long flight with approximately two stops along the way. 

Canadian Shuttle

Check in at Canadian Shuttle and get a quote.

Niagara Airbus

Booking 72 hours in advance, you will receive a 5% Early Bird discount for Niagara Airbus.

Uber/Lyft –

Ensure you uploaded the app before arriving and set up your account so that once you visit, it is as easy as adding in your pick-up location and destination. 

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Visa

If you are unsure whether you need a visa or not, you should check ivisa as it takes the stress out of searching the embassy information. It is a one-stop shop for all visa enquiries.

Insurance

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Horseshoe Falls

Accommodation

Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview & Spa

 There are a few to choose from, but I highly recommend The Marriott Falls hotel Falls view as I was not let down by both the spectacular view my room had and the location and facilities this hotel had to offer. Situated within walking distance of the Journey Behind the Falls, which I highly recommend.

Transport

Everything is within walking distance of major attractions. However, there is a bus called WEGO that you can catch, and as a Marriott guest, it is offered for free if you wish to use it. I did purchase a falls incline railway ticket, as I wasn’t sure if I could get down to the tunnels any other way. Well, although it is quicker to get there, there is no need to catch it as the distance is not that far.

Where to start – Niagara Falls Canada

Falls Incline Railway

Even though I had free tickets for the WEGO bus, I highly recommend the Falls Incline Railway. You can purchase a return ticket (probably worth buying one way if you want to experience it) and head down to my number one ticket item, the tunnels, for a little bit of history.

falls incline railway Niagara Falls

Journey behind the Falls Niagara Falls Canada

You must head down to Journey behind the falls; this is an informative and fun way to learn more about the history of Niagra Falls. Beware, you do get wet, so they issue you with a raincoat for the spray you will experience in one of the many balcony viewing areas of the fall. It is a must, though, it is incredible how close you come, and the result will have you amazed at the force of this gorgeous fall.

journey behind the falls Niagara Falls

Queen Victoria Park 

If for nothing else, this lovely promenade is a great walk and is excellent for people-watching. There is plenty of things to do and see here. So whether you decide to be more adventurous, hop on the zip line, or sit back and enjoy Horseshoe falls in all its glory. The landscape was pretty, the crowd was plentiful, and the weather was perfect for me.

Hornblower Niagara cruise 

I was warned previously that The Maid of the Mist boat tour is no longer approachable from the Canadian side, so I wasn’t disappointed when I purchased my ticket for the Hornblower. Okay, so I wasn’t able to wear the infamous blue poncho. However, the red one was just as good, and I got just as wet either way. This cruise is probably the one thing you can not miss; yes, it is touristy, yes, it is busy, and yes, it is a little cheesy. But that is big but worth it; you cannot appreciate this magnificent place’s force unless you are on the rooftop of the Hornblower cruise being sprayed at full strength by this beauty. I am glad I did it; I came, conquered, and ticked it off my bucket list.

Hornblower Niagara Falls cruise

At night 

The streets are busy, full of people walking around, lots of noise and entertainment. It has a mini Vegas feel, with hotels sprawled along the road with a casino (with a colourful fountain) smack bang in the middle. There are many restaurants to choose from in this area. Still, we went with something we were familiar with and headed over to Margaritaville, where karaoke was the main attraction (no, we didn’t sing, and yes, we sat as far away from the stage as possible).

Niagara Falls, Canada, nightly illuminations

Niagara Falls’s nightly illuminations transform the water into a colourful cascade. It can be viewed from this beautiful area, but nothing is more impressive than looking out your hotel window.

niagara falls at night

Fireworks in Niagara Falls Canada

During summer, you have the bonus of fireworks over this spectacular area. So head over for the 10 pm start of this must-see event.

Falls View Casino Resort

If you are not ready for bedding and want a little more, then the Falls View Casino is your best option. Whether you are there to bet, see a show or settle down with a drink, this is an excellent place for all three options.

There are loads of attractions in and around Niagara; I only scratched the surface, but this did not bother me. I came to see the main attraction, and she did not disappoint. I am glad I stopped by. I am happy with what I experienced and enjoyed every minute I spent there.

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  • Paula Barreca Barnes

    So 17 years ago, my husband and I set off with our little family in tow, embarking on a short-term assignment in Taiwan. Although without any knowledge of expat life or the Taiwanese culture, we took the chance and decided this would be an exciting little adventure; little did we know it changed the direction of our lives forever.

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