(Honeymoon Capital of the World)
This Canadian city is in the Municipality of Niagara on the Niagara Peninsula in the southeastern part of the Province of Ontario, Canada. The city overlooks the Horseshoe Falls and is across from the American Falls in the U.S.A. The crescent-shaped cataract is 54 meters (177ft) high and carries 9 times more water than its United States counterpart. Niagara Falls is a very popular tourist attraction, and it is a major source of electricity in Ontario.
The city is connected to the U.S. side of the Niagara River by several bridges: from the north is the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, the Whirlpool or Lower Bridge, and the Rainbow Bridge.
Niagara Falls is about 12,000 years old, originally called Elgin it merged with Clifton in 1856 and was known by that name until 1881, when the named changed to Niagara Falls it was incorporated as a city in 1904. In 1963 the city’s boundaries greatly expanded to include Stamford Township and the town of Chippawa.
Niagara Falls covers a land area of 212 square km. (81.9 sq. miles), with a population of 82,184 in 2006.
Most people who visit Niagara Falls do so by car and the vehicle should be parked in the parking lot for the People Mover in Chippawa. In the summers at minimal cost, this narrated on-off bus system will take you along the Niagara River Parkway heading north toward the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Lake Ontario. This saves a lot in parking fees and allows even the driver of your car to see all the sights. There is usually a package deal offered for some of the attractions that comes along with the bus passes, this is your best value.
Not far from the Horseshoe Falls, you can visit the Niagara Parks Greenhouse, there is no entrance fee and is a nice walk from the falls.
The Maid of the Mist is a boat tour that takes you to the base of the falls. You truly feel the power of the falls and it’s not to be missed. After you see the falls from this perspective you can check out behind the falls in the Scenic Tunnels at Tablerock complex. If you have children you can also check out the new simulated movie “The Fury”. There is also a candy store in this complex called Lolly N Pops and watch them make candy.
There is a street of entertainment called Clifton Hill, filled with a variety of wax museums, ride simulators, and site seeing rides.
Some more of the free things along your People Mover Route are the Floral Clock, the trail that takes you to the Niagara Glen (this starts at the Feather and Glen gift shop) the Niagara Botanical Gardens School of Horticulture and a tour of Sir Adam Beck Generating Station.
At the Feather and the Glen stop along your route you can also take a cable car across the rapids called the Whirlpool Aero Car and The White Water Walk (an elevator takes you down the gorge where you can walk a pathway next to the rapids)
At the Niagara Botanical Gardens, you can find one of the largest butterfly conservatories in North America.
Before you end your trip to Niagara Falls, you have to see the falls at night. Every night the falls are illuminated in different colours.
Other activities to do in Niagara Falls are: Horse drawn carriage rides passed the falls area (this area is called Queen Victoria Park), the 2 casinos (Casino Niagara & Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort), Imax Theatre, Marineland, and you can get a great view of the falls from the top of the Skylon Tower, where you ride a yellow external elevator and watch your ascent to the top.
Another great thing to do for next to nothing is a ride up the incline railway, near Tablerock Restaurant(not during the winter months though), This gives you a great photo op of the falls.
For the adventurer in you, you can also get Helicopter Rides over the falls and Whitewater Jet Boats that travel in the whirlpool rapids.
Close to Niagara Falls towards Lake Ontario there is a quaint little town called Niagara-On-The-Lake. Niagara-on-The-Lake houses Shaw Festival Theatre and many quaint stores, very picturesque. High end meals and spas. There are also many wineries that offer tours and tastings. For the kids, you can visit Fort George.