Niagara Falls Motor Lodge

7950 Portage Road, at Legion Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 5Y8, Canada
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American Falls (left) and Horseshoe Falls (right)American Falls (left) and Horseshoe Falls (right)

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Niagara Falls experiences

by heywinks

My bf & I are heading to Niagara Falls (both sides most likely) this coming weekend. I'm doing research and came upon these two similar adventures:

Journey Behind the Falls and Cave of the Winds Tour

They both sound similar (taking an elevator down and walking on a boardwalk close the falls). One is on the Canada side and the other on the US side.

Have any of you been to both, or either? Which one do you recommend?

Also, any place else we shouldn't miss at Niagara? We are going on Maid of the Mist as well. We've both been to Niagara before but more than 10 years ago.

(We'll be in Toronto heading back to the US so just stopping in for about half a day).


Re: Niagara Falls experiences

by TexasDave

Niagara-On-The-Lake is a very nice place to stroll around for a few hours.
Also ArtPark, in Lewiston ( a NY State Park) has some neat stuff to see.

Re: Niagara Falls experiences

by GoSC

I have been to both the Journey Behind the Falls and Cave of the Winds tour, and prefer the Cave of the Winds. (on the New York side). This features a trip down to the decks below the American Falls, and is really spectacular. I did that trip 2 years ago. The Journey Behind the Falls (Canada Side) I did 25 years ago, and that consisted of a trip through a tunnel to look at the back of the falls.

If you're only going for half a day, grabbing lunch near the horseshoe falls, walking over to the NY side, doing the cave of the winds, and walking back should just about cover it.

Re: Niagara Falls experiences

by acprincess

Be sure to rent the movie "Niagara" before you go.

Re: Niagara Falls experiences

by MikeySoft

You may not have the time but I always liked the Whirlpool State Park when I lived in the area. You can hike down the gorge and see the lower rapids close up. There are 2 paths down, one by the Whirlpool, the second by Devel's hole. These rapids can be 12 feet high. Once down, you can walk along next to the river on a path that used to have a tourist railroad. I think the RR was during the 1800s but is long gone.

Most people miss Goat Island. Goat Island is the island between the NY Falls and the Horseshoe falls where you can get a close up view of the upper rapids around 3 sisters islands and a close up view of the bridal veil fall on the tiny island which makes that fall. You use to be able to park for free at the end of Goat Island away from the falls and walk to the sites I just said. I think you should still be able to.

Re: Niagara Falls experiences

by GoSC

Well, if you decide to visit Cave of the Winds, you'll be on Goat Island.

Re: Niagara Falls experiences

by heywinks

Great, thanks! I think I will go to Cave of the Winds then. The hike at Whirlpool State Park sounds fun too. I'll suggest it and if we have time we'll give it a go.

Thanks for your help. Happy 4th!

Re: Niagara Falls experiences

by MikeySoft

To get to the path down to the river at Whirlpool State Park (NY side), walk (short walk) from the parking lot to the edge of the gorge. Talk a look around and take some photos at the top of the gorge. Then walk north (away for the falls) along the fence. You will come to an opening in the fence where the path down is. This is all free, at least the last time I was in the area it was free.

Have fun.

Re: Niagara Falls experiences

by heywinks

We ended up not going to either Cave of the Winds or Journey into the Falls, although if we had to choose we would have done Cave of the Winds. We saw it from above and while we were on Maid of the Mist (Canadian side) looked like a lot of fun and you get much closer to the falls than Journey. They are both different experiences though as Journey is at the Horseshoe Falls and Caves is at the other one.

Maid of the Mist on the Canadian side was awesome!

Thanks for all your tips! :)

Travel Tips for Niagara Falls

Go to the other........

by joanj

Go to the other side of the Niagara River, across the bridge and see the falls from the American side.

Take your passport so you can have it stamped, and there was a fee to pay.

There is lovely parkland on the American side, and you get a good view of the Canadian side of Niagara.

photo joanj Fondest memory - well there are more than one, standing watching the force of nature, visiting it again with our Canadian friends, watching the falls at night lit up, all wonderful memories of Niagara.

Pick a side, anyside (but go for the Canadian!)

by feline01

Niagara Falls can be seen from both the USA (Buffalo, NY) or Canada (Niagara Falls Ontario). Buffalo is a rather large city that doesn't seem to take full advantage of the falls. I would definitely recommend staying on the Canadian side and either walking across to the US side or driving just to get the different perspective. I've heard horror stories about the length of the border crossing but I assume those long lines are probably during the summer.

Guinness World Record Museum

by kris-t

Learn record breaking facts in our Sports, Animal and Structures sections.

Enjoy watching: adventures in space, the marathon toppling of dominoes, or the crazy food eaters, and more...

Great fun for all ages!

Conditions on the road

by sim1

Of course it is nice to have visible what the roads are like, and that is also possible through this website:

Here you can click on a map and get the webcam of that stretch of road. This way you always have an up to date view of the road you want to travel. You can't see all the roads in Ontario though; the webcams are mainly in the Greater Toronto area.

They do chicken right.

by raevnzno about Swiss Chalet

A casual family restaurant specializing in rotisserie slow roasting. Chicken or ribs, you cant go wrong. A chain restaurant, but don't hold that against them. We stumbled in here after finding the flying saucer restaurant closed for rennovations. This place seemed very popular with the locals, and was much more resonably priced than the places available in the tourist area closer to the falls. Well worth the 10 minute drive. We had the Baked Garlic Cheese loaf, which was alot like bruscettia, but better. Then came the chicken and ribs. Very tasty and moist. The house dipping sauce was excellent. We didn't find anything to complain about at this place. Go, Eat, Enjoy


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Address: 7950 Portage Road, at Legion Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 5Y8, Canada