5528 Buchanan Avenue, Niagara Falls, L2G 3T8, Canada
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strange question, i have been looking at sites for niagara tours such as maid of the mist etc. they are all priced in $ but it does not mention if its canadian or US we will be staying on the canadian side, do we use canadian dolars there and if we pop over to the US side use US dollars? thanx
I would guess that if it's a US company running the tour, they are quoting USD, and vice versa if it's a Canadian company. In any case, the point is fairly moot because the USD and CAD are trading at almost exactly 1:1 these days. So the cost will be just about the same either way.
Technically (and legally), you should be using USD while you are in the US, but in practice you may find that businesses right on the border are happy taking either currency.
Been a while since I was in Niagara Falls (Canadian side) but you could pay with either US or Canadian currency in Canada but didnt get change. (US dollar was much stronger than the Canadian dollar back then).
Cant imagine it having changed considering the 2 currencies are very evenly matched.
There are two Maid of the Mist trips, which start from opposite sides. You finish where you start from. You get very wet, even with the plastic coverall.
Julie makes an excellent point about the currencies being pretty much par these days. In times past, when they were not, most businesses gave a very unfavourable rate (I might have been heard to emit the terms "rip-off"!). Now that things are par, I'll be curious to see what sort of rates border towns give. If it's any more than a 5% charge (think of it as a handling fee) then I would not use the other country's cash there.
In this day & age, it's so easy to use a credit card for most purchases and to withdraw foreign currency with an ATM card that I've rarely been caught not having the currency of the country I'm in.
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Border Crossing Regulations!
Visitors from the United States currently do not need a passport to enter into Canada. US citizens will however, need proof of citizenship. A US birth certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or Certificate of Naturalization, are all considered valid documentation. You will also need valid photo identification such as a drivers licence.
Visitors from outside of North America must have a valid passport to enter into Canada. A valid VISA may also be required usually for Non-EU countries except Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Singapore.
Please note when travelling with children you should carry valid identification for each child. Adults travelling with children other than their own must have written consent from the parent or guardian stating that they have permission to be travelling with the children.
Visitors bringing their pets with them will require documentation as well. Dogs and cats that are at least three months old need valid certificates from their veterinarian confirming that they have been vaccinated against rabies within the last three years. Dogs and cats that are younger than three months old do not need a rabies vaccination certificate to enter into Canada.
Waterproof Camera, ect....
Comfy walking shoes, the parking lots are a good ways away from where you want to go. You may also want to bring a jacket or sweatshirt even in the warmer months, the evenings get chilly. Along with our regular line up of cameras, we brought along a little waterproof camera to take on the Maid of the Mist and the Journey Behind the Falls
Casino Niagara is THE place to gamble at Niagara. There's multitudes of slot machines that are always ringing somewhere (just not where I happened to be sitting). Make sure to bring an ID, they are very strict , they thought mine was a fake!
Chinese food at Niagara Falls
I had dinner at the Lotus Garden Chinese restaurant on the afternoon that I visited Niagara Falls as a daytrip from Toronto in February 2006.
Lotus Garden is a large restaurant, but I was the only diner in there at the time of my visit. It is located on Centre Street, just off Victoria Avenue at the top of Clifton Hill. It is a 10-15 minute walk from the restaurant to the edge of the Falls.
Upon first seeing the menu, I thought that the restaurant was very expensive (circa 10 CAD for a bowl of soup), but then I noticed the lunchtime specials (6.99 CAD) and a host of other special set menu meals (8-10 CAD).
The lunchtime special meals include a main dish (chicken/beef/pork stir frys), fried rice, a spring roll and a choice of sweet and sour chicken balls or chicken wings.
The food was well cooked, tasty and served in large portions. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient. I opted for one of the more expensive special set menu meals. For 10 CAD + taxes I got:
A bowl of thin soup with peppers and two prawn wantons. Served with a plate of crispy bits to dip into the soup.
Large spring roll
Large plate of chicken fried rice
3 chicken balls in a sweet and sour sauce
Kung Po shrimp stir fry
The food was excellent, served piping hot and in large portions.
To drink, I had a 340ml bottle of Molson Canadian beer (3 CAD + tax).
For a quick breakfast, we went to TGIFriday's which was located across the street from our hotel. It was a pretty standard buffet breakfast, nothing too spectacular. But it was quick and easy and close by. Prices were $8.99/CDN and $7.50/USD Best bite to grab were the french toast sticks!
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Address: 5528 Buchanan Avenue, Niagara Falls, L2G 3T8, Canada