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    OUR FRIENDLY BORDER

    by LoriPori Updated May 10, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Niagara Falls is an ideal vacation area and with some basic information, you can make your visit even more enjoyable. Since the Niagara Falls experience is a blend of the distinct flavours of both Canada and the USA. I will provide some information here for you.
    Travel between Canada and the USA is quick and convenient by way of the Rainbow Bridge, central to Niagara Falls, along with Peace Bridge (Fort Erie) , the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge (Nexus pass only) and the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge. The toll is $3.50 Canadian funds and $3.00 US funds.
    You can also walk across the bridge and enjoy spectacular views of the Falls and Niagara River.
    When entering either country, the border crossing process is simple and friendly. Customs agents will request your place of birth, your destination and the expected length of your visit. Have your identification ready as the agents may ask you for certification of residency. It is wise to have a driver's licence , proof of citizenship such as birth certificate or passport readily available.
    For more information: www.niagarafallsbridges.com

    Update: A passport is needed to travel between Canada and the U.S.

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    Adventure Pass

    by Dabs Updated Apr 1, 2013

    Favorite thing: There are several different combination passes that you can get, we decided to get the Adventure Pass which included admission to four attractions-the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara's Fury and the White Water Walk. It also included 2 days of rides on the People Mover and a ride on the incline railway plus a bunch of coupons, none of which we found of any use.

    The current price of the pass is $39.95 and the website says that it's a savings of $22.52 over the price of doing them separately. We enjoyed three out of the four activities, Niagara's Fury wasn't very good but the price of that was $15 so we still saved money even with that dud in the lineup.

    There was a stand alone kiosk across from the American Falls before you get to the Maid of the Mist where you can purchase the passes. The Maid of the Mist didn't have reservations but the other three attractions did, you can make the reservations at any time by stopping back at the kiosk. Niagara's Fury and Journey Behind the Falls are right next to each other so we got reservations for both of them at the same time.

    Click here for more information on the Adventure Pass. There is also a Niagara Break Free Pass with different attractions including the Whirlpool Aero Car and the Whirlpool Jet Boat.

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    Dufferin Islands

    by kris-t Updated Nov 20, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Nice trails invite leisurely walks that wind through the 11 small islands, over many small bridges and lead to wonderful areas where it is possible to view waterfowl and other inhabitants.

    Fondest memory: The Dufferin Islands are an excellent location to enjoy a picnic lunch.

    500 m. (0.5 Mile) south of Horseshoe Falls.

    Dufferin Islands are open year round. Cost is FREE.

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    Remember your passports

    by Dabs Written Aug 12, 2010

    Favorite thing: It's easy to forget that you are in a foreign country while in Niagara Falls but if you want to pass over from one side of the Falls to the other on foot or in a vehicle, you will need to bring your passport regardless of your nationality. Once you pass through the turnstile on either side, you are locked into going across, you can't just wander out onto the bridge and snap a photo and come back without going through customs/immigration.

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    Plastic ponchos

    by Dabs Written Aug 9, 2010

    Favorite thing: Unless you want to have a collection of plastic ponchos, consider being enviornmentally friendly and reuse your plastic ponchos, we got one at the Maid of the Mist and would have gotten two more if we didn't reuse them at Niagara's Fury and Journey Behind the Falls.

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    Not a Marriage Ceremony

    by tamasbr Written Jun 18, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Yes, you can get married in Niagara Falls at one of many marriage chapels or have your honeymoon here. You can also swear allegiance to the Queen, her heirs, and the government of Canada - almost like a marriage. This is what Ilona did here - she became a Canadian Citizen on June the 4th 2010

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    It's not a trap!

    by JennysTravels Updated Mar 5, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Hi,

    Welcome to my city!! I hope you have a great time here as there is plenty to do and enjoy on a tight budget.

    Niagara Falls is best viewed from the Canadian side. You can get up close or view from one of the hotels, restaurants or casinos that line the waters edge.

    Ok. Must Do's in Niagara Falls

    1. The Maid of the Mist. It's just amazing!
    2. The Ferris Wheel. Big and fun.
    3. Check out live entertainment in the Fallsview Casino in Club 365. Maybe drop a few dimes...you never know!
    4. There's a cool nightclub in the Fallsview Casino and for the life of me I can't remember it's name...but it's a good time.
    5. Take a 30min drive to my second hometown Niagara-On-The-Lake. Take a romantic stroll at the edge of Lake Ontario, grab a pint at The Angel Inn, shop all along main street.
    6. While in NOTL sample some of our local wine. Just stop at any winery you see and they will be happy to sort you out.
    7. Back in Niagara Falls, there's Clifton Hill. What many people call a tourist trap. I don't believe this way, it's just what it is. IMO a mini-Las Vegas, and is Vegas a tourist trap? So Clifton Hill is jammed packed with bars, restuarants, carnival type games, cotton candy, cheap tshirts, donuts, moving movie theaters, muesums and all sorts of fun wacky people.
    8. Where to stay...there is a youth hostel by the train station. I believe it's a YHA. They might have private couples room.
    9. On when to leave, depends on you. Do you have appointments monday? Do you want to drive sunday night?
    10. Eating is easy, the portions are generall BIG, so order one sandwich or burger with fries and share! I've done it with friends all over the world.

    Have fun. Hope this helps.

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    Rainbows

    by kris-t Written Jul 15, 2009

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    Favorite thing: You can see this optical and meteorological phenomenon on Niagara Fall during the whole day.
    Sevenfold red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

    Fondest memory: They say: The light is first refracted as it enters the surface of the raindrop, reflected off the back of the drop, and again refracted as it leaves the drop...

    Does it really matter? it's just amazing!

    May be that why in Greek mythology the rainbow was considered to be a path made by a messenger (Iris) between Earth and Heaven...

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    Rainbow Bridge

    by kris-t Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Rainbow Bridge is an international steel arch bridge across the Niagara River gorge.
    The brige has interesting history.

    It was built near the site of the earlier Honeymoon Bridge, which had collapsed on January 27, 1938. Construction began in May of 1940. The bridge was officially opened on November 01, 1941.
    The deck of this bridge is 202 feet (61.5m) above the water and 950 feet (289.5m) in length.
    Canadian side of the Rainbow Bridge features the Rainbow Tower, which houses a large carillon ( musical instrument usually housed in the bell towers of church towers) that sounds several times daily.

    Rainbow Bridge provides a pedestrian walkway across the bridge.
    The current fare for crossing is $.50 for pedestrians and bicyclists (each way).
    $3.25 U.S. funds & $4.00 Canadian funds for autos (round trip). The coin machine collects the toll and accepts both Canadian and American coins.

    There is no toll to pay when crossing into Canada

    Fondest memory: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, during their 1939 Royal Tour of Canada, dedicated the site of the Rainbow Bridge; a monument was erected to commemorate this occasion (see photo)

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    Niagara Falls is BEAUTIFUL, but can be expensive.

    by NiagaraLinda Written Jul 6, 2009

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    Favorite thing: I've lived in Niagara Falls for many years and met people from all over the world. Many have said it it the most breathtaking view they have ever seen. Niagara Falls can be very expensive though and if you are planning to come here, you should really plan ahead and do your homework. There is a blog site that you may find helpful. It explains how to find a hotel that suits your needs, whether you are traveling to Niagara Falls or any other tourist destination. Niagara Falls is really a place that is beautiful and I think that everyone should see it at least once in their lifetime. Check out this info.

    http://vacationsavinginfo.blogspot.com/

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Niagara Falls is when I first moved here in the 80s, before it started to get too built up. It's changed a lot over time.

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    Fort Erie

    by kris-t Updated Jul 1, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you have a chance drive around. There are a lot to see in 20-50 km from Niagars Falls. One of the places is town of Fort Ere.
    The Fort Erie Museum Board operates three sites on behalf of the Town of Fort Erie: the Fort Erie Historical Museum, the Fort Erie Railroad Museum and the Ridgeway Battlefield Site.

    Fondest memory: Fort Erie Historical Museum
    402 Ridge Rd. P.O. Box 339
    Ridgeway, Ont. L0S 1N0
    (905) 894-5322
    f: (905)894-6851
    e: museum@forterie.on.ca

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    Getting Canadian Visa

    by WaRPer Updated Mar 22, 2009

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    Favorite thing: For anyone you need a visa to visit Canada...All you need to do is dropping by the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo (Address: 1 HSBC Center Ste 3000, Buffalo, NY 14203-2884). This is as far as I know, the only consulate that can issue same-day visas, while others require at least 2 weeks of application process. Just get your documents ready: Passport, two 3.5x4.5 cm photos, prove of employment or school transcript, US immigration document (if applicable), visa application, and $65 cash or money order -- and you're all set! The great thing is, for a single-entry visa, you are able to have 'unlimited' travels in 'n out between US and Canada via 'land borders' within 6 months of its validity. If you could get to the consulate by 9 a.m., it's likely that you'll get the visa done no later than 11 a.m., or worst case, the following morning.

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    Niagara Falls Travelers Information

    by niagarafalls101 Written Jan 19, 2009

    Favorite thing: * Weather
    * Currency & Measurements
    * Retail Sales Taxes
    * Travel by Car
    * Travel by Train
    * Travel by Air

    NIAGARA FALLS WEATHER

    * Spring: April and May - Cool and Mild, great time to visit and enjoy outdoor activities.
    *
    Summer: June, July and August - Hot and Muggy or Cool and Muggy (High Season). Most tourists visit during the Summer Season (May 24th through Labour Day)
    *
    Autumn: September, October and the first few weeks in November - Cool and Mild, great time to visit and enjoy outdoor activities.
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    Winter: November, December, January, February and March - Cool and Wet or Cold and Wet or Really Cold and Icey.

    Weather-wise, the best seasons to visit Niagara are Spring and Autumn. Because of the proximity to Lake Erie and Lake Ontario the summers here can get very humid and the winters can be grey and wet. If you need more accurate weather information, visit Environment Canada, The Weather Network or The U.S. National Weather Service.

    CURRENCY & MEASUREMENTS

    In Canada, the currency is Canadian Dollars, distance is measured in Meters and Kilometers, the temperature is in Celsius, liquid volume is measured in Liters and weight is measured in Kilograms.

    * $1 U.S. = $? CDN (it fluctuates, as of Jan. 19, 2009 $1.00 US will convert to $1.20 CDN)
    * 1 meter = 3.28 feet
    * 100 kilometers = 62 miles
    * 20 degrees celsius = 68 degrees fahrenheit
    * 1 liter = .264 U.S. gallons (liquid)
    * 1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds

    Most Canadian hotels, restaurants and vendors will accept U.S. dollars for purchases but the conversion rate won't even come close to the official exchange rate. Your best bet is to either use your credit/debit card to make purchases or convert your U.S. dollars to Canadian before you go shopping!

    For currencies other than U.S.$, your best bet is to convert before you get here!

    RETAIL SALES TAXES

    In Ontario, Canada there is a Provincial Retail Sales Tax (RST) of 8% and/or a Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 6% on almost every product and service. I mean everthing! Haircuts, chocolate bars, shoes, hotel rooms, restaurant meals, attraction passes, rental cars ... and so on. So no matter what the sticker price says, it's going to cost 14% more. The "sin" taxes are even higher on Alcohol and Tobacco.

    The good news is. If your visiting from outside Canada you can get a rebate on the GST by filling out a form that you get at most of the Duty Free shops along the border and at the airports.

    My advice for visitors. Bring your own Bourbon and Smokes and save your receipts for everything you buy here.

    IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING BY CAR:

    * The City of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is located on the west side of the Niagara River approximately half-way between Lake Ontario to the north and Lake Erie to the south.
    * If you are arriving from the U.S., you will probably be crossing into Canada at one of three U.S./Canada borders along the Niagara River i.e. Buffalo/Fort Erie Peace Bridge, Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge or Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. The border crossing wait times can be as little as 10 minutes to as long as 3 hours or more. Be prepared! (see border wait times)
    * U.S. Citizens and foreign nationals must produce proper I.D. at the borders before crossing. (Canada Border Services Agency)
    * Mapquest or Google Maps: Online Road Maps and Travel Directions

    Traveling by road? Distance from ...

    U.S. Cities

    *
    Chicago - 532 miles, 8.5 hours
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    Detroit - 246 miles, 4 hours
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    Cleveland - 215 miles, 3.5 hours
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    Pittsburgh - 241 miles, 4 hours
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    Buffalo - 23 miles, .5 hours
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    Rochester (NY) - 88 miles, 1.5 hours
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    Syracuse - 164 miles, 3 hours
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    Albany - 300 miles, 5 hours
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    Boston - 470 miles, 7.5 hours
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    New York City - 410 miles, 7 hours
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    Philadelphia - 417 miles, 7 hours
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    Washington (DC) - 482 miles, 8 hours
    * Baltimore - 390 miles, 7 hours

    Canadian Cities

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    Sarnia - 307km, 3 hours
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    Windsor - 387km, 4 hours
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    London - 210km, 2.5 hours
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    Kitchener/Waterloo - 141km, 2 hours
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    Toronto - 127km, 1.5 hours
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    Hamilton - 84km, 1 hour
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    Kingston - 388km, 4 hours
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    Ottawa/Hull - 576km, 6 hours
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    Montreal - 668km, 7 hours
    *
    Quebec City - 922km, 9.5 hours

    Online Road Maps and Travel Directions

    * Mapquest
    * Google Maps

    IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING BY TRAIN, there are two railways serving this area:

    * VIA Rail. The Canadian Passenger Rail Service (Please visit their website for schedules)
    * Amtrak. The U.S. Passenger Rail Service (Please visit their website for schedules)
    * If you are arriving from outside of Canada please make sure you have the required I.D., Passport and Citizenship documents to enter Canada. (Canada Border Services Agency)
    * The Niagara Falls Train Station is located in the north-end of the city at 4267 Bridge Street. It's about 4km (2.5 miles) from "the falls".

    IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING BY AIR, there are three airports serving this area:

    Buffalo Niagara International Airport: (BUF)

    * Located in Buffalo, NY.
    * Travel time (and distance) by car from the airport to Niagara Falls is about 1 hour (30 miles).
    * To get here from the airport you will be crossing one of three U.S./Canada Borders at either the Peace Bridge in Buffalo NY, the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls NY or the Queenston-Leweiston Bridge in Lewiston NY. Make sure you have the required I.D. and Citizenship documents to cross the border. (Canada Border Services Agency)
    * For Airport Bus/Limo Service contact Niagara Air Bus.

    (John C. Munro) Hamilton International Airport: (HIA)

    * Located in Hamilton, ON.
    * Travel time (and distance) by car from the airport to Niagara Falls is about 1 hour (85km).
    * If you are arriving from outside of Canada please make sure you have the required I.D., Passport and Citizenship documents to enter Canada. (Canada Border Services Agency)
    * For Airport Bus/Limo Service contact Niagara Air Bus.

    Toronto Pearson International Airport: (YYZ)

    * Located in Toronto (GTA), ON.
    * Travel time (and distance) by car from the airport to Niagara Falls is about 1.5 hour (100km).
    * If you are arriving from outside of Canada please make sure you have the required I.D., Passport and Citizenship documents to enter Canada. (Canada Border Services Agency)
    * For Airport Bus/Limo Service contact Niagara Air Bus.

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    Driving into Canada from Queens!

    by machomikemd Written Sep 27, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Wow this is a Tiring Drive and It took about 10 hours and a few stops to gas stations for us to arrive at niagara falls from woodhaven in queens. the distance is about 422 miles and it gets confusing at times since there are so many turnpikes from the freeways here (there are no turnpikes in the west coast), we got lost near syracuse and also in scranton in pennsylvania but eventually got to niagara falls via the I-290W and I-190N then off to rainbow bridge and into Niagara falls Canada side and Queen Elizabeth Way to Toronto.

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    Driving Regulations in Canada!

    by machomikemd Written Sep 27, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The minimum age for driving in Canada is 16. A valid driver’s license from any country is required to operate a motor vehicle in Canada. You must also carry the car’s registration information. The speed limit in Canada is posted in kilometers per hour. Please note that speed limits vary depending on the type of road. The speed limit on most Canadian highways is 100 km per hour (60 miles per hour), and 50 km per hour on city streets. (1 mile is 1.609 kilometers)

    Please note: It is mandatory for all drivers and passengers of a motor vehicle to use seat belts. It is also mandatory for all motorcyclists to wear helmets while driving. Operating a motor vehicle, including boats, while under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances is illegal in Canada.

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