watch the parking fees
more and more hotels are charging for parking which i really don't like(haven't i paid enough already?) some are quite pricey up to $20 CAN a day which ain't much less in $US lately i paid $8CAN a day at the Courtyard Marriott(which was the only thing i hated about this hotel) some fancier places parking is valet since the lot is off site. so with the tip factor every time you go in and out you 're up over $25CAN PER DAY. some places DO NOT divulge this anywhere so you get a big surprise. street parking is permit for residents or metered (24 hrs a day to boot) so there isn't much choice. so ask first before you find out the hard way. an aside here-- if you are staying in the area of the new Fallsview Casino, most hotels here charge up to $20CAN a day for valet parking--I've heard you can park free at the casino garage if you're a players card member( its free to join too) and if you don't mind a block walk to save $20 a day
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Budget Travel
- Casino and Gambling
Niagara Falls Taxi
The best way to get around Niagara Falls is by taxi. A taxi can take you anywhere you want to go, but the ride doesnt come cheap, you got to pay your way around. While I was up here I travelled mostly on a grey hound and a taxi. So if you have your own car, than thats great. And when you take a taxi dont forget to say "I took a taxi it -- it-- was easy" - Pumpkin
Salt and sand for the roads
In almost every village you'll find these strange buildings. They are for storage of sand and salt that is used in the winter months for the icy roads. There is a lot of snow in this area, so this is no luxury at all.
Winter road conditions
Another useful website to see the road conditions is:
Winter Road Conditions Reports are made available during the winter months, from the end of October to April each year.
Watch out for the snowmobiles! They have their own trails going through the countryside. But they also share the same road as you do, using the shoulder of the road. So be aware of them! They can go quite fast, and join the roads suddenly as part of their trail.
How far is it?
Planning a trip, but don't know how far it is? This website can help you out :
60 cities in Ontario are listed on this website and you can calculate the distance between the two places. From Toronto to Tobermory for example is 300km (186 miles).
The calculated distances are based on each location’s city hall and are rounded to the nearest 5 kilometres.
Another website that I like very much is this online roadmap :
With this website you can click on a part of the map of Ontario, and get the roadmap for that area. You can zoom in very good on an area, so it makes the map easy to read. Another option is to go to the index of place-names, and search the map that way. The maps are quite large, so it might take some time to download.
How to get around
I got to Niagara Falls by car. Getting into Niagara isn't such a problem, having a good parking spot for your car might be. If you just come for the day you can park your car at the huge parking lot after the Horseshoe Falls. The parking fee isn't cheap, but without a doubt there will be a parking spot. The parking lot is huge, and I mean HUGE! So big that there is a bus shuttle service to bring you from the parking lot to the falls (included in the parking ticket).
When you are planning to stay in Niagara overnight I would advice you to leave your car at the hotel and find other means of transport to move around in Niagara itself. I did most of it on foot, as I found this the less stressful way to get around, hahaha, and the cheapest too. But there are plenty of other options. You get a good overview of all your options on this website: http://www.infoniagara.com/transportation/index.html
Train back from Niagara
We travelled back to Toronto a few days later and once again used the train.
This time it was an Amtrak train because it had come from NYC.
The station is tiny for the amount of people that it serves and there arent any platforms either!! You just walk up onto the train!
We travelled to Niagara by train from toronro, the journey was cheap and the trains were comfortable.
Niagara train station is located away from the falls and you must then get a bus down a steep hill to the falls area.
Don't drive around Clifton Hill
I took a bus from Hamilton but Niagara Falls is very pedestrian friendly. All the sites are pretty close together.
Please leave the car behind. Driving Clifton Hill is like the Las Vegas strip on a weekend. Save yourself the aggro.
Take the red bus
Although this photo of the big red bus was taken in l996, and I have been back to the falls a few times since, I hope they still are running this unique bus ride.
(Those of you who have been to England will no doubt recognise our red double decker buses, mostly found now in London.)
Idea about transportation in Niagara Falls, Canada
I just came from Niagara falls. I decided to stay at Embassy Suites (which is out of the way from the sites, but still with a view) because it was a little cheaper than Sheraton or the other hotels right at the falls. Embassy was great, BUT I wish that I would have paid the extra money to stay at one of the other hotels because we ended up spending our money on the hotel shuttle ($26) and the people mover ($16) and parking ($25).
These other hotels are right in the mix of everything. It is directly across from the falls and you can walk right to it. The shopping and Clifton Hill is right outside the hotel front door.
I know that if I had stayed at one of these closer hotels, then I would have spend more money probably than I did on the above mentioned charges. But I think it would have been worth it for the TIME that we spend waiting on the different shuttles. Especially on the hotel shuttle. It came often enough (about every 10-15 minutes) but once you got on it, it would be another 20 minutes at least before you got to your stop.
- Family Travel
The People Mover is a good way to get around to the most visited/popular attractions (22 different stops total). They stop at their prearranged stops every 15-20 minutes, you're allowed to ride any people mover with your pass.
One fee allows you to ride the whole day and runs from just above the falls to Queenston Park on the Niagara Parkway.
They don't run the buses from November-March.
Tickets available at stops 1,3,7,8,18 and 20 along the route. Also available at Ride Niagara.
Prepare to walk
You have to pay for parking everywhere in Niagara Falls and it is not cheap. So your best bet is to walk everywhere that you can. If you sign up for the Great Gorge Adventure Pass, you can get around on a people mover. These take you to all the major attractions of Niagara Falls and thy run about every 15-20 minutes.