Sunday, September 25, 2005
After our VT meeting in Toronto was over, Hans and I wanted to show Kat (Keida84) the Niagara Falls, as she expressed the desire to do so. It is just a short drive from Toronto. It was a hot and humid day and the Falls were very misty. The picture shown is of Kat ,Hans and Lori in front of the AMERICAN FALLS which is the smaller of the two Falls. They are located in Niagara Falls, New York.
There's more to Niagara Falls than just its main attraction. In the town of Niagara Falls, you'll find Clifton Hill - a street that would fit in at a carnival: fun houses, arcades, restaurants, etc.... Clifton Hill is kind of a tourist trap but still worth a visit. The picture is of a Frankenstein horror house on Clifton Hill in NF.
If you don't have time to stay a few days in Niagara Falls, you can take a day trip(by train) to NF from Toronto. You'll have time to soak up the Falls but not much time to explore the city of NF and it's main fun-house themed street, Clifton Hill. If you hurry it up, you might have time to squeeze in a horror house or something like that. The picture is of me standing next to the danger sign at NF.
NIAGARA FALLS is a great day trip from Toronto. The falls are truly gorgeous and a wonder to see! If you get a chance, try to take a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist or take the Journey Behind the Falls for a closer look at them. For more about Niagara Falls, please visit my Canada page.
Not really in Toronto but very close: the Niagara Falls on the Canadian/American border! Make sure you do not skip this wonder of nature! A cheap way to get there is by taking the casino bus as there is a lot of casinos on the Canadian side (like Casino Niagara). In return you need to play in the casino but why not, at least we had a lot of fun! If you cross the bridge we had to pay 6 dollar, not sure if this is still the case!
Take a day trip or weekender out to Niagara on the Lake. Sure it's touristy but not as bad as Niagara Falls (where I almost broke my neck coincidentally).
Time it when the Shaw festival is on and you'll be able to drink locally fermented icewine and take in a great play in a picturesque little town.
Visitors are inspired by the picturesque beauty and diversity of attractions surrounding Niagara Falls.
Less than a two-hour drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls is one of the great wonders of the world. The town itself is a bustling tourist destination, filled with an assortment of man-made attractions. It also draws honeymooners in the thousands; legend has it that Napoleon's brother came by stagecoach from New Orleans to the Falls for his honeymoon, and so started the trend.
A drive along the Niagara Parkway is one of the most picturesque drives in North America. Parks, orchards and vineyards line the winding road all the way to the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Once the capital of Ontario (from 1791 to 1796), this is one of the best-preserved (and prettiest) 19th century towns in North America. With quaint boutiques, restaurants and several pleasant inns and 'bed and breakfast', the town is worth visiting for its charm alone.
I can only suggest to the visitors of Niagara falls to forget a little bit the traditionnal Maid of the Mist seen on so many movies.
Take the whirpooljetboat at Niagara on The Lake on the Canadian side of the river ! you go up the Niagara river rapids. Choose a sunny day and un uncovered boat. Your boat is so powerful that it allows the pilot to attack the rapids. you get tons of water on u but what's reallay important you never feel scary.
The trip brings you between the american & canadian power plants. The stream is simply fabulous. You'll be so wet but it's really funny ! i give a gold medal to this attraction off the beatn paths
I did a whole other section on my Niagara Falls pages so you can check those out. If you are in Toronto then Niagara Falls is a place you cant miss. Its not too far from Toronto and there are tour buses going to Niagara Falls every day. We rented a car to get there and it was a pretty easy drive. I think it took us like 45 minutes to get there. We stayed there all day and saw just about evrything. Then we drove to Niagara on the lake. This is another little town that you shouldnt miss.
A side trip to The Falls is a must. The Canadian side offers by far the best view, as well as many "touristy" things to do. (Casino, shops, restaurants, Ripleys Believe it or Not museum,...) American side is dingy and unsafe.
One of the 7 Wonders of the World. The Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border provides a much more spectacular view than the US side.
Go see Niagra Falls. Don't plan on spending a lot of time there....but it is nice to see since you are so close!
Not exactly off the beaten path, but one of the most amazing sights that I have ever witnessed in my life!
(see my Niagara Falls pages for loads more information)