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Dollars to Loonies Exchange

Favorite thing We just returned from Niagara Falls Canada, had a wonderful time and learned a few things.
It isn’t necessary to exchange your USA dollars for Canadian dollars as we didn’t find a single business that wouldn’t take USA dollars for par (1$ to 1$), but be warned you only receive your change in Canadian currency. This is not a problem except on the day you are heading Home and don’t want to get stuck with a bunch of Canadian dollars and change.
We found the best and friendliest place to exchange currencies USA to Canadian and visa versa was at Casino Niagara’s cashier’s booth, it was fast, friendly and there was no pressure to gamble if you didn’t want to.

Fondest memory Seeing the Falls lit up at night on the Canadian side is a memory fo a lifetime.

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Oct 11, 2008

niagara falls

Favorite thing ciao!!! i stayed at Niagara falls 4 years ago, i stayed on the canadian side, i think it's sufficent to stay there 1 day, because the city isn't so interesting... really i didn't like so much as a city, but the falls are so nice specially with a sunny day, because the colour of the water is wonderful!!! absolutely u have to catch the ship which take u in the middle of the falls, and make sure to cover your-self so well, otherwise u get off completely wet!!!
about the train to New york, i remember the waiting for the train is soooo long, i took a train from canadian side to Toronto, and i waited it 2 hours before the departure, cause the custom's procedure,so i don't know on whatside is better to take it, on the either sie i think u hvae to wait so long cause the custom....
anyway have a nice trip!!!
ciao !!

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May 01, 2008

see it now

Favorite thing This is a link to a freeze-frame camera mounted on the Sheraton Hotel overlooking the falls.
It snaps a still frame a few times per hour, every day, all year long so you can get an idea of the conditions in the area.*

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Dec 24, 2007

Niagara River

Favorite thing The word "Onguiaahra" appears on maps as early as 1641. Both it and the later version "Ongiara" are Indian words generally interpreted as meaning "The Straight", although the romantic "Thunder of Waters" is sometimes given. By the time the first white man arrived at the Falls, the name in general use was "Niagara"

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May 17, 2007
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Rainbow Bridge - the bridge between two countries

Favorite thing The first impressive thing for me was the bridge between USA and Canada. In seconds you go to another country, of course, if you have appropriate papers. I think the surprise I have about it is due to my origin country - Ukraine, from where to get somewhere you have to go through tiresome and exhausting customs and check points.

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Sep 08, 2006

Modern Niagara

Favorite thing When I heard about Niagara Falls I imagine something wild - dense forest, wild animals and the roar of the falls. Well, it is never bad to imagine the places I never saw, but there is no guarantee that the place is what you think it is. That was proved by my first travel to Niagara Falls. It occured that Niagara Falls is a busy town full of tourists of all ages, nationalities, interests etc. Of course it is nice to be in mordern world with its conviniences, but I think in Niagara Falls it is too much. It is too comercialized, damn it.

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Sep 08, 2006

The Lady of the Mist(ery of getting rich)

Favorite thing Niagara is a "Manny" splendorous thing

[...] In the morning mist, two lovers kissed and the world stood still...
Then your fingers touch my (censured) (censured)...

Mistery and Misery.
I was talking to some kids of Albania about the misery in their country. The kid says i´m an ignorant. Hoxa`s regime ended in 1985. After 21 years of "freedom" this is the report.

The saddest thing in life is not to be aware of the reality of our own country. That´s sad!!!

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Sep 04, 2006

Go To Canada

Favorite thing Other people have mentioned this and so I will simply reiterate it here. If you are visiting the falls from the US side it is well worth the visit over the bridge to see the falls from the Canadian side. These are definitely the best views of both The American Falls and The Horseshoe Falls.

Whether on foot or driving the immigration procedures on both sides are simplicity itself especially if you have your passport stamped that same day. From what I gather US citizens don't even need a passport, a driving license is sufficient.

There is a small border charge which I think was $2 for a car and 50 cents on foot.

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Apr 18, 2006

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Canadian Pride!

Favorite thing I think there is nothing that quite prepares you for the visual effects you are about to encounter as you visit Niagara Falls... Ok, maybe you have been fortunate enough to have traveled the world and viewed the Victoria Falls or some secluded never-before-seen-by-human-eyes falls in the midst of the Amazon, but for most of us this is an amazing sight to behold! And as I haven't viewed those other places, this one is so awesome to see! If you are anywhere close to this area, you simply MUST make an effort to see this! You won't be disappointed! You can thank me later... send money!

Fondest memory I was very lucky to have visited Niagara Falls on a beautiful, sunny day and accompanied by a most kind companion! Combined with the stimulating visuals provided by this natural wonder, it was nice to be able to share the experience with a new friend, old friend. And to the nice person out there who leaves a solitary rating on the pages where I may happen to mention that this would be a great, romantic place to visit with a special someone... Here's another one! Rate Away!

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Oct 15, 2005

Protect your camera/video equipment

Favorite thing If you do venture behind the falls, it may be wise to take a plastic bag to protect your camera/video recorder from as much water as possible, in between filming. You do get soaked.

Also be aware the floor underfoot is very wet, and slippery, so do be careful.

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Jun 16, 2005

The sound of water

Favorite thing If I had to take some one there who had never been, I would just take them to the Falls. Let them walk around alone- it's so soothing and great for dreaming!

Fondest memory My favorite memory of Niagara Falls was just standing at the falls. The sound of all of that water plunging into to lakes is so relaxing. I would've stood there all day if I could've. I walked as far down the walk as I could. In one part the mist gets so thick, you feel like you're up in the clouds. It's amazing!

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Jun 13, 2003

The Walk Down the Road

Favorite thing I walked from the Bus Depot in order to get to the Falls. You could catch the bus shuttle, but the walk is worth it. It is a fair distance, but you do not notice it - You are walking along a river, which, in its own right, has some stunning vistas.
And then you feel the spray. The atmosphere just feels a little moist. Then you hear the falls dully in the distance. You begin to feel the anticipation build up - Niagara could not be very far away! Wrong - It is still a half hour walk yet and you have yet to glimpse it!
Then you get your first view of the Falls. 'Impressive' you think to yourself. Only a little walk later do you then realise that you are viewing the smaller of the two falls and the Horseshoe reveals itself to you. That is when you get the smile from ear to ear and you realise just how hollow the first 'impressive' sounded...

Fondest memory My travel companion, Jeff, left a friend of his in the shadow of the Pretronous Towers, to travel west around the World. Dave, the friend went east. Without knowing it, just walking down the road, they bumped into one another. Small World, eh...?

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Mar 03, 2003

Things To Do Near Niagara Falls

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Falls at Night

When the night comes, hundreds of people line the border of the river, waiting for the light show. As you can imagine, powerful focus of changing colors hit the falls, revealing them in a succession...
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IMAX Theatre and Daredevil Exhibit

Buy online and save 25% off your IMAX tickets and over 30% off IMAX packages including the Skylon Tower located next to the IMAX Theater Interesting Niagara Falls...
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White Water Walk

The White Water Walk is a wooden boardwalk built along the narrowest section of the Niagara River between the Niagara Falls and the Niagara Whirlpool. There are two staircases, one around the middle...
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Niagara Falls State Park, New York State

At the Maid of the Mist tour boat that goes up to the falls (an iconic ride) they will give you a yellow poncho. You will still get wet - you should dress for that, especially the shoes. And you will...
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Casino Niagara

Casino floor size: 100,000 ft² (9,000 m²) Slot machines: 1750 Slot tournament area Table games: 60 Restaurants: 3 ( Lucky's steakhouse , The Market Buffet, Perks Cafe ) Bars: Corona, Quench,...
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Maid of the Mist

Enjoyed wearing our blue poncho's to go up to the Falls. Cool, refreshing & just beautiful. The Maid of the Mist is a boat tour of Niagara Falls, New York, USA. The boat started off in a calm part of...
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