Niagara Falls: Travel beyond the waterfalls

Posted Dec 13th 2010 10:00 AMUpdated Dec 14th 2010 12:13 PM


Niagara Falls: Travel beyond the waterfalls

Niagara Falls is a stunning natural attraction: a massive rush of water tumbling over wide cliffs. While the Falls are no doubt a world class attraction, it's difficult to stare at them all day. Luckily, there's plenty to keep you occupied at Niagara Falls. Three separate waterfalls make up the destination: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horsehoe Falls (the most spectacular of them, and entirely on the Canadian side).
At the Falls you can participate in several falls-centric activities. One of the most popular is the Maid of the Mist boat ride, which gets you up close to the base of the falls. Not a dry ride, passengers are given plastic ponchos to protect them from the spray. Journey Behind the Falls is another popular Niagara Falls attraction, where visitors descend an elevator to a platform at the base of Horseshoe Falls.

But if you're going all the way to Niagara Falls, travel a bit beyond the main tourist attractions. Hit the Canadian side for casinos, museums, and observation tower, and much more. There is plenty in the region to occupy you for a solid week.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its proximity to excellent wine country. In fact, the Niagara Peninsula is home to nearly two-dozen wineries. Many are ice-wine, a variety that grows well in Niagara's climate. Even Canadian celebrity Wayne Gretzky runs a winery! Many folks travel to Niagara Falls just to visit these world-class wineries.

Biking along the Niagara River Recreation Trail is another great way to enjoy the area. A 35-mile paved bike trail runs from Ft. Erie to Ft. George. About 1.5 miles south of the Falls is the Whirlpool, a large, tumultuous bend in the river. It's possible to hike down here, where you'll see fisherman hoping for a catch.

Your options for Niagara Falls travel are nearly limitless. Cross the border for a Canadian adventure that includes not just waterfalls, but wine, whirlpools, and whatever else you fancy.

[Photo credit: laffy4k, Flickr]
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Etta St John

What I would like to know is that if the Canadian Falls is so much more spectacular than the American Falls as you have said, why are you using a photo of the American Falls for this article?

September 12 2015 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam White

Well said, Niagara is an amazing region outside the falls. There is much to see and do, particularly when you start looking at the area as a region (encompassing Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Pelham, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Welland, For Erie, etc) rather than just the handful of hotels and attractions at the brink. If you're a history buff at all there are some incredible sites relating to the War of 1812 as well.

I run a video blog titled Check In Niagara that explores these little, off-the-beaten-path places in Niagara if anyone's interested:

December 13 2010 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply