Visit Niagara Falls, Canada from Niagara Falls, USA

Niagara Falls is a wonder in more ways than one. Not only are we the mighty Niagara, but we are actually three water falls; the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, overlapping our international Canadian and American borders.
So yes, there are two cities named Niagara Falls, either side of the border, and if you come for a visit, you should be sure to see both. We find Niagara USA to be a more natural experience, with up close and personal views of the water and Falls and is less “touristy”. It has open landscaping and well placed trees and plants, offering calm walkways along the river and solitude if you so choose. The Canadian parks are well manicured, the view of the Falls is great, and it is an experience you should take in, given the opportunity.
One of the easiest ways to see both sides, if you are staying in Niagara Falls, New York, is to simply walk over the Rainbow Bridge. Parking prices on the Canadian side are high and you might even have to park at quite a distance and take a bus just to see the sites. Instead of driving, you could walk over the bridge which is an adventure in itself and is only small change. It’s also a great photo opportunity because the bridge crosses over the gorge with beautiful views of the Falls.
I met a friend in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the other day. She used to work for the Parks Police and had one of the best office window views in the world, in my opinion! She knows her city like the back of her hand, and even though I’d lived there previously, offered to take me around, like a tourist.
So after visiting her former office, we  took a cute little path up to the Skylon Tower. It is between the Parks Police building and the rose garden across the street from the American Falls. It slices up the cliff to access the Skylon among other things at the top. Some locals call this path “Jolley cut”, named after James Jolley. Be warned that it is rather a bit of a hike, uphill.
The Skylon Tower has breathtaking views of both falls, and the river, as well as the surrounding cities and countryside and the visuals are well worth the experience.
She also gave me a ride along the gorge to the Spanish Aerocar, which was unfortunately closed for the day, due to high winds.
 We went to Zappi’s Pizzeria for lunch, which is a quaint Italian Eatery. This is a small restaurant with delicious homemade food. I had a large salad and wonderful homemade butternut squash soup. It’s a short cab ride uphill from Journey Behind the Falls. You  might find it accessible by foot, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
There are several attractions within walking range from Niagara Falls, NY, including;
Niagara’s Fury –  an interactive 4-D cinematic experience.
Journey Behind the Falls – a walk underneath the Horseshoe Falls.
The Skylon Tower – which has an observation deck with a towering view of the waters below including the Falls, River and gorge and surrounding countryside as well as a buffet dining room and a revolving dining room.
The Table Rock Welcome Centre – which houses the Elements on the Falls Restaurant, overlooking the Horseshoe Falls – , Table Rock also includes a tourist shop, food court and access to the Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara’s Fury.
Clifton Hill – a street on a hill that’s a crazy, touristy  conglomeration of “museums”, restaurants, novelties and nightclubs. The height of its season is definitely summer when the street is jam packed with people and you can be jostled about by nearly anyone from anywhere around the world!

6 thoughts on “Visit Niagara Falls, Canada from Niagara Falls, USA”

    1. Thank you very much, Susanne. Being from here, we realize not everyone would think of this! Parking is very expensive on the Canadian side, but you wouldn’t want to miss that view! If you have any further questions as the time draws nearer, don’t hesitate to ask. Have a great trip.

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