Holidays to Niagara Falls
A trip to Niagara Falls is one you will never forget. Gazing upon the sheer scale and relentless roar of the cascade, paired with its drenching mist, it’s hard not to feel humbled by the powerful presence of Mother Nature.
Niagara Falls straddles the border of the United States and Canada and can be included in a holiday to either of these exciting destinations. Whether you enjoy the freedom of your own hire car or motorhome or prefer travelling in the company of others on an escorted tour, at FREEDOM we can create a Niagara Falls holiday unique to you.
Fun Facts About Niagara Falls
- Niagara Falls actually comprises three separate cascades – Horseshoe Falls (also known as Canadian Falls), American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
- 3,160 tons of water flows over the falls every second, en route from the Great Lakes Michigan, Huron, Superior and Erie to Lake Ontario
- Though American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls appear taller, the rocks at their base mean they’re technically only 70 feet high, compared to the 167 feet Horseshoe Falls!
- Most fish that go over the edge of Niagara Falls survive, thanks to their ability to flow with the water. A bigger danger is the seagulls at the bottom!
- Over 20 million people visit Niagara Falls every year, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world – for good reason!
Niagara Falls at Night
Each night, Niagara Falls is illuminated by hundreds of powerful LED lights. All three cascades are lit up in a changing rainbow of colours. If you visit Niagara Falls on a public holiday or national occasion and you may catch a bespoke, celebratory light show.
The tunnels and viewing platform behind the falls and the Niagara SkyWheel are both open during the evening if you are looking for a special way to see the Niagara Falls light show. Advance booking is recommended for both.
Ways to See Niagara Falls
From above, below, behind… there are numerous vantage points from which to admire one of North America’s greatest natural wonders. You can:
- Get up close and personal on a Niagara Falls day tour, that takes you into the mist and swirling waters at the bottom of Horseshoe Falls
- Gaze out from the top of the Niagara Falls Observation Tower, which is located on the American side and provides a panoramic view of all three cascades
- Take a scenic Niagara Falls helicopter tour, for an unforgettable birds eye view, equally enchanting in the winter snow as other times of the year
- Ascend the 775 feet high Skylon Tower on the Canadian side, which has a 360 degree viewing platform and a revolving restaurant
- Journey behind the falls, descending 125 feet in an elevator and through a short tunnel to two observation platforms, included in the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass, available to pre-book
- Book in at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls Fallsview or Sheraton On The Falls Hotel which both have rooms overlooking Niagara Falls, then enjoy the vista, glass of wine in hand!
Getting to Niagara Falls
Travelling to the falls is easy, from both the Canadian and American side.
By Plane – The nearest airports in Canada are Toronto Pearson International Airport (78 miles from the falls), Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (79 miles) and Buffalo Niagara International Airport (27 miles).
Those visiting Niagara Falls from the American side can fly into John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, approximately 55 miles from the falls.
By Car – If you are driving from Toronto, the trip should take about an hour and a half, though give yourself extra time if travelling during the city rush hour or at the weekends.
For those driving from New York State, you can cross to the Canadian side of the Niagara River over Peace Bridge, Queenston Lewiston Bridge or Rainbow Bridge, a small toll payable at each. Please check with your Travel Consultant regarding border crossing formalities.
By Coach – If you would prefer someone to take care of the driving for you, Niagara Falls day tours operate out of Toronto, with a cruise, lunch and other activities included. Alternatively, our two day Niagara Falls overnight tour includes a night’s hotel accommodation giving you more time at the falls and a chance to see the light show.
By Rail – GO Train and VIA Rail both operate regular services from Toronto to Niagara Falls, which can be incorporated into a longer Canada rail holiday. Amtrak operates a long-distance service to New York.
Plan Your Niagara Falls Holiday
If you need help planning your holiday to Niagara Falls you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’d like to visit Niagara Falls from the American side or Canadian side, we’ve got a number of great Niagara Falls itineraries for you to choose from.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for an adventure that is unique to you, take advantage of our Free Planning Service and let one of our North America Specialists design a bespoke itinerary for you. Our Experts have all lived or travelled in the USA and Canada and would be pleased to use their first-hand experiences to ensure your Niagara Falls holiday is one that matches the spectacle of this astounding natural wonder!
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