Niagara Falls, Canada

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Which side of Niagara Falls is better?

Niagara Falls' unique location between Canada and the US comprises of three waterfalls, not just one! Whether you want to see its frozen winter splendor or thunderous power in summer, both sides offer very different spectacles to choose from.

  • Horseshoe Falls

    1. Horseshoe Falls

    90% of the Niagara River flows over Canada's Horseshoe Falls. It doesn't just look awesome, its raw power is literally eroding the US-Canada border!

  • American Falls

    2. American Falls

    As the name suggests, the American Falls is on the American side. It offers some of the most extreme views, with visitors able to get nail-bitingly close to the edge!

  • Bridal Veil Falls

    3. Bridal Veil Falls

    Located in New York State, Bridal Veil is by far the smallest of the three. It's worth visiting the Cave of Winds attraction to see the water flow over you from the falls' base!

  • Daredevils

    4. Daredevils

    63-year-old Annie Taylor became the first of many to journey over Horseshoe Falls in a barrel. Horseshoe is terribly dangerous, but the others are too rocky to survive!

  • By boat

    5. By boat

    Boat tours operate in Niagara Gorge at the foot of the falls. Each country has different tour operators, so compare before deciding which side of the border to journey from.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend there?

    A day should be enough to see Niagara Falls but it's worth scheduling more time if you plan to take advantage of the many activities, tours, and boat cruises available. It is very common for people to set aside a day-trip as part of a longer stay in Toronto or New York.

  • When to visit?

    July to August are, unsurprisingly, the busiest months. If you want to avoid the crowds then going in June or September will make a considerable difference. Having said that, there are few things as awe-inspiring as the frozen Niagara in winter!

  • How to get there?

    Both Toronto Pearson Airport and Buffalo Airport offer shuttle bus services, some with group discounts. It's worth noting that Toronto is much closer than Buffalo so, unless you're travelling from elsewhere in the US, you're probably better off accessing the falls from the Canadian side. There are direct trains twice a day between Toronto's Union Station and Niagara Falls.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The falls can be be viewed 24 hours a day.
  • Is it expensive?
    It is free to view, but you will need to pay parking fees, which can be around $20.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. It's worth checking out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Given the location of Niagara Falls between two countries, there are unlimited possibilities to get there. The most direct way would be by car, but there are various bus and coach options, too - it is best to research online first which would suit you best as part of a larger trip to Canada or the US.
  • Additional information
    **You're going to get wet from the spray of the falls, so bring a rain jacket! | Make sure you have the appropriate travel documents (e.g. passport, visa) if you plan on crossing the border.*

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What people are saying about Niagara Falls, Canada

Overall rating

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based on 7,244 reviews

The BEST tour that I have ever been! Everything was perfect. From the transportation to the destination. Will definitely recommend to everyone. Special thanks to our guide Vinny (Pedro) who was so awesome. He didn’t only bring us to our destinations but he also gave us history of each places. His recommendations were also superb! My boyfriend and I LOVED the restaurant he suggested. I would love to come back here some time in summer with family and will definitely do the tour with them. I had so much fun with the tour. I felt safe and relaxed❤️

This tour is really good. It's worth the price and all the attractions visited. Special thanks to our tour guide, Kaleb. He was awesome, very friendly and knowledgeable of all the history of Niagara Falls. I would definitely refer this tour to my relatives and friends. Thank you!

The experience is amazing and best believe your in great hands with an allert pilot. Breathtaking view of the falls and surrounding places. I recommend 100%.I will definitely be using this company again for future flights around the falls.

Vinny was incredibly informative and gave us the best tour we could possibly ask for. We even checked out the trails and restaurants he suggested and weren't disappointed. This tour was the best money we spent during our entire trip!

This is a must do while in Niagara Falls!! Breathtaking views and it’s fun too!