Visiting Niagara Falls (Canada)
Niagara Falls is one of the most instantly recognisable natural wonders in the world. It straddles the American-Canadian border, but the bulk of the famous horseshoe of the falls itself lies on the Canadian side. That’s why the Canada hotels at Niagara Falls are the best place to stay if you want to tick this amazing sight off your bucket list.
Although it would be possible to stay in an Ontario Hotel and travel to Niagara Falls, there are so many things to do around, behind, over and under the falls themselves that it would be a genuine shame to waste any time travelling to and from them.
What makes Niagara Falls so famous and so distinctive isn’t their height, for there are many higher waterfalls in the world. It is the breathtaking volume of water which goes over the falls, running from four of the five Great Lakes at a mind-blowing rate of up to 750,000 gallons per second.
The best way to experience the falls is to get up close to them, and the hotels in Niagara Falls will allow you to do precisely that. You can choose exactly how you want to experience the awesome power of the falls. The Hornblower Niagara Cruises sail past the bottom of the falls, where the thundering water forms a permanent mist of spray. Alternatively, you could journey behind the falls, descending 150 feet in an elevator to stand on an observation deck directly behind the falls, from where you’ll be able to watch the stunning sight of a wall of water thundering past at just over 40 miles per hour.
If that still hasn’t satisfied your appetite for this natural phenomenon then the only thing that could will be a trip on Niagara Helicopters. No need to book, just walk in on the day and take part in helicopter flights. They leave every 15 minutes throughout the day and offer the highest and probably most spectacular view of the falls you can enjoy without going over them in a barrel.
Where to stay in Niagara Falls
The answer to the question where to stay in Niagara Falls simply has to be – in one of the many hotels near Niagara Falls. The good news is that by being close to the falls these hotels are also within easy reach of the other local tourist attractions. These attractions include the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, which offers 3,000 slot machines, 130 gaming tables and a high stakes poker room. The nearby Casino Niagara offers similar choice, with 40 tables offering games like blackjack, Caribbean stud and poker.
If you prefer shopping to gambling then book a Niagara Falls hotel close to the Canada One Factory Outlet on Lundy's Lane, which is home to 40 brand name stores. For a different shopping experience, try the open-air Outlet Collection in Niagara on the Lake, which offers more than 100 brand name stores.
Different types of hotel
Perhaps in recognition that a natural phenomenon as impressive as Niagara Falls is going to draw all kinds of people from across the globe, the Canada hotels at Niagara Falls offer virtually every kind of accommodation you could imagine, from opulent luxury to cosy bed and breakfast. The 4 star Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel offers the best of all worlds. It combines luxury accommodation with being just 109 yards from the very brink of the falls. You can lie in bed at night, listening to the water thundering over the falls while being cocooned in 300-thread count sheets on top of thick, luxury mattresses. The 4 star Hilton Niagara Falls has plenty of water of its own, in the shape of a 10,000 square foot pool area complete with a three-storey water slide. As if this wasn’t special enough, every guestroom offers stunning panoramic views thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. The Peninsula Inn, on Niagara Square Drive, is four miles from Niagara Falls, but its 3 star facilities include massage, facials, and hand and foot treatments, while the suites with romantic spa tubs are clearly designed to attract honeymooners.
What to do during your stay in Niagara Falls
If you want a truly unique view of Niagara Falls then take a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel. This is the largest observation wheel in Canada and takes you up to 175 feet into the air, offering stunning views down onto the falls. Just a few minutes away from the falls themselves you’ll find Marineland of Canada. You’ll be able to watch creatures such as whales and dolphins and even interact with them as they jump high into the air or swim over for some affectionate petting. As if that wasn’t enough, Marineland also has a collection of thrill rides which includes Dragon Mountain, the world’s largest steel rollercoaster. Finally, make the most of the natural wonder right in front of you with a helicopter tour.
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