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WG_Dawg
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Question about niagra falls from Toronto

I know nothing about niagra falls but we will be in Toronto in August and want to make a trip.

-I know I've heard in the past that some places/attractions will have a ton of advertisements but only one "real" legitimate company. Is this the case for niagra falls? A quick google search led me to dozens of places you can buy tickets but I wasn't sure if all would be valid or if some were just scammy.
-I've never been so I don't have an American perspective to compare to, but is there anything specific we'd need ot know from the canadian side?
-might be a dumb question but do you get to see the falls from the bottom (like in tv and movies when people are on the lady of the mist or hornblower or whatever boat, and they're just riding around there at the base where the falls come down) or is it a different route since it'd be from a different direction?


NCTigerFan
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We did both sides of the falls this past October. Most of our time was spent on the American side, but I'll share what (relatively little) I learned about the Canadian side.

We parked at the Table Rock Welcome Centre and walked the walkway along the river to view the various falls. Here, you'll be up at the top part of the falls. Park at Falls Parking (Lot A) at 6635 Niagara Parkway.

The "Journey Behind the Falls" attraction leaves from there. This is a wet attraction that goes down to the bottom of Horsehoe Falls. We did the Cave of the Winds on the American side instead.

Hornblower is the boat company that operates from the Canadian side. We did Maid of the Mist on the American side. The routes seemed to be the same apart from the different docking point. You go right up to the base of Horseshoe Falls.

There are "Niagara's Fury" and "White Water Walk" attractions on the Canadian side, but I don't know much about them.

Hope this helps.

ETA: I think a lot of my info came from niagaraparks.com but I'm at work and our filter blocks non-U.S. sites.
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WG_Dawg
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We parked at the Table Rock Welcome Centre and walked the walkway along the river to view the various falls. Here, you'll be up at the top part of the falls. Park at Falls Parking (Lot A) at 6635 Niagara Parkway.

The "Journey Behind the Falls" attraction leaves from there. This is a wet attraction that goes down to the bottom of Horsehoe Falls. We did the Cave of the Winds on the American side instead.

Hornblower is the boat company that operates from the Canadian side. We did Maid of the Mist on the American side. The routes seemed to be the same apart from the different docking point. You go right up to the base of Horseshoe Falls.

There are "Niagara's Fury" and "White Water Walk" attractions on the Canadian side, but I don't know much about them.


This is extremely helpful thank you!!


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Dont plan on spending too much time at the falls, it gets old quick. 1-2 days max


WG_Dawg
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Dont plan on spending too much time at the falls, it gets old quick. 1-2 days max


Oh hell I was hoping for like an hour boat ride and done. We definitely won't be there 2 days ha


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TheWalrus
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We drove there in about 2009 and booked a tour at one of those visitor centers. Biggest waste of money ever, total scam. We learned to check online reviews but that was pre smart phone days.


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bluedragon
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On the Canadian side, there is the one and only existing 25 hz power plant in north america. It provided power for commercial use.

My Rep and I ate at a restaurant in town that was a part of the French Calvary stables before the French were driven out by Britain. It is said to be haunted. Can’t remember the name.

Otherwise not much on either side of the falls. We were not there to tour anything.


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LaLadyinTx
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My friend from Buffalo says the Canadian side is a nicer area than the US side. Hornblower is the boat tour on the Canadian side. My group enjoyed the boat ride and I was amazed at the falls. I would recommend doing it.

I can't imagine spending tons of time there. It's a day trip from Toronto. We stopped at Niagara on the Lake on the way back and did a little wine tasting and shopping. It's a cute little town. Ice wine is big in that area. There aren't a lot of places that make ice wine. It's made from grapes that have frozen and it's a sweet, after dinner drink.


WG_Dawg
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Hornblower is the boat tour on the Canadian side.


great, I will be sure to look for hornblower tours when we get ready to book.



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Weekend Warrior79
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Been several years since I have been, but as others pointed out Horn Blower is the boat that brings you around the base of the falls

As another poster pointed out, Journey Behind the Falls is pretty cool. Quick, less than an hour, walk behind the falls where you can pop out in various points and see it from a different perspective.

We also did the White Water Walk, was cool to see up close as you are walking along the base of the river. Not a long walk, some great photo ops

If you like ziplines, the Wildplay Ziplines is really nice. No guides, so you control it yourself. Pay for the Extreme Course and you get to go right by the Whirlpool

You should be able to knock all of these out in a day, but a lot depends on the wait for the boat ride


WG_Dawg
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This is all great info. Last question-

We are staying in teh main/touristy area of toronto and I didn't realize that that's like an hour and half from the niagra falls area. I really don't want to have to rent a car for multiple reasons, and obviously a 90 minute uber ride isn't desirable either. So are there any shuttles that take people from DT toronto down to the falls area?


Weekend Warrior79
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So are there any shuttles that take people from DT toronto down to the falls area?

You can take a train (cheapest) or bus from Toronto to Niagara


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