Niagara Falls

Possibly the most famous natural landmark in the world, Niagara Falls continues to astound all those who travel to see it. The Canadian waterfall, or Horseshoe Falls, stands at 54 metres high, whereas the American Falls reaches 56 metres. Their stunning beauty and awe inspiring magnitude has been documented by poets and writers continuously. Charles Dickens stated upon visiting in 1842, "Niagara was at once stamped upon my heart, an Image of Beauty, to remain there, changeless and indelible, until its pulses cease to beat, for ever." However, present day holidaymakers are certain to have an even more enjoyable time than Dickens, for the city of Niagara Falls itself has now developed into an exciting and entertaining tourist destination.


Of course, all tourists will make it their priority to see the magnificent Falls. Today there are multiple ways of viewing this beautiful area. Visitors can ride a steamboat on the lake and look up at the waterfalls, or there is the possibility of a helicopter ride around the area, allowing holidaymakers to appreciate a bird�s eye view of the natural splendour. The [ Journey Behind the Falls] can be found in the Table Rock House Plaza and provides visitors with the opportunity to see the Falls from behind. Two tunnels can be explored, each allowing patrons to get closer to the Falls than they previously imagined; waterproof coats are provided! Those hoping to learn more about the Falls should visit the local IMAX Theatre, which shows the fascinating documentary Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic. When holidaymakers have explored the Falls from every angle, they can then sample some of the other attractions in the area. Niagara Falls is not the only example of natural splendour in the vicinity. The [ Niagara Falls Bird Aviary] boasts a substantial rainforest and over 400 beautiful birds. Visitors will not want to miss the opportunity to explore this location and witness some of the most incredible birds in the world. The [ Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture] is also a popular attraction. The many carefully cultivated gardens are closely maintained and cared for, ensuring that all who visit will be taken aback by the range of plants within this one hundred acre site. An arboretum commemorates some of the magnificent trees found in Canada, ideal for those unable to explore the country's forestry for themselves. All will enjoy beholding the many different varieties in the Rose Garden, which contains unprecedented beauty. The [ Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory] is a testament to one of the most beautiful animals in the world. Hundreds of butterflies are cared for in this site, amongst carefully sustained shrubbery and plants which were specifically selected for those creatures inhabiting the conservatory. Some may be lucky enough to witness butterflies emerging from chrysalides in the Emergence area. The outside garden has been carefully constructed in the hope of attracting Canada's resident butterflies to the location. Niagara�s Floral Clock is another popular attraction. One of the largest clocks in the world, the face is covered in a multitude of flowers, which are changed twice every season. In 1812 the area was host to an epic stream of battles. This war is commemorated at the Battle Ground Hotel Museum, which is located on the site of the battlefield. Visitors can experience what life during this period was like, as well as learn more about the war which engulfed the area.


Rainbow Bridge Plaza is home to many quaint shops; a persistent favourite visitors of all ages is Reg's Candy Kitchen. Boasting 18 delicious varieties of home made fudge, those with a sweet tooth will feel completely at home. Flavours such as Oreo Cookie, Marshmallow and Baileys Irish Cream are sure to tempt all who visit. Reg also allows patrons to watch him making fudge; a fun experience for all. [ Kurtz Orchards and Country Market] is home to a multitude of souvenirs and local produce, including the national favourite, maple syrup. The Kurtz Orchards produce nearly thirty varieties of jam and visitors can enjoy a tour of the orchards during harvesting seasons. The best place to purchase gifts for those back home is the [ Souvenir City Headquarters]. This massive store stocks every type of Canadian merchandise visitors could hope to buy, as well as many items most would not even have thought of. [ Canada One Factory Outlets] is the perfect place to hunt for a bargain. Housing several designer names such as Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren, visitors can enjoy discounts up to an incredible 75%.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Those searching for a special meal should look no further than the [ Skylon Tower]. Featuring a revolving dining room, as well as the Summit Suite Buffet room, this structure is the tallest in Niagara and provides breathtaking views of the Falls and the surrounding area. This award winning revolving restaurant serves fantastic, sophisticated continental meals, whereas the Buffet room provides a vast array of different cuisines.

Another restaurant taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings is the [ Watermark Fallsview Restaurant]. Only the magnificent Falls threaten to divert attention away from the delicious food on offer. Traditional American and Canadian dishes are served here throughout the day. Other establishments worth visiting include The Beef Baron, Falls Manor Restaurant and Zappi's Pizza and Subs Italian Eatery. Those searching for a drink and a dance will find no better location than Pump's Night Club and Patio. Other places worth visiting are Rumours Night Club and Club Mardi Gras & Patio Niagara.

Tourist Information

Niagara Falls Tourism5400 Robinson StreetNiagara Falls, OntarioCanada L2G 2A6


Those hoping to visit Niagara Falls will probably fly to [ Lester B. Pearson] (Toronto International Airport). The busiest airport in Canada, Lester B. Pearson deals with both national commutes and international journeys. Also in the area are [ Hamilton Airport], [ The Greater Buffalo International Airport] and [ Niagara International Airport]. Potential visitors should visit the websites of all four airports in order to compare the cost of flights.

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