Tried and True Niagara Falls

What’s not to like about tried and true Niagara Falls? Those of us who live in Southern Ontario or Western New York largely take it for granted. Living in Toronto, Niagara Falls is just a short drive down the highway. 90 minutes if the traffic is good; 2 hours or more if it’s not so good. From Buffalo, Niagara Falls is 30 minutes give or take. Over the years, I’ve probably been to Niagara Falls 25 or 30 times, maybe more. It’s intoxicating and a fun place to visit.

Niagara Falls USA

Looking at Niagara Falls USA from Niagara Falls Canada

Before COVID-19 and 9/11, a quick trip across the border was a semi-regular event. Lunch, dinner, shopping, etc. Buffalo was normally the final destination but it’s always a treat to cross the border at Niagara Falls. As you cross the bridge, you get the full view of both the American and Canadian Falls. Niagara Falls U.S.A. has the American Falls, the Seneca Casino, outlet shopping, hotels & motels. They also have some authentic American food restaurants like Villella’s Italian Restaurant (795 Rainbow Blvd), Buzzy’s (7617 NiagaraFalls Blvd.) and Sammy’s Pizzeria (1400 Hyde Park Blvd). Great chicken wings, pizza and beer.

Niagara Falls Canada

Niagara Falls Canada gives you the full view of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls (the Canadian Falls), 2 casinos, not so great shopping and many more hotel & motels. The better side for falls views and other activities. There are 27 wineries within 20 minutes and several championship golf courses nearby. There always been this “vaudeville” feel to Niagara Falls with the walks, jumps and plunges that have taken place for almost 200 hundred years. In 2012, Nik Wallenda walked across a tightrope from the U.S. to Canadian side and an unidentified man became just the 3rd person to survive an unprotected trip over the falls.

Beyond looking at the Falls, there are a couple of great interactive Falls experiences. “Journey Behind the Falls” takes you down a 150 ft. elevator into a tunnel to 2 observation decks and portal behind the falls. The rushing water and roar of the falls is something else. The other more well known option is the “Maid of the Mist” boat tour. The boat takes you passed the base of the American Falls and into the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. A short walk from the Falls, Clifton Hill and area gives you amusement rides, takeout food and a lot of neon. The glory days of “the honeymoon capital of the world” are long gone but you can still find a motel with a heart shaped Jacuzzi tub.

Summary – Niagara Falls

At the end of the day, it all comes back to the wonder of the Falls. I never get tired of tried and true Niagara Falls. It’s the unofficial 8th wonder of the world. It’s well worth the visit any time of year. It’s easy to get to Niagara Falls. And it’s almost in my backyard.

Niagara Falls Canada at sunset



26 thoughts on “Tried and True Niagara Falls

  1. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader)

    Like you, I live within easy driving distance of Niagara Falls. I never get tired of it. It is breathtaking.

  2. Richie

    Hi Mark. Great write-up and beautiful photos. What’s odd, and something I didn’t realise until seeing your photos, is just how close the falls are to urban areas – I’d always imagined that they were out in the middle of nowhere!

  3. I have never been to niagara falls but my grandfather had visited, and as always the falls look so bewitching in pictures, which makes me wonder how captivating they will be when I go there in real life!

  4. How beautiful is this earth? There are so many places I want to see and go to and breathe in. That failing, I love the opportunity to travel through photographs and writing.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  5. It is such a beautiful location any time of the year. We started attending the Ice Wine Festival in January and the falls are stunning in the middle of winter, surrounded by ice and snow. It’s the time of year that most people wouldn’t consider it as a go-to location, but I highly recommend doing a winter trip at least once!

  6. Thanks for sharing other attractions and what to do at Niagara falls. Even unofficial, definitely a wonder in this world. I’ve never been this part of the world.

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