Niagara Falls Ontario: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Niagara Falls is a top attraction in Ontario, and is well-known as a spot for honeymooners. The falls are quite the site, and they draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The area is highly developed for tourism and there is so much more on offer. If you are thinking about Niagara Falls as your next holiday destination, here are some important logistical matters you need to consider when planning your trip.

Getting There

NiagaraIf you want to fly to Niagara Falls, the closest airport is actually across the border in Buffalo, New York and is about a 20 to 30 minute drive to the falls. The airport provides shuttles to take you directly there and you will need to pay per person. In Canada, you can fly into the Pearson Airport in Hamilton, which is about 45 mile away or into Toronto, which is about a 90-minute drive. If you are traveling within Canada, you can of course drive, or take a bus or train. There is a company in Toronto, MegaBus, which offers direct service to Niagara Falls.

Weather

Niagara Falls is a year-round tourist destination, though at certain times, some attractions may not be open. There is plenty to do indoors and out, so you will have plenty of activities to choose from no matter what time of year you come. In the spring, the average temperature is between 41 and 66 degrees—it can still get quite cold at night and if you want to camp, you should not do so any sooner than the middle of May. Summer brings bright and sunny days, with occasional rainfall. In the fall, clouds and rain are common, but you should not expect to see any snow before the end of October. Winter days are typically clear and cold; heavy snowfall is uncommon. But, some of the most popular attractions, such as Maid of the Mist are not open during the winter months.

Activities and Sights

The list of things to do in Niagara Falls can be a whole separate post. Besides the many attractions that directly involve the Falls, such as Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls and the White Water Park, there is so much more. If you love nature, there are lots of great hikes. You also have amusement parks and museums. Plenty to do at night as well, from casinos to a regular scheduled fireworks display. To save money, a Great Gorge Adventure Pass may be a good bet—it includes admission to primary attractions, discounts to other activities and sights and much more.

Accommodation

Niagara Falls has a range of accommodation options from budget to luxurious. Clearly, better deals are to be had the farther away from the Falls you stay. There are plenty of transportation options if you are not within walking distance of the main tourist attractions. Many a website offers Niagara Falls deals and hotels, so definitely check out a few. If having a full view of the falls is important to you, I would recommend calling the hotel directly and booking a room, rather than online or through a reservations call center.

About the Author: Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about travel.

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