Being proclaimed the Honeymoon capital of the world and having a Marilyn Monroe film named after it, are just a few of the accolades that the city of Niagara Falls has gained over the years. Home to over 83 000 people, this prosperous city owes much of its revenue to the tourism industry, as it sees over 12 million visitors annually, most of them drawn by the majestic Niagara Falls. Lying in the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ sub-region of Southern Ontario, Niagara Falls has built most of its attractions around this natural spectacle.

The Falls itself is a thunderous, white cascade of rushing water, leaping off a 52m cliff and the Niagarians have conceptualised numerous ways for you view this.  The boat Maid of Mist [Queen Victoria Park, +1 9053585781,, ad/ch $14.50/$8.90] can bring you to within spitting distance of the crashing water;  elevators take you ‘behind-the-scenes’  at Journey Behind the Falls (Table Rock House, River Road,, +1 905 354-1551, ad/ch $12.75/$8.35) and inclined railways bringing you to the highest point of the cliff for a panoramic view. Niagra Falls Incline Railway [operates between Fallsview Tourist area & Table Rock Centre,, ad/ch $2.50 each way].  


There are also numerous observation decks, such as the Clifton Hills which is lined with food joints and peculiar attractions like the “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”, ‘haunted houses’ and even casinos!  The area is crowded with cafés and restaurants, each boasting its own view of the Niagara Falls. In an attempt to reinvent itself, the city has built some new attractions such as the indoor skydiving centre Niagara Freefall [6357 Stanley Ave, +1 905-356-9764,, $70] and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark [5685 Falls Avenue, +1 905-374-4444,, $47]. If you would prefer to step out of the commercial sights, you can head down to Niagara-On-The-Lake (for a quieter experience) or take a walk/jog or cycle down the Niagara Parkway and the Niagara River Recreation Trail.

Be sure to book your accommodations in the city in advance, especially during peak seasons (e.g. peak of summer or when the Winter Festival of Lights is celebrated). Try to get a place closer to the Falls if you would like to save your travel expenses scouting for popular tourist destinations, as most of them are located around the Falls itself.

The city is built around the north-south running Niagra River, with the falls being at the southern end.  It is roughly divided into the commercial “downtown” area where the bus and train stations are located, and the touristy area around the falls about 4 km south.

The nearest international airports are located in Toronto (Toronto Pearson International Airport) and Hamilton (Hamilton International Airport), after which you can catch a coach or a train into the city. The bus depot (4555 Erie Ave, +1 905-357-2133) is just across the road from the train station [4267 Bridge St].  The Falls Shuttle [ad/ch $3.50/$1] and People Mover [ad/ch $8/$5] offer convenient transfers from the terminuses to the tourist points of interest and around the city.