In and Around Toronto: Niagara Falls

One of the most popular day trips from Toronto is to Niagara Falls. One of the world’s great natural wonders, the Falls lie on the Niagara River on the border between Canada and the United States and drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. An average of six million cubic feet of water plunges over the crest of the falls every minute. The sight (and the roaring sound) of the Falls is awe-inspiring, an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lives.

The town of Niagara Falls, Ontario and its surrounding region offers many additional attractions for visitors to the Falls, appreciating that, as wonderful a sight as the waterfall is, visitors aren’t likely to look at it and it alone for hours on end! In the immediate vicinity is Table Rock, offering the most accessible and dramatic views of the Falls as well as dining, shopping, and the Journey Behind the Falls attraction. The dock for the famous Maid of the Mist lies just below Table Rock, allowing visitors to venture in a boat into the surging spray at the base of the mighty cataract.

Clustered around the view of the Falls from Table Rock are other top attractions. These include the five-hundred-foot tall Skylon Tower, which offers an unmatched view of the Falls from high above. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort anchors an ultra-modern accommodation and entertainment area adjacent to the Falls, with 200,000 square feet of gaming space, thirteen restaurants, over thirty shops, a health and fitness centre, indoor waterpark, and a 1500-seat concert theatre featuring top musical and comedy acts from around the world.

The smaller Casino Niagara is a short distance away from the Falls, next to the flamboyant tourist boulevard of Clifton Hill. Travellers with children won’t want to miss Clifton Hill, with its wax museums, haunted houses, miniature golf courses, ferris wheel, chain restaurants, arcades, theme shops, and carnival atmosphere in the summertime. Family groups can also check out the local amusement park and aquatic animal exhibitions at Marineland. The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Royal Botanical Gardens on the outskirts of town offer a more sedate time away from the flashier attractions for those so inclined.

A short drive north of Niagara Falls brings you to the quaint, charming historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the world-class Shaw Theatre Festival. The Niagara Wine Region also attracts sommeliers (professional and amateur) to the area’s many fine wineries, many of which offer tours and gourmet restaurants incorporating local ingredients and wines in their menus.

Niagara Falls is one of Southern Ontario’s most popular attractions, and Global Alliance can help you to see it in comfort, privacy, and style in one of our chauffeured vehicles. Please ask your reservations agent about Niagara tours for more details, and prepare yourself for one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.

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