Things To See in Niagara Falls, Canada

Unsurprisingly, a lot of the attractions in the Niagara Falls area have to do with the Falls themselves, including the famous Maid of the Mist boat trips. Don’t forget there are plenty of other great things to do in the area, too.

Adrenaline junkies should definitely try to check out the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, while those looking for something a bit more sedate can go for a stroll through the beautiful Botanical Gardens. For more outdoor fun, make your way to The Glen, part of the Great Gorge area of the Niagara River. This is a really popular spot for hiking, with around 4 kilometres of different trails at your disposal.

If you’re into wine, keep in mind that there are some great vineyards around Niagara Falls. One of these is the Jackson Triggs Winery close to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Not only can you take a tour of the wine making facilities, you can also sample some of their delicious product, including Canadian favourite, ice wine.

The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is also well-worth a visit. On clear days you can see Toronto’s towering skyline in the distance across Lake Ontario. Just a short trip from Niagara Falls, this cool little town boasts a great selection of eateries, shops and more.

Attractions in Niagara Falls

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Canada

    Take a scenic 20-minute drive from Niagara Falls and you’ll reach Niagara-on-the-Lake, a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Ontario. If you’re looking for a break from the neon of Clifton Hill, this is the place to go. Queen Street in the town centre is filled with funky little stores and cafés as well as a number of theatres. Wander down to the lakeshore on a clear day and you may see the Toronto skyline in the distance.

  • Maid of the Mist

    5920 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Canada

    A Niagara Falls institution, the Maid of the Mist boats have been taking visitors on close encounters with both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls since back in 1846. Today the boats are a bit different than the steamboats they used back in the day, but the experience is just as thrilling. So don your giant blue rain poncho and prepare for an amazing experience.

    Departure schedule changes with season, check website for details; admission $15.60.

  • Jackson-Triggs Winery

    2145 Regional Road 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Canada

    One of the heavy hitters of Niagara region wineries, Jackson-Triggs is definitely worth a visit. Bigger than some of the other estates in the area, the guided tour covers the vineyards, the interestingly-titled 'crush pad' and plenty more. Don’t forget to stop into the Tasting Gallery where the ice wine is particularly delicious.

    Open daily 10.30am-5.30pm, tour times change with season; admission $5.

  • White Water Walk

    4330 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Canada

    Step into the elevator at this hugely popular attraction and you’ll been whisked down 23 floors in a matter of moments. When you step out, walk along the tunnel until you come out into the open right beside the lightning-quick waters of the Niagara River. There are two observation areas along the boardwalk, both giving you some pretty stunning views of Class 6 rapids.

    Opening hours change with season, check website for details; admission $9.

  • Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

    61 Melville Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Canada

    Heading out from a few different locations on the Canadian side as well as one on the US side, these tours give you to the chance to get up close and personal with the waters of the Niagara River. On your exhilarating exploration of this stretch of water, you’ll take in the Niagara Whirlpool, the Devil’s Hole Rapids and plenty more.

    Departure schedule changes with season, check website for details; admission $15.60.

  • Niagara Falls at night

    Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada

    It’s true to say that the Niagara Falls are one of the world’s most breathtaking sights during daylight hours but, if possible, they get even more beautiful after dark when they’re illuminated by a kaleidoscope of light. From rainbow colours to bright white, they highlight the splendour of the Falls and make for some incredible photos.

    Illumination begins at dusk.

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