Guide To Niagara Falls

Hello! In this post, I will be writing about my experience visiting Niagara Falls. I lived in the Canadian province of Ontario for three years, and so I have visited Niagara Falls a few times before. I’ve never really written a post more about nature/adventure travel before, so I thought I would start with one now. I hope you enjoy!

The Basics:

Before anything else, it is very important to know about some facts about the Falls. First off, Niagara Falls is in both Canada and the United States, straddling the border between the two countries. Niagara Falls is in fact comprised of 3 separate falls: Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the American Falls (shown above).

Horseshoe Falls is the Canadian waterfall, whereas Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls are (of course) the American waterfalls.

The Falls:

Horseshoe Falls (Canadian)

-biggest waterfall in Niagara Falls

-named after its horseshoe-like shape

-location of all of the daredevil stunts done at Niagara Falls

-my personal favourite 

American Falls (American)

-named after the country it’s in

-second biggest waterfall in Niagara Falls

-75,000 gallons of water fall per second

Bridal Veil Falls (American, last waterfall to the right)

-named after its appearance, a bride’s veil

-smallest waterfall in Niagara Falls

Which Side Should I Visit?:

So, what you’ve all been waiting for… which side do I recommend you visit? 

Well, the simplest answer to this question is both!

Both falls are very close to each other and can be visited on the same day.  If you would like to get the full experience of Niagara Falls, it is important to visit both sides.

How To Experience The Falls:

The best way to get close to the falls is to take a ride on the Maid Of The Mist. The Maid of the Mist is a boat that brings you through the Niagara River, and then straight into the falls! For obvious reasons, visitors to the Falls are kept safely behind barriers and far away from the actual waterfalls. Nevertheless, you can still hear the roar of the rushing waters, feel the spray of its waters and get stunning photos and selfies.

If you don’t believe me when I say that they bring you straight into the falls, here’s proof. I highly recommend that you bring (or buy) a poncho if you’re planning on going on the Maid Of The Mist. There is no way to avoid it, you are going to get soaked!

That’s it for my post this week. I hope that this was helpful to anyone planning a trip to Niagara Falls, or just interesting to some of you reading.

Hope you enjoyed! Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

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12 Comments

  1. Lorelei
    February 12, 2017

    Those were some cool facts I didn’t even know! The pictures were SO amazing as usual!

    Reply
    1. Hannah Travels
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you so much Lorelei!

      Reply
  2. Baboo
    February 12, 2017

    I’ve been to Niagara Falls many times (I lived in Toronto for more than 20 years) but I still learned a couple of things from this post. I didn’t know about Bridal Veil Falls at all, and I didn’t realize that the Horseshoe Falls are the tallest!

    Next time I go, I am going to try Maid of the Mist. I guess it doesn’t run in the winter though?

    Did you watch the guy who walked the tightrope across the Falls a few years agold? That was awesome!!

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 12, 2017

      I’m glad you learned something from this post! For clarification, Horseshoe Falls aren’t the tallest falls, but they are the biggest in size 🙂

      I’m not totally sure when the ride is open, but I do recommend going on it next time you visit.

      I believe I did see that… it was a bit crazy! Thanks for commenting.

      Reply
  3. PW
    February 12, 2017

    Beautiful photos! Have you ever visited Niagara Falls in the wintertime? When I was there one winter, it was so cold that the Falls looked frozen (although it really wasn’t)!

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 12, 2017

      Thank you! I believe I did visit once during the winter, but I was quite young so I don’t remember much of it. Your description sounds beautiful, so I will have to remember to visit next time!

      Reply
  4. Lloyd
    February 12, 2017

    Have you been to any of the museums and attractions along Clifton Way? Always good for a laugh!

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 12, 2017

      Haha, yes I have! A bit tacky though.

      Reply
  5. the adventurer
    February 12, 2017

    Amazing photos! I was at niagara falls when I was five and have been wanting to go back and see it again =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 13, 2017

      Thank you! Next time you’re near the area you should definitely go back 🙂

      Reply
  6. nana jw
    February 15, 2017

    Hi Hannah another Great Blog yourphoto’s were beautiful .Ialso took my brother and sister inlaw at Christmas a few years ago and they looked liked they were frozen looking forward to your next blog

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    1. Hannah Travels
      February 15, 2017

      Thank you Nana 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

      Reply

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