Niagara Falls, Ontario, lies across the river from Niagara Falls, New York. Two cities, one name, but regardless of which country they are in, the main attraction is the Niagara Falls and these falls can best be seen from the Canadian side of the river.
The Falls is composed of two major sections that are separated by Goat Island. Horseshoe Falls is on the Canadian side of the border and American Falls is on the U.S. side. Bridal Veil Falls is also on the American side, but is separated from the main falls by Luna Island. Every second during summer daylight hours, more than 2,800 cubic metres of water crashes over the rim at a break-neck 40 mile (65km) per hour.
It’s a favoured place to get married, a tradition dating back, it is said, to 1801. Loved-up couples start off married life with, perhaps, a tour of the falls in the Maid Of The Mist. Then, with families, they return on flights to Niagara Falls to take in the falls and perhaps the beautiful wine country that lies around the charmingly named Niagara-on-the-Lake.
There are moderate temperatures in this part of Canada. The mists make temperatures seem slightly cooler. Spring and fall temperatures are in the teens Celsius, summer sees highs of 30 degrees and winter temperatures hover around zero.
There’s no bad time to take trips to Niagara Falls. Spring and fall are mild, summer sunny and winter cold and frosty, although not as harsh as in other parts of Canada.
Summer is high season. The city hosts several outdoor festivals during these months and the parklands are in full bloom.
Spring and fall are good times to visit Niagara Falls. The crowds are not as intense and temperatures are moderate.
The winter months are, in general, low season. However, this is when the spectacular Winter Festival of Lights is staged. It’s Canada’s biggest light festival.
Most of Niagara Falls’ sights are centred around the falls. From mid-April through October you can hop aboard the Niagara Parks People Mover to get around. The People Mover runs from Table Rock at the Horseshoe Falls to Queenston Heights Park and stops at all the local attractions. To get outside of the area, renting a car is your best option.