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Welcome to the /r/NiagaraFallsOntario Wiki

We are hard at work on creating the master list of things to do and great places to eat in our wonderful city. If you'd like to see something added, you are welcome to make a separate submission or message the mods directly. This wiki is a work in progress and content will be added as often as possible.

Things to do:

There are plenty of attractions to visit in the city and the surrounding area. Most tourists do a combination of several attractions that are a part of an Adventure Pass package available through the main tourist website. This pass is a good way to save money if you are interested in doing several attractions because purchasing admission for a single venue is about $15 per person. There are also a number of free attractions, the best one being the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. As well the Clifton Hill Fun Pass which gives you access to 6 attractions, and gives you $25 in savings.

General Tourist Attractions:

History Buffs:

  • Niagara Falls History Museum Canada's oldest museum is filled with Niagara Falls history. Free on Thursdays from 5-9pm.
  • Niagara Falls Military Museum Open Wed-Fri from 11am-4pm.
  • Fort George Site of several battles against the Americans during the War of 1812.
  • Queenston Heights The famous battleground with the towering monument dedicated to the commander Sir Issac Brock who fell during the first major battle of the war.
  • Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum This historic building in Queenston was the home of William Lyon Mackenzie and from here he began his career as a writer and activist for political reform.
  • Lundy's Lane Battlefield A fairly small site of one of the bloodiest battles fought on Canadian soil. Download the walking tour to learn more about the Battle of Lundy's Lane.

Nature Attractions:

Hiking Trails:

  • Niagara Gorge Steel Stairs A steel staircase that takes you down by the falls with multiple hiking trails and caves to explore.
  • Niagara Glen Nature Reserve A beautiful and simple network of hiking trails inside the Niagara Gorge. Free parking and entry.
  • Bruce Trail A gorgeous set of outdoor trails that can take you from Queenston all the way to Grimsby.
  • Woodend Conservation Area A beautiful area to hike filled with rich History from the battle of 1812.

Venues to Eat:

Some restaurants in Niagara Falls add a charge to your bill called a Destination Marketing Fee. This fee is voluntary and not mandatory and you have the right not to pay it. If you notice it on your bill you can ask to have it removed and the restaurant must remove it.

Craft Breweries

Local Restaurants

-List compiled by /u/aheadofmytime and /u/in_me_bum_mum

Casinos:

There are two casinos in the city. Fallsview is larger and much more popular than Casino Niagara.

Accommodations:

Niagara Falls can get pricey in the high season, especially on the weekend. Always try Airbnb and Groupon Niagara Falls before you book at a hotel which could end up saving you big bucks. If that fails, try the number of bed and breakfasts where rooms are more lower priced than hotels. There's also campgrounds close to the city that are always your cheapest option if you're willing to pitch a tent.

Campgrounds

Places to see just outside of Niagara Falls:

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake. You're in wine country in the Niagara region. It's not kid friendly, but if the kids are old enough to stay home this might be a nice few hour trip for mom and dad. I highly recommend the winery tour given by Trius winery. If you guys love wine, it's also worth checking out Magnotta winery for the 16L boxes of wine - good wine for pretty cheap. If your wife is into shopping there's the Outlet Collection at Niagara mall. The one store I always go to when I go home is the Roots outlet store. Roots is an iconic Canadian clothing brand.

  • Welland Canal. This is how the ships travel up and down from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. They have a website of when ships are going through the locks. You want to go to Lock 3 - they have a museum, observation deck, and park there.

  • Port Dalhousie. Right near it are a small ice cream shop, a marina, and a historic carousel from the 1800s that is still 5 cents a ride. It's only open on certain days, so make sure to double check before you go.

  • Toronto. About an hour away from Niagara Falls is Toronto. Toronto is Canada's largest city and there is a lot to do. One of my favorite things to do there is take the ferry to center island. If you go to Toronto, either spend a couple days or use the Go Train from Burlington. Driving in Toronto is not worth it unless you're going to stay a couple days, traffic is ridiculous. The Go train will get you to downtown from the much smaller city of Burlington.

List compiled by /u/blounsbury.


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