Today’s post is going to be about my time in Niagara, Canada which is of course home to the world famous Niagara Falls.I’ll be talking you guys through where we stayed, what we did while we were there and how you can get there too!
Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls are situated in both Ontario, Canada and New York, USA. The falls lie about 600km from New York City. Ontario counts actors Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling and Jim Carey as residents!
Ontario is of course best known for the famous natural beauty that are the falls! I only found out when we went to see the falls that there are in fact TWO waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls – one on the American side and the bigger, more recognised one on the Canadian side!
Where we stayed
We stayed on the main ‘strip’ in the Sheraton Four Points which is similar to the Hyatt Place we stayed in in medford Boston
The best way to describe the main strip in Niagara is like a much tackier and slightly version of the Las Vegas strip. The strip is a beautiful place at night as the Falls change color and it’s truly a sight to see when it’s dark out.
They also put on a fireworks display which is beautiful to watch especially when the sky is clear and all you can see are the stars and the fireworks.
My best advice to you is if you’re going to watch the fireworks display is to get down to the promenade where the display takes place as it can be quite crowded!
What we did
The first thing we did on our first day was book tickets to do the Falls boat tour! Tickets for the start at $25 (around 16 euro) and run daily every 15 minutes from 9am until 6pm although this can change depending on the season. You can see the full timing schedule here .
As you’re going head first into a waterfall, they give out ponchos just before you board one of their two vessels. Once boarded. it’s basically a race to the top deck where you get the best selfie opportunities when you get closer to the falls.
Once you’re back on dry land, there’s a small pavilion where they have a tent with live music no matter what time of night it is. They also have a little cafe area where you can grab something hot to warm you up after being drenched wearing what is bascially an oversized plastic bag haha!
When we sat down to plan what we were going to do, I asked you guys if you had any ideas/suggestions and a few of you came back to me and suggested the cute little town called Niagara-on-the-lake.
Niagara-on-the-lake is a village dating back OVER two hundred years and is the prettiest and one of the most instagrammable places I’ve visited so far!
The town has a classic lay out of a long main street with everything from a Christmas decoration shop (which is something the Canadians are OBSESSED with) to a fully restored apothecary which was lovely to see all of the old fixtures from the time!
In true small town charm, Niagara-on-the-lake has a cute village park which is overlooked by a classic and beautifully restored Victorian hotel named after a prominent monarch who would have been on the throne when it was built.
If you’re planning a trip to Niagara you HAVE to visit Niagara-on-the-lake! It’s less than a 35 minute drive from the main strip in Niagara and is served by plenty of public transport options.
How to get there
There are a handful of airlines who fly from Dublin to Toronto including AirTransnet and Aer Lingus
AirTransnet fly from Dublin to Toronto from €297 which is an absolute bargain! They have a full selection of movies, Tv shows and audio available on their flights. Included in the price is a meal, 2 drinks, a snack, a carry on and a 23kg bag to be placed in the hold. Not bad for under €300!
Aer Lingus run a daily service from Dublin to Toronto for €238. Aer Lingus offer a 10kg cabin bag as well as a 23kg checked in hold bag. During the flight,you get a complimentary meal and access to a full selection of Tv shows and movies and audio available through the in-flight entertainment system!
You can of course check flight scanner for the best value on flights regardless of your budget.
Alternatively you could do what we did and make a mini road trip out of your time in Canada. We flew into Philadelphia as we were staying with family there. We then drove up through Upstate New York and reached the Canadian border.
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Til next time,