Niagara Falls Day Trip

During yoView of Niagara Fallsur visit to Toronto it’s worth the trip Niagara Falls just to see these majestic falls – which ranks as one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the world. Although they are not the world’s highest falls, they have the highest rated flow rate with more than a million cubic feet of water thundering over these majestic falls every minute.

We refer to them collectively as Niagara Falls, but there are actually three separate waterfalls; the Horseshoe, the American and the Bridal Veil Falls which spans the Canada and US border. Most of Horseshoe Falls is on the Canadian side while the American Falls is entirely on the American side separated by Goat Island. The smallest, Bridal Veil Falls, is also located on the American side. The Falls, however, are best viewed from Canadian side. 

What to do in Niagara Falls – Lets face it the #1 thing to do on your day trip to Niagara Falls is tHorn Blower cruiseo experience The Falls and what better way to see it up close, then on the impressive cruise on the Hornblower Niagara Cruises  (Adult $25.95)  which comes complete with souvenir rain ponchos. We’ve tried the new zip line in Niagara Falls but honestly I wasn’t impressed and wouldn’t recommend it. Rather than a sit down lunch I like to grab a lunch an  at the Fresh CafĂ© across the street and eat it in the park and spending the remainder of my free time walking along to see the American, Bridal Veil and Horsefalls for different angles.  

Your day tour to Niagara Falls starts with an early breakfast and a 15-20 minute walk to meet your bus driver and tour guide. From then on sit back, relax and enjoy a leisurely drive to the Niagara Region. I’ve done this trip may times and it still never ceases to amaze me how spectacular it is. Some of my favorite places include Small chapel the forty foot Floral Clock with 18,000 flowers that are changed twice a year – note the hands on the clock are made of crutches which is a tribute to the designer daughter. Also the tiny Living Water Wayside Chapel, but be aware that there is only room for less than ten people in this tiny church. Notice in the photo that I am standing at the door. During you stop there pick up some  fresh Ontario peaches, pears and plums that grown in the region and sold in the fruit market next door to the chapel. 


Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) is located 25 minutes from Niagara Falls by taking the scenic Niagara Parkway. You’ll have time for a stroll around downtown NOTL which is known as the prettiest little town in Canada. Be sure to stop at the chocolate factory for delicious hand made chocolate trchocolate factoryeats. I also recommend a store name Ten Thousand Villages which sells hand crafted materials (usually natural or recycled) using time-honoured skills by women in third world countries around the world. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.


Ice Wine Tasting – and finally your trip to Niagara is not complete without a stop at one of the hundreds of wineries in the Niagara Region famous for their award winning ice wine. Please note that the ice wines are produced in limited quantities and only available at the winery so be sure to pick some up to take home. 

Enjoy your day in Niagara!

Booking your Niagara Day Tour – you can select your Niagara Day Tour when you make your Boatel reservation, simply pick the package price and we will take care of the rest of the details for you. 

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About Diane Greene

Diane Greene stepped off the corporate treadmill in 2004 for pursue a life of traveling and adventure. 10 years later she is still operating Toronto's only Boat Bed and Breakfast and travelling with her husband on Boatel, their 65 foot trawler in the US and Bahamas during the winter. Diane has three wonderful children and 3 grandbabies. Diane loves photography, travel and scuba diving.

One thought on “Niagara Falls Day Trip

  1. Niagara Falls has been on our bucket list for some time, but after reading your post there is so much more to enjoy, thank you and hopefully we will get to visit and stay at your B&B on the way.
    Thanks for a great read

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