I have to be honest right away – Canada’s side of Niagara Falls is better than the States – BOOM, SAID IT! Well I don’t know about the entertainment/city aspect but the falls themselves are just stunning in Canada.
I like to think as Niagara Falls as a “mini-Vegas”. They have so many weird & fun things to see and experience. For example, on the main stretch of street you can find countless restaurants, wax museums, haunted houses, mini-golf, ferris wheels, candy shops, bars, fun houses, etc.etc. the list goes on. Everything is kind of overpriced but hey, if you’re there to have a good time then by all means!
The city is also built in a sort of slant. If you’re not is great shape then l would recommend taking the local bus instead of walking to and from your hotel. They have 4 bus routes if I remember correctly and they each have their own designated colours. I have to admit it’s a little confusing; we began heading in the wrong direction on one route but once you get the hang of it you’re good to go. It’s not a big city but it’s nice to have options!
Just a short drive away is beautiful “Niagara-on-the-lake”. A historical town filled with rich culture, tons of vineyards and local shops. Back then, I wasn’t really a wine drinker (I know, I know), but I would recommend trying a wine tour if you enjoy wine. There’s countless vineyards – do your research and pick the one for you! I also recommend doing a “tasting tour”. Cam and I found a Groupon for a tasting tour at half price and decided to give it a shot. Our tour guide was a local and certainly knew his history! We walked along this beautiful town and stopped by several shops to try their specialities. We tasted different kinds of jams, cheese, fudge, pizza, desserts, even olive oils! You didn’t get much food but it is a tasting tour after all.
As for things to do at the falls, I recommend getting a city pass. It’s a way to pre-pay for all of the major attractions and you also get discounts at local restaurants and shops. We did all of the tours included in our pass such as the Journey behind the Falls, the Hornblower cruise, Niagara’s Fury, and the White Water Walk. I recommend all of them, especially the Journey behind the falls and the Hornblower (Canada’s version of Maid of the Mist). These two let you experience the strength of the waterfalls; it’s incredible.
If you have any questions about Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake don’t hesitate to ask! 🙂