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half-day trip to niagara

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half-day trip to niagara

Hi all,

I'll be heading to niagara from toronto on 2nd of january via VIA rail. I'll be arriving at niagara at about 1030 am, and will be return train departs at 5.45pm.

I'm trying to come out with a plan for my half day trip but i couldnt have it done properly. Firstly, I am confused about the operation of the purple line (which connects the rail station to downtown), where it seems to be not operating till next summer, but I saw some holiday operation hour which shows that it'll be operating during that time. Any clarifications?

And also, I have no idea on how to plan my itinerary for such a short period of time.

I would want to go to journey behind, maid of the mist, skylon, fury (if possible) and all the must go attractions (except for the butterfly conservatory as im afraid of butterflies :( )

I wouldnt want to miss the fall illumination, but i don't think I can make it if im to head back to the rail station via WEGO. Any idea how to make it possible? and how much will it cost roughly to hire a taxi from downtown to rail station?

Anyone can help me out with my plans? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: half-day trip to niagara

To ease your worries about getting things done, Maid of the Mist of closed for the season, and Journey Behind the Falls is in limited "winter mode" operations, so it doesn't take that long to do. Even though Journey Behind isn't fully open, I still recommend it. Niagara's Fury is located in the same complex, known as Table Rock Center, as Journey so won't be hard to get to. The Skylon is a bit of a walk from Table Rock; not that far, but up a steep hill, but still only about 10 minutes on foot. There may be ice though, and I don't know how well Niagara Falls keeps up with their sidewalks and such in the winter.

The first WEGO bus leaves the VIA station at 10:36, so hope your train isn't delayed. It leaves every 30 minutes from Table Rock, and it's a short 6 or 7 minute trip to the VIA station, but it's up to you how close you want to cut it it heading back!

WEGO Holiday Schedule wegoniagarafalls.com/pdf/wego-route-schedule…

WEGO Map wegoniagarafalls.com/pdf/wego-route-map.pdf

Edited: 05 December 2013, 12:23
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2. Re: half-day trip to niagara

The illumination of the Falls would take place after dark which would be at 4:52, so you'd e cutting it a bit close for your return trip....

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3. Re: half-day trip to niagara

Maid of the Mist no longer operates on the Canadian side, but in any event, there are no boat trips available at this time of year.

The WEGO Purple Line operates all year. The schedule for that period is here: wegoniagarafalls.com/pdf/wego-route-schedule…

The nightly Falls Illumination begins at 5pm, so you could still see that and then get the 5:30pm WEGO from Table Rock Centre back to the Via station at 5:36 but, if there are any delays in the WEGO service, you would miss your train. You would be much better using Gotransit, Greyhound or Coach Canada for your travel. They offer many trips per day, including late at night, rather than the single trip on Via.

Sorry for overlapping folks.

Edited: 05 December 2013, 12:36
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4. Re: half-day trip to niagara

Guess that I'll have to give up my rail ticket and buy a new bus ticket for the illumination then cause I wouldn't want to miss that one. So basically what's remaining for the trip is just a short journey behind the fall, niagara fury and skylon tower? Any other recommended attractions to fill up the remaining time?

Btw thanks for all the helpful replies!

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5. Re: half-day trip to niagara

A full list of things to do is in the link above right, but a few that come to mind are Skywheel, Imax, Floral Showhouse, Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls History Museum, casinos.

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6. Re: half-day trip to niagara

Thanks for the replies.

I would also like to know if there's any day tour in niagara or from toronto which lasts for a whole day (as I can only find either day trip or evening trip). I wouldnt want to miss both day scene and night scene of the fall, and it will be great if there's any recommendation on day tours (company) that offers such trips.

Thanks again!

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7. Re: half-day trip to niagara

You can take a day trip/tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls .......look at the website listed below for the company Chariots of Fire...they are quite reputable

http://www.chariots-of-fire.com

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8. Re: half-day trip to niagara

happyday13,

The longest tour I've found is Viator, which leaves Toronto hotels by 10am and returns at 8pm.

viator.com/tours/…d623-30403

City Sightseeing has an overnight option. citysightseeingtoronto.com/….UqSZ-XyA200

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9. Re: half-day trip to niagara

thanks eden7 and fallsdude for the help!

and thats the problem, I can only find an early departure and return tour (around 8am to 6pm) or a late departure and late return tour (2pm to 10pm) and theres none which stretches for the whole day, so i'll surely be missing either the day view or night view if I follow any of them.

I planned to go with the day trip and I've submitted an enquiry to zoom to ask whether or not I could follow their evening bus back to toronto (i hope it's possible).

And by the way, I'm also interested in the helicopter ride, any comments on that? and any major chances for the heli to not fly during early january?

Thanks again!

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10. Re: half-day trip to niagara

If you can hire/rent a car, that would be best. I don't follow your question completely. You get into to Niagara at 10:30 am at the train-bus stations and you need to be back there by 5:45.

Thats cutting it but it might be pretty dark at 5 pm and well renting a car means you have to return it. Only way you could see the falls at night is be there around 4:30 pm and flag a taxi down on River dr around 5:05 and you should be at the station by 5:25--likely a little sooner then that. Maybe in under 10 mins but you never can tell with accidents/weather, always allow for extra time just in case.

Why not spend one night in Niagara or forget about doing both a day and night trip in a half a day

Edited: 09 December 2013, 00:01