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Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

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Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

Hi,

I will be attending a conference from June 10-13 in downtown Toronto. Since it is my first time in Toronto, I have decided to extend my stay. I will be flying out the evening of June 19.

My current schedule:

Arrive June 9 a.m..

June 9 pm: can do a half-day tour of Downtown Toronto

June 10-13 Conference in Downtown Toronto

June 14 a.m. Toronto

June 14 p.m. travel to Niagara Falls

June 17 evening, return to Downtown Toronto

Is spending 3 whole days (June 15, 16, 17) too much for Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake? Should I return to Toronto a day earlier and do another 1-day side trip from Toronto?

May thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

3 Days is too long for Niagara falls, you can do it in a day no problem

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2. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

If all you want to see is the falls, ride the Maid of the Mist, and go Behind the Falls, and see them all lit up at night, then one day is sufficient. Arrive early and stay late. You can go by Greyhound Bus early in the a.m. (before 9:00am) and take the 10:15pm bus back to Toronto. The trip takes from 1.5 - 2 hours depending on the amount of traffic on the highway beyween Toronto and Niagara Falls. If you want to see Niagrara on the Lake, that is too much fr one day, unless you rent a car, then you can do it. Just go there first. There sin't that much to see there, unless you are going to the theatre. You can walk around the main street in one hour or less. If you are interested in looking at historic homes and nice gradens, then you can walk around the back streets for another hour. At least parking is free there. You could eat lunch in NOTL, then head down the parkway to the falls area. Hard to find parking down there though. Maybe park at the west end of the People Mover route and use it to come back to the falls area. See the sights, eat dinner until the lights come on..then go back to your car and back to Toronto. If you bus it, the bus station is on the top of the hill overlooking the falls.

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3. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

Or perhaps you'd like to stay longer and see the Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens , Aero Car, White Water Walk, Bird Kingdom, Imax, Skylon Tower or Skywheel, spend some time at one of the casinos, catch a performance of Cirque Niagara or Greg Frewin or Oh Canada Eh?, try a helicopter tour or Niagara Jetboats, see the Welland Canal, wander the spectacle of Clifton Hill, Friday/Sunday Fireworks Over the Falls. Lots to fill your days if you choose.

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4. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

one day, max two if you throw in some winery tours, which can be fun. Besides the falls, the rest is pretty much a tourist trap ( no doubt, some folks will disagree), with little redeeming value.

even Niagara on the Lake is perhaps only a lunch stop on the way back to TO; but better to pack a picnic lunch and stop along the Niagara Parkway from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake.

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5. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

Thanks for the suggestions. I will cut one day from the NF/NOTL/wineries trip and increase my Toronto to 4 days.

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6. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

Just a little reminder!

Via has added additional service between Toronto and Niagara Falls for the summer season!

Check out the new schedules here:

www.viarail.ca/tickets/en_hora_pdfs.html

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7. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

Excellent point but here's the schedule:

viarail.ca/pdf/2007/timetable/VIA200705_Toro…

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8. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

There are lots to see and do at Niagara Falls, for sure. But most of it is a duplication of things you can do elsewhere in the country and the world. Marineland, Casinos, Fireworks,Winery Tours, Shopping etc etc..The only thing that you cannot see anywhere else in the world are the falls themselves. So take the Maid of the Mist, and Go Behind the Falls as a MUST. The Spanish Aerocar maybe as well, though I don't find that too thrilling myself.

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9. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

Hi.

I would spend more time in Toronto than in the Niagara area. There is quite a lot to do in Toronto.

As far as the Niagara part of your stay ...It is very hectic being in Niagara Falls. You may wish to consider staying in Niagara on the Lake. It is a beautiful area and it is a very short drive from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake. It is much more relaxing if you stay in NOTL and just spend time in Niagara Falls seeing the falls, going on the Maid of the Mist etc.

Once you are back in Toronto you can make a plan on which sites are of interest to you. If it looks like you will have extra time you may be able to squeeze in a day trip. If you think that is something you might like to do let us know what type of things you like to do on day trips then it will be easier to make suggestions.

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10. Re: Is 3 Days too much for Niagra Falls?

Since Niagara Falls apparently has nothing to offer and is too hectic because of the 15 million people there doing nothing, and Toronto is really no different than San Francisco , just another big city, maybe you should spend your extra days exploring some uniquely Ontario places: St. Jacobs Mennonite area, Muskoka cottage country, the Lift Locks at Peterborough, Upper Canada Village at Morrisburg, Ste. Marie Among the Hurons in Midland, Shakespearian Theater in Stratford, Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.