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canadian vs the american side

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canadian vs the american side

We are group of six travelling from India to US for a holiday. to visit the canadian side of the falls, we will need to get the canadian visa which would cost us approx. USd600.

Is the Canadian side a must see for Niagara falls? have been getting a lot of contrarian views on this.

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1. Re: canadian vs the american side

Hi kagazkaar;

Definitely visit the Canadian side ! Why ?

• Just about every view YOU have seen of the Falls was taken from the Canadian side.

• Cleaner

• Much more to see and do.

Things to do on the Canadian side:

15,000 hotel rooms with several 30-54 story Fallsview hotels.

Maid of the Mist

Journey Behind the Falls

Niagara's Fury

Queen Victoria Park

White Water Walk

Whirlpool Aero Car

Whirlpool Jetboats

Butterfly Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Skylon Tower


Niagara Indoor Freefall Centre


Safari Niagara


Bird Kingdom

Museums and attractions of Clifton Hill (Tussauds, Ripleys, Guinness)

Niagara-on-the-Lake and Wine Country

Dinner Theatres

Indoor waterparks

Over 30 Golf Courses and several mini golf

Fallsview Casino

Casino Niagara

Welland Canal

Dozens and dozens of restauants, bars and clubs

You may wish to read these previous posts;





Best Regards

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Hi from Niagara Falls, New York!!! :) In the above post, you've just read what the Canadian side has to offer; here's what's on ours:

1. A beautiful, natural park in which to view the Falls - that's something you won't find on the Canadian side!

2. On sunny mornings, you can visit Prospect Point or Terrapin Point to see rainbows over the American Falls! Or...

3. You can pay $1 at the ticket booth of the Observation Tower, take the elevator down to the Crow's Nest Staircase, and walk THROUGH the circular rainbows that surround the staircase on slightly windy, sunny days! Just like the Hurricane Deck on the Canadian side, you can almost touch the American Falls from the Crow's Nest - and it won't cost you $600 to do it! Or...

4. Get the same thrilling experience - and soaked clothing!! - in the Cave of the Winds Tour, available only in the Niagara Falls State Park; it's a bit more costly, but what beautiful views!!

5. Don't want to pay $600 to ride the Maid of the Mist? You don't have to - the U.S. side has the Maid of the Mist, too! The boarding platform is right near the Crow's Nest!

6. The Seneca Niagara Casino - a couple of million visitors a year seem to like it!

7. The Hard Rock Cafe on Prospect Point - we have one, too! Some great displays, and a GORGEOUS stained-glass window featuring Vishnu floating on the Falls under a rainbow and a star-filled sky - oh, yes, Niagara Falls, New York has a large Indian population, did you know that? The Punjabi Hut Restaurant is right outside the park, right next to the Twist o' the Mist Ice Cream Parlor, the Bollywood Restaurant is on nearby Rainbow Boulevard, and at least half a dozen other Indian restaurants are within a short car, bus, or trolley ride - the India Palace Restaurant on Third Street proudly advertises its "special Indian breakfast"! Also, if you're not looking for the Ritz as far as accomodations are concerned, you might enjoy staying at the EconoLodge near the park - the Koh-i-Noor Restaurant, another local favorite with a great buffet, is right on the premises!

8. The Visitors' Center in the Niagara Falls State Park - we have an IMAX Theatre, too - okay, a slightly smaller (about four storeys high) and less impressive one, but for $11, you can see a fascinating IMAX movie about the history of the Falls! You don't even have to shuffle your sightseeing itinerary to see this film - it runs every hour on the hour during the daytime!

It's after 7 A.M. right now, and I've got to get ready to go to work - I'll be back tonight with more Niagara Falls USA features for you!!! :)

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Hi again! :) Here are some additional features that the American side has to offer:

1. The Niagara Wax Museum on Prospect Point: Although many of the life-sized dioramas are merely waxworks, this museum, which is designed to be wandered through at a relaxed and leisurely pace, also includes some fascinating memorabilia from Niagara's history. Don't miss the lifesized recreation of a local turn-of-the-century General Store and Barber Shop - the latter features the actual barber chair that Governor (later our famous President) Abraham Lincoln sat in during his visit to the Falls!

2. The Daredevil Hall of Fame Museum - this mini-museum, located at the back of a souvenir and convenience store on Rainbow Boulevard, features an amazing assortment of the actual vehicles - barrels, gigantic rubber balls, lashed-together inner tubes, an ill-fated jet-ski bike, and other devices - used by famous daredevils during their attempts to conquer the mighty Niagara. This display is entirely hands-on; visitors are welcome to touch, explore, and photograph the vehicles...and best of all, this attraction is FREE!

3. The Aquarium of Niagara - A staple of Niagara USA tourism for very many years, this small but impressive aquarium features the locally famous Central Tank through which you can view sea lions as they swim underwater, a performing sea lion show (free with admission, and a colony of rare Peruvian penguins. The outdoor property of this unique cylindrical building also includes several free outdoor displays, and a long and winding Observation Bridge - also free to all, whether or not they purchase admission to the Aquarium - which begins near the front entrance, rises above an overpass, and ultimately leads to...

4. The Schoellkopf Visitors' Center. Although this uniquely designed building features its own free Observation Deck and several free displays at the entrance, admission to the attraction proper is $3.00 - an incredible value for a display that includes turnof-the-century film clips, thousands of rock and mineral samples, a "Time Machine", and a movie viewed on a quasi-IMAX circular screen!

5. The Robert Moses Power Project Visitors' Center, a/k/a The Power Vista - another free attraction, and a great favorite of local families, schoolchildren, tourists, and visitors for over fifty years! Don't miss the glassed-in walkway with its spectacular view of the Gorge! Hundreds of informative power plant displays, a miniature model of the city of Niagara Falls - free movies, too!

6. Martin's Fantasy Island Theme Park on Grand Island, an easy and customs-free (but not toll-free!) drive across the Grand Island Bridge on Buffalo Avenue. The park's $23 admission fee (less for minors) includes everything except the Water Park (separate admission), games, concessions, and souvenirs. Plenty to see and do, including Western Town - take in the show in the Golden Nugget Saloon (suitable for all ages) and witness a "real cowboy shoot-out" every hour on the hour! If anyone in your group is into thrill rides, do NOT miss the ride called "Flight" - it's a 150-foot-tall flying swing tower, and it's INCREDIBLE!!

7. Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island - when the weather's hot and you're vacationing at leisure, what could be better than a day at the beach? The Beach at Beaver Island has provided summer pleasure to countless generations of Niagarans!

8. Fatima Shrine in nearby Lewiston, New York - visitors of all religions are charmed by the peaceful gardens, statue-lined walkways, and candle-filled alcoves of this relaxed and informal sanctuary, The central attraction is a domed glass basilica designed to resemble one hemisphere of the Earth; visitors are invited to climb a stairway that winds around the dome, leading up to an Observation Platform that offers a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.

9. The Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride in nearby Lockport, New York. This "cave" is actually an abandoned copper mine which dates from the construction of the Erie Canal, and includes displays of various articles used by the miners of that time. While this attraction has always been fairly popular with tourists, a certain incident in a Chilean mine in 2010 has made it more popular than ever!!! :)

These are just a few of the attractions that can be enjoyed in around Niagara Falls, U.S.A. - hope this helps!!! :) And by the way - if you're ever in that vicinity, give my regards to the Red Fort! I visited in 1968!

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4. Re: canadian vs the american side

This interactive view will give you an idea of the landscape at the Falls. Niagara Falls, USA is at the top, and Niagara Falls, Canada is at the bottom.


There is no doubt that the Canadian side can offer better, panoramic views, as well as much more to see and do. Whether it is worth spending another $600 for your family to cross the border for a very short visit is questionable.

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Its is pretty good on the Canadian side. But you would have to get a visa in India before travelling.

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The Canadian side is nice but NOT a "must see". The Falls are still very impressive and as beautiful viewed from the NY/US side.

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The best place to view both falls is on the Canadian side.

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You won't regret visiting only the NY side if you are unable to obtain a CDN visa. Not sure if the other posters mentioned it but you can also hike the gorge (beautiful), take a jet boat ride, or walk under the falls (Cave of the Winds).

Plus you get awesome NYC style pizza on Pine Ave, about 2 miles from the state park @ La Hacienda :)

The NY side is definitely less-developed, many tourists find that to be a major plus.

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Like fallsdude said, the Canadian side definitely has the better attractions and the best views. Whether it is worth spending $600 only you can decide.

If you stay on USA side, you will want to visit Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist (runs on both the US and Canadian sides), take the jet boat and visit the rest of the park.

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10. Re: canadian vs the american side

There are not as much people on the US side, the Canadian side has more tacky tourist stuff , the restaurants are a total rip off. The US side is definately cheaper to eat and get a room. It is probably not worth spending $600.00 to get a visa.