Definitely the Canadian side ! Why ?
• Just about every view YOU have seen of the Falls was taken from the Canadian side.
• Much more to see and do.
Here is an interactive map of Niagara Falls Canada.
The view is facing the US side, with the Fallsview area on the right side, and Clifton Hill on the upper left. Click on a building, and a new page will open with a description and details.
I'll second the Canada side.
To be fair, there are two ways to look at it. Yes, yhe US side is dirtier and not as well-developed. Fact. But it is also less expensive, more authentic (i.e. less "gaudy") and has some great activities. It's neighboring city to the south (Buffalo) also has lots in the way of arts, dining, nightlife, & culturals.
It really depends on what you're specifically looking for and what kind of traveler you are. If you need a commercialized environment where you will recognize things and can't be bothered with researching the area (not that there's anything wrong with that, people are busy and do want to relax on vacation after all), then yes, you should stay on the Canadian side.
After our recent trip sadly I have to say the Canadian side is far superior in nearly every way. Yes the US side is cheaper but it is very run down with few dining options within walking distance of the falls area. We regretted not staying on the Canadian side.
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