One of the best things to do when in Niagara Falls, is to visit the city’s world-famous landmark Niagara Falls, which forms the border between Canada and the United States. This feature is one of the most impressive waterfalls on the planet and will leave you speechless with its powerful falls and spectacular beauty. The largest of the three falls that comprise Niagara Falls is Horseshoe Falls, which lies on the Canadian side of the border and carries nine times more water than its U.S. counterpart. The other two falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls belong to the United States. Before you experience the true raw power of nature, there are some things to prepare for before your trip.  

Niagara Falls is a tremendously popular tourist destination and with good reason. And no one does it quite like Niagara City Cruises with world-class visitor experiences. To make your trip successful, we have rounded up a list of things to expect on your visit and what you need to know. One thing is for sure, this will be a thrilling trip – and probably a wet one! 


Fun Facts – Niagara Falls 

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Source: Guinness Book of World Records @guinnessworldrecords

“Fun fact: Niagara Falls, located on the border of Canada and the USA, receives 22,500,000 visitors a year and holds the record for the world’s most visited waterfall. It is also the fifth most popular tourist attraction in the world, ahead of all of the Disneylands, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Great Wall of China.” sights the Guinness Book of World Records. This year, while celebrating the solar eclipse on 8 April 2024, 309 people stood aboard Niagara City Cruises and broke the record for the most people dressed as the sun! 

Did you know that Niagara Falls is an enormously popular tourist destination, and serves as a major source of electricity for Ontario? The Falls were formed when glaciers melted and formed massive freshwater lakes that ran downhill toward Lake Ontario. These rushing waters carved out a river and formed a steep cliff-like formation called the Niagara Escarpment. The relentless cascade of water flow is powered by the Great Lakes which ensures a constant and forceful rush over the falls throughout the year. Millions travel annually to be awed by the spectacular beauty of the Falls, and it is known as the honeymoon capital of the world. No wonder it was featured in a Hallmark movie this year! There are sights that you want to include when you visit, so find out the best times to visit to skip the crowds and make the most of your vacation. See for yourself why travelers and locals alike are drawn to it each year. With a bit of planning, you will be able to squeeze in all that you want to see and create memories of a lifetime.  


When to Visit and Where to Stay in Niagara 

Since Niagara Falls is such a popular destination year-round, you need to decide what you are looking to experience. Summer is the peak tourist seasonNiagara Falls Aerial View and the best time for warm weather, but it is also the most crowded time to visit, and you may have to do some waiting. Springtime brings milder weather and smaller crowds, making it a great time to avoid long lines and peak season rush. Don’t miss out on the winter wonderland that is created when temperatures drop low enough and the falls freeze transforming the entire area into a magical experience. Even though it’s cold, there are still crowds so keep that in mind. Regardless of which season you choose for your visit, it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly since temperatures vary greatly depending on the time of year.  

Niagara Falls, Canada has plenty of choices when it comes to accommodations ranging from budget-friendly to luxury resorts. There are a few popular options like the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls, or Sheraton Fallsview Hotel which are located close to the falls and other popular attractions. If you like the outdoors and the weather is good, then consider camping at one of the many campgrounds in the region, which is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area. 


Fall in Love with a Niagara City Cruises Experience 

People taking a selfie on the Voyage to the Falls Boat TourEnjoy the journey of a lifetime aboard a Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour, with stunning views of the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, and come face-to-face with the famous Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Feel the thundering roar, awesome power, and amazing mist (a protective souvenir recyclable mist poncho is provided) that comes along with these natural wonders for a full-mist experience.  

If you are looking for a light-mist experience with the Illumination of the Falls, then after sunset is the way to go. This 20-minute voyage includes onboard commentary with frequent sailing options and is a must-do when visiting Canada.  

Skip the line and take a First on the Boat Niagara Falls Tour with an expertly guided walking tour featuring Table Rock, Horseshoe Falls, and special access to the Journey Behind the Falls experience. You will be granted exclusive access to the first elevator of the day bringing you nineteen stories down into the gorge, complete with panoramic views. You will also be the first down to the docks and personally escorted onto the Niagara City Cruises boat which ensures the best views before the crowds. The 20-minute cruise around the falls will both exhilarate and excite you while guides enchant you with captivating storytelling. This is an ideal way to avoid crowds and get the best views. 


Niagara Falls: Where Water Meets Adventure 

There’s nothing quite like the sight of exploding fireworks over the brink of Niagara Falls to make your trip a memorable one. Admire Niagara Falls at nightRiverside Patio Niagara Falls aboard a 40-minute Falls Fireworks Cruise and be prepared to be blown away. Set sail for starry skies, panoramic skyline views, stunning illuminations, and of course – fireworks that light up the sky. Don’t worry about the mist because you will receive a complimentary souvenir recyclable poncho to keep you dry! While onboard vibe to music and be sure to purchase a pre-ride snack or drinks to elevate your experience. Stop by for a post-sail toast surrounded by the scenic Niagara Gorge and relax outdoors all season long with treats like food trailer favourites, local Niagara wine, and frosty cold beer. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a light snack, the casual menu is filled with delicious food and spectacular views at Riverside Patio. It’s one of the region’s best-kept secrets! 

*Please note Niagara City Cruises is not responsible for the fireworks display and cannot be held liable in the event the fireworks display is cancelled, delayed, or shortened for any reason. 


Begin Your Adventure in Niagara Today with Niagara City Cruises 

Enjoy an exciting adventure aboard a Niagara City Cruises vessel, the official Boat Tour operator for the Niagara Parks in Niagara Falls, Canada, and see what draws millions of visitors each year since its opening in 2014. Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, Niagara Falls is an amazing natural phenomenon that will make your trip unforgettable. Niagara City Cruises cannot wait to welcome you aboard. 



What documents do I need to travel to Niagara Falls? 

The most popular questions asked are about crossing the United States and Canada borders. Click here for all you need to know. 

What is the best time to visit Niagara Falls? 

The best time to visit Niagara Falls depends on what experience you would like to have. During the summer months, the weather is warm and attractions are all open. However; it can be crowded during this time. Spring and fall offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Winter can be quite chilly, but it’s magnificent with the falls partially frozen. 

What should I pack for my trip to Niagara Falls? 

Pack weather-appropriate clothing, especially if you are visiting in winter. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as there is a lot of walking involved. Do not forget your camera, sunscreen, and any medications that you may need. Consider a waterproof bag for your belongings as well. 

What are the main attractions in Niagara Falls, Canada? 

The main attraction and star of the show is, of course, Niagara Falls itself. Don’t miss the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour and the stunning Falls Fireworks Cruise. There are also many restaurants, wineries, and beautiful spots for hiking such as Clifton Hill, Skylon Tower, and Niagara Glen Nature Centre. 

How do I get around Niagara Falls, Canada? 

Niagara Falls is relatively easy to navigate. You can walk to many attractions, especially in the tourist district. There’s also a WEGO bus system that connects major attractions, and taxis, and rideshare services are available. If you plan on visiting wineries or exploring beyond the immediate area, consider renting a car for convenience.