Niagara Falls Smack Down : The American Falls vs the Canadian Side

I have been to both sides of the Canadian Falls and the American Falls, and I realized how different they are. I wanted to show the pros and cons of the American and Canadian sides. I think you should visit the other side of the falls

Unless you are a total geography buff, you probably don’t know the location of the Falls between the US and Canada

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There is background information on the Falls

The American side of the Falls is north of Buffalo, New York, and south of Toronto, Ontario. The Falls are located on the river that connects Lake Erie with Lake Ontario The Great Lakes). Both sides of the Falls have their own cities named after them. More on both later

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The American Falls on U.S. soil are one of three waterfalls that make up the Canadian side of the Falls

The world’s biggest waterfalls are made for by the flow rate, with an average of 4 million gallons of water falling over the crest line every minute and up to 168,000 gallons in high flow

The size of the Falls is fairly small compared to other famous waterfalls

  • The width is American Falls is 1,060 feet tall
  • The person is height 167 feet is 51 meters
  • The width is 8,858 feet is 2,700 meters
  • The person is height The distance is 614 feet (64 meters)
  • The width is 5,604 feet is 1,708 meters
  • The person is height A distance of over a hundred feet

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While Iguazu Falls is only a third of the width of the Falls of Victoria, and only half the height, the Falls of Niagara are still the same height An amazing sight They are still the biggest waterfalls in North America

I have compiled everything you need to know about visiting either side of the Falls, so you can visit either side

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American Falls is a waterfall

What is similar about the two sides of the falls?

The American and Canadian sides have the same things in common. If you are visiting from the US or Canada, you can take a 30-minute boat ride close to the Horseshoe Falls, which is on the Maid Of The Mist route. Both sides offer the chance to get close to the Falls with a set of walkways and viewpoints


It is possible to visit the Falls for free from either country

Niagara Falls American Side or Canadian Side

What is different about the two sides of the falls?

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You can get close to the Falls here in the U.S. You can get close to the falls in Canada Feel it The American Falls are located in the United Statesniagara falls


The Canadian side of the Falls

The Canadian side of the falls has a panoramic view of all the falls. You can walk along the edge of the gorge for about a mile and see the Falls from the river

Niagara Falls American Side or Canadian Side

You can see the Falls from the Skylon Tower, which has stunning overhead views. The Skylon Tower has a revolving restaurant that will let you enjoy a meal or drink with the amazing views. The observation deck is free of charge when you serve a table here. If you only book a ticket, it is not consequential The Sunday Brunch Buffet at CAD32.50 is a good value, and it includes the observation deck You can book your table In advance



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The Falls can be seen from the Skywheel. The ticket is for the bargain price If you pay for it, you can get close to the Falls Behind the Falls is where you will journey Experience. . You can take an elevator down 150 feet, walk through a series of caves, and then get to an observation deck next to the falls. It is more like a glimpse behind them than it is a chance to get behind them. You will get drenched, and will hear the thundering noise of the rushing water close by. Admission is required The price is plus tax

You can see more tours at the bottom of the article

Niagara Falls Journey Behind the Falls

If you stay overnight, you should come back at night to see it The light show at the falls. The falls are illuminated in changing colors after sunset. There are fireworks on Fridays and Sundays during the summer. The light show is only visible from the Canadian side, so if you want to stay on the American side, you’ll have to go to a hotel on the Canadian side

There are difficulties walking The bus service has a hop-on hop-off option A day ticket is $7 per person and it connects the main attractions in town and several lookouts along the Falls. You can find it Here you can find a schedule and route map

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The American side of the Falls

The American side has a better view of the water than Canada does. You can enter for free on the observation deck, which has the best views of the falls

You can either take a 30-minute boat ride into the rushing Horseshoe Falls or walk along the wooden walkways Cave of the winds is a experience
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The Cave of the Winds is a place where you can experience the wind It is about 12 dollars per person The Maid of the Mist is a Maid of the Mist Is 17 dollars

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There are several viewing points at the rim, one of which is between the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls

There is The service is hop-on hop-off If you have difficulties walking, the park is $2 per person

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The cities of the Falls

The falls of Canada

It is a fact that We were not the biggest fans of this town
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If you can’t entertain your kids with a natural wonder, you’ll get the chance to do that here. It seems like most of the chains that set up shop here are American, even though they knew the Canadian side was bringing in big bucks. There are two casinos that you can carry your money to. I have listed some of them There are attractions on the Canadian side of the falls In this article

If you want to stay on the American side, keep in mind that families with kids might prefer the Canadian side for entertainment value, and you should stay away from it

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The American side feels less crowded and tacky than the other side, and there is not much to see here. The town tries to provide more family-friendly entertainment, like free board games, outdoor movie nights, concerts and even fitness events, that you don’t have to pay for. You can find the entire program Here

I thought that there was a lot of green here, and that you can go hiking along the river from here. If you are planning to visit the Falls and also take a couple of hikes, this is the side for you. You can find more information There are hiking options here

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Is it American or Canadian side? Which falls should you visit?

Absolutely no question: visit both sides. I would recommend planning in enough time to visit both Canada and the US to get the full experience. I thought it was very similar I have experience at Iguazu Falls The breathtaking vistas are what you get from Brazil, not the Falls on the Argentinian side. The best views from Canada are at the Falls, but the best view from the US is at the falls

Niagara Falls American Side or Canadian Side


How to cross the border at a waterfall

You can easily cross from one country to another with the help of the Rainbow Bridge. Make sure to check visa regulations for your country of origin. If you cross on foot, the toll is only $1.00 in both currency, but it’s more expensive for cars, RVs and trucks You can find the prices hereIf you visit the Falls with your car, you can walk over the bridge and explore the Falls on foot, unless you are in good health

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The best tours in the Falls

You can book tours at one of the most visited tourist attractions in North America, and it’s not hard to do. Which ones are worth it?

I am sharing the most popular tours you can take from both sides of the Falls



    • The boat tour is essential


      You can tour the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls by boat. Only tickets are available


    • The American Falls Half-Day Tour is a day tour

      The Cave of the Winds and theMaid of the Mist are included in this package. You will be able to see the Falls from the top of the American Observation Tower and you will also be able to see the other areas of the Falls



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      The tour includes a Hornblower cruise, a visit to the tunnels underneath the Horseshoe Falls, and an observation deck on top of the Skylon Tower

Where to stay in the Falls

There are plenty of hotels around the area that are close to the popular tourist attractions of the area. There are a lot of cheapie motels that are basic and filthy. They are cheap, but not enjoyable. Before you book a hotel or motel, make sure to check the reviews to make sure you get a good deal. I have put together a few options for both the American and Canadian sides


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Some Canadian hotels have direct views of the falls from their windows. It is worth spending a lot of money on a room with a view of the falls. It’s another thing to consider when deciding if to stay on the American side or Canadian side

Niagara Falls American Side or Canadian Side


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Budget

There are some gorgeous B Breakfast is under $100

  • The butterfly manor is a place
  • The inn is cozy



Mid- range

Major hotel chains include the mid-range hotels. The Radisson and the Sheraton are better than the overpriced hotel The rooms are for around $170The starting price for the hotel was $300. Both have amazing Falls vistas

  • The Radisson Hotel is located in the city
  • The hotel is on the Falls

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The high-end

The Marriott Fallsview Hotel is a really nice hotel

  • The Marriott Fallsview Hotel is in the Fallsview area
  • Tower Hotel Fallsview is a 4* hotel


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Budget

Before you book, read some reviews of the sub-par motels. A B

  • The Little Italy of the Falls
  • The Guesthouse is called Wanderfalls



Mid- range

You can find all the hotel chains here: Best Western, Quality, La Quinta Inn, Howard Johnson, Holiday Inn, Wyndham, Four Points by Sheraton, etc. The best ones

  • The inn is called the Fairfield Inn
  • Double Tree is a song by Hilton



The high-end

The Giacomo boutique hotel is the only truly luxurious hotel around here. All three options are still available $200 per night

  • The Giacomo is a member of the Ascend Hotel Collection
  • The Seneca Resort is in the province of Ontario
  • The Falls at the Sheraton

How to cook for yourself at an apartment

I stay in an apartment on an app like this because I like the idea of being able to cook for myself and having a kitchen, but after two visits to the Falls with disappointing restaurant experiences, I would stay in an apartment on my next visit. There are a number of rooms and apartments on the website in both Canada and the US starting at $30


Use My referral link will lead to a sign up for the house You can get up to $30 off your first booking


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43 comments

  1. I had a trip booked to the Canadian side a few years ago but things fell through. I had no idea how small they were

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    1. What happened to the trip? Oh no! I hope you will still be there one day

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      1. I was going to travel there with a girl I had just started seeing. We had tickets but they fell out. So it goes. I will get back there

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  2. I thought you would get to walk all the way behind the curtain of water, when you said behind the falls. I wonder if that is possible with harnesses or if there is not enough space. It must be cool to hear the power of the water

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    1. They make it sound like you can go behind the falls, but that is not true, I saw a lot of people complain on the website. They thought they would get to go behind the falls, but they were only able to look behind them. I was able to go behind a waterfall in Mexico. I don’t think it would be safe to do that there

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  3. The two sides are compared. You should visit both of the sides of the Falls at least once in your life because both have something different to offer

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    1. I don’t think it would be a good idea if you only saw one side. You might as well have the full experience if you make it there.

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  4. The Canadian side is better than the other side. The city has many casinos

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    1. I think if you are into gambling you will enjoy the casinos in Canada

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  5. I am wondering if it is reasonable to walk from one side to the other over the bridge and then take a stroll through the gorge trails. I should just plan a gorge trail on the side we stay on

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  6. The Falls is still an impressive attraction even if you live in Toronto. I agree with you that the Canadian side is tacky. We have a saving grace, in the form of the lake, so I think we redeemed ourselves that way. Glad you enjoyed it! I have never been to Buffalo, but I am looking forward to reading your posts and recommendations

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  7. I have only been to Canada and I agree with you that the views are pretty spectacular. We stayed at the gorgeous Victorian town of Niagara on the Lake because I didn’t like the town of Niagara Falls. If you are in the area, I would say it is a must visit

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  8. I only visited the Canadian side, but would love to go back and see the Americans. I agree with you on the over-touristy entertainment of the trip. We were almost shocked that a commercial, neon lights filled, money wasting place was so close to a beautiful natural wonder. It made the feeling worse. We decided to focus on the falls because we were too bad to look at it.

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    1. We were shocked when we visited from Canada. I was surprised that Canada was worse than the US in that area. Canada is usually good at protecting its natural beauty

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  9. The downtown area of the Falls is tacky but there is a parkway trail that goes from the Falls to the Lake. It can be done in a variety of ways. If you haven’t seen this, you’ve only seen a small portion of the natural beauty of the Canadian side

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    1. We drove parts of the parkway but I would love to hike it. Mary, thanks for mentioning it

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  10. I think the Canadian side is better than the other side. When someone mentions Canada, they think of it. The town is a bit tacky but that is not the problem. We have so much fun there. It is a very old town and has not changed much. The film is about the Canadian side. Let’s face it. The end of the Horseshoe Falls is in Canada

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    1. Annie, everyone should visit the Canadian side. The views from there are better

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  11. I am Hi! I am going to go on a 2 day trip in January and I am very happy I found your site. I was researching how to cross theRainbow Bridge on foot and it sounded awesome. We don’t need a car and we can walk. Been on my list for a long time. Thank you

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    1. Helen, thanks so much for taking the time and commenting, make sure to bring your passport so that you can walk from Canada to the US or vice versa. I bet it will be magical to see the frozen falls. Enjoy the area!

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  13. Can someone tell me the country where the actual falls are? Is it the US or Canada? Is the border in the middle of the river? Falls in the US?

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  14. I’m planning a trip in May but not sure which boat ride to take. The maid is lower than the horn. There are differences in the boat tours

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    1. I think they are the same. I loved the Maid Of The Mist ride

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  15. I hope you can help me. A family is planning a trip to Niagra Falls. If we park on the US side, is it reasonable to think we can go to Canada with a passport?

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  16. Thanks for the balanced view of the experience. I have found it helpful when planning my visit

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    1. I hope you had a great day at the Falls. Did you like it?

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  19. A good review. I can say that the Canadian side has better views than the other side. It has always been a tourist town and it can be quite tacky. But spend some time in the surrounding areas. I liked Queenston Heights but I was a kid when it was last there and it could have changed a lot in the last 30 years. It brings back great memories

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  20. You can ride on Maid of the Mist and not have to pay for a tour

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    1. Yes, Bonnie! No need to book a tour

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  21. I booked plane tickets to visit for the first time on Dec 28th and Jan 1st, hoping to spend New Years there. I think it will be a great experience. We would love to visit the Canadian side of the Double Tree and go up to Skylon Tower. What is the best way to visit the attractions? I don’t think renting a car is the best idea because of traffic and my hotel doesn’t have shuttle services. I’m thinking of either the Trolley or the ride-sharing service, but what is the best way to cross to the Canadian side to visit Skylon? How did you do it?

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  22. I’m looking for some advice. I want to take my family to the Falls for spring break in the last week of March. I have 3 children. I am trying to make it as cheap as possible because I want to take them. I am wondering if there is any way we can get good views of the falls from the US side without having to get passports for all of us. I am trying to find a cheap hotel to stay in. I want to find out what activities are cheap and still give my children the best experience. I would really appreciate it if anyone could give me pointers

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  23. The Canadian side has an indoor waterpark which can be included in hotel packages. There are many things for the kids to do in Canada

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  24. Hi, I’m Dani
    I am going to go from Connecticut to Washington. I hadn’t thought about visiting both sides of the Falls on my visit. I will definitely try! Do you have any suggestions on which side to park? I am thinking of parking on one side and walking across the street. Do you have a suggestion on the time allotted for the sightseeing on both sides?

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    1. I found parking easy. If you want to cross into Canada, you should be able to see the Falls for at least half a day. Enjoy your road trip

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  25. It will cost my family of 5 about $300 to cross over to Canada. We are only going for one day and I am wondering if it is worth the money to go. I hear that the views from the boat are great, and we are going to do Maid of the Mist. What do you think?

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  26. We just returned from visiting the falls. I live in Michigan. I love the Canadians. The views are amazing, it is safe, and it is clean. There are many bars, restaurants, and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. I call it Las Vegas for kids. The town is open until midnight. I enjoy cheese and tacky tourists traps, they are fun. You can relive your childhood, while having fun. The kids will love it, it is a no brained. Our daughter enjoyed going and every child I saw had a smile on their face. I am looking forward to taking my grandson

    When you have had enough of the noise and excitement of the area, just drive along the gorge and take a break. It is a beautiful drive with beautiful views. I took the tram across the river for a thrill

    The lake is beautiful. It is worth visiting and a peaceful place to stay. If you would like to visit some wineries, there are many vineyards along the way

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  27. Canada tries to charge a tourist tax in restaurants and hotels
    It is not a legal tax and you don’t have to pay it, so just be warned

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