Niagara Falls are the biggest in North America. They’re magnificent, beautiful and inspiring to see. But holy tackiness around the falls – too many souvenir shops, fast food places and tour buses spewing exhaust fumes. If you step away from Niagara Falls and walk the next few blocks into town, it only gets worse. Don’t bother. It’s hard to imagine how glorious the falls would have looked when they were first discovered.
Still, I think they’re worth visiting – especially in the off season or early in the day when the masses haven’t arrived. I used to live in Niagara-on-the-Lake so I’ve visited the falls a lot – and usually as a destination on my bike; there is a particularly lovely bike path that follows the Niagara River beginning in Niagara-on-the-Lake. On a hot day the welcome mist is cooling and on a winter day, icicle studded trees are stunning. Rainbows are common too.
I’ve never been on the Maid of the Mist but it’s actually a trip I think is worth doing – anything to get you closer to the power of the falls and the Niagara River.
What’s your take on Niagara Falls? Would you bother or have you been??
Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta
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