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Visiting Niagara Falls with a Niagara Parks Adventure Pass

There is no shortage of things to do and see when visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario. Recently I attended a culinary press trip with Niagara Parks to discover some great attractions and restaurants in the Niagara Falls region.

Getting To Niagara Falls from Toronto

Seasonal Go Train Service from Toronto

It is now super easy to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto. The Go Train travels from Union Station in downtown Toronto to Niagara Falls Station. Niagara Parks has teamed up with Go Transit to provide the following package:

  • Round-trip train ticket Union to Niagara Falls
  • 2-day access to Niagara’s WEGO bus
  • 2-day access to Niagara-on-the-Lake with the WEGO bus extension

For more information or to purchase tickets visit NiagaraParks.com/GO

Make it a weekend and visit Niagara-on-the-Lake too!

You must purchase your train tickets from Niagara Parks to get the add-on of unlimited rides on Niagara’s Transit. This is new this summer and means you can plan a weekend escape or a one-day trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake easily.

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Drive From Toronto

Of course, if you choose to drive take the QEW and follow the signs towards downtown Niagara Falls. Parking can be expensive, so you may want to park your car in one of the day lots and use the transit passes available in one of the Niagara adventure passes.

Niagara Parks White Water Walk

Things to do in Niagara Falls Canada

White Water Walk

On my recent trip, I visited the White Water Walk for the first time. It is a beautiful wood boardwalk that snakes the side of the Niagara River as it rushes beside you. There are some lookouts along the 1KM walk with little educational boards explaining the geography of the river.

Visiting Niagara Falls White Water Walk

The rapids swirl around you, and you may even see a few birds or animals along the route.

Niagara Falls Horseshoe Falls

Niagara Parks Adventure Pass

If you want to get the most out of your day or weekend in Niagara Falls check out the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass which includes access to most of the Niagara Parks attractions and experiences you will want to discover.

There are three types of Adventure passes based on the number and types of Niagara parks attractions you want to see. Be mindful of how much time you have to explore the area before choosing your pass.

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The good thing about these attractions is that public transportation is included and Niagara’s WEGO has stops at all these popular Niagara Falls attractions. Even if you drive down, you can park your car once and head out and discover the region.

Classic Niagara Falls Adventure Pass

I recommend this pass for 1-day trips. The Classic pass features many of the most popular Niagara Falls Attractions including:

  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises (Maid of the Mist)
  • Journey Behind the Falls
  • Niagara’s Fury
  • White Water Walk
  • 2-day WEGO Pass
  • $100 coupon booklet

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Plus Niagara Falls Adventure Pass

I recommend this pass when you are visiting the region for more than 1 day as you will have a lot to cover. Attractions included in this pass are:

  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises (Maid of the Mist)
  • Journey Behind the Falls
  • Niagara’s Fury
  • White Water Walk
  • Whirlpool Aero Car
  • Floral Showcase
  • Butterfly Conservatory
  • 2-day WEGO Pass with Niagara-on-the-Lake Extension
  • Falls Incline Access
  • Bonus: 4 Heritage Sites and coupon booklet

Nature Niagara Falls Adventure Pass

Personally, I prefer the Classic pass, but if you are looking to do different attractions and the Butterfly Conservatory this one might appeal to you too.

  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises (Maid of the Mist)
  • Whirlpool Aero Car
  • Floral Showcase
  • Butterfly Conservatory
  • 2-day WEGO Pass
  • $100 coupon booklet

For more things to do in Niagara Falls see:

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Where to Eat A Look at Niagara Falls Restaurants

Queen Victoria Place Restaurant

I used to think that these restaurants are impossible to get into. Especially the ones with a direct view of the falls. However, aside from the ability to make a reservation ahead of time, the terrace at the Queen Victoria Place Restaurant is enormous, and chances are you won’t have to wait as long as you think.

Queen Victoria Place Restaurant Niagara Falls

It sits across the street from the falls, but the view was pretty fantastic none the less. The food was also quite memorable. I had a bit of a dream moment dining on this stuffed chicken supreme while sipping on wine and looking over at the falls.

Elements on the Falls Niagara Falls

Elements on the Falls

By far the only place to sit and eat right next to the Horseshoe Falls has to be Elements. Although sitting at this window table watching the people straddle the railing by the falls was more than a bit distracting.

Dinner at Elements by the Falls Niagara Falls

Once your food arrives, you may forget you are sitting right next to the falls. The menu is filled with culinary delights sure to amuse you.

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Whirlpool Restaurant

Located on the 18 hole Whirpool Golf Course, the Whirlpool Restaurant offered beautiful views of the greens. They have both an indoor restaurant and patio. This restaurant is open during the golf season.

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Queenston Heights Restaurant

Near the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge to the USA and just past the famous Flower Clock park you will find this hidden gem. The Queenston Heights restaurant not only offers a delicious menu, but they also have a spectacular view of the Niagara River.

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The chef prepared a particular dish for us which included slow roasted Ontario Beef short rib with mashed potatoes and asparagus spears. It was delicious, and the view was just fantastic. They have both indoor seating and a lovely patio.

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Niagara Falls Fireworks Shows

The Falls Summer Fireworks series runs from May – October. The Fireworks run at 10 PM with nightly shows during the summer months. Here is the 2018 schedule:

  • May 18 – June 17: Weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays)
  • June 18 – September 3: Nightly shows
  • September 7 – October 8: Weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays)

Fallsview room at Radisson Hotel Niagara Falls Canada

Where to Stay in Niagara Falls

Radisson

I have stayed at the Radisson resort in Niagara Falls which was in an excellent location for accessing the restaurants up on Cliffton Hill and getting down to the Falls. For details on the rooms and hotel see A Canadian Dream Escape: New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls.

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Disclosure: Some travel assistance provided by Niagara Parks during a Culinary Press Trip. Other information included as a result of personal trips to the region. All opinions in this post are my own.

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