Some tips for your visit to Niagara Falls:

  • A Fallsview room, where you can look out and see the falls, is a real plus--you may even be able to watch the fireworks over the falls from your room (fireworks are only on Fri and Sun nights in the summer) . Be careful, though--one hotel is said to have let trees grow tall enough to block the view from their lower "fallsview" rooms. Fallsview rooms command a premium; you may want to look out your room's windows promptly upon arrival, to make sure that the view meets your expectations. (Complaining the next day may not be quite as effective.)
  • To avoid the crowds on the Hornblower boat or Journey Behind the Falls, arrive early in the morning when the attractions first open.  You will be amazed at how quiet and empty things are.
  • Transportation:  During the busiest times, some of the major streets can become parking lots and parking is non-existent at most of the attractions.  To make things less stressful, stay at one of the major hotels and utilize their free shuttle service. 
  • Hornblower Niagara Cruise is unforgettable.
  • Journey Behind the Falls - If you hurry off the elevator and go all the way to the end of the viewing area, (the rest of the tourists will proceed much more slowly) you will get to see the best views without anyone being in your way. You can dawdle and take your time on the way back!
  • History buffs may want to brush up on the history of the War of 1812, between Canada & the United States, before visiting; a major battle was fought at Queenston Heights, site of the monuments to General Brock (British), and to Canadian War of 1812 heroine Laura Secord. Laura Secord's grave is in the Lundy's Lane cemetery, which was the site of the bloody Battle of Lundy's Lane. It is adjacent to the Lundy's Lane Historical Museum, a fine small community museum focussed on that battle and the War of 1812.
  • There are so many things to do after you visit the Falls, check out the City of Niagara Falls tourism website for all information from the official tourism authority.

Overall the Canada side is pretty commercial--stay along the walk that overlooks the river for the most peaceful Canada experience. The Clifton Hill area tends to be the most commercial/busiest; the further upstream you go, the more peaceful/romantic it is.