Niagara Falls is a set of massive waterfalls located on the Niagara River, straddling the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The falls are located 75 miles southeast of Toronto, and a visit to the falls can be easily added onto either the beginning or end of a ski holiday to any Canadian resort when using Air Canada flights.
The cost of a stop over in Toronto, with 1 night’s accommodation in either Niagara or Toronto and return transfers starts from £125 pp. Choose to either transfer direct from Toronto airport to Niagara Falls or spend a night or two in Toronto.
Toronto is worth a visit in its own right. It is the economic capital of Canada but also has art galleries, museums and a theatre district that rivals London and New York. It is one of the world's most diverse cities by percentage of non-native-born residents and the distinctive ethnic areas – Chinese, Greek, Italian and Portuguese – makes for a food and shopping extravaganza. Toronto is also home to the world’s tallest free standing building, the CN Tower – the views are fantastic from the top and if time allows, why not have dinner in the revolving restaurant.
Because of the city's low crime rates, clean environment, high standard of living and friendly attitudes to diversity, Toronto is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities.
The Falls are a natural phenomenon second in size only to Victoria Falls in Africa. Incredibly, every minute, between 30 and 37 million gallons of water go over its crest. The Falls are 188 feet high, with the deepest section of the Niagara River just at their base-going down 170 feet and the rim of Horseshoe Falls measures 2200 feet across. The Falls are composed of two major sections separated by Goat Island: Horseshoe Falls, the majority of which lies on the Canadian side of the border and American Falls on the American side. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the main falls by Luna Island.
In the winter months you can experience the ‘Journey Behind the Falls’ – the noise is deafening as you walk through the tunnels that lead to the Observation Decks behind the falls. In winter it is a sight to behold, as the mist freezes into beautiful formations. The White Water Walk along the edge of the Niagara whitewaters, includes a photo gallery of past stunts and daredevils from Niagara’s history. Visit in the evening for a different view of the Falls with the nightly illumination – or head up the Skylon Tower for a perspective unlike any other.
Please note that unfortunately during the winter months the Maid of the Mist boat tour does not operate – this is because the water around the falls freezes!