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Old 03-06-2010, 11:40 AM
Location: AL
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Hi there, my husband and I are thinking about going to Niagra Falls (for the first time) in a few weeks. However, we are not sure which side is better - Canadian or US. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go? hotels? B&Bs? restaurants? Thnx.
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:49 PM
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Canadian is better. It is built up and has a lot more to do and see.

We stayed at Marriott on the Falls. Can't be beat. All the rooms face the falls and there is a rotating piece below the window that allows you to hear (or not) the sound of the falls. They also had two comfortable chairs facing the window so you could just sit and watch. The restaurant in the hotel is excellent (pricey). We got a three day package deal through them that included a number of things. Actually, we got two since we were there 5 days, and they discounted the price for the extra day.

You are a bit off the beaten path being so far from "town", but it's a short hike to the trolley stop, and it's probably easier to get around now that the casino is there. Ride the trolley (bus, tram?) to the end in both directions. There's a butterfly center at one end and an aviary at the other.

You can get tours of the vineyards that are really nice.

Maid in the Mist if it's not too cold. Tours in Niagara proper will get you into things through a tour door and will skip the long lines.

We loved it there and still rate it as one of the best vacations, ever.
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Old 03-06-2010, 05:07 PM
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I agree, the Canadian side is FAR superior. Sure, its the "same" Falls..but the Canadian side is far less commercial, beautifully maintained and it s a taste of another country.

I suggest that you go on up to Niagra on the Lake (ontario). Its an absolutely charming town...great shops and restaurants. Its even better in summer, of course, but nice any time of the year.

Also, if you have time, go to the wine country and do some vineyard tours. There are outstanding wines produced here and this time of year they have time to visit and spend more time with you.

By all means, do go and enjoy the Falls and surrounding areas. You will love it. Don't forget your passport...you will need it if you cross the boarder. But its worth the trip. Bon Voyage.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:28 AM
Location: AL
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I had previously heard that the Canadian side was better - sounds like you two agree. I will look into it.

Trek_Freek - the Marriott that you stayed in sounds great. I tried looking it up, but I could not find it. Was a an actual Marriott, or one of its brands? Also, the two tours that you mentioned - are they given by the Canadian tourism office or was it a hotel deal?

FlightAtt - Niagra on the Falls sounds nice. Did you stay there or did you just visit? Also - I did not realize there were vineyards in the area - that sounds great.

Any restaurant recommendations?
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:18 AM
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Canada is the prettier side...I'm sorry to say. More flowers, less parking issues, cleaner.
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:44 AM
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We stayed on the Canadian side, Sheraton on the Falls (NOT Fallsview). Much nicer than the US side. The restaurants there are terrible and geared for tourists, it's almost like being in Disney. I highly recommend driving to Niagara on the Lake and eating there.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:43 PM
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Niagara Falls Hotels - Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview - Niagara Hotel Packages

Yes to Niagara on the Lake.

I don't remember about the tour we took to the vineyards, but I think they were independent. I do remember we took the first of that particular tour and it was a bit of a disaster at the beginning. We were the only two on it. It ended up being a blast because the driver was a retired teacher and knew a lot about the area. We got a "grand tour" that lasted longer than it was supposed to and he really knew his stuff.

The other tour we found by asking at the hotel. It was a "local" tour that ran from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake and made stops at points of interest. A very good tour. I wish I could remember more about them, but was 10 years ago. I will do some snooping and see what I can find. I'll also ask Mrs. Tek as she remembers more about these things than I do.

There is a restaurant where you can sit on the roof and watch the falls. On Fridays (If I remember correctly) they shine colored spot lights on the falls and it's great place from which to watch (As is the Marriott). The food was good, too, but the seagulls are pests. There is a covered area too, if you'd rather be under a roof.

You can buy all day passes for the buses that run and they give you a sticker to wear. You can get on and off as many times as you want all day.

When we went we rented a limo to take us from the airport to the hotel and back. It didn't cost much more (at that time) and the door-to-door was nice. No stopping at every hotel along the way to drop others off. The Marriott is the last hotel on the list. The driver gave us good advice about dealing with the checkpoints as well. We appreciated it since it was our first trip outside the country.

Niagara Parks Canada: Niagara Falls Tourism and Vacation Packages

This is a great site for research and planning. You can buy tours, etc here. The Peoplemover is the bus I mentioned. The inclined railway is close to the Marriott.

Edit: This is the package we got. We ended up with three, not two because of the length of our visit.

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Old 03-07-2010, 10:17 PM
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I will also chime in for the canadian side - i don't think it's any less commercial or really a taste of another country .... there is some nice green space around the falls, but cross the street and you have all the normal tourist restaurants, hotels, a casino, etc

i think you get closer to the more dramatic elements of the falls though and the views are better
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:38 AM
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I agree that the Canadian side is much nicer than the American side.
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:13 PM
Location: AL
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Question Canada it is!

So we booked a hotel (Marriott) at Niagara on the Canadian side - but I am looking to switch to a hotel / B&B at Niagara on the Lake instead. (I just wanted to make sure that I had a room somewhere in case I could not find a different place)

Any suggestions? How about restaurants? activities (non-Niagara Falls type activities, i.e. winery, etc)

Thanks everyone!
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