Trust me when I say Niagara Fall is amazing, and no matter how much you like these photos, nothing compares to seeing these incredible waterfalls with your own eyes.

Visiting Niagara is fairly easy depending on which direction you come from, but I’ve visited many times from Toronto in Canada which was only a couple of hours away on a bus (or you can drive). During my visits I have only spent a few hours on the American side and for that reason this post will be mainly focussed on the Canadian side.

First a few facts about the waterfalls.

  • During peak time 168,000 cubic metres of water flows over the Falls every minute.
  • The water comes from streams and rivers that empty into the Great Lakes, from Lake Superior to Lake Ontario.
  • The Niagara River connects two Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls is found between them along this river.
  • The rapids leading up to the Falls can reach speeds of up to 40 km/hr (25 mph).
  • Part of the water is now used for Hydro-Electric power.
  • The current rate of erosion is estimated at 1 foot per year.
  • The movie Superman II (1980), as well as many other movies, have been filmed at Niagara Falls (for more click here).


American Falls

The American Falls has a drop of between 21 to 34 metres (70-110 ft.) at different points. Along the American side you will get a great appreciation of the massive flow and speed of the water before it plunges over the edge.

For views on the American side use the Niagara Falls Observation Tower to get a great side angle. You will also get amazing views from the Canadian side and the Skylon Tower. Both views are good, the American side gives you closeups whilst the Canadian side is more from afar.

American Falls high view
American Falls high view

Horseshoe Falls

The Horseshoe Falls are my probably my favourite and the water drops around 57 metres (188 ft.) into the lower Niagara River. The resulting plunge pool is around 35 metres (100 ft.) deep. Watching the flow of water from the side is almost mesmerizing and you will probably be left feeling little and insignificant (that’s how I felt).

Horsehoe Falls, Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls

Skylon Tower

The view from the Skylon Tower is pretty awesome and will give you some of the highest views. If you fancied a bite to eat you can dine in the revolving restaurant. Head to for more info.

Skylon Tower at night
Skylon Tower at night

The Falls at Night

At night the waterfalls are lit up from the Canadian side with colourful high powered spotlights. These make for awesome photographs (use a tripod if possible) or just appreciate the spectacle.

Colourful spotlights on American Falls
Colourful spotlights on American Falls

Maid in the Mist and Hornblower

One of the more popular attractions at Niagara Falls is taking the boat excursions Hornblower (Canadian side), or the Maid in the Mist (American side). These give you a close up to the Falls, but you will also get soaked (there are waterproof covers available though). Head to and for more information on these boat tours.

Hornblower Boat and American Falls
Hornblower Boat and American Falls
Hornblower Boat
Hornblower Boat

The Falls in the Winter

All year round Niagara Falls is an awesome place to visit, and often in the winter the water freezes a little providing a beautiful frosty perspective.

Horseshoe Falls at night with colourful lights
Horseshoe Falls at night with colourful lights
Winters at the Horseshoe Falls
Winters at the Horseshoe Falls

Rainbow Bridge

Although both sides offer fantastic views if you wanted you may be able to cross the Rainbow Bridge and see both sides. Check your countries visa/entry requirements if you intend to do this.

Boundary Line, Canada, USA Rainbow, Bridge
Boundary Line between Canada and USA on Rainbow, Bridge
Rainbows at the Falls
Rainbows at the Falls

Niagara City

Niagara is a fun place and people visit for more reasons than just to see the waterfalls. They also visit for the casinos, amusements, rides and nightlife.

Centre Street at Niagara Falls
Centre Street at Niagara Falls
Skywheel at night
Skywheel at night
Niagara Falls Dinosaur Adventure Golf
Niagara Falls Dinosaur Adventure Golf

Great hotels

Although I didn’t get to stay in a super nice hotel during my visits, there are plenty to choose from and some of them even come with hot tubs and other cool features.

Luxury Hotels
Luxury Hotels

For places to stay in Niagara start booking below…

Destination Info Box

Destination type:Nature, Sightseeing, Nightlife
Currency:USD or CAN USD (depending on the side you’re on)
Closest major cities:Niagara, Toronto, Buffalo
Getting there:Drive or Mega Bus offer cheap connections between some cities.
Power supply:Standard 120v- Type A and B
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  1. Horseshoe Falls are also my favourite ones! I don’t like the Skylon Tower, tho. Prefer nature over every building in the world! These pictures are really convincing!

  2. fionarabbit2013

    These waterfalls look just magical. You don’t need all the 15 photos here to convince me to visit Niagara falls – one is enough! It’s also great to know there are other things to to in Niagara city as well 🙂

  3. We have a friend who have always invited us to visit Niagara Falls and now thank to your post we know why. With your photos you inspired us and we’d love to try your same experience especially. At night they are something magical WOW

    • Mike

      Thank you. I hope you get an opportunity to visit again soon! They are incredible to see. And like you said definitely magical at night.

  4. Brown Gal Trekker

    Your photos are amazing. I’ve been to Niagara ages ago and enjoyed a long weekend trip there. Lovely detailed post!

  5. I remember seeing this in the Superman movie when I was younger. It is really magnificent. Like you’ve said, the pictures aren’t enough, I hope to get here in person someday.

  6. We have been there a couple of years back and I LOVED it! I did not like so much the city though, but the falls itself were just amazing! We visited them very early in the morning and there was noone, we have been on the first boat (Hornblower) that left and there were no waiting times and really few people (even though it was in August).

    • Mike

      Nice that’s great that you didn’t have to wait. It can certainly get quite busy later on.

  7. vecchio7gmailcom

    My parents went to Niagara Falls 10 years ago and I couldn’t go because I had just started a new job. I have always regretted not going. I am pinning your post and am planning a trip after reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mike

      Fantastic, well I hope you get an opportunity to go soon. It’s an incredible thing to see.

  8. I’ve been to Niagra a few times, but never at night. The colors look really nice. I find it funny how they built all of this stuff around it for people to do after seeing the falls.

    • Mike

      I know crazy eh. I guess makes visiting the Falls easier too and adds more to do.

  9. Niagara Falls has always been high up on my list of places to see! They look absolutely beautiful at night, I’ve never seen a picture of them all lit up before! Stunning pictures x

    • Mike

      Thanks so much. Yes at night the Falls are incredible with the lights. The site of them combined with the sound of the water is an incredible thing to experience. I hope you visit! 🙂

  10. We dont need convincing! We are already planning on going. I love the lights under the falls at night. Just beautiful.

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