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The Canadian side of Niagara falls

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Beefbass, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    Hey guys, My family is thinking of heading to Niagara falls this summer. I've never seen them, my wife has.

    Anyway, I've been advised that it is better to see them from the Canadian side-it is cleaner, and the view is better.

    I'd like to know what you guys think. I've never been there, so I'm going by other people's word. If this is true, where in Canada is the best place to be for this?

    Oh, one more thing. Is it better to exchange currency on the U.S, or Canadian side?

    I would appreciate any input you guys can give. Thanks a million! :)
  2. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    I live on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. I've seen it all many times, and I do believe the view itself and the 'falls' related attractions are better and more numerous here. I'd say if you're here for a vacation and to see the falls the Canadian side is by far the best choice.

    As for the exchange, I'll leave that to someone who has travelled across the border rather than who lives here. Just don't go to one of the tourist currency exchanges here - they're not the best rate.
  3. Never seen the falls from the USA side...but i do know i loved what i saw on the Canadian side.
    Truly an awsome site....and Niagara is a nice area from my experience.
  4. +1 for the Canadian side
  5. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan

    Both sides probably look like water falling off of a cliff.
  6. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001

    I never thought of that. Thanks for clearing that up for me......
  7. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    Oh, so it looks like watching that water fall off a cliff looks better from the Canadian side. :)
  8. UnsungZeros

    UnsungZeros The only winning move is not to play.

    Canadian side. Unless you plan an extended visit in Canada exchanging your currency shouldn't be necessary. Most places on the Canadian side of Niagra Falls take American currency without much fuss.
  9. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    I don't suspect we'll be there for a long time, so I guess the currency issue won't be a problem.

    It looks as if the Canadian side will be it for us. I appreciate the input guys. Thanks!
  10. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    But think about it... The American side has two waterfalls. The Canadians only have one. Ha.
  11. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Calm down there Mike.
  12. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    And only half of one for that matter!

  13. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    I went there its fun.
    Best part is the food but thats all I really like.
  14. aaron f.

    aaron f.

    Oct 21, 2000
    If you go to the Canadian side check out Niagra on the lake (less touristy more vinyards and stuff, the also have the George Bernard Shaw festival if your into plays and such).
  15. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City

    I grew up in Buffalo (15 minutes away) and used to go up to the Falls on a whim after school. Got to the point where we took one of the marvels of nature totally for granted ("you want to go to the Falls again??!! )

    The US side is more residential. The Canadian side is more developed to manage tourist traffic. There are better and more thought out spaces for viewing on the Canadian side. There's also an awesome lighting show (rainbows, changing colors, etc).

    Both sides have casinos, so it's a wash if you're into that. The Canadian side has all the Wax Museums (pretty cool, actually) and gawdy souvenir shops (can live w/out).

    If you're gonna be on the Canadian side for more than a couple days, either use a credit card or exchange your money at a bank. Don't exchange too much. You'll usually pay exchange fees on both sides of the transaction.


  16. bassmantele


    Jul 22, 2003
    Boston MA USA
    If you'd like to get away from the wife, the strippers on the Canadian are *much* better - one of North America's natural wonders.
  17. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    I live in NY and about 1.5 hours from the falls. I've been there a million times and the Canadian side is better by far. After the falls grow tiresome there are at least a few things to do, though all are very tourist oriented. However, that's the entire point.

    On the bright side, there are a few world class strip joints in the fine city of Niagara, ON if you're low class enough to patronize them like myself. :)
  18. Better plan vacations to Niagara Falls soon. It's only going to take about 25,000 years for erosion to cause the falls to no longer exist... :smug:
  19. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I dig the Canadian side. The 5% alcohol in the beer is enough for me.
  20. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    Thanks for all the input guys! I looked at a website, and it talks about which points of crossing are better than others.
    For example, I believe one is called the rainbow bridge. It is supposed to be the most crowded.

    For you guys who have crossed from the US to Canadian side, where is the best place to go across? The directions I've seen so far seem a bit vague, and I'm trying to figure it out.

    Thanks again for all the info guys, it has been very helpful.

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