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Making the Most of your Weekend in Niagara Falls

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A trip to Niagara Falls is a great way to spice up your day to day life while still remaining within the Canadian borders. There is no shortage of things to do within the area, and because it takes only two hours to drive from Toronto, it makes for the perfect weekend destination. To help you make the most out of your weekend getaway, let’s take a look at all the city has to offer!

Niagara Falls

The Falls

There is no denying it – the Falls are best viewed from the Canadian side of the border. The Canadian side gives you the best vantage point to view the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls. And, unlike the American side, the Canadian Niagara Riverfront is accessible to all, and features scenic gardens, walking paths, and viewing stations.

If you are hoping to get close to the falls, or venture onto the Maid of the Mist, be prepared to get wet! You can get ponchos there to help keep dry, or you can bring your own, but just know that your hair won’t look the same coming out as it did going into it!

Maid of the Mist

The Casinos

Aside from the Falls themselves, the biggest draw may be the casinos. Between Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino and Resort, there is bound to be something for everyone who visits. Whether you are a complete novice at casino games or a seasoned pro, it’s pretty easy to keep yourself entertained. Besides, many games have basic rules and low betting minimums, so a trip to the casino doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might guess. And anyone can get lucky: there’s a reason there are so many superstitions when it comes to gambling, especially in games like roulette.

fallsview casino

Even if gambling isn’t for you, Casino Niagara features live comedy, entertainment, and four unique bars and restaurants. Additionally, Fallsview is known for being one of Canada’s premier destinations for entertainment, featuring live performances, luxury spa amenities, and a wide array of dining options.

The “Strip”

While there is nowhere in the world like Las Vegas, some regard Niagara Falls as the Canadian version. Those who have been to Vegas may scoff at that notion, but with seemingly endless attractions, casinos, and a lively nightlife, it is the closest we can get around here.

There is no shortage of things to do right on main street, from family attractions to a “lit” nightlife. You can see the city from the top of the Niagara SkyWheel, try your hand at the arcade games at the Great Canadian Midway, or take in the amazing exhibits at Ripley’s Believe it or Not and the Movieland Wax museum. Even the most common restaurant chains are a spectacle, adding to the sights of the street.

The Surrounding Area

While Niagara is home to great nightlife, exciting casinos, and well, The Falls, the surrounding area also has much to offer. Niagara-on-the-Lake is great for those who are looking for something a little more low-key. It is only about a 30-minute drive from the Falls and features quaint bed-and-breakfasts, unique street shopping (a popular favourite being the year-round Christmas Store), upscale dining, and possibly its biggest claim to fame, premier Ontario wineries. For the history buff, Fort George, which played a pivotal role in the War of 1812, is also a great site to visit.

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