Toronto: Niagara Falls
Price: Depends on how stingy a tour you book, but usually around $60. If you can get yourself there, admission is free.
Get There: The entrance to Goat Island is at 24 Buffalo Avenue Niagara Falls, NY 14303 – about an hour-and-a-half out of Toronto.
Open: Well they’re waterfalls, so 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Once at the falls, you’ll find you’re one of the other 20 buses full of tourists who had the same idea. After you’ve successfully pushed your way to the front of the barrier, it’s an impressive sight! Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfall in Northern America, and world-famous for having the largest volume of water. It is actually comprised of three waterfalls – The American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Canadian Falls. There are two hydroelectric plants which draw water into their reservoirs, generating enough hydroelectric power for 25% of Ontario’s total electricity. I felt cheated when I heard that they are regulated each night to reduce the flow rate over the falls between 10pm and 8am. They are then “turned” back on, ensuring flow is greatest during the daytime during peak tourist season (June – August). Once you’ve taken the obligatory touristic photograph, do not explore the surrounding area. Sadly, they’ve done a great job of ruining the natural beauty by plastering colourful neon billboards and advertisements wherever possible. It’s horrendous and tackier than your average Gold Coast meter maid. The streets are lined with souvenir shops, casinos, high-rise hotels, fast food outlets and not much else. Save your photos and get back on the bus to Toronto!