Start your journey off by viewing the Falls themselves in from different heights and perspectives. In late spring or early fall, the crowds disperse but the weather is still lovely. These seasons are my favourite times of year to visit Niagara Falls. With that said, Niagara Falls is spectacular in all seasons, and each one offers an entirely new experience.
From early spring to late fall, I highly recommend taking a Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat tour to get as close as possible to the Falls on water. Pull that bright red plastic poncho over your head, feel the mist on your face and listen to the intense roar of the Falls.
Next, take a self-guided walking tour on the Journey Behind the Falls. Stroll through 130-year-old tunnels behind Niagara Falls with several outlook points. The highlight of the tour is the observation deck right beside the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It’s about as close as you’ll get to Niagara Falls. Watch one-fifth of the world’s fresh water cascade down to the Niagara River.
Another unique attraction is Niagara Parks’ White Water Walk. It’s a boardwalk that extends along the Niagara River just beyond Niagara Falls. This is no ordinary river walk; you’ll be left in awe of these class six white-water rapids. These rapids are among the most intense in the world, and they’re created by the sheer force of the water from Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is an entirely new experience in the winter. While you’ll have to bundle up from head to toe, the waterfall is seemingly more magical when it’s covered in layers of ice and snow. All year long, the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls are illuminated with a rainbow of lights in the evening.