It might be a polite one but, there’s always been a debate about which side of Niagara Falls is the better side. Since there’s an international border in the way, that kind of complicates things for those who either don’t have, or don’t want to use, a passport. But, depending on who you ask, they’ll likely prefer one side over the other.
If you ask someone from the United States you might have a split decision. However, if you ask a Canadian, you’ll probably have a unanimous vote for the Canadian side.
We’re certainly not here to start an argument but, for our Canadian friends, we’d like to give you some insight into what lies on the Ontario side of Niagara, and why you can leave the passports at home during your next visit.
One of the crown jewels of Niagara, located on the Ontario side, is the Skylon Tower. At a height of 775 feet, the Skylon Tower is not only a spectacular way to view the falls, but they also have a revolving restaurant, unique shopping, and a movie theater.
Of course, while you’re up there you can see the United States side, but revel in the knowledge that the Skylon Tower belongs to Canada.
The Butterfly Conservatory
Also located on the Canadian side of the falls is the famous Butterfly Conservatory. Open all year round, this indoor tropical paradise is home to thousands of butterflies representing a number of different species. You can spend the day strolling amongst the flora typically found in locales that are much further south than Canada, and watch as the butterflies flutter about. The self-guided walking tour means you can view the conservatory at your own pace, which is great if you have small children.
When you stay on the Canadian side of the falls, the list of Niagara Falls Canada hotels is impressive. There’s something for every budget, but why not splurge and stay at one of Niagara’s luxury establishments? The Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview hotel has the honor of being the closest hotel to the falls so, of course, you have to get a room with a view.
Or, you could try the Skyline Hotel, which is connected to North America’s largest indoor waterpark. You’ll also be steps away from shopping, dining, and everything else that the Canadian side of Niagara has to offer.
If you ask a visitor from the United States why they prefer the Canadian side of Niagara, one of their reasons would undoubtedly be Casino Niagara. Some Americans really like to gamble, and with the gambling laws in the United States being what they are, it’s always a treat to hop over the border and hit the casino.
However, Casino Niagara is more than just slot machines. There are multiple dining options, world-class entertainment and concerts, the comedy club, and so much more. Who knows? You might win big on your next visit.
Canada is home to some very talented and innovative chefs, and many of them showcase these talents in restaurants on the Canadian side of the falls. Windows by Jamie Kennedy is one of the premier farm-to-table restaurants in Ontario, and is located in the Falls Avenue Resort. Few chefs have been as lauded as Jamie Kennedy, and a dinner prepared by he and his staff is one you won’t soon forget.
Located in the Crowne Plaza is the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. His Italian dishes will have your taste buds screaming for more. Don’t miss the special events hosted throughout the year, where Chef Capra creates special menus highlighting different regions of Italy, with wines to match.
The Niagara wine industry has exploded in recent years, and tours and tastings are a requisite part of a visit to this part of Ontario. The Icewine Festival in January draws people from all over the world, and during the spring and summer months, bicycle tours and winery tastings are wildly popular.
Visiting the wineries is also a fantastic way to experience the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Niagara. The peace and quiet, coupled with the lovely views of the landscapes, highlight Ontario at its finest.
Canada has a lot to offer, and one of its true highlights is Niagara Falls. So whether you live in Ontario or British Columbia, why not explore more of your home country and visit Niagara? There’s always something fun going on, there’s incredible food and wine, and, of course, the stunning falls themselves. So when it comes time for you plan your next vacation, place Niagara at the top of the list.
Have you ever been to Niagara Falls, Ontario? What’s your favourite “must-see” Niagara Falls attraction?