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« on: February 04, 2010, 11:52 AM »

Planning to take the wife there for our anniversary this year.  SHHHH! it is a surprise so those who know her - don't spill the beans.

Need advice from someone who has been there recently.

Is it best to stay on the US or Canadian side?  I am looking at a couple hotels overlooking the Canadian Falls.  Is it worth the extra $$s to have that view?

How is the border crossing there - relatively easy or does it get heavy traffic?

What are the no BS, gotta see sites on both sides when you have a long weekend (noon Fri to noon Mon)?

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010, 12:13 PM »

hmm...when is the anniversary??? there is a good kite festival up there in the fall Wink
i would say to drop Gary Marks (he is a member on here) an email.....he is a Canadian who prolly would know the answers for you.....and when the Niagara fest is too Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010, 02:39 PM »

there is a good kite festival up there in the fall Wink


The website says that the Niagara Intl Kite Festival has been cancelled for this year.

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010, 03:34 PM »

I heard the same thing about the Niagara festival. It used to be in October, I think. The view from the Canadian hotels can't be matched, there's nothing on the American side that has a direct view of the falls. You would probably save a bunch of $$$ staying on the American side, though. If you stayed in the Holiday Inn, you could walk to Goat Island, which is in between the American and Horseshoe Falls. That's where the Cave of the Winds is, which is the most popular American attraction. Other things to see on the American side might be the casino, the aquarium, Whirlpool Park, the Devil's Hole, and the Power Vista.
The Canadian side is more geared towards tourist attractions with the wax museum, Ripley's, the tram over the whirlpool, and the gardens. If you're there in the warm months, the jet boat ride up the rapids will satisfy your adventurous side, but it's really wet.
If you're taking kites, the best place to fly would be at the resevoir park. I flew on Goat Island when I was there last, but it wasn't the best place to fly. At least for dual lines.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2010, 05:41 AM »

hmm...when is the anniversary??? there is a good kite festival up there in the fall Wink
i would say to drop Gary Marks (he is a member on here) an email.....he is a Canadian who prolly would know the answers for you.....and when the Niagara fest is too Wink


July.  I considered the festival, but thought better of it.  I need to take her at least one place where the focus isn't kites.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2010, 06:02 AM »

I need to take her at least one place where the focus isn't kites.  Wink

 Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy

Well, than at least go to the Wax Museum.  It's a bit kitchy, but I have fond memories of it as a very small kidlet.

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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2010, 06:31 AM »

I heard the same thing about the Niagara festival. It used to be in October, I think. The view from the Canadian hotels can't be matched, there's nothing on the American side that has a direct view of the falls. You would probably save a bunch of $$$ staying on the American side, though. If you stayed in the Holiday Inn, you could walk to Goat Island, which is in between the American and Horseshoe Falls. That's where the Cave of the Winds is, which is the most popular American attraction. Other things to see on the American side might be the casino, the aquarium, Whirlpool Park, the Devil's Hole, and the Power Vista.
The Canadian side is more geared towards tourist attractions with the wax museum, Ripley's, the tram over the whirlpool, and the gardens. If you're there in the warm months, the jet boat ride up the rapids will satisfy your adventurous side, but it's really wet.
If you're taking kites, the best place to fly would be at the resevoir park. I flew on Goat Island when I was there last, but it wasn't the best place to fly. At least for dual lines.
Don't forget to stop in Buffalo, and have some REAL wings !

~Rob.

From what I have researched I could save 50 - 75 per night staying in the US based on which hotel you select and the view.  This is the full falls view vs no view in the US hotels.  I could go with a lower falls view or river view and bring it down more.  This is also the difference between a 5 star hotel and a Holiday Inn.  Frankly, since the US hotels lack the view and ambiance of the Canadian hotels, I was surprised to see how much they cost.  In some cases they are close to the same.  So I think for an anniversary, I will likely go the extra mile.  When you add in the fireworks over the falls and nightly illumination, it is like getting free admission to a couple attractions but getting to enjoy it from your room.

How about border crossing in the area?  Has it become more congested?  Last time I was there was in the 80's.

OK, so where are the best wings in Buffalo?
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2010, 10:25 AM »

Its been a long time since I've been to Niagra Falls, but if its anywhere near the same you'll be disappointed if you don't go to the Canadian side. However with the new homeland security suff, I think you'll need a passport to do that these days.

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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2010, 10:28 AM »


OK, so where are the best wings in Buffalo?
Quaker steak and lube in sharon, pa Cheesy
It's been a number of years since i was there as well, use to go there alot more. There is a restaurant/hotel called the Red Coach Inn on the american side very near the falls that had great food, not sure if it's still there.
Most of the better shopping was on the canadian side along with the better hotels
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2010, 10:33 AM »

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So I think for an anniversary, I will likely go the extra mile.
In my experience going the extra mile always pays dividends!
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2010, 11:28 AM »


OK, so where are the best wings in Buffalo?
Quaker steak and lube in sharon, pa Cheesy

That is a wee bit farther than I plan to drive for a meal.  Huh  Something to put into my book for future consideration though.   Grin

OK, sounds like the Canadian side is the way to go.  Yep a passport or the new passport card is required.  I was just curious if the wait at the border is minutes or hours.  Guess I will find out.

Anybody else have a "gotta go/see" place in the area?  Looking for some of the non-kitchy, non-touristy, off the beaten path type places to balance the normal tourist activities.

Steve, agree completely.

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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2010, 11:43 AM »

There's always the barrel ride over the falls for fun and excitement. Just don't let anyone catch you.  Huh
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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2010, 12:00 PM »

If you are going to go the extra mile look at Niagra on the lake in Canada. I went there with my Dad on our final road trip.
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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2010, 08:52 PM »

I've been there a couple times and the Canadian side is definitely the better view of both falls, American and Canadian, IMO. One of the attractions on the Canadian side is the Skylon Tower.

I kick myself for not going up in it while I was there. There's actually a restaurant up at the top. I've heard from a friend, who did go up in it with his family, that the view was spectacular.  Wink

Also, I was there during the winter months and got some unexpected shots.
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2010, 03:23 AM »

When I lived up in Buffalo, we would go and stay on the Canadian side, for the view, and the exchange rate was very favorable then. If you're going in the summer, the crossings could be very busy, because it's the height of the tourist season. I would suggest to use an alternate crossing to the Rainbow Bridge, that will be the busiest.
If you are interested in wings, the Anchor Bar would be the place to go, Buffalo Wings were supposedly invented there.

Here's on nice thing about the American side... you can get nice and close to the Falls...


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