Whether you’ve booked a week-long trip at the famous Falls, or you’re simply spending the day at this popular Canadian destination, here’s a list of 8 fabulous free things to do on your visit.
I’ve always wanted to do the whole thing and make a four-star Niagara Falls hotel break of it – if you make it there first, let me know how much you love it!
- Marvel at the falls
A trip to Niagara simply wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the dramatic waterfalls, and it’s free to do. Stroll by the gorge, past the Falls themselves or the paths above. You’ll find that it’s quite a walk, but the powerful sights are a real reward for the effort you put in!
- Discover Dufferin Islands
Discover 10 acres of relaxed parkland as you wander the bridges and footpaths that connect Dufferin Islands, stopping to feed the ducks. They are located south of the Falls, between the Rapidsview Parking Lot and Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse.
- Take the scenic route
If you’re looking for one of the prettiest drives in the world, look no further than the 56km stretch of Niagara Parkway, which is also fab for bike rides and hiking. You can drive along this road for the most wonderful scenery – and why not stop for a picnic? Niagara Parks Commission maintains the parkway to make sure it is always looking more than picturesque.
- Watch the winter lights
If it’s winter entertainment you’re after, make sure you put the Winter Festival of Lights in your diary. This wonderful event showcases over 125 light displays and 3 million tree/ground lights to illuminate the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland. It includes the largest illuminated Canadian-American flag in the world. Admission is free each year, but donations are encouraged to help keep the event going. Over 1 million residents and visitors come to this event each winter, so expect it to be busy.
- Go birdwatching or bouldering
Entrench yourself in the wonders of nature at The Niagara Glen, this designated reserve is a hit with hikers and birdwatchers alike. It’s a lovely place to observe birds, explore California-like forestry and see the flora. This is a hotspot for bouldering activities too.
- Tour the Ten Thousand Buddha Temple
Experience the spiritual, with a trip to the Cham San Ten Thousand Buddha Temple which holds free guided tours every weekend through June-October. This tranquil building is a 7 level Asian temple and contains Buddhist artifacts and arts.
- Walk the Bruce Trail
Discover the longest and oldest recognised hiking trail in the whole of Canada, with the 885km long trek, the Bruce Trail. It also has over 400k of interesting side trails. Make sure you pack your camera for this one, there’s plenty to capture on film, whether it’s captivating wildlife or the wonderful scenery of the Niagara Escarpment – a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve.
- Browse the Farmers Market
Enjoy the sights and smells of the Farmers Market, who says you have to buy anything… although you’ll probably be tempted. The Niagara Falls Farmers Market takes place every Saturday between 6am – Midday. There’s usually 4 indoor vendors and up to 15 outdoors.
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