Niagara Falls from Toronto
By Viator, August 2010
Not only is Toronto a fascinating destination in itself, it makes a great base for exploring Niagara Falls, just 80 miles (130 kilometers) away. This astonishing natural wonder straddling the US-Canadian border marks the dramatic halfway point of the Niagara River on its course from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.
A day trip takes you through scenic Niagara Peninsula before you arrive at the thundering waters. Take in this awe-inspiring sight over lunch before you get more intimately acquainted with the Horseshoe Falls. Depending on the time of year, you can take an exhilarating ride on the Maid of the Mist boat, with their famous blue raincoats ensuring you stay dry(ish). Otherwise, experience the roar and mist from a different angle on a walk behind the cascade. Or if you really want to get your heart racing, take the afternoon Whirlpool Jet Boat tour. After a panoramic view over Whirlpool Rapids, toast the formidable falls at a local winery on your way back to Toronto.
Unlike many natural attractions, the fun isn’t over once the sun sets on Niagara Falls. After a morning’s sightseeing in Toronto, head out in air-conditioned comfort through historic Niagara-on-the-Lake before arriving at the falls. You thought they were amazing during the day? Wait until you see them at night, when eye-popping multicolored lights transform them into a watery fantasia, the perfect collaboration of nature and artifice. Head out on the Maid of the Mist again, before relaxing over a buffet dinner, still within sight of the Technicolor torrent. Fridays and Sundays during the warmer months you can also witness a spectacular fireworks display.