Niagara Advice…Avoiding crowds

Jun 14th, 2012, 07:56 PM
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Niagara Advice…Avoiding crowds

I am little hesitant to schedule a trip because I do not appreciate casino, tourist trap/large crowds. I would prefer to just enjoy the falls without going to any wax museums. I will by going with my husband. We enjoy dining on a budget, breweries, and outdoor activities. We were thinking of staying at Niagara-on-the-Lake based on other post. How overcrowded are roads in July and August? How long does it take to cross borders? Would we need more than two days to see the falls and possible winery tour? I think I would prefer to spend more time in Toronto than Niagara. Thanks for the advice!
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Jun 14th, 2012, 09:25 PM
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Just avoid the weekends and holidays and you will be fine in Niagara... weekdays are cheaper, way less crowded, and much easier... You can also just choose to avoid Clifton Hill a two block area on the Canadian side with the tacky museums...

weekday border crossings are no more than 15 minutes...

for decent and less expensive food, consider the Niagara Parks Golf Club along the Niagara Parkway, the clubhouse at Niagara on the Lake Country Club, the Harp Irish Pub, Angel Inn British Pub, or just wander the Village and check the posted menus... there are at least a half dozen less expensive eateries in the village,,,

Two days can be plenty of time if you move quickly... make sure your itinerary includes Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, and a walk along the Canada side rail...

For Niagara on the Lake, consider the Whirlpool Jet Boats and a winery Bicycle tour as well as a few hours wandering the village... Summer rates are higher, but if you stay a bit away from the village, they are cheaper....

Toronto is a Major City with traffic and rush hours, major events and weekend events... unless you are seeking a NY City type vacation, plan carefully...
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Jun 15th, 2012, 06:37 AM
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Thanks for the restaurant ideas.

We will have a car, but we will probably use public transportation in the city. We have recently traveled to Boston and Chicago. I have been to New York. It is not the crowds that bother me it is the tourist. Would you compare Toronto to New York than any other US city?
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Jun 15th, 2012, 07:36 AM
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garyt22, just told you everything you need to know. definetly avoid clifton hill. Hotels have freee shuttles that take you around, so ask your hotel about shuttles.

for wine tours, check out site like or dealfind, they usually have great prices for wine tours.

I have been to New york, Toronto is not as crowded as new york is, don't get my wrong, toronto is very crowded as well but just not as much as new york. I havn't been to any other city in the US other than NYC so I wouldn't be able to compare.

Hope that help! Have fun and good luck!
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Jun 15th, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Toronto has been rated as the "Most Diverse City" in the world with millions of diverse ethnic, racial, and religious residents... with that comes their foods, cultures,and neighborhoods... the city also features distinct areas for Theatre, Entertainment, Finance, shopping,waterfront,fashion district, and is the only city with two Chinatowns...

In addition it is the home of several prominent museums, fine music, and is the culinary centre of Canada... certainly could be considered the NYC of Canada...
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Jun 17th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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Two days for niagara area could be fine (2 nights and 3 days or 2.5 days). You won't see EVERYTHING but that's okay.

I also think NYC is more crowded than Toronto. I love Toronto.

I think I've been to Niagara Falls in July once (last year), I think it was a Friday. It was SUPER crowded, but I am used to going in September/October.
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Jun 17th, 2012, 09:48 AM
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Oh I forgot to mention. You could spend time on the NY side to see the falls, it is not as crowded there and quite beautiful. We always try to go to the park over there every time we go, either by driving on the way, or by walking over the bridge.

I have stayed in Niagara on the Lake and at the falls (can't be a fallsview room) and both have their positives.
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