Insider Tips

Insider Tips can be invaluable. They can save you money. Or increase your enjoyment of an event or activity. And there are those free sights and events I like to bring my visitors to.

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Free Attractions:

Go stand at the very brink of the Horseshoe Falls. You are within feet of the Falls with the mist swirling around you and roar of the water thundering down.

During the summer months, you can have your picture taken with a real Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman in red dress uniform. He is stationed at Table Rock by the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. No horse though.

If you enjoy hiking, you will love the Niagara Glen nature reserve. You hike along marked trails down into the gorge, by the swirling Niagara River, and can finish up with a picnic in the spacious grounds at the top.

Queenston Heights is a popular local destination when a lot of visitors drop in and the budget is a little tight. It's great for picnics, with lots of space, baseball diamonds, 4 tennis courts, kids playground, bandshell, historical sights and a historical hike. And it's all for free.

Other Attractions:

The Butterfly Conservatory is a magical place you won't soon forget. Tip-Wear a colourful shirt and a butterfly might even land on you. That makes for a real Kodak moment.

The view from the heaving deck of the Maid of the Mist as it is buffeted by the thundering Horseshoe Falls is something you likely won't soon forget. Don't miss it and make sure you keep the disposable raincoat you get for when you check out the Horseshoe Falls topside.

The best time, if possible, to visit Niagara Falls in during the week, especially in the summer months. Then you can save on your accommodation costs, avoid the heavy traffic and the long lineups at the popular attractions.

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