A Day Trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario

A Day Trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Last weekend Adam and I took a day trip to Niagara Falls. We thought it’d be a fun idea to take GO Transit there, and boy, was it an adventure. It’s about an hour and a half drive by car to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto, so the two hour commute there wasn’t too bad. The three hour commute back wasn’t very fun though!

I thought I’d do a little guide on what to do and how to get around.

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How to get to Niagara Falls via GO Transit

From Union Station, take the Lakeshore West train and get off at Burlington Station. Take a short walk to the bus terminal and take the 12 bus to Niagara Falls. Be sure to take the express bus – it’ll save you so much time. The commute costs about $16-18 one-way, which I’d say is pretty fair.

How to get around Niagara Falls without a car

There’s a bus system in Niagara Falls that takes you to all the main tourist attractions called the WEGO, and it only costs $7.50 for a 24-hour pass and $12 for a 48-hour pass.

Since we didn’t go anywhere outside of the main Falls area and we were able to walk everywhere, we didn’t end up getting the bus pass. Originally we’d planned on staying the weekend, and I’d definitely recommend the bus pass if you don’t have a car and plan on staying overnight! The bus stops at a bunch of popular hotels as well.

Horseshoe Falls

Our first stop was the actual Falls. I highly recommend going early in the morning if you want to get good photos – it wasn’t too bad around 10 AM, but a bit after that was when all the tour buses started arriving and tourists began to pour in for their own selfies.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

We then had lunch at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant by the Falls. The food isn’t that great for the price point – it’s really just worth going for the patio view. The service was really nice though!

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Our next stop was to the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, where we could actually get up close and personal to the Falls. Be sure to wear waterproof mascara if you decide to go… Even the poncho and a pair of sunglasses will not save you.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

I got these waterproof phone pouches specifically for the cruise and for our upcoming trip to Iceland. It comes in a pack of two and they come with lanyards (as you can see on my neck). The following shots were taken while using the pouch – you can’t even tell there’s something covering the camera!

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Clifton Hill

The last stop of our trip was exploring Clifton Hill Street. We had planned on checking out the Whirlpool Aero Car to get a view of the falls from a cablecar, but it was a bit farther out so we decided not to.

We explored the Hershey Store and Coca Cola Store, walked through the Mystic Maze of Mirrors (actually a lot of fun), and took a ride on the SkyWheel. We briefly went into the arcade and found 100 unclaimed tickets from one of those jackpot games, but we ended up giving them to a father and daughter.

There’s a haunted house (I forget the name) I went to with a friend a couple of years ago, where you walk in the dark and employees pose as monsters and try to scare you. While inside, my friend said my name out loud and the employees all started whispering Jessica eerily… I ran out crying. Adam and I walked by the house, and we didn’t hesitate to not go inside.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

We were pretty tired from walking around all day, so we ended up leaving around 4. Since the walk to the GO Station was only half an hour, we decided to do that instead of taking an Uber… The overall commute home (including wait times) took about 3 hours. If you’re taking GO Transit, be sure to look at train/bus times ahead of time, or you’ll end up traveling way longer than you need to!

I’m a very meticulous planner and I actually planned out our entire day ahead of time, but obviously nothing went as planned… I’ll leave this here for those of you who are as crazy as me though.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Have you been to Niagara Falls? What’s your favourite thing to see or do there? I’d love to try it out next time! I definitely want to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake next time since I haven’t been yet.

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on my summer road trip to Hamilton, Ontario.

A guide to spending a day at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side

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  • I didn’t know you can travel there by GO transit (but I guess it’s not that far anyways)! This changes things for me haha

    • Haha I found out about it through all the signs at Union! It’s only during the summer that they go to Niagara Falls, but it’s a much more relaxing way to visit esp if you don’t have a car!

  • Ahh – I’ve said this before, I’ve never been to the Canadian side of Niagara falls. I’d really love to though! The last time I went, it was with my family and we took the family SUV haha!

    • Haha hopefully you get to see it sometime – apparently it’s better than the American side!

  • I just said to my husband I really want to visit Niagara Falls! It looks beautiful!

  • Emely Roman

    Gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to go to Niagara falls for a while. Especially because I am fairly near to it.

  • Teresa Desouza

    Omg I love your detailed planning! Every time I try to plan out my days on vacation, nothing ever goes according to plan haha

    • Hahaha thanks girl! I planned my Hamilton trip back in June but my friend isn’t much of a hiker so we didn’t really end up doing anything lol. I have a whole google sheet for Iceland so hopefully everything goes according to plan, I’ve spent dozens of hours on it 😂

  • Alison Ruth

    This is a great guide! I’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t made it yet. Love the waterproof phone pouches!!

  • Torché Nash

    Wow this is beautiful! I’ve added this to my list of to-do’s.

    • It’s definitely somewhere you need to visit at least once! 🙂

  • Amanda K

    This is absolutely beautiful! This is at the top of my bucket list!

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  • carla

    These photos are absolutely stunning! I’d love to visit here one day!

    Carla x

  • Lynn White

    Beautiful! I hate I didn’t take advantage of how close Niagra Falls was when I lived in DC.

    • You should definitely still pay a visit someday if you can! 🙂

  • Awesome photos. I’ve never been to Niagra Falls but it looks amazing. And those waterproof cases, nice recommendation!

    • Thanks Julie! You should definitely see the Falls someday if you can!

  • Good to know about the bus! I have one of those waterproof cases too, I swear by it!

    • It’s a much less stressful way to get around! And the cases work way better than I expected them to!

  • Kimberly Hsieh

    You two are so adorable! I love that you had a schedule in your phone! So detail oriented 🙂 Looks like so much fun!! It’s definitely way prettier from the Canadian side haha

    • Haha thanks Kim!! I heard there’s more things to do on the Canadian side because it’s so touristy 😛

  • Yolanda @ Inspire & Wander

    I went there last fall. It was gorgeous! We actually did the same hornblower cruise. Good captures with that waterproof bag, I need to get one of those.

    • I’ve only ever been to the falls during the summer, but I can imagine how beautiful it’d be in the fall!

  • God, I haven’t been to Niagara Falls, ON since I was a kid. Meanwhile, I swear my brother is there with his girlfriend every single week. They always go on the SkyWheel and through that maze of mirrors. So fun! Maybe I should just third wheel them sometime….lmao. Love this post! It’s always fun to see my hometown from the other side.

    • Hahaha you should do it! The SkyWheel is so much fun 😀

  • Great post dear, the images look beautiful, I’ve always wanted to visit Niagara Falls, this just confirmed it needs to happen. The beauty of mother nature is magical!

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    • Thanks Tajinder! It’s definitely somewhere you need to visit at least once 🙂

  • Cara Palmer

    Looks like a beautiful place, I’ll have to check it out.

  • This was such a fun post to read! The photos are SO GORGEOUS! I’ve never been to Niagara Falls before and have been wanting to go for a loooong time! I am definitely going to need to plan a trip out for next Summer! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Chloe, glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  • Diana Dors-Haisman

    Great post, i love the Falls i have to go a pay a visit at least once each trip or it doesn’t feel like a proper trip to Canada for me. I haven’t done the Maid in the mist boat ride yet and really want to, we usually just take a walk around the main drag and end in one of the Casino’s. Niagara-on-the-Lake is beautiful i’ve been there once in the winter time so far, i bet it’s even better in the summer/fall. 🙂 x

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    • Thanks Diana! The Maid of the Mist is so much fun – I’ve been to Niagara Falls many times and this was my first time doing it. I’d love to check out Niagara-on-the-Lake in the summertime as well, perhaps next year! 🙂

  • Miriam Valdes-Carletti

    Great post 🙂 I’m actually from Niagara Falls so I’m always intrigued when people go and see what they do. I worked at the Skylon Tower for 4 years and the view from the top is pretty great! If you’re ever in the mood for a hike and seeing the rapids up close, I’d highly recommend going to the gorge! (the technical name is Niagara Glen) That’s where us locals go instead of the tourist area 🙂 The WEGO actually goes there too which is convenient!

    • I went to the Skylon Tower restaurant a few years ago and it was really nice!! I’ll definitely check out the Niagara Glen next time – I just looked it up on Insta and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it before, it’s gorgeous! Thanks Miriam! 🙂