Niagara Falls boasts spectacular views that promise an unforgettable experience. But what’s it like up close? Canada Advocate, Martin, recently returned from a Niagara Falls getaway and is here to share more about his breathtaking trip. Take it away, Martin!

What was your first impression when you saw Niagara Falls in person?

I was in awe of the spectacle. I looked from a walled garden area just to the front of my hotel - the Crowne Plaza. The hotel directly faces the American side of the falls and just turning to the right I could see the Horseshoe Falls about half a mile away. The falls are so ethereal and the view changes constantly, there are always different segments of the falls that are shrouded in mist and spray, and then combine the sun and you are looking at a kaleidoscope of shades and reflections bouncing off the water. There are 3 sections to Niagara Falls - the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and then the largest and most well-known, Horseshoe Falls. At 10pm each night there is a fireworks display which we could see from our hotel room, and the falls are all lit up - it's a magnificent spectacle

Did you book onto any experiences at Niagara Falls?

Yes, I did a boat trip which brings you face-to-face with the famous Canadian Horseshoe Falls, called ‘Voyage to the Falls'. You are supplied with a poncho and will get wet from all the spray and mist bouncing off the bottom of the falls. It's a spectacular experience!

Next we did the 'Journey Behind the Falls' experience. This was my favourite part of the whole holiday - you get to stand just off to the left behind Horseshoe Falls. This is the absolute closest you can get to the falls and the sound & power is amazing - you really sense the majesty.

The final experience was the Whirlpool Aero Car which was a short bus ride away. It is an open cable car ride with incredible views, and underneath the cable car is a gigantic whirlpool which you can clearly see.

What was the highlight of your visit to Toronto?

The CN Tower was definitely my highlight. We went up to the second level and the views were amazing. We also liked the Distillery Historic District, with its small boutique shops and quirky restaurants.

We also visited Casa Loma which has been used in many films such as X-Men. This was well-worth a visit.

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My favourite part of the whole holiday...

...was standing just off to the left behind Horseshoe Falls. This is the absolute closest you can get to Niagara Falls and the sound & power is amazing - you really sense the majesty.

Martin Holloway Canada Advocate

What tips would you give to someone planning their first visit to Niagara Falls and Toronto?

In terms of getting around in Toronto, if you buy a subway ticket (single) you can also use this on trams and buses for the next 2 hours. If you get a day pass you can also use trams and buses and this is definitely the best way to get around. 

St. Lawrence Market isn’t open every day, so be sure to check before you visit!

Finally, be sure to make the most of Toronto's sports scene. See the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Toronto Blue Jays and get yourself some cool merch.

Want to follow in Martin’s footsteps?

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