Niagara Falls, Ontario
by MICHELLE KOSLOFF, PassPorter Guest Columnist
Growing up within a couple of hours of
Falls meant we
visited whenever relatives came to visit from the
UK. It's a Wonder of the World and what visit to
Canada would be complete without it? But as I grew older
dingier and it seemed to lose some of its luster. The falls were still there but
the Skylon sort of emptied out and the
tourist area just seemed to be dying off.
After I got married, we
moved away from Ontario but just about 2 years ago we moved back. It was
time for a visit because unlike us, our kids had only seen the falls once or
Niagara Falls has
changed significantly. I am not a big gambling fan, but I have to say, the two
Casinos that have opened
since I left Ontario have made a significant difference in the overall
feel of the city. It is more vibrant, more alive than it had been the last time
Over the past year, we have
Falls four times
and have barely scratched the surface and we have seen and done different things
Our first visit was to our
relatives. We stayed at their house and took a quick trip down to the falls one
day. We did the touristy walk by the falls and then took a trip
under the falls.
My second visit was with my
mother and sister for a ‘girls' weekend. We stayed at the Skyline
Inn because it probably has the best location for your buck. We weren't
there to lounge in our room so we weren't worried about luxury accommodations.
The beds were comfy though and it was nice inside. It is a very short walk to
Falls and right across the
street from the Casino which was our destination both evenings we were there.
One night we went to the closer old Casino (which I liked better because it
seemed brighter and was on two floors) and the second night we took a free
shuttle over to the newer casino.
During the day, our goal was
shopping. We visited the Outlet malls in Niagara Falls, NY and found many bargains. We also visited the Outlet mall on the
Canadian side and bought some things there as well. Before our trip to the
Casino in the evening we also saw the Festival of Lights which takes place
November through January. It was quite spectacular!
My third visit was with my
husband for our anniversary. Our anniversary is the end of November which in
hindsight is a rather good date. Hotel occupancy is very low so we usually can
find something dirt cheap and Christmas decorations and sales are starting to
Since this was our
anniversary we decided to go for a bit more luxury. Since we didn't really care
where we stayed, we tried bidding for a room on Priceline. That was fun in
itself. We ended up with the Sheraton on the Falls for less than a cheap hotel would go for
in the summer. When we arrived we asked about upgrading and for $10 more we got
a suite with fireplace and Jacuzzi tub on the 21st floor with a fabulous view of
Falls. We could even hear
them with our window closed. Instead of the surf to go to sleep by we heard the
faint roar of the falls. That $10 extra was so well worth it! It was a very
Our last visit was with our
children for our son's hockey tournament. We spent a lot of time in hockey
arenas but we also did a bit of shopping with the kids, a bit of sight seeing
and a bit of playing around. This time we stayed with the team at Michael's Inn. This hotel
must have once been very nice but seemed a bit bedraggled now. It still had a
very nice pool but the whole feel of the place was that it was a bit run down.
The beds were very uncomfortable and none of us slept well all weekend. The
location however was amazing! Again we were in walking distance of the falls and
all the attractions on Clifton Hill. We didn't do a lot there more than look. You
could spend a ton of time on the street what with all the wax museums, rides,
and attractions. Next time, next time…
We will be back again to
Falls in the fall when the prices decline
dramatically. We have promised the kids a trip to the Fallsview Water Park
which is a water park built on top of the Casino parking lot with a direct view
of the falls. There is still so much more to see!
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