Should you Walk or drive across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada? We had this discussion for the last 50 miles as we headed to our new campsite on moving day. I did a lot of checking on the internet and found it to be a toss up. Driving or walking really depends on what your intentions once you get to Canada. If you want to see a lot of Canada then drive but if you only want see Niagara Falls, walk.
Niagara Falls, New York (American side)
Before you head over to Canada to see the best view of Niagara Falls (ask anyone) check out American side first. It’s free to visit the Niagara Falls State Park and walk around to all the viewing points and take pictures. From the American side you look down on the falls, get the spray in your hair and see how much water rushes over. Shopping is scarce on the American side, except for a few souvenir ones. Everyone suggest taking the “Maid of the Mist” boat ride but it costs around $20 per person. Since we like the less expensive adventures we chose to walk and visit the various viewing points. I enjoyed Goat Island which separates the American Falls from the Canadian Falls.
Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canadian side)
Canadian side was amazing and well worth the fifty cents you have to pay to get back into the States. Don’t forget your passport because you will need it to cross over and get back into the country. Also, be extra polite to the border police, only answer questions they ask and you will breeze right on through customs. We were extra excited to add Canada to our travel countries but they don’t give stamps (I asked).
Walking across the Rainbow Bridge gave us the opportunity to stop and take pictures. As you exit of the custom office go straight across the street where you will find millions of shops, just like Gatlinburg, TN. They have Dinosaur Put-Put, Haunted Mansion, candy shops, Rainforest Cafe, Starbucks and our favorite the Hershey Store. The Hershey store offers every chocolate you could imagine and every flavor of chocolate Kisses and Reese’s (mind blowing).
To get the ultimate views of the falls you have several options: Hornblower Niagara, Cruise Boat Ride, Niagara Skywheel, and lunch or dinner at the Skylon Tower which rotates while you eat. We found they all cost around $20 per person. If you decide to drive plan on an hour at the border crossing but you can go a little more into Canada where I hear it’s gorgeous.