The first stop on our October road trip (besides an overnight in Toledo, Ohio) was Niagara Falls, Ontario. Crossing the border allowed us to officially mark “visit another country” off of our 2017 Happiness Project Bucket List. Crossing the border also gave me a chance to update a negative experience with a new, more positive, one.
When I first visited Canada in 2006, I was detained by immigration. After 30 minutes of explaining why a District Manager from TN would be visiting a sales rep in Ontario for anything other than a work visit – I was actually there to take the rep to dinner and present him with an award – they let me go. This time, I was on vacation, so we sailed through our border crossing.
If you’ve never been to Niagara Falls, I highly encourage you to add it to your list. The place is amazing! The weather was near perfect the entire time we were there (60-70 degrees F) and the scenery – the fall foliage, the white water rapid, and of course, the falls itself – was stunning.
Off season accommodations are relatively cheap in Niagara Falls but instead of a hotel, we opted for a Kamping Kabin at the KOA on Lundy Lane. It’s outside of the tourist area but still within a short drive to all of the attractions. Of course, there are plenty of things to do at the campground too – an indoor pool, mini golf, a game room, a playground, and more – and right across the street is a delicious place to have dinner – Boston Pizza.
The KOA also sells Adventure Passes, which include a 48-hour bus pass on the WeGo and admission to select attractions. We chose the Hornblower Cruise, Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, and the White Water Walk. We enjoyed each of the attractions but I think Angie’s favorite part of the Adventure Pass was the WeGo. I’m not sure if she loved it because it was convenient or because she found $20 at one of the bus stops. Seriously though, for hopping on/off and navigating without the hassles of driving and parking, the WeGo is definitely the way to go even if you don’t opt for the Adventure Pass.
We spent 4 days exploring the Niagara Falls area. In addition to the attractions on the Adventure Pass, we had a picnic at Niagara Glen, walked across the Rainbow Bridge to explore the American side of the falls, briefly ducked into a casino, explored the shops in Clifton Hill, and enjoyed some downtime at our campground.
My favorite part of the trip though was seeing Niagara Falls at night.
One of my biggest concerns when planning this trip was having cell reception in Canada. Sadly, Boost Mobile doesn’t have international service in Canada BUT we were able to get limited reception near the falls and along Niagara Parkway. We were also able to use WiFi calling through Google Hangouts when we had a WiFi signal (though not at our campground – they limited the use of their WiFi signal to only certain applications). Cell phone woes aside, we now rank Niagara Falls, Ontario among our favorite vacation places.