Noisy Point – Niagara Falls


Noisy Point - Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls, where the power of nature collides with the American power of commerce.

Etymology of the name:

The first mention of this impressive creation of nature appeared on a French map in 1658. The Iroquois called the waterfall Ony-aka-ra, meaning Noisy Point /Thundering Water. The waterfall connects the waters of Lake Erie with the waters of Lake Ontario.

Niagara Falls, American Falls, Ontario, Canada / Photo by SylwiaCam

Journey to Niagara Falls:

Choosing a car as our transport, the journey from Toronto takes about 2 hours, more during peak hours and in high season. When reaching Niagara Falls, we must take into account that it will be difficult to find a parking spot, even in the off-season. You can always use a different type of communication. I assume that you could also bike there, but coming from Toronto it would be a small feat.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada / Phhoto by SylwiaCam


There are numerous attractions waiting for us: from walking the trails by the river, by sailing to the waterfall by boat, to helicopter flight over the waterfall (which, according to the price list from 2021, costs 149 CAD). When the weather is favorable, you can take a ride on the Ferris wheel, which is a movable viewpoint on both sides of the waterfall (American – American Falls and Canadian – Horseshoe), cost: CAD 14.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada / Photo by SylwiaCam

If, on the other hand, we are satisfied with just the opportunity to see Niagara Falls in real life, we can approach the river for free, feel the rising breeze of the waterfall, and admire the illuminated waterfall at night. It is worth considering that the area around the waterfall will be rather crowded in the high season. In the early spring period, when ice floes run down the waterfall and everything in the area is covered with permafrost, there are definitely fewer visitors. However, the temperature and wind make it impossible to explore for a long time. There is always water mist above the waterfall, so it’s good to protect electronics.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada / Photo by SylwiaCam

Canada vs USA

A few years ago, while working in a museum in Krakow, I had the opportunity to talk to tourists from Canada who had a photo of themselves with the Niagara Falls in the background on their credit card. When asked which American or Canadian side was prettier, they answered without hesitation that the Canadian side. Years later, after my visit to the waterfall, I can honestly confirm that. Although the commercial character of this place does not impress me.

Niagara Falls, Horseshoe, Ontario, Canada / Photo by SylwiaCam


Seemingly an obvious tip nowadays, but worth remembering: it’s worth considering booking tickets for all attractions online before arrival.

Written by Sylwia S.

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