About an hour and a half drive from Toronto, visiting Niagara Falls is almost a must if you are in the Toronto area. There are several tour companies in the city that will even take you there as a 8 hour bus day trip.
Although I prefer driving, I would take the bus tour if it was my only option.
After driving the 401, 403, Ontario 25, QEW and maybe the 407/ETR (Express Toll Road), I arrive in the Niagara Falls area with plenty of good signs pointing me in the direction of the falls. Of course, the area is a major tourist attraction filled with all price range of hotels and casinos.
However, you can find parking within easy walking distance for $5-7.
I park at the Skylon Tower for $7 where you can also have a lunch or dinner buffet for $27-35. This price includes a lift to the observation deck and revolving restaurant. An a la carte menu is offered and the prices seem a bit steep although the view while dining is no doubt spectacular.
What is missing when viewing Niagara Falls from above or in the air is sensing its crashing power and feeling its refreshing mist.
All of this can be enjoyed for free except for the cost of parking.
If you want to experience more of Niagara, the classic tour is to take a journey on one of the “Maid Of The Mist” ships like Jim Carrey did in the movie Bruce Almighty.
However, I am sure he did not have to pay the $45 per person charge.
From the sidewalk I watch as others enjoy this experience I have previously done which takes you right up to the mist of the falls. Your choice to come away from it dry or drenched.
Niagara Falls is always impressive.