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Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Experience the mighty waterfalls with stunning views of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. See the power of Niagara up close, onboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride Voyage to the Falls. Hear about the origins of the falls and see the American and Canadian power plants that run on the Niagara River's waters. Stop to admire the beautiful Floral Clock, made up of more than 16,000 carpet bedding plants. Learn about the Niagara Glen and the Whirlpool Golf Course, and enjoy fully narrated stops at the Whirlpool Rapids Observation Deck and the Brink of the Falls. Then, ascend the Skylon Tower for panoramic aerial views and descend behind the falls as feel the Horseshoe Falls cascading above you at the Journey Behind the Falls. Cruise past the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls aboard a Hornblower Niagara cruise boat. From December to April, when the boat tour is non-operational, visit the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara's Fury attraction instead. Step inside a 4D motion theater and discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

2. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

Explore Niagara Falls on a guided day trip from Toronto, with pickup from downtown Toronto and on-board commentary from your guide. Enrich your tour with an optional Niagara Falls boat cruise. Start with a scenic drive through Niagra-on-the-lake along the Niagara Parkway and marvel at Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. Enjoy a stopover and see the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock. Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, get 3 hours of free time during which you can choose to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls." Feel the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower (during the winter months). Take a break where you can go and purchase a delicious lunch at one of the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls. After your break, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Falls Day Trip with Boat Tour

3. Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Falls Day Trip with Boat Tour

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Admire the majestic falls from various angles and enjoy time to explore at your own pace. Upgrade your experience with a boat tour of the Falls. Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Stopover and visit the historic town of Niagara on the Lake on your own. Take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway.  Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls (you must choose the Guided Day Trip including Voyage to the Falls Boat Cruise option for the cruise to be included). Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area.  When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours of free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

Niagara Falls, ON: 45-minute Jet Boat Tour on Niagara River

4. Niagara Falls, ON: 45-minute Jet Boat Tour on Niagara River

Embark on a stimulating jet-boat tour of the lower Niagara River. Ride the thrilling rapids and take in the stunning natural landscape surrounding you on your tour. Learn about the river, its historical landmarks, and the differences between the American and the Canadian sides of the river from your local guide. Then, let your expert guide navigate the river to deliver a thrilling ride through the Class 5 rapids. Enter the Devil’s Hole, where the rapids begin, and experience the exhilarating 365° Hamilton Turn. Get up close and personal with the river as you get splashed paddling down the rapids as the jet boats are designed with an open top. If you prefer to stay dry, experience the excitement of the rapids on the Jet Dome tour. You will take the same journey as the Wet Jet tour, but the covered boat offers shelter from river rapids, keeping you dry and comfortable.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup & Optional Boat Ride

5. Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup & Optional Boat Ride

Experience a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and discover the mighty waterfalls with stunning views. Enjoy commentary from your local and licensed tour guide. Receive expert guidance on the history of Niagara Falls, how to spend your free time here, and any other questions you might have. Enjoy a complimentary pickup from central hotels and locations across Downtown Toronto and Mississauga and arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM to enjoy 4 hours (summer) or 3 hours (winter) of free time to explore the falls. Join 1-2 optional activities like the Niagara City Cruises boat ride (summer), Bird Kingdom, Journey Behind the Falls, Skylon Tower, or Niagara Helicopters. Visit the flashy Clifton Hill village for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, an arcade, and more. Pack a lunch or order at a local restaurant, with an option to have a picnic by the waterfalls. Next, go on a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Stop and take photos at iconic attractions along the way like the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids, the floral clock, Queenston Heights Park, a local country market, and/or other seasonal destinations. Return to your original location in Toronto in the afternoon and enjoy a full evening in the city with time for dinner and an evening event.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

6. Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Toronto. With three tour options to choose from, prepare for an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Relax in the comfort of a premium climate-controlled bus as you begin your journey with your downtown Toronto pickup between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Enjoy lively commentary from your experienced guide on the scenic drive into the Niagara Region.  Pending the selected option, in Niagara Falls you can enjoy free time, savor a delicious a la carte lunch, and/or experience an attraction. In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls with access to the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter or when the boat is not operating, there are two alternate attractions offered. Experience the 'Journey Behind the Falls', a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls, or re-live a lifetime of Niagara's sensational true stories at the Imax Theater. The most popular tour option includes the attraction upgrade and lunch. Taste the very best of Niagara with exclusive seating at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and savor a locally sourced a la carte menu, paired with Ontario craft beers and Niagara VQA wines.  Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto around 8:00 PM.

Niagara: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tastings

7. Niagara: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tastings

Embark on a guided tour of Niagara's renowned wine region with an inclusive experience designed for everyone, whether you're a connoisseur or simply want to share a drink with friends. The Wine Country tour centers around the Niagara-on-the-lake region, nestled on Lake Ontario, near the mouth of Niagara Falls. Travel along the historical Niagara Parkway to the charming town of Niagara on the Lake. Sample wines at Pillitteri Estates, Inniskillin, and Konzelmann Estates. Then, enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the quaint town voted the prettiest town in Canada. Finally, enjoy the convenience of a return transfer to your pickup location.

Niagara Falls: Scenic Airplane Tour w/ Chocolate & Champagne

8. Niagara Falls: Scenic Airplane Tour w/ Chocolate & Champagne

Fly through the clouds and see 12 historical and geological marvels in the Niagara Region. Plug in your audio guide to learn all about the sites below including Niagara Falls, Lake Ontario, and the quaint Canadian city of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Meet your professional pilot at Niagara District Airport and take off on your airborne adventure. Fly comfortably in a Cessna airplane and enjoy the longest "air time" available in Niagara. With 25 years of experience, your pilot knows just what to do to make sure all passengers get perfect 360-degree views. Fly over the centuries-old Fort George and admire Queenston Heights Park from above. Snap the perfect shot of the turbulent Niagara whirlpool and capture the power of this natural wonder which has been swirling for 4,000 years. Learn about local landmarks such as the Welland Canal, Fort Niagara, and the Hydro Power Dams while enjoying champagne and chocolate. The tour will end at Niagara District Airport.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

9. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Marvel at the grandeur of Niagara Falls on a 9.5-hour tour from Toronto. Travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, stopping at the Floral Clock, Whirlpool Spanish Aero Car, the historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some scenic stops for pictures. Get up close to the Horseshoe Falls on a Niagara City Cruises "Voyage to the Falls." Along the way, you’ll hear about the area’s history and geography. After visiting several of the area's attractions, board a Niagara city cruise for a ride to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice. If you selected the tour with the lunch option, enjoy lunch in the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel at the Fallsview Restaurant overlooking the falls. Take a scenic drive through Niagara Falls with views of Fort George, Brock’s Monument, Hydropower stations, Niagara River, Welland Canal, and picturesque vineyards along the Great Lakes - with a complimentary bottle of water provided — with a certified tour guide.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

10. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

Benefit from pick-up service from all downtown Toronto or Toronto Pearson Airport hotels, and then journey by climate-controlled mini-coach to Niagara Falls. Listen to an informative commentary about the history of the area and the role of the native people, and discover why the geography makes the Niagara Peninsula so unique. Upon arrival at Niagara Whirlpool, marvel at one of the most violent white water rapids in North America. Then, climb aboard the Hornblower to experience the power, energy and majesty of Niagara Falls up close on the "Voyage to the Falls" boat tour. Be mesmerized by the height of Horseshoe Falls and the volume of water that plunges from its crestline. Travel along the Niagara Parkway to see the power of the Niagara River as it prepares to plunge over the falls. Take in the scenic landscape of Dufferin Islands along the way. Get some free time at Niagara Falls for dinner or to visit Clifton Hill and other attractions. Gaze in awe when dusk arrives and the great cataracts are lit up in a multitude of colors. Opt for a tour with dinner and dine at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. Feast from the Fallsview Buffet and get panoramic views of Niagara Falls illuminated for the night. Depart Niagara Falls and journey back to Toronto for drop off at your hotel on arrival.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Niagara-on-the-Lake?

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Niagara Falls, Canadian Side

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What people are saying about Niagara-on-the-Lake

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,791 reviews

This small group tour is great for anyone visiting the falls area but especially those like me and my wife who have never visited the area. Our guide, Herman, was informative, engaging and very helpful in providing "insiders" advice on seeing and experiencing all the notable sites on the Canadian side of the falls. We paid once for all attractions and never had to wait in line at any of the venues--just awesome all around! We highly recommend!

Great trip, vinnie the guide was superb very knowledgeable, great to go behind the falls.

excellent trip. great guide and bus driver. very polite and fun. totally recommended

Our tour guide was awesome and the captain was amazing!!

The tour guide was awesome and the captain amazing!