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Old 01-30-2015, 07:58 AM   #11
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There is a few campsites on Grand Island NY which is maybe 15 minutes to the falls. Also a KOA in Lewiston NY. Parking is tight around the American side for something that big. Goat Island which is right on the falls has bus parking. From there you can walk across the Rainbow bridge into Canada and spend a lot of time on Clifton Hill.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:08 AM   #12
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Stayed on the American side at Nys park Four Mile Creek. about 15 miles from the falls and a mile to Fort Niagara. Has a laundry room and a small store. You can get to the Canadian side by 2 bridges ,Rainbow and Lewiston. Go over the Rainbow at least once and definitely visit Goat Island on the American side. Downtown,on both sides, is kind of narrow and if your not comfortable with a lot of traffic avoid driving there. You want to go to the Canadian side most of the things to see are on Canadian side. Friday night you really want to be on the Canadian side, above the Falls, they shoot fireworks off every Friday and best view is above the Falls. Plus any night the Canadian side shines the colored lights on the Falls and again best view from Canada. American side hasn't got that much to do really.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:38 AM   #13
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Stayed on the American side at Nys park Four Mile Creek. about 15 miles from the falls and a mile to Fort Niagara. Has a laundry room and a small store. You can get to the Canadian side by 2 bridges ,Rainbow and Lewiston. Go over the Rainbow at least once and definitely visit Goat Island on the American side. Downtown,on both sides, is kind of narrow and if your not comfortable with a lot of traffic avoid driving there. You want to go to the Canadian side most of the things to see are on Canadian side. Friday night you really want to be on the Canadian side, above the Falls, they shoot fireworks off every Friday and best view is above the Falls. Plus any night the Canadian side shines the colored lights on the Falls and again best view from Canada. American side hasn't got that much to do really.
Agree with all of that except the last sentence.
4 mile creek NY state park is very nice and in-expensive and an easy car
drive to Canadian side.
I'll add -- IF you are hikers and don't mind getting your feet dirty- there
are trails RIGHT ALONG THE RAGING RIVER on the US side.
We hiked right past the rapids and literally sat on a rock looking at
standing waves that appeared to be as high as our heads. We were looking
directly across the river at the boardwalk on the Canadian side where folks
had paid serious money to use an elevator to get down there.
We hiked to as good or better vantage point for free on the US side.

Also agree that many of the best views and must see/do are on the
Canadian side. Park your car in the big lot right next to the Canadian falls
and buy an all day tram pass and spend the entire day there!
If you're totally not into any hiking on your own Four Mile creek SP is still
a good choice.

My 2˘ Below- sunset and view of Toronto from Four Mile Creek SP and short video of the rapids up close from the US side. You can just barely see the boardwalk on the Canadian side behind the huge waves.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:40 AM   #14
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We took the Canadian route back to NY from MI. Crossed in Detroit on a Sunday afternoon and what a pain - waited in line over an hour. First time we have ever been hassled going into Canada. The guy at customs was a complete jerk. Should have gone up to Huron but figured it would be fine on Sunday - wrong.


Stayed at the Niagara Falls (CA) KOA. Great location, great campground, priced accordingly... We did pull the camper through the downtown area on the Canadian side, and pulled into an empty parking lot across from the falls. I parked out on the edge, and figured that would be OK. Went to pay the attendant and she told me I had to pay for every spot we occupied, which was like 6 since I parked across a row of empty spots. It was a Monday morning and nobody was around. Just wanted to take a couple pictures, but decided not to pay for all those spots. I would avoid taking the MH down there if you can.


The Rainbow Bridge seems to be the best place to cross for tourist traffic. We ended up taking the QEW and crossing in Buffalo. Waited 2 hrs in line. And, it was the first time we ever were not hassled by US Customs when re-entering the US. Just don't take restricted items (i.e. fruits &vegetables) across with you. Our friends nearly started an international incident when they tried to take a green pepper over the border.


We also stayed at the Grand Island KOA last summer. Good location, not a bad CG for a lot less than we paid at the Niagara Falls KOA. But if you aren't worried about hookups, the state parks already suggested a good way to go.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:49 AM   #15
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A great new little campground is the Branches of the Niagara campground about a 10-15 minute drive to the falls. It's near the Koa but on the other side of the highway. We stayed there a couple days.
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:17 AM   #16
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There is a great campground in Youngstown, NY - it is called FOUR MILE CREEK STATE PARK. (reservations on RESERVEAMERICA.COM) We live near there and camp there all the time. You can drive your toads to Canada & the Falls for parking. Canadian parking is VERY, VERY expensive. Park on American side, you can walk across the RAINBOW BRIDGE, great fun and great views. Bring Passport!!
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Old 01-30-2015, 01:26 PM   #17
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Jellystone on the Canadian side has big lots for motor homes etc., and a shuttle service to and from the falls for $6:00 a day. You can ride back and forth as many times as you like all day. Cheaper than parking.
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cross at port huron . stay at koa indoor adult hours pool lots for kids to do also outdoor pool .as other person said take the bus and you buy the pass which is good all day and I think you can by longer passes and probably cheaper than parking and you can take different routes and see a lot more
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:27 PM   #19
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you can not park at the Casino on the Canadian side of the border....I was told I could
but security said no!!



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Old 01-30-2015, 06:59 PM   #20
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no you cant park at the casino that's y I say buy the bus pass and leave the coach & toad at the camp site . that's what my wife always did and now shes passed away 3 weeks and I wonder where I go from here as we bought a new coach just before she passed Bob
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