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Old 10-05-2018, 06:25 PM   #1
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Niagara Falls US vs. Canada Side

Left the Falls area today after spending 5 days in the area. Stayed at Branches RV Park on Grand Isle. Beautiful park, huge sites, Xtra clean. No wifi but hot spot at office. No cable, but 25 or so OTA channels.
Visited falls on US side. Aside from falls Mist cruise was very disappointed. Entire area is in need of some serious up-grades. Streets crummy, boarded up store fronts all over the area. Lousey food and resteraunts. Center at entrance to Maid of Mist dirty, filthy, needs repair.
Went to Canada side two days later. What a night and day difference. Busy, vibrant, clean. Didn't see any boarded store fronts. Name brand and some good independant resteraunts.
Canada should be praised for what they have done to the area. US should be ashamed that such an area with such a popular draw as the falls is in such disrepair. Looks "shoddy" when compared to Canada.
Did have a good time visiting Lockport/Erie Locks, Fort Niagara, large very nice outlet mall just off I-190 at exit 23...200 shops and not one vacancy.
If you do go to the area, definately go visit the Canada side.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:33 PM   #2
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Well for Americans, this is Buffalo, NY one of the worst places in the country. But in Canada, this is Toronto, one of the best places in the country
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Yup...spot on Grumpy...Poor city/resource management...same thing with cities at the other end of the lake i.e. Detroit vs.Windsor.

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Old 10-05-2018, 08:34 PM   #4
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Just a slight geography correction....

On either side of the Niagara River, at the falls area, both cities are named Niagara Falls. That’s Niagara Falls NY, and Niagara Falls Ontario. People living in either city say they live in Niagara Falls.....not another city.

Toronto is 80 miles away, and Buffalo is 25 miles away.

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Old 10-05-2018, 08:59 PM   #5
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We were there in June and had a similar experience. We were totally unimpressed with the city of Niagara Fall, NY. We camped about 20 miles east at Niagara County RV Resort. Not a bad place but not great either. The next night we camped at Windmill Point Park. The place was clean, they had a nice burger stand, and a nice quarry to swim in. the Canadian side was more memorable.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:45 PM   #6
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Stay on the Canadian side on the Fourth Of July. We did one year and there were over twenty towns on the American side with Fireworks you could watch in Canada.
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Just a slight geography correction....

On either side of the Niagara River, at the falls area, both cities are named Niagara Falls. That’s Niagara Falls NY, and Niagara Falls Ontario. People living in either city say they live in Niagara Falls.....not another city.

Toronto is 80 miles away, and Buffalo is 25 miles away.

Just sayin’
Well I’m just sayin’ nobody cares about anything going on in that part of the USA because it’s cold and miserable. HOWEVER, in Canada it’s the equivalent of Florida or Southern California, the warmest nicest part of Canada. Toronto is like the Los Angeles of Canada. So of course they take care of it just like the USA takes care of it’s nice areas...just sayin’
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Old 10-06-2018, 12:02 PM   #8
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We stay at Four Mile Creek Campground whenever we are in the area. We have seen both sides of Niagara Falls. The Canadian side of the falls are the prettiest but we like both sides
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Niagara Falls US vs. Canada Side

We stayed at Cinderella Motel and RV in Grand Isle, NY. Ignore the name, this is really a nice campground. It's about a 1/4 mile from the Niagra Falls KOA on the same main street and when we saw the KOA, we were so glad we chose the Cinderella. It's prettier, staff is great and I think it was cheaper but I didn't check KOA price so that's a guess on my part. By the way, Cinderella doesn't charge an upfront deposit.



This is their website:Cinderella RV Grand Isle NY



Both the Cinderella and KOA are very handy and close for visiting the falls. We arrived our first night back in August at about noon so we did our setup and headed over to the Canadian side for the late afternoon and evening. Next day, we made it over to the American side and the Maid of the Mist boat.



As others have already said, the Canadian side is so much better, its almost a good idea to just skip the American side. At least until they finish the park construction that's going on. But honestly, unless they can clean up the area around the park, it'll still be better over on the Canadian side.
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As a Canadian it is great to read the comments "re Canada"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! J
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Well I’m just sayin’ nobody cares about anything going on in that part of the USA because it’s cold and miserable. HOWEVER, in Canada it’s the equivalent of Florida or Southern California, the warmest nicest part of Canada. Toronto is like the Los Angeles of Canada. So of course they take care of it just like the USA takes care of it’s nice areas...just sayin’
Sorry but you are way off .... Toronto is cold just as Montreal in the winter. The weather you are talking about is in Vancouver, BC. As for summer, every part of Ontario and Quebec Canada was over 80 this year. Just saying...
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We were in Niagara Canada for a week this June. It was before their tourist season, so prices were still great and crowds were small. Exchange rate made it even better.

We did spend some time on the US side and we were sorry we wasted our time.

Next year we are going back at the same time for an extended Canadian adventure.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:29 PM   #14
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Have you ever taken the North Sydney – Port aux Basques Ferry ride in an RV? Any insight on that?

My DW and I have a trip planned to Gander.

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Old 10-07-2018, 03:28 AM   #15
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Traveling in Italy right now and we had dinner with a very nice couple that live just outside of Toronto.
One of the things we spoke about was how nice the Canadian side was. They told us that when we make it to Niagara we really need to take the time and see the falls from their side.
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Well I’m just sayin’ nobody cares about anything going on in that part of the USA because it’s cold and miserable. HOWEVER, in Canada it’s the equivalent of Florida or Southern California, the warmest nicest part of Canada. Toronto is like the Los Angeles of Canada. So of course they take care of it just like the USA takes care of it’s nice areas...just sayin’

Most people I know in the Toronto area prefer to compare it to Manhattan.
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Have you ever taken the North Sydney – Port aux Basques Ferry ride in an RV? Any insight on that?

My DW and I have a trip planned to Gander.

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I haven't done it, but was browsing that ferry's website. It is a long ferry ride, 1 ferry leaves at 11 in the morning and another at 11 at night and goes through the night. You are not allowed to stay in your RV or vehicle while it is cruising. The cost 1 way is pretty steep, then you have to repeat to come back. If memory serves me correctly, it would cost you about $45 each as passengers and your RV rate depends on overall length of RV plus vehicle if you have, but that would range from about $250-$400 each way, depending on length. If you go at night you can get sleeping quarters, then I believe your cost goes up to the $135 range.
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Left the Falls area today after spending 5 days in the area. Stayed at Branches RV Park on Grand Isle. Beautiful park, huge sites, Xtra clean. No wifi but hot spot at office. No cable, but 25 or so OTA channels.
Visited falls on US side. Aside from falls Mist cruise was very disappointed. Entire area is in need of some serious up-grades. Streets crummy, boarded up store fronts all over the area. Lousey food and resteraunts. Center at entrance to Maid of Mist dirty, filthy, needs repair.
Went to Canada side two days later. What a night and day difference. Busy, vibrant, clean. Didn't see any boarded store fronts. Name brand and some good independant resteraunts.
Canada should be praised for what they have done to the area. US should be ashamed that such an area with such a popular draw as the falls is in such disrepair. Looks "shoddy" when compared to Canada.
Did have a good time visiting Lockport/Erie Locks, Fort Niagara, large very nice outlet mall just off I-190 at exit 23...200 shops and not one vacancy.
If you do go to the area, definately go visit the Canada side.
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As far as Albany is concerned there is nothing West of the Hudson except desolate wasteland/frozen tundra. Niagara Falls is located about as far away as you can get.

The same plight as Niagara Falls is readily evident in many of the Upstate metropolitan areas as people just move away. There are numerous reasons but, high taxes and a very poor business environment… which negatively impact both industry and tourism top the list. [s] On a positive note however, NY does have the most robust welfare program anywhere in the country. [s]

We really don’t mind the weather…there is snow…but then there are snow sports and when it melts lots of water sports. We don’t have fires/volcanoes or damaging earthquakes or mudslides for that matter.

Located on The US-Canadian Boarder Niagara Falls is located closer to West Virginia that it is to New York City…that’s a good thing too…
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Sorry but you are way off .... Toronto is cold just as Montreal in the winter. The weather you are talking about is in Vancouver, BC. As for summer, every part of Ontario and Quebec Canada was over 80 this year. Just saying...
Sorry, mon ami, but Toronto is not nearly as cold as Montréal. It's wet, sloppy just above freezing most of the time in winter,and thoroughly disgusting. I was raised in Northern Ontario and Montréal area, and was 18 before moving to S. Ontario. Our summers are great, winters just bearable.
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