It’s no secret that the Canadian side offers travelers the most impressive views of Niagara Falls. Here are the best five guided tours there from Toronto.
Excursions to Niagara Falls are a popular choice for anybody spending time in Toronto. The three majestic waterfalls that straddle the Canadian and American border are simply a sight to behold. Below, the TravelMag.com team has picked out five of the best Niagara Falls tours from Toronto, basing our selections on many factors, including the itinerary, value for money and the reviews of previous travelers.
Guided Small Group Day Tour to Niagara Falls
Hosted by renowned Toronto sightseeing agency Queen Tour, this full-day, small-group tour lets you see the magical Niagara Falls in a relaxed, unrushed and intimate way. Starting with an early morning Toronto pickup, you’ll beat the rush-hour traffic to arrive in good time at Niagara Falls, ensuring you get ahead of the tourist hordes. The next three hours will be free time to explore at your leisure – view the falls, take a boat ride to get up close and personal with the cascading water, or check out the local sights in the town. Next, you’ll enjoy a scenic ride across the Niagara Parkway during which you’ll stop at a number of famous spots like a local country market, the Niagara Whirlpool, floral clock and more. For food and refreshments, you can either bring a packed lunch or eat at a local restaurant of your choice (at your cost). Finally, you’ll get to savour a complimentary wine tasting in the Niagara Wine Region, including the famous local icewine, before your late afternoon return to Toronto. From $78 per person.
Toronto to Niagara Falls day trip
Offering a similar itinerary, but also including a ticket to a boat tour (only in the summer) or a Skylon Tower entry ticket, is this excellent nine-hour tour. The attraction tickets offer memorable and unique ways to experience the Niagara Falls. But first, before reaching the falls, you’ll stop in the nearby wine country for a tasting. Drinking wine first makes things later in the day a little more interesting, for sure. If you are visiting in the summer, the boat tour is the outright highlight, heading right into the mist of the falls. From $114 per person.
Niagara Falls tour with boat cruise
Slightly longer still is this Niagara Falls tour with a boat ride ticket included. Known as the Voyage to the Falls, you’ll get to feel the roar and sheer natural power of the water as it cascades over the mighty falls. This tour also includes stops at the Floral Clock, which is exactly what it sounds like, and what is reputed to be the world’s smallest chapel. You’ll also get to tour the Ontario town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a historic place predating colonial settlement. From $118 per person.
From Toronto: Niagara Falls evening tour with cruise
You might not think the nighttime is a particularly smart time to visit the Niagara Falls, but with modern technology and a box full of fireworks, it really can be a spectacular experience. This nine-hour tour starts later in the day so that you can experience the falls in the daylight first, before taking the Voyage to the Falls boat ride. Then head to the Fallsview Buffet (dinner not included in the price) to get the best view of the falls illuminated at night. From $142 per person.
Niagara Falls small group early bird tour
The natural alternative to a nighttime tour of the Niagara Falls is the early bird option. Given that the famed waterfalls are considered to be one of the great natural wonders of the world, you can expect them to be a popular tourist destination. Which is why arriving as early as possible is a great way to avoid the crowds earlier on. This tour departs at 7am from Toronto, includes tickets to the Voyage to the Falls boat ride, as well as the Skylon Tower and the Journey Behind the Falls, so you can appreciate Niagara from all angles. From $220 per person.