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Niagara Falls SightseeingOf all the fun things to do in Niagara Falls, sightseeing is probaby the most popular. The city's enterprising businesspeople make sure that visitors can view the falls from every conceivable vantage point—from the air, from a boat, from a tower, from a bridge—and most are worth the effort.

Because of parking congestion in the vicinity of the falls and Clifton Hill, it is advisable to sightsee by bus or on foot. A people-mover system provides transportation for the 11 kilometres (7 mi.) between Queen Victoria Park and Queenston. See for details and for other transportation options.

Bus ToursDouble Deck Tours offers four-hour excursions aboard a double-decker bus. Trips depart at 11 a.m., April through mid-October, and cost $76.15; $47.88 (ages 6-12). Phone (905) 374-7423.

Sightseeing and winery tours are offered by Niagara Airbus, (905) 374-8111. Hotels and motels also offer sightseeing tours.

Driving ToursIf you're taking a road trip with your pals, make the Niagara Parkway part of your trip. Iit's a fun thing to do with friends, especially if you pack a picnic lunch. One of Ontario's most scenic drives, the parkway runs 56 kilometres (35 mi.) between Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, paralleling the Niagara River, the falls and expanses of landscaped parkland. Picnic spots, golf courses, gardens and many other attractions border this drive. In the 1940s Winston Churchill described this as “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.”

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Niagara Falls, ON

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Travel Information

City Population

82,997

Elevation

174 m/571 ft.

Sales Tax

Ontario's Harmonized Sales Tax is 13 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(905) 688-4111

Fire (non-emergency)

(905) 356-1321

Weather

(905) 562-3409

Hospitals

Greater Niagara General Hospital, (905) 378-4647.

Visitor Information

424 S. Service Rd. Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8. Phone:(905)945-6293

Air Travel

Four commercial airports serve the Niagara Falls area. See Approaches by Plane for details.

Rental Cars

Hertz, (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members. For a complete list of agencies consult the telephone directory.

Rail Service

Via Rail serves all parts of Canada as well as Buffalo, Windsor (opposite Detroit) and Sarnia (opposite Port Huron, Mich.). The station is at 4267 Bridge St.; phone (888) 842-7245.

Buses

Daily service connects Niagara Falls with all parts of Canada and with principal cities in the United States. Coach Canada, in partnership with Megabus—phone (866) 488-4452—and Greyhound Lines Inc.—phone (905) 357-2133)—operate out of the terminal at 4555 Erie Ave.; phone (888) 438-6646.

Taxis

Niagara Falls taxicabs operate on the meter system. The minimum charge is $3.50, plus $2.50 for each additional kilometre (.6 mi.). There is no extra charge for additional passengers. The meter is kept running while luggage is loaded and unloaded.

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