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||Niagara Falls, New York
||State Park on US side, National Park on
Canadian side. Even though the parks on both sides have excellent
facilities and offer free access, you are not allowed to see the real
Niagara Falls since 50% to 75% of the water is diverted to the two
major power plants downstream. To find out more about this please
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||There are plenty of opportunities for
hiking and biking on both American and Canadian side as well as plenty
of opportunities to use the various forms of conveyance on land,
water, and in the air. Hiking and biking are free; pretty much
everything else is not.
||No visit to Niagara Falls is
complete unless you see the Falls from both the American and Canadian
side and the Lower Rapids and Whirlpool from either side.
Here is our plan for a complete visit to Niagara Falls which takes
one day by bicycle. Alternatively, you can walk the Falls part and
then drive to the Rapids and Whirlpool.
Park at the free parking lot on Goat Island. Ride and walk along
the southern shore of goat island to Terrapin Point. Then to Luna
Island to see Bridal Veil Falls. You'll have to carry your bike down
some steps to get to Luna Island. Then return to Goat Island and
follow the trail to the Bridge to the mainland and ride along the
shore to the American Falls Overlook. You will need to walk your bike
at the crowded viewing areas.
When finished on the American side, ride your bike across Rainbow
Bridge. The traffic will be stopped or moving very slowly so there
is little danger in this. You can go right to the front of the line
and pass through immigration on your bike. The last time we did
this, the toll for pedestrians and bicycles was ten cents. (Remember
to bring suitable documentation to prove your citizenship.) On the
Canadian side, follow the road upstream beyond the Horseshoe Falls.
Then walk your bike downstream along the promenade to observe the
falls. When you are finished with the falls, you can follow a bike
path along the Canadian side to the Lewiston-Queenston bridge (6
miles) and return along the American side to your car (about 8 miles).
You'll have great views of the Gorge, Whirlpool, and power plants
from the frequent overlooks.
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