Niagara Falls are a popular destination for RV campervan travellers in the USA and Canada. The waterfalls straddle the international border between the province of Ontario (Canada) and the state of New York (USA). Niagara Falls are most popular in summer but winter also offers a magical experience for visitors.
Niagara Falls are approximately 17 miles (27 km) north-west from Buffalo, New York and 75 miles (120 km) south-east of Toronto in Canada. Campervan rental is available from Toronto and is a great way to explore the region. So what do you need to know about travelling to Niagara Falls in both summer and winter?
Niagara Falls in Summer
Niagara Falls is a bustling hub of activity during summer. June, July and August are the warmest months, with average highs of 26°C (79°F) and lows of 15°C (59°F). But be warned, even on the sunniest days, visitors close to the falls can get quite wet from the mist if the wind is blowing their way. Be prepared to wear rain gear or to bring some extra dry clothing.
To explore the Falls, jump aboard the Maid of the Mist boat to get up close and personal (in the famous blue slicker), or walk behind the Falls with the Journey Behind the Falls. This year-round attraction allows visitors to observe the thundering power of the Falls by taking them 150 ft down an elevator and through a short tunnel (150 ft) to two outdoor observation decks and two portals located directly behind the Falls. You can even fly over the Falls on a helicopter joy flight. Aside from the Falls, there are lots of other attractions in and around Niagara Falls and we’ve outlined some of the most popular below.
Niagara Falls in Winter
Many travellers might be put off by the thought of travelling to Niagara Falls in winter, but the waterfalls are spectacular at this time of the year. Crowds will definitely be down and you can see ice forming along the edges of the Falls. While the Maid of Mist spectator boat finishes operating for its summer season at the end of October, there is still plenty of action in and around the Falls through winter.
During the two-month long Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls is illuminated with nearly two million lights and more than 100 animated light displays. The Falls also become the location for Canada’s biggest New Year’s Eve party and the well-named “Rink at the Brink” (an open-air outdoor ice-skating facility) offers breathtaking views as you skate on thin ice. There are also fireworks displays at 9am each evening.
November through to March is the coldest months in Niagara Falls, when temperatures average between -6 and 4°C (21 and 39°F). It does snow during winter so make sure you pack a good coat, worn over layers of clothing, as well as a hat, gloves and scarf.
Other Niagara Falls Attractions
Apart from the Falls, the area is also home to upscale hotels, a modern casino, concerts and other nightlife, fine dining, golf courses and spas. Wine country is also down the road. For children, Niagara Falls offers Skylon Tower (an ultra-tall building), water parks inside hotels (such as the Waves Indoor Park at the Americana Resort), ferris wheels and child-friendly restaurants. There is also some educational attractions like the Butterfly Conservatory and Marineland. The Greg Frewin Theatre Magic Show also allows kids get photos with a tiger.
RV Campgrounds at Niagara Falls
For RV campers to Niagara Falls, there are many options when it comes to overnight accommodation. Many Niagara Falls campgrounds feature lake or riverside locales and are within 10 minutes of the Falls and surrounding attractions. The campgrounds also offer easy access to the many Niagara Falls parks and the Niagara River Recreational Trail.
Visit Niagara Falls Tourism for a list of Niagara Falls RV campgrounds and caravan parks. Campervan RV rental to Niagara Falls is a must-do on your visit to Canada during summer or winter.