- By Kevin
- On May 31, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Niagara Falls is one of the most popular destinations in Canada and with good reason. The region is jam-packed with attractions and activities for visitors of any age. I previously shared my family's travel experience in Niagara Falls with Kids, but there are other fun activities and attractions that are less well-known. I have visited Niagara Falls many times over the years but visited these 3 attractions for the first time last summer.
White Water Walk
If we hadn't been using a Adventure Pass on a visit to Niagara Falls last summer then I wouldn't have even known that the White Water Walk along the Niagara River existed. Since the attraction was included, we decided to check it out and I'm glad that we did. Visitors access the 305 metre (1/4 mile) boardwalk along the Niagara River via elevator and tunnel. There are also stairs to two observation decks which provide a close up look at one of the world's fastest stretches of white water. The water rushes through the rapids here at speeds around 48 km/h (30 miles/hr) making it a Class 6 rapids which is generally considered unrunnable. It's quite incredible to witness this powerful force of nature up close.
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre
Our family loves theatre so we were very excited to learn about the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre which celebrated 20 years in Niagara Falls in 2014. This light-hearted musical celebration of Canada is performed in a log cabin theatre and features characters such as a Mountie, a French lumberjack, and Anne of Green Gables singing popular Canadian tunes. Dinner is served family-style during breaks in the on-stage action with the young actors from the show doubling as wait staff and serving up favourites such as French-Canadian Pea Soup, PEI potatoes, and Maple Chocolate Cake. The show is fun for all ages but is particularly good for families with older kids who need something to do in the evening. We loved the show from start to finish and it's now definitely one of our highlights of Niagara Falls!
IMAX Movie Experience
Anyone who enjoys the IMAX movie experience should attend a screening of Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic at Niagara Falls IMAX. The 6 story high screen and surround sound will make you feel like you are standing at the brink of the Falls watching the action. The film highlights the early myths and legends surrounding Niagara Falls, miraculous stories of survival of people who have accidentally gone over the Falls, and a few of the daredevils who attempted to take on the Falls in a barrel. If you are intrigued by these thrill-seekers then be sure to check out The Daredevil Exhibit which is in the lobby of the theatre to learn more about their stories and see some of the actual barrels on display.