Captivating Walking Routes

Captivating Walking Routes

Exploring the Natural Beauty of Niagara Falls: Captivating Walking Routes in Canada

Exploring the Natural Beauty

Niagara Falls, a world-famous destination, boasts some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders. As visitors flock to marvel at the breathtaking waterfalls, many are unaware of the enchanting walking routes that meander through the stunning landscapes of Niagara Falls, Canada. Here is a collection of must-visit walking routes that offer a unique perspective of this mesmerizing region, allowing you to immerse yourself in its captivating beauty.

This is a destination that never fails to leave visitors in awe of its natural splendor. Beyond the iconic falls themselves, the region is adorned with a plethora of mesmerizing walking routes that showcase the area's diverse landscapes and rich history. From the tranquil riverbanks to the adventurous gorge trails, exploring Niagara Falls on foot unveils a different dimension of its beauty. So, lace up your walking shoes, pack your sense of wonder, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the captivating walking routes of Niagara Falls, Canada.

Park & Walk

Whether you plan to come for the day, or spend a night or two, the easiest way around Niagara Falls, is on foot! Niagara Falls offers a plethora of Parking lots to choose from that are easy, convenient, affordable and within walking distance of hotels, attractions, restaurants, entertainment and the Falls themselves. For the options available to you, please visit the Guide to Parking in Niagara Falls. 

Walking Routes

From the Brink of the Falls to the Street of Fun: Clifton Hill

Planning on walking from the Brink of the Falls at Table Rock to Clifton Hill to experience a front row seat to the best view in Canada?

Where to Park: Falls Parking (Lot A) Behind the Power Station. Daily rates apply.

Address: 6635 Niagara Pkwy

Directions: Walk across the street, or take stops along the way to the Niagara Parks Power Station and Tunnel, the Table Rock Centre Market and Journey Behind the Falls, or through the Table Rock Centre to the Brink of the Falls. Walk along the Parkway pedestrian path towards Clifton Hill. Cross to climb up the hill on Clifton Hill. Getting Hungry? Take a stop at Queen Victoria Place for a patio with one of the best views of the Falls. Stroll along the pedestrian pathway or through the park opposite the road along a more shaded scene. IF you're looking for a sweet snack up along Clifton Hill, take a break at one of the Ice Cream or Fudge stops. 

2.2 kms / 1.3 miles each way

28 minutes each way

From Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory to The Niagara Glen

Family memories are best made in nature! Don't miss out on experiencing the most magical place for children at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and stroll along the Recreational Trail to the Niagara Glen Nature Centre.

Where to Park: Butterfly Conservatory Parking Lot. Daily rates apply.

Address: 2565 Niagara Pkwy

Directions: After a sightseeing day in Niagara Falls, take a stop at the Butterfly Conservatory for a family fun adventure exploring the beautiful butterflies in this attraction featuring over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Along your route, stroll through the romantic gardens in the Botanical Gardens located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge which also serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. End at the Niagara Glen and Nature Centre overlooking the spectacular Niagara River, led down stairways to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. the Niagara Glen Nature Centre offers a wide array of refreshments and unique souvenirs.

1.6 km / 1 mile each way

19 minutes each way

Elevation Change: Over 60 m (200 ft)

Fallsview Boulevard to the Brink of the Falls

Take a stroll from the Entertainment district down to the brink of the Falls.

Where to Park: Hotel Parking Lot. Daily rates apply.

Address: Hotels on Fallsview Boulevard

Directions: While staying at any one of the magnificent hotels on Fallsview Boulevard, make sure to take the easy route down to the Falls without the hassle of moving your vehicle. Stroll the Fallsview Boulevard, a street full of entertainment and photo ops. Make your way along the street front patios down Murray Hill. Make a stop along the way for the highest view of the Falls from the Skylon Tower and enjoy a meal at the Revolving Dining Room. Once you've made your way to the Parkway, stroll through the Queen Victoria Place Sounvenir shop or grab a coffee from the Strbucks or Tim Hortons. The sound of the Falls is incredible, and the excitement of the power of the water draws you closer. View the incredible Falls and enjoy your time. On your way back, wander through the Table Rock Centre and up the Niagara Parks Incline Railway for a seamless scenic ride back up to your hotel. 

1.1 kms / .68 miles each way

13 minutes each way

Walk Fallsview Boulevard to the Falls

From Maple Leaf Place to White Water Walk

Getting to White Water Walk from Maple Leaf Place is convenient and best of all, Free!

Where to Park: Maple Leaf Place Parking Lot. Free.

Address: 4199 River Rd

Directions: Park the car in the large Maple Leaf Place Parking lot. Take a stop inside for a fresh cup of coffee and stroll down the street to Niagara Parks' White Water Walk for a lovely adventure along the rapids down river from the majestic Falls. The Boardwalk beside the rapids is 305 metres (1,000 feet or 1/4 mile) and stairs lead to two observation areas at the edge of the River. On your way back to the car, make sure to taste some delicious local Maple Syrup and make your purchases in the Souvenir Shop as well as a lunch for all at the Maple Leaf Place Resturant before you head on your way.

260 meters / .16 mile each way

3 minutes each way

Walk Maple Leaf Place & White Water Walk

Clifton Hill to the Niagara Falls Power Station

Walking from Clifton Hill to the Niagara Parks Power Station is easy!

Where to Park: Clifton Hill Parking Lot. Daily Rates Apply.

Address: Located at 4960 Clifton Hill

Directions: Walk through the Clifton Hill street of fun and take in some sights, sounds and fun. Walk down Clifton Hill towards the American Bridal Falls, take a stroll through Oakes Garden for some beautiful flora and fauna, and then along the Parkway pedestrian path towards the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Feeling up for a little adventure? Stop in at Wildplay Zipline to the Falls or Niagara City Cruises for a Voyage to the Falls. Finish your walk in the Table Rock Centre with a cold or warm drink and a stop in the souvenir shop or a treck under the Falls at Journey Behind the Falls, before a tour in the Niagara Parks Power Station and Tunnel.

2.2 kms / 1.3 miles each way

28 minutes each way

Walk Clifton Hill to Power Station

Walk into Nature

Niagara River Recreational Trail

The Niagara River Recreational Trail is a picturesque pathway that stretches approximately 35 kilometers along the scenic Niagara River. Starting from Fort Erie in the south and concluding at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this trail takes you on an unforgettable journey through lush greenery, charming towns, and, of course, breathtaking views of the falls themselves. Whether you're a leisurely stroller or an avid hiker, this route caters to all skill levels, providing an opportunity to witness the iconic Horseshoe Falls from various vantage points.

Queenston Heights Park

Nestled atop the Niagara Escarpment, Queenston Heights Park offers an invigorating walking route with a mix of history and natural beauty. The park's trails wind through the wooded landscape, leading to the famed Brock's Monument, a tribute to Major-General Sir Isaac Brock. As you walk amidst the tranquil surroundings, don't forget to take in the panoramic views of the Niagara River and the lush vegetation that adorns the area.

Dufferin Islands Nature Area

For a peaceful escape into nature's tranquility, the Dufferin Islands Nature Area is a hidden gem. This serene oasis comprises a series of islands interconnected by pedestrian bridges, creating a unique walking experience amidst flourishing gardens, flowing water, and abundant wildlife. It's an ideal spot for birdwatching and immersing yourself in the harmonious melody of nature.

White Water Walk

Experience the power and majesty of the Niagara River's Class 6 rapids on the White Water Walk. This boardwalk path ventures alongside the raging river, allowing you to witness the sheer force of the water as it plunges through the narrow gorge. Interpretive displays along the route provide valuable insights into the geological forces that shaped the area, making it both educational and awe-inspiring.

Walking Tours

Take a Walking Tour

A trip is not complete in Niagara Falls without a guided tour along the way! Take in elements of History, Art and Famous Stories as you stroll through some of this iconic destinations water features. Bring your walking shoes and camera!

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