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Niagara is a place to Falls in love with; Far aboots; TRAVEL IN STYLE WITH BRUCE CAIRNS.

Byline: BRUCE CAIRNS

AS a Canadian Travel Specialist I was recently invited to visit Newfoundland and Niagara.

Niagara Falls is around an hour away from Toronto, making for an ideal twocentre holiday, spending time enjoying the sights and attractions along with a trip to the bustling resort of Niagara Falls.

There are three waterfalls at Niagara Falls, the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the largest and most spectacular - the Horseshoe Falls. During my last visit I was fortunate enough to stay at the Marriot FallsView Hotel which has stunning views of the Horseshoe Falls (which are lit up at night).

My trip included a helicopter ride above the falls, an amazing experience I would recommend to everyone, you get a real perspective on the sheer size of the falls from the air, plus the chance to take some amazing photographs. You can also see them from tunnels behind in the "Journey behind the Falls" as well as from the boat trips operated by Hornblower (they have replaced the 'Maid of the Mist').

Apart from the waterfalls, Niagara Falls is a very commercial resort with lots of large skyscraper hotels, shopping, casinos, restaurant chains and nightlife taking full advantage of the amount of people visiting one of the natural wonders of the world.

For a truly marvellous lunch experience I would recommend eating at 'Elements at the Falls' where the restaurant looks right out over the Horseshoe. Nearby there is also lots to see and do such as Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is a beautiful quaint town, in complete contrast to the skyscrapers and neon of Niagara Falls.

This Victorian era town has horse drawn carriages and lots of local quaint shops and restaurants - I would definitely recommend anyone in the area to spend at least part of a day here.

One added attraction is that tour buses are not allowed into the town, they park on the outskirts and visitors walk or take shuttle minibuses in and out.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is also in the heart of the wine growing region of Ontario. Famous for their Ice-wines - there area variety of winery tours available.

The area is also popular for shopping outlets with more being added all the time.

Overall I would thoroughly recommend.

Bruce is a self-employed independent Personal Travel Counsellor with over 30 years industry experience including 11 years with Co-op Travelcare as Regional Manager.

During that time he travelled extensively to locations in USA, Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and the Far East.

Bruce now uses his wealth of experience and contacts to help people find their perfect getaway.

Brucie's Dos & Don'ts

Brucie's dos and don'ts

Do book the helicopter tour over the Falls - an amazing experience!

Don't forget to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake a lovely town

Don't just think that Niagara Falls is only about the waterfalls, it is the prime attraction but there is lot's to do and see as well.

Do try and take in a baseball game in Toronto if you can - amazing atmosphere.

You can fly direct to Toronto from Edinburgh or Glasgow or via London from Aberdeen.

email:bruce.cairns@travelcounsellors.com

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