Friday, August 12, 2011

My Travel Review: Niagara Falls - Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario - Canada
When it comes to vacationing with a disability there’s usually a few things you may need to do to ensure that your vacation is a pleasant one. Earlier this summer I spent some time in Niagara Falls and I would like to share with you a few tips that I have for anyone who is planning a trip to the area.

If you have a disability the first thing you need to do is make sure you reserve a hotel room that is fully accessible. You don’t want to automatically assume that booking a reservation at well-known hotel will guarantee you an accessible stay. This year I actually made this mistake when making a reservation at the Comfort Inn on Clifton Hill which ended up being a hotel that due to its age is unable to meet the needs of guests with disabilities. So you need to make sure that when you are making your reservation that you find out if the hotel you are planning to stay at is fully accessible. Even though I wouldn’t suggest staying at the Comfort Inn on Clifton Hill there are a many hotels in Niagara Falls that are fully accessible, some even offer you the option of reserving rooms that feature fully accessible bathrooms. One suggestion I can make is if you can afford it you may want to look at staying at the Sheraton on the Falls which is a great hotel for people with disabilities since it offers accessible rooms and it is located near the bottom of Clifton Hill.
Maid of the Mist - Niagara Falls
So once you’ve arrived in Niagara Falls and checked into your hotel it is time to get out there and enjoy the sights. Now if you use a power wheelchair or a mobility scooter getting around Niagara Falls is actually pretty easy though at times it can be challenging get through the crowds of people. Weather you walking or using a power wheelchair you may want to avoid the brick walkways, for some reason when I was in the area I noticed that more then a few bricks were missing. This issue has created a tripping hazard and for those using power wheelchairs these missing bricks have created an area where one of your wheels might get caught so avoid this area. Other than this issue getting around Niagara Falls isn’t really that bad there are many very wide paths for people to walk on and there are plenty of benches available to you if you need to take a break. The views along the main path are simply amazing you can look across to the States and see the American Falls which are quite impressive as well. The main path takes you directly to a spectacular and close view of the Falls now this area can become quite crowded but with some patience you will eventually be able to get close to the Falls as well.
Niagara Falls view of USA falls
The only other time you may have trouble with the large crowds is when it comes time to cross the street. Many intersections such as the ones at the top and bottom of Clifton Hill can become very busy which can create a problem when it comes time to cross. Unfortunately some people are not so eager to get out of your way all I can say is stand your ground. Now when it comes to climbing up Clifton Hill if you use a power wheelchair or mobility scooter you will have very little trouble but if you are walking you might want to take a short cut. You see whenever I am in the area to avoid climbing up Clifton Hill I cut through Casino Niagara using their elevators and escalators to get to their other entrance which is located near the top of Clifton Hill. Now the times when I have had to climb up Clifton Hill my wife helps me by placing her hand on my back to give me the little push I need to make it up the hill. It is still a very difficult task for me but walking up the hill with my wife’s assistance allows me to enjoy some of the shops and attractions found on Clifton Hill.
Niagara Falls - Souvenir Shops
Now when it comes to accessibility the truth is a few of the shops and restaurants along Clifton Hill are not accessible. Now there are a few gaming establishments that are fully accessible this includes the Great Canadian Midway which provides people with disabilities an accessible entrance to the Wendy’s restaurant. Just a little bit further up Clifton Hill you will find the restaurant Boston Pizza which is also fully accessible to avoid the stairs you can enter through arcade and bowling alley which is located directly beside the Niagara Sky Wheel. You will also be happy to learn that the Niagara Sky Wheel is fully accessible so if you have the courage and aren’t afraid of heights you will really enjoy seeing Niagara Falls from such a high vantage point. Another fully accessible attraction found in Niagara Falls is the Maid of the Mist which is said to one of North America’s oldest tourist attraction which has been operating boat tours since 1846. The Maid of the Mist takes you on a half hour boat right and takes you so close to the Falls that there’s a good chance you will get soaked. As you can see there are many great attractions in Niagara Falls and even though you might have a disability like me you can still have a great time.
 
Here are a few more pictures from my time in Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls - Bird Kingdom
Niagara Falls Gardens
My Becker's Story - Niagara Falls
 
For more information on Accessibility in Niagara Falls please visit: http://www.accessibleniagara.com/


4 comments:

  1. Hahaha....nice! I have a post on the Falls coming down the pipe eventually too. Where you going next?

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  2. Brad from the My Becker's Story blogAugust 14, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    It would be very funny if you were there the same time I was! Don't really have plans for anymore trips Niagara Falls its just a yearly trip my wife and I take. But I do hope to include more travel reviews!

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  3. This is good to know. I have been having problems with Tour Booking , I heard it was a lot easier with assistance.

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