Can you Go to Niagara Falls without Going to Canada?

Ayesha Munir2023-05-19

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Can You Go to Niagara Falls without Going to Canada? 

Partly yes, partly no! Confused? Let us explain this to you! Note that you’re asking if you can ‘go’ to Niagara Falls without stepping on Canadian soil. For this, you must know that Niagara Falls has got two sides – a Canadian side, and an American side.

So, if the query is specifically about Niagara Falls, Canada, you cannot visit it without going to Canada. But if it relates to Niagara Falls, USA, then yes, you can visit this side of Niagara Falls without entering Canada. It’s all about the ‘side’ of Niagara Falls you’re talking about. 

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Can You See Niagara Falls, Canada without Going to Canada?

Bingo! Now the query has been rephrased perfectly. . . and the answer is Yes! You can ‘see’ Niagara Falls, Canada without going to Canada. For your information, the American side and the Canadian side of Niagara Falls are separated by a river - the Niagara River which serves as the natural international border between the two sides.

And the Niagara River's width ranges between 460 to 1220 meters, making it possible to see the Canadian side of Niagara Falls from ashore the American side. As you stand at the Terrapin Point in Niagara Falls State Park or at sight-seeing spots in the Cave of the Winds, you can easily see Niagara Falls, Canada across the Canadian border. 

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Can you See Niagara Falls from New York?

If you’re talking about New York State, then yes! You can see Niagara Falls from New York. By default, when you’re in Niagara Falls, USA, you’re actually in New York State where Niagara Falls is located. So, from here you can see whatever falls on the US side of Niagara Falls, as well as glimpses of some destinations that fall on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. As for the iconic falls, you can see all three falls from the New York side: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Among these, you can get close & personal experience aboard a boat tour with the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. However, you would not be able to experience a close encounter with the Horseshoe Falls – for this, you must happen to be on the Canadian side. But if you’re talking about New York City, then it’s a no! New York City is too far from Niagara Falls to allow a sneak peek into the city of falls – like 400 miles away! 

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Can I Walk Across the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian Side?


Yes – provided that you carry the necessary documents required. The two sides of Niagara Falls lie within a walking distance of 5 minutes only! The Rainbow Bridge serves as a crossing point for tourists between the two sides of the falls.

However, crossing the Rainbow Bridge has its own requirements. See Do You Need a Passport to Go to Niagara Falls, Canada to find out more about entry requirements.