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- Check the event schedule to find out what is happening during your visit.
- Bundle up as it can be colder by the water, particularly in winter.
- Harbourfront Centre is accessible to wheelchair users.
- The Entertainment District is a must-do for young adult visitors to the city.
- If you want to see a show last-minute, ask about rush tickets at the box office on the day-of.
- A hop-on hop-off tour is a great way to cover a lot of ground and see popular Toronto sights without worrying about transportation or parking.
- Clifton Hill is a must-do for families and thrill-seekers.
- Lots of restaurants, bars, and cafés are located along the strip.
- Some of Clifton Hill’s attractions, including the Niagara SkyWheel, Wild West Coaster, and Wizards Golf, are wheelchair accessible.
- The streets are cobblestone so wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.
- Pack weather-appropriate clothing, as most of your time will be spent outdoors. Should it rain, there are lots of shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés where you can find shelter.
- Take a camera. The district’s red-brick facades and quaint gables make excellent photo backdrops.
While Niagara Falls is justifiably famous for the force of nature that is the falls themselves, the Floral Clock is one of several other impressive attractions in the area. Comprising thousands of colorful plants and flowers, the clock blooms from spring to fall. It’s a fun photo opportunity, especially for nature lovers and avid gardeners.
The Floral Clock was built in 1950 and is one of the largest of its kind in the world, with a diameter of 40 feet (12 meters). It’s planted with over 15,000 plants and flowers twice a year, with different plants and designs for the spring and fall. The 24-foot (7.3-meter) tower behind it sends out the Westminster chime every 15 minutes. If the door to the tower behind the clock is open, you can take a look inside and see the clock’s mechanisms.
Private and group tours of Niagara Falls combine a visit to the clock with other area attractions, such as the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and regional wineries. There is accommodation in Niagara Falls, but many visitors day trip from Toronto.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Floral Clock is a lovely photo op for all visitors to Niagara Falls.
- Admission to the clock is free.
- It doesn’t take long to see the clock and take a few photos. The Floral Clock is best visited as a short stop on a longer day of sightseeing.
- The Floral Clock is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
The Floral Clock is on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) from the falls, just south of the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. If not visiting with a tour, it’s necessary to drive to the clock.
When to Get There
The Floral Clock is in bloom from April to September. You can visit the clock 24 hours a day, but it’s best to see it during daylight hours.
Visit the Centennial Lilac Garden
The Floral Clock is located next to the sweet-smelling Centennial Lilac Garden, which was built in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s centenary. The 10-acre (4-hectare) garden contains over 1,200 plants. May and June are the best times to visit, when nature bursts back into life after the bitterly cold winter and the lilacs are in full bloom.
- Wear a jacket or outer layer as it can be cold on the Outdoor SkyTerrace, located on the same level as the world-famous Glass Floor.
- Access to the observation level is free to those who dine in the tower’s revolving restaurant.
- The Glass Floor, LookOut Level, and the first level of the SkyPod are all accessible to wheelchair users.
- A trip to Gibraltar Point is probably best for lighthouse enthusiasts; others may prefer seeing the lighthouse from a sightseeing cruise.
- The lighthouse is about a 1.1-mile (2 kilometer) walk from the ferry dock.
- There are no vehicles allowed on Centre Island, but bike rentals are available.
- There is an admission fee, with discounts for seniors and children; kids 5 and under enter free.
- Plan to spend about two hours visiting the fort.
- Most of the walking throughout the fort is on an even terrain, but some of the structures involve stairs.
- All walkways are accessible by wheelchairs, but the Stone Magazine and Brick Magazine are not wheelchair accessible.
- Algonquin Provincial Park is a must for wildlife lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- For information and tips, stop by the Algonquin Visitor Centre, situated along Highway 60.
- Algonquin Provincial Park has wheelchair-accessible campgrounds, trails (Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail and Fire Tower Trail), and visitor facilities, including the Algonquin Visitor Centre and Algonquin Logging Museum.
- Bird Kingdom is ideal for bird enthusiasts and families.
- Allow around one to two hours to properly explore Bird Kingdom.
- Bird-watching enthusiasts may want to bring binoculars to get a closer look.
- Most of Bird Kingdom, except for the Javanese House, is accessible to wheelchair users.
- Gatineau Park is a must-see for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- Some parts of the park, including Breton Beach at Philippe Lake, and the Mackenzie King Estate, are accessible to wheelchair users.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, which is located at the park entrance in Chelsea.
- The Canadian Museum of History is a must-see for history and culture buffs, and for families, with the on-site children’s museum showcasing the various cultures and countries of the world.
- To help find your way around, download or pick up a copy of the Museum Guide at the information desk.
- The museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs and strollers are available free of charge at the coat check.
- Allow at least three hours to properly explore the museum.
- Tickets for special exhibitions typically cost extra, but they include regular museum entrance.
- There are two on-site restaurants, caféAGO and AGO Bistro, plus a coffee shop.
- Visitors can purchase souvenirs at the on-site gift shop, shopAGO.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible. A limited supply of wheelchairs and walkers are available to rent and can be reserved in advance.
- Save money and time by purchasing your tickets in advance.
- This museum is a must-see for those interested in footwear, history, or quirky collections.
- A guided audio tour is available via smartphone—bring a pair of headphones to enjoy the full experience.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
- From May through Labor Day (the first Monday of September), ByWard Market Ambassadors are on-hand to provide additional information about the market.
- The market has both indoor and outdoor sections.
- Much of the market and its businesses are accessible to wheelchair users.
- Wear comfortable shoes, as exploring this mansion requires quite a lot of walking.
- Most exhibit rooms in the basement or on the first, second, and third floors are wheelchair accessible via a single staff-operated heritage elevator. However, the Scottish and Norman towers are not accessible to wheelchair users.
- If traveling with kids, be aware that you can’t take strollers beyond the first floor.