One-Tank Trips: Niagara offers spectacular views of last of fall colours


The Niagara Peninsula is one of the final places in Ontario to view the fall kaleidoscope of colours.

The region, lying between Lake Erie to the south and Lake Ontario to the north, is in the moderate climate zone. That means there’s still time to take in the spectacle of the changing season.

Niagara offers some special spots to see fall colours on jet boats, a Ferris wheel and at a conservation area.

This is where you’ll find the Niagara Parkway curving along the Niagara River — called “the prettiest Sunday drive in the world” by the late British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill.

On the roadway between Niagara-on-the-Lake to the north and Table Rock in the city of Niagara Falls to the south, there’s a stunning burst of colours reaching their peak later this month.

The Table Rock Welcome Centre is a retail and observation complex at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

Other diversions are relaxing at one of the many wineries and craft beer establishments in the area and watching water cascading over the two falls, the Horseshoe and the American.

It’s always a good time in the falls, but even more so now with leaves aflame in autumn colors.

Top five spots

Here’s a tourist list of the top spots around Niagara Falls to take in the fall foliage.

  • Niagara Sky Wheel: Soaring more than 50 metres above Niagara Falls, the Niagara Sky Wheel on Clifton Hill in the city of Niagara Falls gives riders a breathtaking panoramic view of the fall colours. Operating year-round, there are views of both falls, the two sides of the Niagara River and its gorge, Niagara Parks and other landmarks.
  • Beamer Memorial Conservation Area: Perched on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment above Grimsby, this area offers one of the most breathtaking and panoramic views of the area. The view stretches from the gateway to Niagara Peninsula in the west to beyond the Canada-U.S. border in the east. It’s a popular spot for hikers and birdwatchers, with several great spots to take in the beauty of the escarpment in fall, including scenic lookouts and a birdwatching tower.
  • Whirlpool Aero Car: The historic cable car has been soaring over the Niagara Gorge since 1916. Suspended from six sturdy cables, it offers spectacular views of the river’s swirling whirlpool and white-water rapids. Although the car travels between two points on the Canadian shore, riders cross the international border line four times each trip due to the way the river elbows.
  • Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours: The company continues taking passengers on trips through the turbulent white waters of the Niagara River until the end of October. The wet and wild adventure gives passengers one-of-a-kind views of the gorge. At this time of year, the river is flanked with forests of vibrant red, orange and yellow foliage.
  • Brock’s Monument National Historic Site: The 56-metre-high monument towers over picturesque and historic Queenston Heights Park with great views of the colourful canopy below and the Niagara Gorge. This is the site of the Battle of Queenston Heights where British and American soldiers fought for the destiny of two nations in the War of 1812. It’s the final resting place of Major-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock and his aide-de-camp Lt.-Col. John Macdonell. While the park is open year-round, during the fall, visitors can climb the 235 steps to the top of the monument on weekends only.