How Safe Is Niagara Falls for Travel?

Niagara Falls, Canada
Safety Index:
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Niagara Falls is the city in the Regional Municipality of Niagara, in Canada. It is located on the Niagara River opposite Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, consisting of the three waterfalls named the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Fall.

The Horseshoe Falls is situated on the border of the United States and Canada.

It is famous for the incredible amount of water, even 3,160 tons, that flows over Niagara Falls every second making astonishing and stunning sight.

However, this is not the only tourist attraction here.

Niagara Falls is a very safe city with a lot of boutiques, entertainment, and festivals, as well as very friendly people.

Both the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls should be visited because they offer different views and facilities.  

By walking across Rain­bow Bridge, you can experience both sides of the border.

Warnings & Dangers in Niagara Falls

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

With its very high ranking, Niagara Falls is one of the safest and least dangerous cities in the world. The new chain restaurant area and a pedestrian area called Old Falls St is perfectly safe to promenade even at night.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

When public transport and taxis are concerned, Niagara Falls is a generally harmless city. However, pedestrians should be careful and cross the street only at crosswalks with the traffic lights. Tourists themselves are the majority of drivers and they do not give way to pedestrians or bicycles.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Even though some minor criminal acts, like pickpocketing, are common in Niagara Falls, it is very rare. If you are watchful, the chances of being pickpocketed are at a very low level. Nevertheless, tourists should not wear flashy jewelry and show a large amount of their money in public. That is always attractive for lawbreakers.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some risk of flooding, but that is the only natural disaster in this area.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Niagara Falls can be regarded as free of mugging and kidnapping risks. As in every city, some parts should not be visited at night.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

The risk of terrorist attacks is possible, as everywhere in the world, but it is very unlikely.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

Niagara Falls is completely free of scammers. Tourists can feel safe when this kind of risk is concerned.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Women travelers can visit Niagara Falls without any kind of worry. This region is considered extremely safe for female tourists.

So... How Safe Is Niagara Falls Really?

Niagara Falls is about 12,000 years old.

The combination of height and water flow makes Niagara Falls so beautiful.

However, it is not only an immensely popular tourist destination but also a major source of electricity for Ontario.

The several bridges- the Rainbow, Whirlpool, and Queenston-Lewiston bridges- connect the city with the U.S. side of the falls.

On Clifton Hill, tourists can find the Niagara Skywheel, a huge wheel that offers an excellent view of the falls.

If a tourist wants to experience nightlife, casinos, luxury hotels and bars can be found throughout the city, while for those who seek relaxation,

Fort Erie offers the feeling of an old town with restaurants and markets.

What is more important is the fact that violence and crime rates are very low here which makes Niagara Falls even more attractive for tourists.

The only possible criminal acts are minor ones, as in any big city, so tourists should have that in mind.

There are many other people around you and there shouldn’t have been any problems at all.

The most common risks here are the drowning or falling from heights, due to the slippery paths.

Tourists should hold tight onto handrails and wear appropriate shoes.

Tourists should be extremely careful when posing for a photograph.

Useful Information

  • Visas - There are some countries whose citizens do not need to have a visa when coming to Niagara Falls if they stay less than 180 days. Those countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia. What is required is Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) which costs CAD 7 and can be requested online.
  • Currency - The official currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar and since Canada is not a very expensive country to be explored, many cheap attractions, food, and drinks can be easily found.
  • Weather - The city of Niagara Falls has a humid continental climate which is characterized by cold winters and the coldest month is January. Summers are hot, with July as the hottest month, when the average temperature is 27.4 °C.
  • Airports - Niagara Falls International Airport, which is located 6.4 km away from Niagara Falls, belongs to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and shares its runways with the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Some other nearby airports which can be used when coming to Niagara Falls are Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
  • Travel Insurance - When people decide to travel outside of their own country, travel insurance policies are always advised, to be secure in case of unexpected illnesses and accidents, baggage loss or theft.
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Niagara Falls Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -5° C
Feb -4° C
Mar 1° C
Apr 7° C
May 14° C
Jun 19° C
Jul 22° C
Aug 22° C
Sep 17° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 5° C
Dec -2° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
-1051219242726211582
Low
°C
-8-8-3291417171371-5
High
°F
303241546675817970594636
Low
°F
181827364857636355453423

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