The city of Niagara Falls, Ontario does not have an extensively difficult street/expressway system to navigate. The only expressways are Highway 420 and the QEW ( Queen Elizabeth Way) which do not directly go through the centre of town, therefore most of the city is 2-4 lane roads with traffic lights, so bring your patience because traffic levels fluctuate in the heart of the different tourist areas. Getting into the city from the U.S. can be a traffic hassle also, waiting at the border. Give yourself some time. Entrance is primarily from the Rainbow Bridge.

Note: 420 is an expressway only to Stanley Avenue. QEW does not have an exit at Lundy’s Lane; best bet is using 420 to Stanley Avenue or Victoria Avenue.

The main tourist area is boxed in by the QEW to the west, Highway 420/ Falls Ave to the north, Niagara River Parkway to the east and McLeod Rd. in the south.

Getting around is quite simple. The main tourist areas are:

  • Lundy’s Lane is a long street running east/west and featuring shops, restaurants and many hotels/motels. At the intersection of Main St., heading east, Lundy's Lane becomes Ferry St. which in turn becomes Victoria Ave. as it approaches Clifton Hill.
  • The Clifton Hill area includes Clifton Hill, Victoria Ave., Falls Ave. and the Casino Niagara Complex. This is best accessed by exiting the 420/Falls Victoria Avenue and going south for a kilometre. You will be surrounded by a lot of restaurants, hotels, attractions and especially cars in the second half of the day. Clifton Hill itself is just two blocks long, running from Victoria Ave. down to the edge of the gorge. This is usually the busiest part of the city for tourists, traffic comes to a standstill and parking is virtually impossible to find on the street/lot. Your best bet is to walk from your hotel as everything in the Clifton area is in walking distance.
  • The newer "Fallsview" tourist area is around the Niagara Fallsview Casino, the southeast corner of the box mentioned at the beginning. This is along Fallsview Avenue and Stanley Avenue, crossed by Murray Street which links back down the escarpment to the river. This area includes the new casino, Skylon Tower, Imax, several high-rise hotels and upper class restaurants.
  • Going along the Niagara River Parkway, you will see the main attraction which is the actual Niagara Falls waterfalls. Queen Victoria Park is adjacent to the gorge along this area, from the Dufferin Islands Nature area, just upriver of the Falls, to Clifton Hill, about three kilometres.The Niagara Parkway runs through the Park. You can also walk along the many walkways going along the edge of the river and down the escarpment via Clifton Hill or Murray Hill.
  • If you continue north on the Niagara River Parkway, along the gorge there are many historical sites, wineries, botanical gardens, golf, parks, the Adam Beck power generating station and historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the famous Shaw Festival. 

Niagara Falls also has a Visitor Transportation System that operates throughout the main tourist areas; for details, see Inside Niagara Falls: Public Transportation here at TripAdvisor.