Niagara Falls is among the most photographed natural sites in the World. Page upon page of stunning and (not so glorious images) can be found with a simple search phrase online. Once you’ve decided which of our Niagara Falls sightseeing tours suits your stay, pack these photography tips in your bag to help capture the breathtaking moments at their best.
We’ll begin by prefacing that these tips are based on our experiences of photographing Niagara Falls, we will leave the advanced references about shutter speeds and aperture to aprofessional photographer. These are the basic elements to help you capture your experience.
Weather Sets The Scene
Unless you book your tour last minute (which we don’t suggest due to demand) then weather will always be a gamble. We have found that an ideal day is with blue sky and some clouds which provides a balanced scene and can help with contrast for a sharper image. However, don’t despair if the day of your Niagara Falls bus tour ends up being overcast, days like this can add drama to the shot.
All About The Angle
Look for a location that offers the best angle of the Falls; a journey to the base of the Falls aboard Niagara City Cruises (included in our Niagara Falls Best Tours) gives you an angle that can’t be matched on shore-water drops on the lens from the mist just adds to the effect. Tip; we’ve seen visitors use clear zippered sandwich bags held tightly over the lens, but generally taking shots as you head into or away from the Falls and then protecting your phone or camera from the mist under your rain poncho (and souvenir!) is the best bet.
Add an Interesting Element
Whether it’s by adding to the subject or framing the shot; a bird might fly into view or pose on a rock, the stone rockface and greenery, the intricate railings along the Falls,
bedrock tunnel at Journey Behind the Falls all make for a great shot with the curtain of water in the background. A popular choice is the boardwalk at
White Water Walk (bonus passes are included in our Niagara Falls Scenic tour) for a shot of the famed Niagara river rapids.
Timing is Key
Depending on the mood you want to set, time of day is important. Our day tours of Niagara Falls depart by 10:30 in the morning so if you want to capture the sunrise then you may have to set your alarm and head out before your tour, or after for the pastels of the sunset, nightly illumination, or fireworks displays. But with two different durations, there is a tour that will fit your schedule.
Art is subjective and if you find that your shots are less than social feed worthy try adding a filter readily available on your social platform. One of our favourites on Instagram is X-Pro II, or for a dramatic turn dip into black and white with Inkwell. Instagram even has advanced effects that let you blur, adjust contrast, add warmth, play with structure, brighten, darken shadows and the list goes on. A bad shot no longer exists with some creative touch-ups.
We hope these tips help to create a stunning gallery of images as you tour Niagara Falls’ top attractions and some of the best photo opportunities in Niagara Falls with us.
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The 2022 Magnificent Tours season is about to begin! We are excited to once again showcase the top attractions and sightseeing locations in Niagara Falls to our guests. This season, we will feature two exciting Niagara Falls Tours. Both are designed to highlight the best of Niagara, and have been constructed at two different durations, so we can offer a tour to fit every itinerary. Each of our tours includes transportation aboard a comfortable motorcoach bus so you can feel free to sit back and soak in the experience.
Niagara Falls Scenic Tour
The most extensive tour in the portfolio for the 2022 season, the Niagara Falls Scenic Tour is a full day, 6-hour excursion. Guests will explore breathtaking Niagara Falls attractions and an award-winning Niagara winery. Our Scenic Niagara Day Tour will get guests up close to the spectacular Falls and the gorgeous natural features of the region.
Our Guided Bus tour takes us to:
Niagara City Cruises –Guests will embark on the legendary Niagara Falls boat tour that travels to the base of the American Falls, and to the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls to see, hear and feel the power of Niagara Falls.
Journey Behind the Falls –Visitors descend 125 feet to explore the bedrock tunnel running directly behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and experience the mighty river as it explodes off the brink in a free-fall from more than 13 stories high.
Whirlpool Rapids Observation Deck – This stop provides scenic photo opportunities and allows guests one of the best vantage points to capture images of the powerful Niagara River whirlpool class 6 rapids.
Inniskillin Winery –the final stop on our Niagara Falls Day Tour is a tasting at Canada’s original estate winery. Inniskillin produces a vast selection of award-winning
VQA table wines, as well as Niagara’s famous Icewine. Tastings here will include red, white and Icewine.
Though extensive, there is much more to explore in Niagara Falls than our tour allows times for, so guests will receive passes for additional Niagara Falls activities to enjoy beyond the scheduled tour.
White Water Walk – Travel along an expansive boardwalk at the very edge of one of the world’s wildest stretches of white water! You will marvel at the relentless power that carved out the Niagara Gorge and the stunning beauty of nature.
Whirlpool Aero Car – A harrowing journey above the Niagara Gorge and Class 6 whitewater rapids! Six sturdy steel cables suspend the Aero car high above the river for the best views of the fearsome Niagara whirlpool.
Niagara’s Fury –An immersive “4D” Universal Studios-style attraction with temperature drops, mist, and simulations.
WEGO passes – Navigate to and from attractions with ease on the state-of-the-art bus system. With stops located throughout the tourist district guests can explore from the outlet mall located on Lundy’s Lane to the Butterfly Conservatory, and points in between.
This tour’s value and quality is unbeatable and is perfect for families, couples, groups, solo travelers, and everyone in between.
Niagara Best Tour
For those with a limited amount of time to explore Niagara Falls, Niagara’s Best Tour is ideal. It shares many of the sights and attractions of the Scenic tour, but is a compact 3-hours of thrills!
We start our tour with a ride aboard Niagara City Cruises boat tour to experience the roar of the Falls, see the power of the torrent and feel the mist.
The tour disembarks and travels to Journey Behind the Falls for a different perspective of the famous Falls, as the watery curtain of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls plunges from brink high above.
We wrap our time together with a stop at the Whirlpool Rapids Observation Deck for breathtaking photo opportunities. You will see rushing waters that demonstrate the awe-inspiring power of the Niagara Falls waterfalls.
If you only have a few hours to spend – Niagara Falls Best Day Tour is the perfect outing for you!
Led by an expert guide, guests will gain insight into the natural wonder, learn about its fascinating history and leave with a greater understanding of why Niagara Falls remains one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Let us show you the best of Niagara Falls! Our 2022 tours are selling fast – book your Magnificent Tour today!
A compact bundle of adventure awaits guests on our new Everything Niagara Tour. At 3 hours in duration, this Niagara Falls Tour explores the most popular and rewarding destinations in Niagara and is sure to fit into most itineraries.
Guests start with tour aboard a Hornblower Niagara Falls catamaran for a voyage to the base of Niagara Falls. The legendary Niagara Falls boat tours continue to thrill guests, and provide an opportunity to experience the Falls up close. Guests will witness the power of the raging cascade, the thundering roar and will get drenched by the mist.
The Niagara Falls sightseeing tour continues with close experiences of the Falls as the tour moves to Journey Behind the Falls. Here visitors will travel deep into the bedrock tunnels that run behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls for a view from a different vantage point. Watch and feel the vibration as one fifth of the World’s fresh water falls from 13 storeys above, to carve out the deep pool at the base of the Falls.
This tour of Niagara Falls is enhanced with your next stop, a visit to Canada’s original estate winery; Inniskillin. Enjoy a tour & tasting and scenic landscapes at one of the Region’s finest wineries.
As we make our way back to our Niagara Falls Hotel partners, we will stop at the Whirlpool Rapids Observation Deck. Considered to be among the best locations to take photos of the swirling class 6 rapids that will commemorate your visit to Niagara Falls.
Among the best Niagara Falls Tours, our Everything Niagara Tour offers rewarding experiences that create remarkable memories.
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Three new experiences are available for guests to explore this upcoming season. In part 2 of our series showcasing our new Niagara Falls sightseeing tours, we discover our Three Hour Evening Tour of Niagara Falls.
This adventure departs at 7:00pm each evening an offers spectacular views of Niagara Falls and the surrounding attractions as dusk settles into dark. This experience features VIP access
to top Niagara Falls attractions, including the best Niagara falls boat tour imaginable. Visitors will get up close to the mighty Falls with a 45 minute journey aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises. This evening cruise allows guests to understand the power, hear the thundering roar and feel the mist of the American Falls, Bridal Veil and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
In addition to exceptional Niagara Falls boat tours, our Three Hour Evening Tour takes guests 125 feet down to explore the 130 year old bedrock tunnels that travel behind the cascading curtain of the Horseshoe Falls. This experience provides a unique viewpoint as 1/5th of the world’s fresh water crashes down from 13 storeys above.
Guests of this Niagara tour also receive bonus passes for Niagara Skywheel to continue their exploration beyond the tour. From behind, below to above the Falls guests will see the Falls from all angles on this tour!
A compact series of thrills, our Three Hour Evening Tour of Niagara Falls complements a visit to Niagara Falls.
Up next is our Everything Niagara Falls Tour!
As we await the start of the 2020 Magnificent Tours season, we wanted to highlight the three new exhilarating Niagara Falls Tours that will be available for the upcoming season.
Offering thrilling attractions, each fully narrated Niagara Falls tour is a showcase of experiences and is ideal for visitors to our vibrant destination. The first of our three new tours is Echoes of Niagara.
A perfectly balanced journey along the famed Niagara Parkway, which Winston Churchill once famously declared as “the prettiest Sunday drive in the world”. This 2 hour scenic tour is available every day of the week (not just Sundays) and offers numerous tours of Niagara Falls throughout the day. This adventure begins at Dufferin Island, a picturesque 10 acre park across from Niagara Falls, along the way visitors will take in the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, spectacular gardens at the meticulously manicured Queen Victoria Park and the architectural beauty of the Cham Shan Buddhist Temple. The final stop on this Niagara Tour is Queenston Heights where our tour enthusiasts will be able to explore the historic park on foot to get an up close view of Brock’s Monument, Laura Secord Memorial and the Six Nations and Native Allies Commemorative Memorial.
Echoes of Niagara is one of the best Niagara Falls sightseeing tours to add to your itinerary.
Stay Tuned…up next is our Three Hour Evening Tour of Niagara Falls!
We are excited to share that our Niagara Falls Hotel partners are included among famous landmarks across the world that are showing love and solidarity with all those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “Niagara Heart of Hope” initiative began at our partner Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa in mid March, when lights in unoccupied rooms were turned on to create a heart that is visible from the exterior of the hotel. The Marriott was then joined by additional hotels including Sheraton Fallsview and Marriott on the Falls to name a few, that has lead to a entire skyline of hearts shining brightly in the dark.
The display has caught the attention of numerous media outlets including CNN and has garnered shares and likes in the hundreds of thousands on social channels. Niagara is just one of the famous sights around the globe with notable displays, others include the Eiffel Tower, The Great Pyramid of Giza, Christ the Redeemer statue, Empire State Building, and the Matterhorn.
Magnificent Tours offers Niagara Falls Tours with these hotels serving as pickup locations for guests.
Niagara’s largest tour company, Magnificent Tours is an established leader in captivating experiences. From Chippawa to Queenston Heights, and all sights and scenery along the way, guests will be inspired by the natural beauty of Niagara.
We designed our selection of Niagara Falls sightseeing tours to offer options to fit your itinerary and range from a couple of hours to a full day of exhilaration. Each Niagara Falls Tour includes VIP Access to top attractions in Niagara Falls, idyllic photo opportunities, and is fully narrated by our expert guides. Tours also include comfortable transportation on a motor coach bus will allows guests to sit back and enjoy the sights and stories of our famed destination.
One of the most iconic experiences is to get up close to the Falls to see, hear and feel the power and rush of our natural wonder on a legendary Hornblower Niagara Cruises. These signature Niagara Falls Boat Tours are featured in several of our tour options and provide an unprecedented thrill.
For those looking to experience Niagara’s award winning wine route, our Niagara Wine & Icewine lounge tour is ideal. Guests will travel to Niagara On The Lake to visit two of the Region’s renowned wineries and enjoy tastings and tours.
From exciting attractions to breathtaking natural wonders, and a deep historical landscape, Magnificent Tours Niagara Falls will make the most of your time in Niagara.