The train has left the station … and it’s headed to Niagara Falls.
Remember when driving into the city via the QEW could mean enduring a full highway packed with slow-moving vehicles that kept you crawling along for what felt like hours?
OK – no pain, no gain, but come on.
It doesn’t have to be that way when you come back.
That’s because Niagara Falls is on the GO – daily commuter train service connecting Niagara with Toronto has arrived, and more trips are expected to be added to the schedule before too long.
For the winter and early spring, weekday service is limited to one round-trip that leaves Niagara Falls at 5:19 a.m. with a stop in St. Catharines on the way to Toronto, and the trip home leaves Toronto at 5:15 p.m.
But that changes in time for the busy tourism season. From June 22 through Sept. 3, and then again from Oct. 5-8, there will be regular service three times daily between Toronto and Niagara Falls on weekends and holiday Mondays.
Say goodbye to the highway!
Now you can board the train in the GTA, sit back with your friends and family, enjoy the sunny day outside and relax while the engineer does the driving.
There are no traffic jams on the train tracks, you know.
Then when you arrive in Niagara Falls, step right onto one of the WeGo buses that shuttle tourists all over the city. The first stop is right at the train station.
Within a couple of minutes, the WeGo bus will have you right at the doorstep of the Holiday Inn By The Falls, on Murray Street overlooking the falls.
So take a few minutes to check in and get settled, then have something to eat – may we suggest Coco’s Steakhouse and Terrace Grill, right inside the Holiday Inn?
From there, walking to the big attractions is simple because you’re basically right there – Niagara Fallsview Casino is in the neighbourhood, and the Horseshoe Falls themselves are at the bottom of Murray Street.
If walking isn’t an option, then just hop right back onto WeGo because it will take you everywhere you could possibly want to go in Niagara Falls.
It will even bring you as far north as historic Queenston Heights, and from there if you want to keep going to Niagara-on-the-Lake there is a connecting shuttle for that, too.
The arrival, and expansion, of GO train service to Niagara Falls, is going to revolutionize the city, which itself is constantly evolving with new attractions being added each year.
Now getting here is so much easier. No pain, just gain.
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