If you’re the kind of traveller that’s permanently glued to their camera, and always looking for the next perfect shot, you’ll find no better place to stretch your creative muscles than in the beautiful wilds surrounding Niagara Falls. It isn’t all streets packed with tourists, so if you’re heading out there some time soon, try to find the time to visit these top scenic spots.
Of course, if you’re heading to Niagara, then the magnificent sight of the Horseshoe Falls will obviously be your first stop. As one of the most iconic attractions in the world, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by its power and ferocious beauty, and if you stay in one of the many hotels in Niagara Falls, you’ll be treated to a view of them from your room every morning. The top tip for budding photographers here though is to head over there at night for the Falls Illuminations. Every evening since 1925, the Falls have been lit in numerous colours, creating a truly magical experience for all onlookers.
Dufferin Islands Park
This small cluster of islands can be found tucked away further up the Niagara River banks. You’ll have around 10 acres to explore, filled with dense foliage, many watering holes which a variety of wildlife call home, and a series of footbridges that knit all of the islands together. It has been labelled an oasis by the local residents, and represents a truly secluded space for quiet reflection, a family picnic or some masterful photography. Bird-watchers in particular will be enthralled here, as there have been many feeders placed here over the years to encourage a diversity of birdlife.
Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
It’s hard to find an area that feels untouched in the region, and if you’re a photographer that likes to capture rugged wilderness, head for the Niagara Glen Reserve. The Glen is an enclosed stretch of forested land within the Great Gorge, and is a typical example of the kind of forest that once covered most of the area, right down to the rich abundance of flora and fauna. Hikers in particular will feel right at home here, as the Glen stretches along the current course of the river, so not only are there plenty of trails, but also many opportunities to photograph the rapids and the Niagara Whirlpool.
Queen’s Royal Park
For those of you who prefer to photograph things of historic significance, you’ll definitely find something of interest in the Queen’s Royal Park – for movie buffs anyway! The picturesque gazebo set in Queen’s Royal Park, has certainly had its fair share of photographic attention, built for use in the 1983 hit film The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken. When filming finished, the gazebo was donated to the town, and it has been a popular spot for picnics, proposals and weddings ever since.
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