One of the people who helped start the trend of Niagara Falls as a honeymoon destination was Napoleon’s brother

Niagara Falls

Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

Niagara Falls, Ontario – There’s a theory that it’s the ions generated by the millions of gallons of water tumbling over the Falls each hour that make honeymoons so happy that an average of 50,000 choose to celebrate their marriages here each year. One of the first to do this was Napoleon’s younger brother, Jerome Bonaparte, who honeymooned here with his American bride, Elizabeth Patterson, in 1804. They made the journey to the Falls by stage from New Orleans. The couple that actually started this trend (three years earlier) was Joseph Alston and Theodosia Burr, the daughter of future US Vice-President Aaron Burr.

The Falls are half-way along the Niagara Parkway, a route that Sir Winston Churchill called “The prettiest Sunday Afternoon Drive in the World.” the scenic drive and runs beside a recreational trail which stretches for 56 km (35 miles) from Fort Erie, past the Falls and to Fort George, which is just outside Niagara-on-the-Lake. The route features parkland and historic sites.

Niagara Falls is a 90-minute drive from Toronto. Using this route you’ll pass through the Niagara region, which is known for having more than 60 wineries. Many are open to the public for tours and tastings, and some feature restaurants.

Tips for cyclists: Visit the Bike Train website for basic information on the GoTrain services for cyclists to the Niagara area.

Tips for international visitors: The view of the Falls is best from the Canadian side. You can reach the this side of the Falls from Buffalo by crossing the Peace Bridge at Fort Erie and then driving north for 20 minutes. Another popular entry point is from Niagara Fall NY, which has crossing the Rainbow Bridge. This leads right into the heart of town. The Niagara Parkway is a scenic drive and a recreational trail that stretches for 56 km (35 miles) from Fort Erie, past the Falls and to Fort George, which is just outside Niagara-on-the-Lake. The route features parkland and historic sites. Niagara Falls is a 90-minute drive from Toronto. Using this route you’ll pass through the Niagara region, which is known for having more than 60 wineries. Many are open to the public tour tours and tastings, some feature restaurants.

 

Address:

Table Rock, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada

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