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Old 03-17-2019, 07:17 PM   #1
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Niagara: Camp on Canadian side or US side?

Planning a trip to Niagara Falls this summer. I've been doing a lot of research and my head is spinning! Trying to figure out if it's better to camp in Canada or US?

My concerns include crossing the border with the TT, and the ease of going back and forth between the US side and the Canadian side for sightseeing.

We like the outdoors and want to spend some time hiking near the falls, which appears to be better on the US side?? But, we definitely want to spend some time in Canada as well. The Canadian campgrounds that I'm considering are Jordan Valley Campground or Campark. We don't care for all the bells and whistles of a resort campground since we never spend much time at the campground itself. But we do prefer full hookup sites with ample room for our TT and our long tow vehicle. We usually avoid KOAs and the Branches of Niagara Campground in NY is out of our price range. Looking to go end of June or end of August for about 4 nights (Sun-Thurs). Any advice?
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:27 PM   #2
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We alwsys stayed on the Can side. Never had a reason to go back and forth.

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Four Mile Creek is a NYS Campground in Youngstown NY, about 8 miles north of Niagara Falls. They have plenty of campsites and is close to Fort Niagara State Park which is fantastic if you are a history buff. I am not sure if they have any full hookup sites but they have water supply near each campsite plus a dump station.The Lewiston/Queenston bridge to Canada is just minutes away. A full supermarket and nice restaurants in the Village of Lewiston and some very nice ones right in Youngstown as well.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:31 PM   #4
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Four Mile Creek is a NYS Campground in Youngstown NY, about 8 miles north of Niagara Falls. They have plenty of campsites and is close to Fort Niagara State Park which is fantastic if you are a history buff. I am not sure if they have any full hookup sites but they have water supply near each campsite plus a dump station.The Lewiston/Queenston bridge to Canada is just minutes away. A full supermarket and nice restaurants in the Village of Lewiston and some very nice ones right in Youngstown as well.


Agreed. I live in Niagara and I won't camp at Jordan Valley.

Your best bet is Four Mile Creek State Park. Camp in the 200 loop, all the sites are 30 amp. There is potable water every 10 sites or so and a good dumping station.

The 100 series sites are pretty close together, the 300 series are non-electric.

The campground is an easy 20 minute drive down a 4 lane parkway to Niagara Falls. The parkway is so quiet, weeds grow in the cracks.

Crossing the border at Lewiston/Queenston or at the Rainbow Bridge in NF are both easy options. They both cost $3.75 to cross. Have your passports ready and no guns

The Canadian views of the Falls are nicer. There are trails on both sides. The Canadian side has more attractions like Journey behind the falls, cable car, helicopter tours. You can go on jet boats on either side as well as take a boat ride up to the falls with either maid of the mist or Hornblower cruises. The Skylon tower on the Canadian side is fun to go up as well.

Any questions, just ask!
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The Canadian views of the Falls are nicer. There are trails on both sides. The Canadian side has more attractions like Journey behind the falls, cable car, helicopter tours. You can go on jet boats on either side as well as take a boat ride up to the falls with either maid of the mist or Hornblower cruises. The Skylon tower on the Canadian side is fun to go up as well.

Any questions, just ask!

Agreed. We used to live in Michigan and have visited the Falls about 4 times. BUT we've never seen the Falls from the US side; always on the Canadian side.
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[QUOTE=Quantum;737195]Agreed. I live in Niagara and I won't camp at Jordan Valley.

Why not Jordan Valley? Is there something wrong with it or just far from NF? I actually just called and made reservations there since I had read good reviews and they are cheaper and take my Good Sam discount.

Four Mile Island is not an option for us. Our gray tank is so small that one evening of showers for my family of 5 fills it completely, which means unhooking every day for dump station (not gonna happen), so we need the Sewer hookup.
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I live near Niagara Falls. Crossing the border with your rig doesn't present any real problems other than the inevitable traffic at certain times.
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x2 on Four Mile Creek park, really easy and traffic free straight to the falls area.

You also get (unless they changed the rules) free paring at the falls with proof of camping.

Lots of trails at the Falls on the US side but not very long. Lots of places to shop and eat at near Four Mile. Way more spacious than any KOA I ever went to.
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Agreed. I live in Niagara and I won't camp at Jordan Valley.

Why not Jordan Valley? Is there something wrong with it or just far from NF? I actually just called and made reservations there since I had read good reviews and they are cheaper and take my Good Sam discount.

Four Mile Island is not an option for us. Our gray tank is so small that one evening of showers for my family of 5 fills it completely, which means unhooking every day for dump station (not gonna happen), so we need the Sewer hookup.

It's your typical private campground, trailers fairly close together, not overly scenic area.

Four Mile is on Lake Ontario, beautiful sunsets, spacious sites (in the 200 and 300 series loops). I live on the Ontario side, but I camp on the US side.
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Four Mile has showers.. We have a small grey tank too and its imperative we use the campground showers where available
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