For those visiting Niagara Falls there are a number of different types of overnight accommodations to choose from. Near the Falls you’ll find several high-rise name brand hotels in the Fallsview area that overlook the falls. Near the top and foot of Clifton Hill you’ll find even more of this type of accommodations. Bed and Breakfast Tourist homes are also popular. In the Lundy’s Lane area, you’ll find several motels to choose from as well as campgrounds.
Camping has a long history in the city of Niagara Falls starting in the 1920’s.
That’s when the automobile started to replace the horse and buggy and even the train as the preferred method of travel to the Falls. Road improvements after World War I made travelling easier. Travellers were looking for affordable place to spend the evening within a 500-mile radius. It was cheaper to pitch a tent and cook meals over an open fire.
One of the well-known campgrounds was found in the Fallsview area. An ad in 1926 boasted, “it was the only camp overlooking the Falls and in full view of the nightly illumination of the falls”. Floodlights started to light up the falls for the first time in 1925.
There was also a popular campground to be found on Clifton Hill. This campground also offered a complimentary breakfast and also a ride to the public washrooms found in Queen Victoria Park at the foot of Clifton Hill. Today, motels, attractions and gift stores are operated in the same location by the same family that provided camping to these travellers.
In the 1920’s camping had become a popular “craze”.
My thanks to Cathy Roy, librarian of the Niagara Falls Library for provided information for this blog. To view photographs of these earlier campgrounds go to my.nflibrary.ca.