The Rainbow Bridge was built between 1940 and ’41 to replace the Falls View Bridge, which was also known as “Honeymoon Bridge.” It collapsed in January 1938, the result of an ice jam. The new bridge was constructed atop 50-foot (15-meter) abutments to avoid a repeat of the disaster. It is 950-feet (290-meters) long and sits 202 feet (62 meters) above the Niagara River. The bridge is on the border of Canada and the USA.
The origin of its name is lost in history, although the steel arc that supports the bridge offers one potential explanation. From Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, the sight of a rainbow in the mist following the arc of the bridge is another explanation, especially appealing to the romantic.
The bridge is accessible to passenger vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians from each side, with a vehicle toll paid upon leaving the U.S. Pedestrians pay a small toll as they leave Canada.
Canadian and U.S. citizens who want to cross the Niagara River need a valid passport, enhanced (electronic chip) driver’s license, or Nexus card. The latter is available to those who frequently cross the border. Visitors from countries requiring a visa for visiting the U.S. or Canada must also have this ready to show.
If you have time, walk across the bridge in either direction for panoramic views of the American and Horseshoe falls. The river itself is also a great sight, with powerful currents and whirlpools indicating the awesome power of nature.
Stop and have your photo taken with one foot in Canada and one in the USA. Head to the bridge on a Friday or Sunday night between May and early September for the best vantage point for the nightly fireworks show above the falls. Be sure to take your passport or photo ID even if you are just taking in the views and intend to return to the same side.
Located directly across from Niagara Falls on the 20 acre Falls Avenue Resort, Sheraton offers Indoor access to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark & Casino Niagara. Just steps to the Clifton Hill Entertainment District
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview places guests less than a mile from the world-famous cascades. The hotel is connected to Fallsview Casino and is within a mile of IMAX® Theatre Niagara Falls and the Skylon Tower. Guests travel 2 miles (3.2 km) for Hornblower Niagara boat tours.
Located in Fallsview, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls and Skylon Tower. Horseshoe Falls and American Falls are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Connected by a glass-enclosed walkway to the Fallsview Casino, this Niagara Falls luxury resort hotel is 1 block from the Horseshoe Falls and less than a mile from Clifton Hill.
Closest hotel to Niagara Falls. Enjoy Fallsview dining and free cooked-to-order breakfast at this all-suite Fallsview Hotel, located next to Niagara Falls and Fallsview Casino.
Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls is situated in the heart of the Fallsview Boulevard tourist district, steps away from the Niagara Falls and within walking distance to the area attractions, Fallsview Casino and Scotiabank Convention Centre.
Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rainbow Bridge and Aquarium of Niagara. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the Falls Avenue Resort, this elegant Niagara Falls hotel has an indoor connection to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Casino Niagara; Clifton Hill entertainment is just steps away.