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There’s really no competing with the level of insight, convenience, access and expertise that comes with a guided Niagara Falls walking tour, but it would be dishonest of us to say that (for some at least) a self-guided walking tour of Niagara Falls is not a viable option.


A self-guided walking tour is a type of tour in which you explore a destination on foot at your own pace and without the advantages of hiring a tour guide.

This type of tour typically involves following a pre-planned route or itinerary that is either provided by a tour company or created by the individual traveler.

self guided Niagara Falls walking tour

Self-guided walking tours can be done in cities, historic neighborhoods, scenic landscapes, and other areas of interest. The itinerary may include notable landmarks, cultural sites, historical sites, local businesses and other hidden gems that provide insight into the locations history, culture and lifestyle.

Self-guided walking tours are ideal for independent travelers who prefer to explore a destination on their own terms and at their own pace. They can be a cost-effective way to travel as they do not require the expense of a tour guide or group tour. Additionally, self-guided walking tours allow travelers to customize their itinerary to suit their interests and preferences.

There are actually 2 types of self-guided walking tour itineraries to choose from:

  1. One that is created for you. This is an itinerary of a walking tour that you often pay for which was built by a company and outlines the route, stops and timing for you.

  2. One you create for yourself. This is the most authentic SELF guided walking tour option because it’s one you organized from scratch yourself. It takes a good deal of time and planning to put together, but for those with the availability and interest to do so, it’s certainly an option.

In either case, as the term suggests, you are on your own without a tour guide along for the walk.

This has its benefits and drawbacks (both of which we get more into below), but for those independent DIYers, it’s something to consider when visiting any area including Niagara Falls Canada.

Note: There is a beautifully written article by a wonderfully talented writer available on that gets into detail about how you can build your own self-guided walking tour of Niagara Falls.


While the argument in favor of a professionally guided Niagara Falls walking tour is an easy one to make (and we do so here and here) we can also help explain why some people prefer the self-guided walking tour option.

While the walking tour packages we offer are perfect for most people since they’ve been optimized with an ideal schedule by seasoned tour guide professionals, there are some people who are attracted to the self-guided option for their unique needs and desires.

A self-guided walking tour allows you to:

  1. Start whenever you want
  2. Make it as long or short as you want
  3. Spend as much or as little time at each stop as you want
  4. Visit whichever stops you want
  5. Save money (especially if you’re building the itinerary yourself)

It’s worth mentioning again that our guided walking tours address each of these points and are organized to give you the best experience possible for the lowest cost possible compared to other types of Niagara Falls tours.

However if for example you’re someone with limited time who only wants to take a peek at certain things rather than being immersed with the best views and fascinating stories than a self-guided walking tour may be your best bet.

self guided walking tour of Niagara Falls


We have collected a variety of self-guided Niagara Falls walking tour options for you to consider.

  1. provides exploration focused hiking and walking trails in Niagara Falls.

  2. offers various self-guided Niagara Falls walking tour options including a way to customize your own.

  3. provides this free walking tour itinerary of the American side.

  4. offers a variety of self-guided tour options including scooter rentals, Buffalo wing tour routes and scavenger hunt style itineraries.
Walk Niagara Tours offers all-inclusive walking tours of Niagara Falls. Our tour guides lead groups 7 days a week between April and November.