UPDATE: February 8, 2016
PLEASE NOTE: I LIVE IN NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA. I point this out only because I have had a number of requests from BDW members that thought I was in Niagara Falls, New York. Our American friends will need their PASSPORTS and any other documents necessary to cross into Canada.
NOTICE: Due to my own travel plans this year I will NOT be available during the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October. I no longer have a tenant who in the past was able to assist members if I was away. Thanks for your understanding and attention to this.
Niagara Falls is a popular destination and since I am the only BDW member in the area requests will have to be on a first come, first serve basis. I wish I had more room because I loved meeting all the BDW members in previous years... but it is what it is. :) Thanks for your understanding.
I can only offer a small location in my driveway or a concrete pad at the front of the house. The concrete pad is 22 feet X 9 feet and will accomadte a smaller RV or trailer. Best for a Class B or smaller Class C or less than 25 foot trailer. The driveway could accommodate a larger vehicle or trailer. We would have to work out the logistics of the parking.
PETS: Yes ... but must be well behaved and on leash. This is a residential area with lots of young children around. You are welcome to use the front covered porch. The backyard is kind of under reconstruction as I plan to put in a permanent parking pad for my RV (where the in-ground pools use to be)
ELECTRICITY: At the present time I only have 15 amp service available. I am planning to upgrade that to 30 amp once my permanent pad is in place. Currently it is enough to run my fridge/freezer and 13000 BTU A/C unit and keep the 12 V system charged. (TV, lights etc.) Don't try to use the air and microwave together. I did ... :(( blew the fuse.
AWNINGS/SLIDE OUTS: Maybe ... depends how big and which side they're on. We'll work on it if necessary
DUMP SITE: Scott's Trailer Park is around the corner (1/2 km) and charge $10.00 to use their dump facilities. The campgrounds in the area are extremely busy in the summer and there can be long lines at times ... both to enter the campgrounds and use their dump facilities.
CLASS A MOTORHOMES - As much as I wish I could accommodate the larger Class A's ... my driveway is limited. I might be able to help out for a night. You'll have to contact me and we can discuss.
No generators please ... this is a residential neighbourhood. Depending on how you park you may not be able to use your awning or slide if it intrudes onto my neighbour's grassed area. I try and accommodate when I can.
Please be aware that there are a lot of younger children in the neighbourhood now. It's a nice quiet neighbourhood, but the kids are out playing. Just be cautious when backing out of driveway.
This is a residential area near one of the main roads in Niagara Falls (Lundy's Lane). Roads are paved with no obstructions. Three major campgrounds within 1 kilometre. Shopping, including Walmart within a 2-3 minute drive.
A tow vehicle can be parked on the concrete pad in front of the house next to the driveway.
I'm afraid it will be hit and miss based on my own travelling. Please contact me early enough to ensure I will be available.
I should be available most of the spring and summer of 2018. Being retired though plans can change at any time.
Niagara Falls is a world class tourist destination. During the past decade many changes have taken place including the opening of two Casino's and many new high-rise hotels. This has changed not only the skyline of the city but also the costs of visiting Niagara Falls. Parking is at a premium. There was a time when parking throughout the city was free. You now see PAID PARKING signs all over the city and throughout the parks system. I am personally embarrassed at what I see as price gouging at many of the tourist attractions and outlets.
If you are planning a trip please don't hesitate to contact me for some sightseeing tips and attractions to visit. There are many enjoyable attractions to visit. Some are nothing more than tourist ripoffs.
In an effort to help you plan your trip to the Niagara area please visit the following web site. THUNDER ALLEY was developed and created by a friend and co-worker. He has worked on this site for many years to keep it relevant and updated. Aside from providing a fascinating history of the Niagara Frontier it also provides the latest prices on many of the local attractions. At first glance it seems somewhat overwhelming but as you work your way through it, it has a whole host of interesting information.
WELCOME TO THE "NEW" NIAGARA FALLS.
We enjoyed a pleasant stay near the falls. Our hosts was very gracious and allowed us to hook up to electric and fill our water tank. He had a lot of visitor information for the area, and was a wealth of information on things to do. We enjoyed being able to visit with him for a while and learn about the area. We couldn't have ask for a better time or better place while exploring Niagara Falls.
Where do I start? Karsty is the best of the best when it comes to being a host for weary travelers. He supplied us with all our needs and gave us great information about the area and all it had to offer. It was like having your own private tour guide! So glad we were able to stay as Hurricane Florence was approaching our home. We were within walking distance of the WEGO transit system. So enjoyed our stay and hope he will come to visit us one day so we can return the favor.
Karsten was an incredible host! It was our first time with Boondockers Welcome and we had such a great time that we want to continue using BW. The only problem is that Karsty set the bar so high that the next experience can't possibly be as positive.
Karsty is a wonderful host and we enjoyed our visit immensely. His place is quiet, safe, and super convenient to public transportation (the WeGo bus), grocery store and many restaurants. Many thanks we hope to visit again to see more of this interesting and historical area.
Karsty was a friendly host and very welcoming. It was great chatting to him about our trips, Canada and his tips for the local area. We would definitely recommend Karsty's for anyone looking to stay in the Niagara area.
This friendly man welcomed us in his house (with a nice collection of Norwegian trolls 😎) and told us some great stories. He has a collection of touristic folders that are helpful planning your visit to the Niagara Falls.
Within walking distance (5min) the WEGO bus takes you right to the falls. You can buy a pass for the bus at the Travelodge a little walk further on.
Good place to stay when visiting the (Canadian side of the) Niagara Falls.
Very well located.
Karsty was nice & welcoming.
Thank you so much. We had an exceptional stay at your place. Enjoyed very much chatting with you. And thanks for the hints.
We were more than welcomed at Karsty's home. He was so nice and helpful, giving us a lot of references for activities and restaurants nearby Niagara. He also took time to help us with our AC unit. We do not hesitate to highly recommend this site and this wonderful host.
We stayed two nights with Karsty and our experience was like previous Boondockers. Besides his wonderful hospitality, knowledge and touring hints, Karsty also gave me some authentic Ontario buttertarts because I love them! The WEGO bus is perfect as it will take you everywhere you'll want to go in Niagara Falls and there is a grocery store conveniently across the street from his house. Thanks!
We had a couple of great nights with Karsty in Niagara falls. Not only did he welcome us with open arms, give us tips on local events, but also invited us for a night time drive to the falls, where he dropped us off and picked us up, so we could enjoy the Fireworks.
We enjoyed our chats and exchange of experiences, and I have only good things to say!
Highly recommended as a host, and would love to reciprocate out here on the West Coast one day!
Karsty was very accommodating and let us stay with him with very little notice. He is a warm and friendly guy with a lot of interesting things to talk about. His driveway is easy to back into and he provided electricity and water for us. He stays very close to the falls which was convenient too.
Karsty is a great, warm welcoming host. We stayed just one night, we are from Barrie but purchased our RPOD from Niagara Trailers, it was back at the dealers for some warranty work, we were picking it back up after it was there for a week, thought we would make a night of it in the Falls. Karsty greeted us, showed us where the hook ups were etc. and we got settled in. He isn't too far from the tourist area, if you don't have a car there is transit. We went for dinner at the Fallsview Casino Buffet (note if you have children under 19 they can't attend) pretty good meal for around $20 if you have a PAC card from the casino (free) you also get free parking ($30 value when we were there) when you eat at the buffet with a PAC card. Karsty's street is pretty quiet, we didn't hear much of anything, all in all a great place to "boondock" if you are passing through. Thank You Karsty!
We had the privilege of staying at Kartsy's place for only one night, but it was a wonderful experience. He is incredibly kind, welcoming and very knowledgeable. He gave us more suggestions and recommendations in the Niagara area than we could hope to see in one afternoon (or several days for that matter, if we had had them).
He has an incredible location for ease of access when you want to do things and quietness for when you want to rest. He's a fantastic communicator and full of good humor. Thank you so much, Karsty! You are a gentleman and a scholar! :) Happy trails!
Karsten made staying at his place so easy, welcoming, informative, and helpful. We arrived on a rainy evening, got set up, visited awhile, walked to the nearby grocery store for dinner fixings, then spent time perusing all the pamphlets and info Karsten provided us. He is just blocks from the bus line that takes you right to the Niagara Falls sights, and getting around without a car was a breeze. Karsten had some free time the following day and offered to show us around nearby sights - Niagara on the Lake, the Wellind (sp?) Canal, and other historic sights in between. We gladly took him up on his offer, and saw things we would never have seen otherwise. Thank you, Karsten, and we're (along with Jill and Thayer) counting on seeing you in the PNW!
We were recommended to contact Karsty by fellow Boondockers. We were not disappointed. Karsty made us so welcome and was great company. He gave us lots of helpful info making it easy to visit all the local attractions at Niagara Falls. We shared a meal, exchanged travel stories and life experiences. Karsty is yet another Boondocker who set the hospitality bar extremely high . We stayed in a 26' motorhome.
Spent a quiet night in Niagara Falls on Karsten's driveway. Unfortunately we did not spend a lot of time with him as we arrived in the evening to say hello and then left to catch the fireworks at the Falls. By the time we returned, it was already bedtime. But in that short visit, he spent some time with us and was able to offer tourist tips from a long time resident of the area. Greatly appreciated the opportunity to boondock in a very popular destination.
Our Roadtrek tucked in nicely along the driveway beside his home.
Hope to drop by again to spend more time with Karsten!
It was our first experience with a RV and we luckly found Karsten! he makes you feel at home, provide you a nice place, lots of information and flyer, and help you very kindly. He's a great person!
thank you again Karsten,
hope to see you in italy!
Viola and family
Wow, thank you so much Karsty!
He's a considerate and generous host.
He's helped to make our stay wonderful in Niagara's area.
Linda and I spent a pleasant night at Karsten's place in Downtown Niagara Falls in the fall of 2013. Karsten made us feel welcome and comfortable, and provided us with great info for exploring Beautiful Niagara Falls.
Erwin and Linda
Enjoyed my night at Karsty's. Makes you feel that he is happy you came. His location is GREAT! We boondockers are lucky to have him in our group.
Karsty was a wonderful host! He had brochures, maps and advice for the best way to enjoy Niagara. He took us sightseeing one day and delivered a forgotten camera and shirt. He was awesome!
Very nice man who was happy to share his excellent local knowledge of the Falls and surrounding area.
Karsty's driveway was just right for our class b motor home. He went out of his way to help get my computer on-line and had an abundance of information for us about Niagara Falls. Quite neighborhood, very convenient. If we are ever back this way we'll surely look him up as Niagara Falls is a whole lot more than the Falls.
David & Linda (sparetime)
We stayed with Karsty one night when we were passing though town and he was really welcoming and had lots of good info about niagara falls.