Water fall attraction or kids amusement park??

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
Trip End Jan 31, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day 1

Caught the bus from New York to Buffalo where I had a transfer. Unfortunately having a ticket doesnt mean having a seat. The 7am bus I had a ticket for was full and had to wait 3hrs for the next bus to niagra. If I had to guess I would say that the fact that I and a number of people were asked if we wanted to catch an earlier bus to Buffalo was the cause. They probably treated the missing people on the later bus as no shows and sold the seats a second time.

Ended up in Canadian Niagra Falls with no cash and no nearby auto teller so had to walk the 3km to the hostel. Thankfully the rain that had been falling eased up until the 5 minutes of the walk though it took me another 15min to find the hostel. Seems that the name they use on the web site is different to the street name. Wasnt til I went inside and asked that I found the place whose balcony I was hiding under from the rain was the hostel.

Didnt look like a hostel since it was actually a motel that had decided to convert some of its very nice rooms with onsuites into dorm rooms. Even had the room to myself the first night. Couldnt check in til 3pm and given it was already 1pm (had expected to be there by 9am) and poaring with rain, decided to use the free wifi for a bit to sort photos and plan a few things.

Given the bad weater, decided to not do any of the major sights and attractions and just wandered up river of the falls to the nearby park and made my way back along the river to the falls. Falls were a reasonable size and nice enough for their size but not quite as big as the Iguassu Falls I saw in South America.

Wandered through town on the way back to the hostel/motel and it felt like walking through an amusement park. Lots of rides, arcades, fast food places and halls of horror. If this was ever the place to go for your honeymoon it must have been a long time ago. Seems more like a family place that caters for kids.

Day 2

Weather cleared up to give a very nice day. Had originnaly planned to do the Canadian side the day before and american side today but ended up deciding to just do the Canadian side and not have to go through the hassle of crossing the border.

Started by going up the Skylon Tower from which I had some nice views of the falls below. After heading back down to visit the falls decided to do the Behind the Falls walk. Basically they have a platform near the base of the walls where you can watch the water crash down, listen to the roar of the falls and get wet from the spray of the crashing water. Poncho provided to help keep you dry. Enjoyed getting blasted by the water from the bottom of the falls that came pelting in on me by the wind.

The walk also included being able to get behind the falls via a tunnel thats been cut into the falls. Basically there were a couple of side tunnels that you could go down and watch, from behind the falls, the water from the falls come crashing down.

After making my way from the falls to the rainbow bridge, decided to wander along the road by the falls gorge towards the whirlpool area. Basically an area where the water swirls round a bit. There was a river walk and over the whirlpool cable car but decided against doing them mostly on cost. Everything is $10-$20 and the budget is getting pushed at the moment as it is.

A few nice views of the gorge and rapids but lots of trees blocking the view. After heading back it was getting a bit late so wandered around town to kill some time while waiting for it to get dark. After dark headed back to the river to watch the light show that gets put on on top of the falls.

Day 3

Weather still nice so decided to the Maid of Mist booat tour which took you up to the falls. Had some nice river views of the falls but didnt get as close to them as I would of liked. Think I preferred the Behind the Falls walk since the time I spent by the falls was determened by me and was not really that much further from the falls. certainly enjoyed the boat ride at Iguassu Falls more since it was in a jet boat and got a lot closer to those falls.

Decided I didnt have enough time to cross the border so headed back to the hostel since there wasnt really anything else I wanted to do before catching the bus. Killed some more time planning things for Denali NP.

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