Niagara Falls, Canadian side!
Trip Start Jun 13, 2006
177Trip End Jun 12, 2007
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Dean: As mentioned in the previous entry (which we have put as a separate entry in case any other travellers do a search on Toronto or Niagara Falls within the TravelPod site), we got a really good deal on our travel arrangements from Toronto to Niagara Falls. We got into Niagara Falls (on the Canadian side) at about midday and after dropping off our backpacks at the hostel we went for a walk up the river to the falls. The first ones we saw were the 'American Falls' and from a distance I was not that impressed. However once I got close enough to see just how big they actually are I changed my mind. They are very impressive! We then saw the 'Horseshoe Falls' from a distance (as they are a little further up from the American Falls). These are even bigger and are just superb! Absolutely amazing - the amount of power in the water is just awesome
We then went on the 'Maid of the Mist' ferry boat which I highly recommend (and is cheaper and way better than going up the CN Tower in Toronto!). The boat takes you right past the American Falls (where you really get to understand how big they are) and then into the horseshoe area of the Horseshoe Falls. This was really cool - to be in the middle of the Horseshoe Falls, with water heaving down to your left, right and in front of you, spray everywhere. It was really good - book your flights now!
The Horseshoe Falls are bigger (wider and taller) than the American Falls and out of the two I preferred these. Also, if you do go to Niaraga Falls, try to get onto the Canadian side (which face the falls across the river) as you get better land views of both falls. From the US side, it looked like you only got a side on view of the falls.
After the Maid of the Mist, we walked up to the Horseshoe Falls and saw the river before it goes over the Falls (this is probably better seen from the US side). We then went for a walk around town and got some food. The town is very commercialised, which is a shame really, as the falls are really nice and a spectical of nature. And then you have all of the casinos, shops, neon lights etc, that (for us) ruined it. They should have made it a national park and restricted what could be built around the falls (soap box time!)
In the evening we saw the falls lit up by spot light, which was nice (they change the filters on the spot lights every few minutes so the falls are coloured blue then green etc), however we preferred the falls by daylight.
On the Tuesday morning we walked down river to the Whirlpool Rapids, which also show you how powerful the river is. In the early afternoon we got the Greyhound and crossed the US border (at Niagara Falls) and headed to Buffalo - our first stop in the lower 48 states.
Now that I have been to Niagara Falls I can understand why they are so popular. We really liked it (but maybe not quite as much as we liked the Canadian Rockies).