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Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
13Trip End Sep 29, 2009
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Up at 8 and hit the road to the falls. We are driving along and you can see a mist I am not sure if it is fog or smoke or cloud. I see a sign mentioning some rapids and I pull over I didn't realize how close we were to the falls. These rapids fall 50 feet in about 800 yards and then it’s just straight over the edge. We park the car and walk to the falls.
Niagara consists of two falls the American falls on the US side and the Horseshoe Falls o n the Canadian side. It is amazing to see the colour of the water it’s like glass, the noise and the force that the water has is fantastic. The American side whilst built up was quite sedate in comparison to their Canadian counterparts.
The Americans had a few attractions with different viewing areas. You could take a lift to the bottom and almost stand under the fall in some parts as well as take the Maid in The Mist boat ride. After taking heaps of photos we venture over the border to the Canadian side where we are told the view is better
We cross the bridge over the gorge and meet with the officious customs guy. These people have a demeanor of no humour and are very business like at first but then they change and ask you some questions about your trip. We think it is small talk till they get the all clear from their computer that we aren’t terrorists. Next stop is to change some money. I enter the money exchange and it feels like Australia with the security a bit relaxed I can actually touch the person behind the counter and she gives me money in denominations I am used to ( USA only has 1Cent ,5Cent ,10 cent, 25 cent, coins notes are 1,5,10,20,100)
We drive along the cliff looking at the falls and trying to find somewhere to park. no luck parking unless you want to pay 20 dollars so back to a carpark I saw near the exchange it still costs 8 dollars but we could use the walk.
Canada milks the tourists for all it can get. We bought hot dogs from a street vendor2 for 11 dollars when I had seen them advertised on the walk to the cliff for 2 dollars each.
On top of the cliff there are a few shops a bar street vendors with crowds to fill them up. One thing we have noticed that in all these outside areas there are no public toilets you have to go into a commercial building to access these facilities it must make it hard for people with young kids.
We walk down to the Horseshoe Falls, here the spray comes up over the cliff and starts to soak you many people have plastic disposable raincoats. We decide to turn around and head back to the car. Once out of the spray we relies that the spray contributes greatly to the humidity.
We decide to take a different Way back to the van and go up Falls Ave where we find a garish sideshow of amusements with rides haunted houses etc with as many lights as you can fit in. not in keeping with one of nature’s great sights.
We then set sail into Canada we pass by Lake Ontario where we stop and go for a walk
We book in to the airport in so we can get internet access 104 dollars Canadian with a hot breakfast included. After check in we head off looking for something to eat and decide on KFC when we are eating we strike up a conversation with a couple at the next table he write technical manuals for the defense force an she is a school teacher. It was nice to compare each others countries and they welcomed us back to the commonwealth.
Niagara Falls what a spectacular