Oh Canada!! Eh?
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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Niagara on the Lake
We crossed into Canada at 10:05. Our customs agent was VERY accommodating (we weren't inspected or arrested, so it was all good). From there we headed to the village of Niagara on the Lake. The drive there was lovely and we were surprised that it was through some very upscale residential areas. We followed the shore of the Niagara River so there would be houses there…many of them VERY large. There were turnoffs to numerous vineyards along the way. We didn't stop at any of them but the ones we could see from the road were lovely.
We have been told in the past that Niagara on the Lake was a good place to visit, but for whatever reason, we had never made it there. Well, what a beautiful little jewel of a village! The flowers have to been seen to be believed. HUGE plantings, baskets, and landscapes everywhere you look. It was truly breathtaking. The village itself seems to be very prosperous with lots of different shops, restaurants, inns, bed and breakfasts and bakeries. We very much enjoyed walking around the town (after we found a perfect place for the Big Muf to be parked...once again paying for two parking places!). We stopped for a light lunch at a local restaurant (forgot the name…senior moment??) and then looked in a few more stores before heading back to the RV, leaving Niagara on the Lake at 1:45.
From there we headed to the town of Niagara Falls in Ontario. We stopped at one campground that was somewhat depressing with lots of seasonal residents and a messy appearance so off we went again. Yuck! We drove back down the street about ½ mile to (what else it appears on this particular trip?) the Niagara Falls KOA. This park is the most expensive one we have stayed in on this trip which stings just a little bit but: 1) good electric, 2) level, 3) PAVED SITE!!, 4) Patio, and last but not least 5) Very good FREE wifi! It was a marriage made in heaven I am sure
Most of the rest of the blog tonight will be pictures. Hope you enjoy them. We drove 40 miles today.
PS. We went downtown to see the falls from the Canadian side, ate supper and had a wonderful time. By the time we got back to camp, everyone and their brother were on the Internet and it was too slow to upload pictures (see Betty, it happens to me also!) so I will go ahead and post and try in the morning on the pictures.
Tuesday: As it happens, the wifi was MUCH stronger when we got up this morning and I was able to quickly upload the pictures. I also want to add to some of our impressions from our time at Niagara Falls both on the American and the Canadian sides. For one thing, we were amazed that the noise as the Niagara River falls over the escarpment of the Falls was at such a low sound level! We had assumed that we would have to yell to hear each other speak
Another thing that we noticed, especially last night as the Canadian side is a more popular tourist destination that the American side, was the vast diversity of people and languages we saw and heard as we walked around. We have discovered the universal language, however! It is holding up your camera to another person and indicating that you would like your picture taken...EVERYONE understands that one!