Oh Canada!! Eh?

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Niagara on the Lake

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Monday, August 5, 2013

We woke up to a cool (53 degrees) morning with clear blue skies. At 9:45 we were pulling out of our campsite headed to Canada. Our drive first took us back towards where we were yesterday as that was where we needed to get on the International Bridge taking us across the Niagara River and the international boundary between the US and Canada.

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 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! All we had to do was pull in, plug in, tie on to water, and we were good to go. In a few minutes we are going to walk to the front of the campground and catch the bus to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and see what it looks like from there. We will likely have supper there. Should be fun!

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. That was not the case at all. We could talk in a normal conversational tone right next to where the water went over the edge. It was noisier when we were on the Maid of the Mist yesterday getting close to the Falls themselves but there again, not as loud as we would have thought. I don't understand it, but there it was.

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!
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Ron & Judy on

Stay out of the barrel!

charleybren on

Just trying to get caught up with your blog. Starting from this and going backward. We got back from Cleveland and the National Senior Games Friday. Had a great time!
Did you go to Cave of the Winds? Great way to get wet and get some great pics! I think it's on the Canadian side. We love Canada and have been to Niagara Falls several times.

dwlp.travelkids on

No we didn't get to Cave of the Winds. We spent so much time in Niagara by the Lake there wasn't any time to go there. Heading out in a few minutes towards the American border near Port Huron, MI with some stops along the way! Glad you made it safely back from Cleveland and that everyone did so well in the Senior Olympics. Congratulations to you guys...you really did well.

Betty and Ed on

I learn so much from your posts. I try to borrow what I can. Your petunias are better than my petunias but obviously that like the northern climate we are both in. Our wifi started to fly at 11 last night so I got in a few photos and will try again this morning since it is flying now. I think I must have some coffee before I can face go on! Safe journey.

Lora Carbary on

Pat and John,

Yes, when I went on a bus tour in that party of Canada I noticed that everyone there likes to grow lots of flowers. They are just beautiful. I really want to see the Falls with David. I went in 1999 the year my Dad passed. My niece went with me and we had a great time. I think David and I need to plan a NY State trip too. Love the blog stay safe and go slowly to enjoy every minute.

Love ya both.

sandra baynes on

Bob and I love Niagara on the Lake. Amazing flowers. Love your pics.

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