Niagra Falls with a side dish of Toronto

Trip Start Jan 03, 1976
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

We arrived in Toronto after a 22 hour train trek from PEI in the afternoon.  Knowing there was little time in Toronto we headed right to the CN Tower but it was abit cloudy, the tower was pricey and we looked at each other and asked how many towers does one need to go up in a lifetime anyway? So we snapped a photo and headed off to wander around town and do some essentials, like find a bank, before heading back to dinner and our laundry. 

After dinner we headed out again towards what was marked on the map as 'Old Toronto' which turned out to be pretty dull. It was getting late and we had to be up early to get the train to Niagra Falls so we shrugged and said oh well, tomorrow night..

Today we made our 8.30am (early for me) train to the falls.  Arrived at Niagra station to no directions and a train load of confused looking tourists. I stopped a French girl who had a guidebook and she didn't seem to know either. As she walked off she wished us good luck and so we thought we would try to walk and see what happened. 

We stopped at a place marked tourist info to be oddly hounded, think old Gil from the Simpsons, into buying some day pass.  All we wanted was directions.. the guy even showed us the cardboard box the passes were kept in. Interesting. We declined and headed off on foot again..

I had yet again dressed inappropriately (for the weather I mean) so we wandered around for a while trying to find an ordinary clothing store. I knew Niagra Falls was a bit touristy but we were slightly suprised to see just how tacky it was in the surrounding areas. Who sees these amazing falls and thinks you know whats missing? a million souvineer stalls, rides, fun park style games and casinos?? apparently someone did. I had to eventually cave and buy myself a stylin' Niagra Falls jumper, i learned to love it - mostly because it was so warm and cosy!

We had lunch at a revolving restaurant in a large tower. They had promised us a buffet and I nearly died when we got there after much wandering about to be told there was no buffet today. Still it was pretty cool eating overlooking the falls and surrounding area, while we out our overpriced bland food.

After lunch and rugging up in my jumper we went to do the Maid of the Mist ride. Icy cold and it goes right up to the falls, an amazing view. Karly and I kept our ponchos on for the rest of the afternoon as we were walking near and around the top of the falls and there was a lot of spray.

Could have done much more there and gaped for a fair bit longer but we had to run back to catch our train.. which ended up being two hours late thanks to border control. Made it back rather late into Toronto but since we have to leave early the morning we dragged ourselves through town to a pub for dinner. And then dragged oursevles back to to pack for the train ride to Jasper..
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