Niagara Falls

Trip Start Jan 11, 2013
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

One of the highlights of my trip to Canada was Niagara Falls. Probably it's the most famous waterfalls of the world and I was eager to see it for a long time. So as soon as I arrived in Toronto, I checked up on a weather forecast and chose a day to go there and planed everything else after that. Besides, I picked out the most popular tour from Toronto. Unfortunately, however, the tour didn't live up to my expectation.

Anyway, they were scheduled to pick me up at 7:30 a.m., so I got up at six and tried to leave for the pick-up point at seven. At five to seven, a hostel staff member rushed to me and told me that they changed the pick-up time.... It was unbelievable. What if I had left the hostel a bit earlier? I would have thought that I was stood up at the pick-up point after a while and gone to somewhere else. Maybe I would have looked for another way to go to the falls frantically, because I was scheduled to leave Toronto on the next day and I couldn't change the tour date. Anyway, I arrived at the meeting point at 8:40 as they said. They were not there and I waited out for 10 minutes in cold weather. They didn't give me any reason why they delayed their schedule nor apologise. Furthermore, they stopped by a gas station before they start the tour! In my opinion, it's a part of their preparation before the tour! Incidentally, they finished the tour at 5:00 p.m., which means they simply shortened the tour duration. That was the worst tour I had had taken.

The tour itself was also boring. We stopped by at a winery for wine tasting, which was obviously meant for souvenir shopping at the affiliated winery. We also had half an hour free time in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake village. Usually, "historic" village is a tourist hype which means there is nothing special to see. That was true to this village too. They showed whirlpools, flower clock, small chapel and so on and it seemed to me that they included the tourist attractions to make the tour visit list longer. Compared with the falls, the others were nothing. In the waterfall park, we went up the Skylon Tower at first. Actually, I was eager to ride a Maid of the Mist boat, but it was not operated in winter.... So instead of the boat ride, they took me to the tower. A view from the observation deck was good, but not exciting. If you want to get excited, just go up close to the waterfall and don't go to the tower after that. By the way, before you get on the elevator, a professional photograffer takes a picture of you, makes a composit picture with the background of Niagara Falls, and sells it. The same service was available in CN Tower. Personally I don't like composit photos, but strangely they were very popular in the Tower. Anyway, after lunch in a park, I finally walked down to the waterfalls.

Needless to say, Niagara Falls were awesome!!! It was possible to get very close to the Canadian Falls, or the Horseshoe Falls. They were not so tall, but the falling water volume was so plentiful that I felt as if I would be sucked by the fall from the observation deck. That was absolutely one of the best tourist attractions I had visited. The falls are not designated as a Unesco's World Heritage Site and I don't know why, but they well deserve the title.
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