Wet, wet, wet.

Trip Start Sep 24, 2012
Trip End Oct 22, 2012

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today was totally cool, and I know I totally sound like a teenager right now ;)

The Niagara Falls are amazing. My very first sight of them was from a helicopter. Yes, I got to ride in a helicopter. That was a completely amazing experience and loads of fun! Unfortunately the ride was very short, but it was so completely exciting! The view of the falls was spectacular.

After the helicopter flight, we went to a small town called Niagara on the Lake. It was quite quaint, but much like other little towns. There were pretty buildings and gardens, and a few little shops, but not much else. This was where we had lunch, and I had a maple tart for dessert - yum!

After lunch we finally made our way down to the table rock area to view the falls. I won't say that the falls are pretty, because that word, just like my pictures, doesn't do them justice. I took a brief video of the falls that I will try to attach as well. A million litres of water tumble over the falls every second. That is amazing. They aren't the tallest falls, but the sheer volume of water there is phenomenal. There are actually three falls: the American Falls (which are straight and narrow), the bride's veil (which is small) and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls (which are huge and spectacular).

After taking some photos we went on the "Maid of the Mist" boat which takes you right into the centre of the fall area where all of the mist and spray is. They give you a (very stylish) blue poncho, but you still get very wet. I thought that I'd get a great view of the falls, but in reality there is so much mist that you can hardly see anything! You can certainly feel it though.

For dinner, we ate at the closest restaurant to the falls - Elements. We had an excellent view of the horseshoe falls. After dinner we went to the illumination tower and got to change the colours of the lights on the falls. That was lots of fun! We would pick footy teams or our favourite colours and make the falls match.

The town of Niagara Falls itself is quite interesting. It is completely built upon tourism and the casinos. There are some very tacky museums and lots of very "touristy" things. Even though many people feel that it is silly, I think that if I lived over here I would like to spend a longer holiday at Niagara Falls.
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