Tuesday

[travel] Niagara Falls, Ontario

Went to Niagara Falls, Ontario this past weekend with my mom. It was only about 7 hours of driving to get there. Not bad at all. We left early on Friday and were checked into the hotel by 3 pm. She booked a room that had a view of the falls:

Niagara Falls, Canada

I walked in, looked out the window and shrieked, "Oh my god! ... Oh my god!" It's impressive. It's hypnotic to see the water flowing toward and going over the edge. We walked down to take a closer look at the two separate falls. American Falls:

American Falls

And the Canadian Horseshoe Falls:

Canadian Falls

Here they are together in the same panoramic shot (this is looking east, toward New York state):

Niagara Falls, Canada

Saturday was rainy, so we drove up to Niagara-on-the-lake to do some shopping. We heard about a wine festival in St. Catherines, so we drove over there as well. Sunday was much better weather. We went to ride Maid of the Mist:

Maid of the Mist

American Falls

Canadian Falls

This was awesome. You ride out and the boat idles in the center of the Horseshoe falls so that everyone can be battered by wind and water for 10 solid minutes. It was crazy. I took a quick video:


Afterwards, the boat leaves the falls and you're dazed, like, "What just happened? I just paid to be sprayed by a fire hose in a wind tunnel for 10 minutes." But it was exhilarating and fun. 

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

We walked back up to do the Journey Behind the Falls. That was an epic waste of money, other than being able to get this picture:

Niagara, dark and stormy.

All you do is walk down a concrete tunnel. Yes, technically you are walking "behind" the falls, but you can't see anything, other than some water falling past an opening that you can't even get near. 

Niagara Falls was great. Easy to drive to, totally do-able in a long weekend. We didn't see/do anything on the USA side of the falls. From what I hear, the views aren't as good as from the Canada side, but it's also not as touristy. I would definitely like to go back some day with Dollar.

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