Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls at the international border between Canada and the United States. The Horseshoe Falls straddle the border and lie mostly on the Canadian side, while the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are entirely on the American side. We’ve seen to the Niagara Falls before, from the American side, today we were going to see it from the Canadian side.
The first time we did the Falls was on the East Coast bus trip with the in-laws. It was almost summer. The water was flowing in full force and the roar of the falls could be heard even at a distance. We took the mandatory Maid of the Mist boat trip and let the cold spray drench us, ponchos et all. The Maid of the Mist provides riders with free ponchos which are more like colorful garbage bags with holes cut out for the arms and face, but hey what do you expect! Years ago when my parents did this with my sister and B-I-L, I remember they were provided with discardable flip flops too. You were free to take them with you ( I think we still have a pair of those at home), but those that were discarded in the bin placed for this purpose would be, I believe I was told, sent to Africa where they would be distributed to the less fortunate.
Our second visit to the Falls was in peak winter. You can read about it here. The bestie drove across the border to meet us. Her maiden solo drive across the border.
The promenade on the Canadian side provides excellent views of all three falls. Of the three falls the Horseshoe Falls are the largest, the mightiest and the most imposing. Gorgeous green waters drop about 188 feet (57 m), frothing and foaming like a spirited war horse. With a span of about 2,600 feet (790 m), the Horseshoe Falls are a sight that will take your breath away. On the Canadian side you are much closer to the Horseshoe falls. At one point you are literally at the top of these falls. The mist from the falls rises all the way to the promenade eliminating the need to take the Maid of the Mist ride. On the Canadian side one can also do the Walk Behind the Falls. We couldn’t do it due to time constraints this time, but I’m sure new additions to the family will see us on this side of the border again. Another thing we missed was riding the little yellow bug elevator to the observation deck of the nearby Skylon Tower for the highest overhead view of the falls. I completely recommend skipping the CN Tower and doing the Skylon tower instead. The CN Tower doesn’t really give you a birdseye view of the mighty Niagara Falls, but from the observation deck of the Skylon Tower one can see as far as Toronto, albeit at a distance.
There are a few other things we didn’t do this weekend, and these are the 2 things I feel most guilty about – not helping the bestie get her Christmas Tree up and decorated, and not stocking up her freezer.
Thanks to the bestie and her family, we had the most wonderful Thanksgiving break. I am truly thankful for another place I can call home, even if it is a 9 hour drive away. If I ever fight with the husband and storm out, I know there is a place I can go, no questions asked.