A trip to Canada just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Niagara Falls, it’s just one of those must go to places in your lifetime!
As a young girl I first saw Niagara Falls on the big screen in the movie Superman. I was completely amazed by the sheer size of the falls. Superman should have given the naughty boy a proper dunking though rather than saving him from a frothy drowning. Then when Clark Kent and Lois Lane shared the honeymoon suite complete with heart-shaped tub, I knew I too would one day go to the Honeymoon Capital of the world.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit the falls a couple of times and got to stay in a hotel with pink heart shape tub alas it was Mr E and not Superman! We can only hope Bruce & Teresa will have their forever love after visiting the falls..
On our day trip to Niagara we took Georgia Evans along to provide us with intellectual facts, introduction to the music the kids are listening to nowadays and to keep Mr E amused as she is truly a delight to be with.
We started out with a wander through the touristy shops at the pretty town of Niagara on the Lake. Historic as a former loyalist British military base, it still has a largely British feel and is the only town in Canada to have a Lord Mayor. The foreign visitors were queuing for tea & scones, taking photos of the beautifully kept floral gardens and were lapping up the British goodies for sale.
Heavy rain spoiled our plans for a stroll along the White Water Walk so we sucked it up like we do in the UK and ate our picnic lunch in the car while the rain crashed down.
Dashing through the rain we took cover to view the Whirlpool Aero Car, we decided we didn’t fancy being dangled over the whirlpools in a steel basket but we did admire the Whirlpool Jet boat being carefully steered, avoiding the fast running water rapids that has trundled 50 metres over the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls from Lake Ontario into Lake Erie.
Our first view of the falls was exceptionally cloudy and misty but the rain had stopped and we were once again in awe of the beauty of this marvelous natural wonder.
Since we last visited in 2002 there has been huge expansion with more high-rise hotels forbthe best views lining the Niagara Parkway.
Clifton Hill has far more tourist attractions now including the Niagara SkyWheel. This part of Niagara is totally tacky and touristy but it’s great to see old-time attractions such as the Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Guinness World Records and the Dinosaur Adventure Golf remaining for family fun traditions.
After splashing out $5 in the Canadian Midwest arcades the sunshine was out and it was time to get waterfall wet.
Maid of the Mist boat cruises have been running since 1846 and have taken visitors close to the bottom of the falls for serious spray misting throughout the years. In October 2013 the iconic Maid of The Mist closed on the Canadian side with Niagara Hornblower Cruises starting operation. So now decked out in Canadian red waterproof ponchos we took our cruise. It’s incredibly noisy and you really get a feel for the force of the water, Georgia took some great photos as she saran wrapped her iPhone.
We got wet around the ankles but the view complete with sparkling rainbows was just fabulous.
Our day at Niagara ended with glorious sunshine and we snapped far too many photo, it was a great time. If you can, definitely add it to your bucket list of great places to see!
Additional photo credit to Georgia Evans