Niagara Falls Travel Blog› entry 6 of 7 › view all entries
From Toronto we took a short Greyhound ride to Niagara Falls, which we were both immensley excited about seeing. Our excitement diminshed slightly when we arrived in the town of Niagara to find a small, shabby, empty-looking town and no sign of any water! Slightly confused about where to go next, and very hungry, we found a diner down the street and tucked into grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. The owners were very friendly (they gave us bracelets!) and explained which bus we should take to the falls and where we should get off.
Scraping together all the Canadian money we had left we worked out we had exactly enough for return bus fares to the falls, and for a locker at the Greyhound station where we left our backpacks. We arrived at the place, where we had to walk down a street that looked like Skegness in a horror movie. Most things were closed, but they were all bright, lurid and tacky. For some reason wax museums and horror themed restaurants are the right setting for a place of natural beauty!
At first I was very disappointed by the tacky surroundings and the fact that the falls were surrounded by city - I had envisioned a large green national park rather than concrete and smog. And yet, it is impossible not to be bowled over by the spectacular falls themselves. As it was still winter they were partly frozen which was incredible to see, but it meant the Maid of the Mist boats weren't running. The falls were beautiful though, and i was so glad to have seen them.