Niagara Falls Travel Blog› entry 8 of 93 › view all entries
"Apparently Niagara Falls is popular with newlyweds and nearly-deads, according to the book" I said. "In fact, it's even been called 'Viagra Falls'". "Really" said Em. "Is that because it gives men erections?" I kid you not, and that's the watered-down version.
That was on the way to the falls on our tour coach. We'd booked on to the evening tour of Niagara Falls so enjoyed a lie-in (much-needed to rest sore heads) and met up with the Tour after lunch at the Westin Hotel, on the Waterfront. Alfred, our guide, drove us west out of Toronto in the pouring rain and despite his fairly interesting commmentary, we were beginnning to fret that the poor weather would impair our day.
Onward towards Niagara Falls, stopping at the start of the gorge from where the river had eaten its way back to, then to the 'Whirlpool Lake', so called due to the change in direction of the river creating a whirlpool effect.
Soaking wet we headed back to the coach which swiftly took us around the quite tacky town of Niagara Falls (like the tackiest of British seaside amusements) and then to the falls themselves. The weather had cleared alot by now and we had pretty good views of both the American and the Canadian Falls, both of which are pretty spectacular, and we went a bit snap-happy. When we'd had our fill of that we met up with the rest of the party and went for the included dinner on the 13th floor of the Sheraton hotel where, with even brighter weather, a fantastic view of the falls and the emergence of a Rainbow, we had a bit of a feast.
We'd been given plenty of time to amuse ourselves so rather than walk around the Blackpool-esque part of town we sniffed out the Hersheys shop and the Hard Rock Cafe. We were picked up at around 9pm and driven back along the falls to see them lit-up, but the mist had come in quite heavily and although we had a decent view of the American Falls we could see very little of the Canadian Falls. Nevertheless, we headded back to Toronto very content.