Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Travel Blog

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"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.

After an hour or so we reached the Niagara peninsula, Canada's wine-producing region. We learned a bit about wine tasting and sampled some of the produce, including a 'Dan Akroyd' (of Ghostbusters fame of course!) special - he has invested heavily in the 'Lake View' vineyard we were visiting. We also tried 'Ice Wine', which can only be harvested in the middle of the night after the grapes have been frozen solid for three consecutive days. Interesting stuff. In case you're wondering, it's very sweet, used as a dessert wine, and extremely expensive as it takes around ten times the grapes to get the same amount as ordinary wine.

 

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.

Maid of the mist?
Not too long after that we reached a rain-sodden Niagara Falls. Maid of the Mist was our first stop. We still souldn't even make out the Falls themselves due to the fog (notorious so we were told) and we were beginning to wonder if we'd be able to see anything at all. We donned rather attractive blue 'souvenir' body-condoms and headed on to the boat. Still unable to see anything (although the sound of the falls was incredible), we boarded the boat and headed straight for the top deck whilst we set sail into the unknown. Miraculously, the mist began to clear and we could make out the American falls, and a few minutes later we were getting drenched by the spray Horseshoe/Canadian falls as they came into view. The photos we managed to get do it very little justice - you have to see it for yourselves - but it was fantastic.

 

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.

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Maid of the mist?
Maid of the mist?
American Falls
American Falls
Horseshoe falls
Horseshoe falls
American Falls from The Sheraton.
American Falls from The Sheraton.
Best of the night-time pics
Best of the night-time pics
Dan Akroyds Winery, Niagara Penin…
Dan Akroyd's Winery, Niagara Peni…
Original barrel that went over the…
Original barrel that went over th…
Niagara Falls
photo by: portia