Niagara Falls, on the Canadian Side

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The edge of Horseshoe Falls...this was taken out the side of my barrel, just before I went over!

When our tour ended on the US side, we drove over the Peace Bridge into Canada.  Tyler and I had our passports, Dawn had her birth certificate and drivers license.   (As of Jan 1, 2007, you now need a passport to get into Canada).  We parked near the "Old Scow", an old barge that has been stuck for years just above the Falls.   This barge broke free many years ago with 3 men on it and almost went over.  One of the men managed to swim to safety before going over, but the other 2 spent a harrowing night on the barge before being rescued.  They had the sense to open the floodgates on the barge and sink it before it was swept over the Falls, and it remains there to this day!  We then walked over to Horseshoe Falls, where several dozen people were gathered at the railing.

Skylon Tower
  Tyler joined a few other kids in tossing pennies in the water and watching them get swept over.   After taking many pictures, we went to the top of Skylon Tower, for a beautiful aerial view of the whole place.  They had a gift shop and restaurant up there as well. We bought a few souvenirs, but it was too expensive to eat there. 

  We had dinner outside at a nice restaurant facing the Falls, and even saw a rainbow in the mist. We were feeding french fries to a seagull there that only had one leg!   It was getting late by then, so rather than continue our journey west, we decided to camp at the KOA campground on the Canadian side.  It was only about a mile away from where we were, but it was dark by the time we got there.

Dinner and a rainbow!

(Side Note:We stayed at KOA camps a lot on this trip, because they are clean, have well stocked camp stores, pools, hot tubs, recreation areas, and free hot showers. It is a franchise, so you know what they are like everywhere, no surprises. I purchased a 10% off KOA discout card before the trip, knowing it would pay for itself many times over.  They accomodate campers, RV's, and tenters like us)

All in all, we saw a lot today! The tour was both entertaining and informative, and allowed us to see a lot more than we could have on our own.  Tomorrow will be a travel day, as our next destination will be Chicago!

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The edge of Horseshoe Falls...this…
The edge of Horseshoe Falls...thi…
Skylon Tower
Skylon Tower
Dinner and a rainbow!
Dinner and a rainbow!
Now we are on the Canadian side
Now we are on the Canadian side
The Old Scow, a breakaway barge …
"The Old Scow", a breakaway barge…
Horseshoe Falls, from Canada
Horseshoe Falls, from Canada
Horseshoe Falls, from Skylon Tower
Horseshoe Falls, from Skylon Tower
American Falls, From Skylon Tower
American Falls, From Skylon Tower
wide shot of Horseshoe Falls
wide shot of Horseshoe Falls
the crew in Skylon Tower
the crew in Skylon Tower
American Falls, from Skylon Tower
American Falls, from Skylon Tower
The 3 stooges at Niagara Falls
The 3 stooges at Niagara Falls
Tyler and I on the Canadian side
Tyler and I on the Canadian side
Me, Canadian side
Me, Canadian side
View of Horseshoe Falls from Skylo…
View of Horseshoe Falls from Skyl…
View from Skylon Tower
View from Skylon Tower
View from Skylon Tower
View from Skylon Tower
View from Skylon Tower
View from Skylon Tower
Me and Dawn on the observation deck
Me and Dawn on the observation deck
spillway on Canadian side
spillway on Canadian side
Tyler in Canada, with Maid of the …
Tyler in Canada, with Maid of the…
Dinner right in front of the Falls!
Dinner right in front of the Falls!
one legged sea gull we were feeding
one legged sea gull we were feeding
view from the restaurant
view from the restaurant
the mist creates lots of rainbows
the mist creates lots of rainbows
ice cream for desset, then off to …
ice cream for desset, then off to…
Niagara Falls
photo by: portia