Along the Niagara River Parkway

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Whirlpool Rapids

Wedensday, and time to turn our attention on sights along the Niagara River as it races down the Great Gorge away from the falls. The Adventure Pass includes a reduced fare on the People Mover, an elongated bus that travels from Table Rock up along the Niagara River Parkway to Queenston Heights. We found it a great way to get around and not have to worry about parking. We picked it up, again at the Rainbow Bridge kiosk, and rode to the White Water Walk. Here, you also ride an elevator down to the river level.  A path along the river allows the vistior to view the impressive Class 6 Whirlpool Rapids at several points.

Form the photos, you might have the impression the Whirlpool Rapids is in the wilderness. But, it's very close to town. Just up the river is the Whirpool Bridge between the United States and Canada.

White Water Walk
It's two-level bridge, the upper deck for trains and the lower level for vehicular traffic. The Niagara Falls railway station is near here, too. (VIA Rail has service to Toronto several times a day. The train would be a convenient way to visit Toronto if you don't have a car.)

We reboarded the People Mover to go to the Butterfly Conservatory. Here, one can roam around inside the enclsoed conservatory while more than 2,000 butterflys representing 50 species fly around (and may land on you). The conservatory is also a botanical garden. We had lunch at the coffee shop here.

The People Mover took us next to the Whirlpool Aerocar.

Whirlpool Bridge
The Aerocar is an aerial tramway over the Niagara Whirlpool at the 90-degree bend in the Niagara River. It's been in operation since 1916. It's always been a ride, never intended as transportation. It takes riders out, suspended in mid-air, right over the Whirlpool where you can look straight down or look up or down at the bend in the river.

When we returned to Niagara Falls, everyone wanted to go back to the hotel--except me. I continued on to Table Rock to ride the Falls Incline Railway. The Falls Incline Railway is a funicular that runs from Table Rock up the hill. At the top there is an excellent  view of the Horseshoe Falls. It was fun to ride for the view and it's also convenient as trasportation if your hotel is located near the top station.

In the evening, it was back to Clifton Hill for dinner and all different sorts of family adventures.

anupa_rk says:
wow.. I had no idea there was so much to do in Niagara! Will keep in mind :)
Posted on: Aug 11, 2010
shirlan says:
Really want to go to Niagra! Won't get there next year but we have already decided that the next trip over that way will be Niagra, New York and Cuba. Didn't know there was so much to do at Niagra Falls!
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010
hummingbird50 says:
I haven't been there since forever...thanks for the memories :)
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010
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Whirlpool Rapids
Whirlpool Rapids
White Water Walk
White Water Walk
Whirlpool Bridge
Whirlpool Bridge
Whirlpool Aerocar
Whirlpool Aerocar
Whirpool
Whirpool
Niagara Falls, ON, VIA Rail and Am…
Niagara Falls, ON, VIA Rail and A…
VIA Rail Canada to Toronto
VIA Rail Canada to Toronto
Butterfly Conservatory
Butterfly Conservatory
Butterfly Conservatory
Butterfly Conservatory
Flora at Butterfly Conservatory
Flora at Butterfly Conservatory
Susan has a butterfly encounter
Susan has a butterfly encounter
Falls Incline Railway
Falls Incline Railway
Table Rock Point
Table Rock Point
Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe
Meeting a Mountie
Meeting a Mountie
Flourescent Minigolf
Flourescent Minigolf
More Extreme Minigolf
More Extreme Minigolf
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Movieland Wax Museum
Coffee House of Wax
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Coffee House of Wax 2
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