On the boat, American Falls behind.
The last time we were here, we only viewed the falls from the Canadian side. This time I thought maybe we should go take the Maiden of the Mist boat to experience it up close. After breakfast, we drove to Niagara
, which was about 10 minutes from the hotel and parked near the IMAX theatre as the hotel concierge told us. The city of Niagara is pretty touristy, and we can't figure out why it's a destination for honeymooners. But it's great to visit in the off season, the place is not empty, but quite pleasant. We walked along the falls to the boat dock entrance, bought our tickets in US $ (sort of a discount since $ is still cheaper than Canadian money) and walked down the ramp to the dock.
American Falls, and Bridal Veil, the smaller falls on the right.
They took a photo of everyone who entered, I always thought of it as not just a money making deal, to sell the photo, but they will have a record of all the people who went through, sort of George Orwell like). Anyway, they gave us our plastic ponchos and told us to enjoy our showers in the falls! The lady in the elevator also told us to look for the rainbows after we turn away from the falls. Not many people were on our boat, we put on the blue ponchos and soon we were on our way. First the boat took us near the American Falls, and we got a good light spray from it. There were many many birds flying around, I suppose it may be nesting season, they were all over the cliffs next to the falls, and also on the water. Then we got closer and closer to the Horseshoe Falls and all we could see was a big wall of mist! We were getting quite wet, and the water was loud too.
Looking back at the American Falls and Bridal Veil as we went closer to the Horseshoe Falls
After a few minutes, the boat turned around, and slowly we went back to the dock. Is it worth $15 per person? Sure, it's something you don't get to do very often, and although this is the third time I visited Niagara Falls, it's the only time I took the boat to the falls.
Afterwards, we walked across the Rainbow bridge to the American side, having to pay 50 cents toll to get through the gate, hmm, We went through the immigration and customs on the American side, telling them we would only be staying a few minutes. They probably get this a lot. We walked a little on the American side, close to the edge of the American Falls, and then headed back over the bridge to Canada again.
We went back to the hotel, and took a little swim in the pool, and hot whirlpool. It's rare that we actually get to use pools in hotels.
We had an early dinner, because I wanted to see Niagara Falls again at sunset. We came back actually after the sun already set, and the place was practically deserted, about 8pm, we parked at the motor coach parking lot, and walked over to the edge of Horseshoe Falls to have a good look. It's really cool that we can see the huge amount of water pouring over the edge, roaring as it went.
We went back to the hotel, and called it a day, since we had to get up at 3:30am tomorrow to catch our 6:45am flight from Toronto!