6.16.10 Niagara Falls into Canada!
Today was exciting!
First, it was windy, secondly we loved Niagara Falls, and thirdly we’re now in Canada!!
Who cares if it is windy? Well it matters if you’re driving a big ol’ RV on the interstate and you think you’re going to be blown over or the truck passing you gets blown into your lane. And imagine going over bridges with 40 mph gusts threatening to blow you over? It matters, trust me!!
At Niagara Falls, we immediately went on Maid of the Mist, the famous boat tour (from 1848) up close to American Falls and Horseshoe Falls.
It was AWESOME! And the wind mattered again- big time! You would not believe the chaos of the water blowing off the falls onto us. Hilarious! My cheeks hurt from screaming and laughing. I did ask if it was always that windy and they assured me that it was unusual. Crazy! Best $40 or so we’ve ever spent. Loved the ride!
Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls
We walked all around Goat Island and caught the trolley for $2 each ($1 for Lia), getting off at Rainbow Bridge.
Rainbow Bridge goes across to Canada and we used our passports to walk across, buy some ice cream, admire the falls from the (better) Canadian side, and enjoy the more polished ambiance. Then we walked back across to our RV.
Ciao was parked in a lot at the end of the Hard Rock Café.
My friend Evelyn told me about it. And for the $10 parking fee, we were invited to stay overnight. But it was dry camping with “Staying Alive” groovy music playing next door, and we decided that it really was not where we wanted to stay for the night. So, as nice as the parking lot people were, we turned out of the lot, onto Rainbow Road, and drove across the empty Rainbow bridge into Canada!
Jazy on Maid of the Mist- Niagara Falls
At Canadian Customs, we chatted with the officers, showed off our passports and my Inuvik, NWT t-shirt from last year that I was wearing, and we were sent on our way.
We stopped at Ontario Visitor’s Center for camping info and some money exchange, found a Provincial Park in our GPS POI’s, and fought rush hour traffic on the QEW (only road around Lake Ontario!). We raced against a nasty-looking thunderstorm and outran it.
Although it was crazy windy! (did I mention that?) I was scairt sometimes!
Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is just about 40 miles from Toronto and absolutely stunning. For $40, I’d think it would be! But we happy now because we are parked nose to the wind, overlooking windswept meadows and watching pink puffy sunset clouds out Ciao’s back windows. Life it good.
So since I was going to write “Ode to Evelyn” today, since we thanked her aloud several times, I want to tell you about my dear adventurous friend. Evelyn and her dear mate, Steve, are about a month ahead of us. I met Evelyn online when I was returning from Europe, as they are planning on going there next spring with their RV. Since then, Evelyn and Steve have spent months in Mexico and are now up in the Canadian Maritimes. Evelyn tells me exact info that is priceless, like where to park at the end of Rainbow Bridge in an RV! I mean, that info is GOLDEN. Evelyn is one of my heroes. Her blog: http://evesteve.blogspot.com/