Niagara Falls Ontario Visited
by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)
One of the most popular tourist spots in Canada is Niagara Falls Ontario.
When I was a kid growing up, Niagara Falls was mainly known for the “Fall” and it’s “beautiful gardens“.
It was also known for the “daredevils” who walk across the Falls on a tightrope. Daredevils such as The Great Blondin and The Great Farini, both “dueled” the be the greatest ever! More recently there was Nik Wallenda who crossed the Horseshoe Falls in 2012.
Since those early days Niagara Falls has changed a lot!
On our last visit to Niagara Falls, we took the scenic route from Niagara-on-the-Lake through to the Falls.
This is, by far, the most picturesque way of traveling to the Falls.
Not only do you pass beautiful wineries along the way, you get to experience Canada’s history as you travel through “Queenston Heights“.
Major-General Sir Isaac Brock’s Monument can be seen from a distance.
As you get closer to the Falls, visitor attractions start to become apparent.
The Butterfly Conservatory is there with its “lush” gardens.
There are the parks and hiking trails that run along side the Niagara Gorge.
After a wonderful “breathtaking” journey you reach “The Falls“!
Now the “fun” begins!
No matter where you are from, what your age is and what you are interested in, Niagara Falls has something to offer you.
As I said, in the early days people visited mainly for the Falls and the Gardens.
Now there is so much more!
From the “mighty” falls…
… to Clifton Hill, there is so much to see and do!
Starting at the “top of the hill“, there are all the hotels, restaurants and the Casino Niagara.
As you go “down the hill“, there are all the “fun” shops!
At the “bottom of the hill“, there are the falls and the gardens.
The gardens are what drew my mother and father to Niagara.
My mother use to love to “stroll” through the gardens while my father took hundreds of photos!
Sometimes I would visit The Falls with my parents.
Like most other visitors, I was amazing by the power and strength of the Niagara River as it “thundered” over Niagara Falls to the water below!
Often I’d watch the “Maid of the Mist” cruise boat make its way towards the Falls.
The Maid of the Mist tour comes from the American side of the Falls, while the Hornblower Cruise ships are on the Canadian side.
Which ever tour was taken, raincoats made the scene very colourful and the trip more comfortable!
Leaving Niagara Falls is always difficult, you’ve got the feeling that you have forgotten to do something! And, you probably have… do much to see and do!