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Niagara Falls did not disappoint!

Left at 8.30am in search of breakfast food after my trail mix dinner last night! The front desk last night had recommended Betty's about 7 blocks away in an old neighborhood. Very cute and community feeling surrounded by old historic homes and buldings with inside & outside seating.

I had toast & eggs, with really tasty thick toast, chocolate milk and felt ready for a big days walking . Backtracked back past the hostel and walked down Main street a few more blocks past several old historic buildings until I reached the Bus station.

Got a $5 day pass and jumped on the #40 bus to Niagara Falls which took an hour to reach. Grabbed a state park map from the Visitor Centre and set off. The sun was really hot- 84 degrees ( 29 C) and I had forgotten hat & sun screen.....not good!!!!

I ended up spending 3 hours wandering around the USA side and then another 2 hours on the Canadian Side. Both are great and gives you a good feel and look at the the falls from all angles. Started off at the American Falls ( the smaller of the 2) and the sheer volume of water that pours over is huge. There is mist and rainbows from the volume of water and big win gusts come up from the falls spraying you with water.

At Prospect Point you see the top and side of the falls as the water tumbles over. A massive 3,160 tons of water flows over every second. They are thunderous !

Walked upstream to cross the bridge over to Goat Island which I circumnavigated on foot...very pretty with lovely woods and trees and squirrels.

Walked on to Luna Island where you get to look down to the boardwalk of the Cave of the Winds below and everyone getting very wet. As well you look back to the other side of the American Falls where I started.

Stopped of at the Cave of the Winds which cost $11 entry. This include giving you a yellow rain poncho and sandals to wear that you keep. You start by catching an elevator down 17 storeys that was cut through rock by hand to a walkway with thousands of screeching seagulls and then to the boardwalk that takes you under the Bridal Veil part of the USA Falls. It is dismantled each winter so that when the falls freeze it doesn't break up and then each Spring is re-assembled....huge job!

As you start ascending upwards to the falls there is water pouring over corners of the walkway and you start to get hit by the spray. As you get to the Hurricane Deck and go close to the falls you get saturated ...like someone holding a hose in front of you. Anything not covered by the poncho is drenched - felt nice to cool down!!

Next on to Terrapin Lookout that overlooks the water pouring over the Horseshoe Falls that connects with Canada. Below the "Mist of the Maid" boats with the top deck covered with blue poncho dressed people goes to the bottom of the falls and it is just covered in mist and spray.

Walked around the island and crossed the old stone bridges to the Three Sister Islands where you get to view the upper rapids as the water races towards the falls.

At the top of the island that looks out on to the wide river there is a sign saying that 10% of the water goes one side of the island and over the American Falls and the other 90% over the Horseshoe Falls.

Back over to the mainland over another bridge and then paid $15.50 to go to the observatory deck and on the "Maid of the Mist" boat. View from the deck looks back to both falls and the other way to the Rainbow Bridge that goes over to Canada.

Down a 200 metre elevator to the boat where you get given a blue poncho to wear. Glad I went to the Cave first and I had kept on my sandals which was great as you get drenched on this boat ride. You first go past the American Falls with just a little light spray from that one. It is however so windy in the gorge with gusts of wind coming through.

As we neared the dead end base of the Horseshoe Falls it was like being in a white out and you couldn't see much as were so close to the base of the falls. At this point it was like being hosed ..there was so much spray and you were saturated even with a poncho on. The power of this water pouring over is immense!! There was no way you could take photos at this point unless your camera was waterproof!!!

Back off the boat it was now 2pm as I headed to the Rainbow Bridge to go to Canada and have some lunch when I got there. Followed the pedestrian sign to Canada.... went through a one way gate and I was on the bridge. On the middle was a sign saying the border with both their flags. The further you got across the bridge the better the views got as you could now properly see both falls. On the Canadian side I had to show my passport,answer a couple of questions and I was in.

The Canadian side is more attractive as they have beautiful gardens on both sides as you walk up towards the Horseshoe Falls. Lots of pretty flowering baskets off street lights and lovely bright garden beds full of flowers. Got some nice shots of pink roses in front of the falls as I looked opposite to the American Falls.

The end part of the Falls is called the the Table and this is beside the water as it pours over the edge and drops down. It is mesmerizing being this close to the water and watching as it pours over the edge. Loved watching how close we go to the falls in the boat.

Found a lovely place to have lunch in a restaurant called Elements and I was able to overlook the whole horse shoe as the water tumbled over.Lovely view and soooo nice to rest my weary feet and get out of the sun.

Wandered back past lovely parkland a Hard Rock Cafe with the hugest guitar outside.

Passed a Amish family which I was pretty excited about. So want to go and visit where they live one day. The father and sons were in the straw hats and the mother and daughter in their pinafores and bonnets.

The sun was a killer to walk in so I was trying to find shady areas to walk in. As I left Canada to walk back over the bridge I had to pay 50 cents. Back on the USA side going through immigration was quick and simple.

Passed me as I sat t the bus stop

Easily found the bus stop to catch a bus back to Buffalo. When i got off near Main St I decided to head to the canal-side as I heard it was very cool and had been done up. There was a big concert in the parkland so lots of people arriving down there. I wandered along the Erie Canal past warships & submarines you can board to look over until I reached Lake Ere which is like the ocean ...it is so big!!!. To the right it narrows to become the falls and to the left it balloons out as a massive lake. Decided to hang by the waterfront and grabbed some take away dinner - an American hot dog...bad I know!!!

Had a lovely chat with Brad while sitting there watching sail boats go out past the old lighthouse. As I caught the metro link tram back to the Theatre Station right beside the hostel at only 7pm already there were blocks that were totally deserted.So sad to see it looking so dead. Apparently half the population left in the 80's and 90's when businesses closed down.

Buffalo is very historic with the 1812 war with Canada, and a destination where Harriet Tubman directed fugitive slaves to freedom in Canada.and an old seaport and gateway to the west. In the 1800's it was one of the biggest busiest cities in the USA

Founding Fathers Pub

Founding Fathers Pub


Founding Fathers Pub

Founding Fathers Pub


French style building

French style building


Betty's Restaurant

Betty's Restaurant


Outlook from my table

Outlook from my table


Historic houses

Historic houses


Love these houses

Love these houses


Roses and old doors

Roses and old doors


Bright  flowers

Bright flowers


Front of our Hostel

Front of our Hostel


Old building

Old building


Horseshoe Falls from Canada side

Horseshoe Falls from Canada side


Old stone bridge to 3 sister Islands

Old stone bridge to 3 sister Islands


Three Sister Islands

Three Sister Islands


Both falls from Canada side

Both falls from Canada side


American Falls looking over to Canada

American Falls looking over to Canada


American Falls from the boat

American Falls from the boat


Rainbow Bridge & American Falls from Canada

Rainbow Bridge & American Falls from Canada


Rainbow Bridge, AMerican Falls & rainbow!!!

Rainbow Bridge, AMerican Falls & rainbow!!!


American Falls info

American Falls info


Lunch place in Canada

Lunch place in Canada


Boat going in for the up close and personal

Boat going in for the up close and personal


Blue poncho clad people on the Maid of the Mist

Blue poncho clad people on the Maid of the Mist


Boat in front of Horseshoe Falls

Boat in front of Horseshoe Falls


Closer.....

Closer.....


By now it feels like a hose in your face!!

By now it feels like a hose in your face!!


Horseshoe Falls from Canada

Horseshoe Falls from Canada


Entry into Canada

Entry into Canada


View from restaurant

View from restaurant


Falls & rainbow

Falls & rainbow


Canadian side

Canadian side


Up close on the walkway from Cave of the winds

Up close on the walkway from Cave of the winds


Looking up to American Falls & Bridal Veil

Looking up to American Falls & Bridal Veil


Water flying high

Water flying high


Over the walkway

Over the walkway


Up close

Up close


Mist in the air that is like a shower experience!

Mist in the air that is like a shower experience!


Hurricane Deck where it is like a hose on you

Hurricane Deck where it is like a hose on you


Hurricane Deck

Hurricane Deck


Drenched

Drenched


Looking down from luna Island over walkway

Looking down from luna Island over walkway


Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls


So close to the water - American Falls

So close to the water - American Falls


Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge


Luna Island view point

Luna Island view point


View from Observation Deck

View from Observation Deck


Flags on the border

Flags on the border


Flowers by the Buffalo River

Flowers by the Buffalo River


Looking over Bridal Veil

Looking over Bridal Veil


Canalside

Canalside


Hard Rock Cafe Canada

Hard Rock Cafe Canada


Motorbike Trailer

Motorbike Trailer


Horseshoe Info

Horseshoe Info


Parks along Canadian Side

Parks along Canadian Side


Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls


Love lavender!

Love lavender!


Lighthouse on Lake Erie

Lighthouse on Lake Erie


Lighthouse

Lighthouse


View of falls in restaurant

View of falls in restaurant


Maid of Mist boats ...been going a while

Maid of Mist boats ...been going a while


Map of USA side where I walked around Goat Is

Map of USA side where I walked around Goat Is


American Falls

American Falls


Boat ride before the drenching!

Boat ride before the drenching!


Border on the bridge

Border on the bridge


Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge


beautiful hanging baskets

beautiful hanging baskets


Roses on Canadian side

Roses on Canadian side


Water rushing over Horseshoe Falls

Water rushing over Horseshoe Falls


Sailboat on Lake Erie

Sailboat on Lake Erie


Seagull

Seagull


Naval area on canalside

Naval area on canalside


View from Luna Island

View from Luna Island


Windswept as straddling 2 countries

Windswept as straddling 2 countries


Canada ...here i come!

Canada ...here i come!


Tramline back to the hostel

Tramline back to the hostel


Back to USA

Back to USA


Pretty Canadian side

Pretty Canadian side


10% oer USA side & 90% oer Horseshoe Falls

10% over USA side & 90% over Horseshoe Falls


Windswept on bridge

Windswept on bridge

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Canada

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