When having breakfast on the day we left Buffalo, we were talking to a south london / aussie guy called Peter who was very cool and had beads in his beard. Checked out the Buffalo hostel and headed for the bus. It took one hour and there were some interesting folk on the bus. Got off near the falls, our bags were really heavy, walked through the pretty state park to catch our first glimpse of the falls. They were as amazing as imagined, so huge, you just can’t imagine that one fifth of the worlds fresh water supply goes over it. Took loads of pictures from every angle had some lunch and then headed up to the hostel.
The hostel is in a residential area and just looks like a big american house from the outside. Elaine has just taken over running it and she has big plans for the place. She was really nice and welcoming and even took us to the supermarket in her car. The time was getting on so we had a quick tea and headed back to the falls before sunset.
We walked to the American falls at prospect point, then over the pedestrian bridge to lunar island (bridal veil falls) then to terrapin point and the horseshoe falls. It was still amazing, especially at sunset, and got to watch the light show where they beam lights from the Canadian side onto the falls. It’s very cool and pretty. We took loads of photos, but they don’t really show the full colours and the mist.
The next day we planned to do all the touristy stuff. Bought discovery passes for the attractions as they were better value then individually. First we went on the observation tower, there were amazing views of all three falls. Then went down in the lift to the maid of the mist and picked up our ponchos. The boat was class, getting sooo close to the falls, no words can describe it, and the mist, it was like it was raining. Then we went to the niagara falls discovery centre, and looked out how the falls were formed etc. The falls moves back 1/3 of a mile every century. This has been stopped now by an international treaty between Canada and the US (so only half of the intended water goes over the falls), so they can share the power of the river and stop the erosion.
Then went to the aquarium - it smelt really bad of fish and not a huge amount to see. The penguin and seals were good though. Got the trolley back to the falls and watched an IMAX movie about the Niagara legends of adventure. There was some good stories, but the theatre was a bit cold. We had a short nap in the park then went onto the Cave of the Winds attraction. Got new ponchos and sandals to stop us getting wet (haha). Went in another lift to the bottom of the falls. There are wooden jetties that you can walk on right to the bottom of the bridal veil falls, it was really loud and you could touch the falls if you could get close from the wind it creates. It was exciting and scary at the same time, there was even a level called the Hurricane deck where you could touch the falling water. We got absolutely soaking!! We got the lift back up and sat in the sun to dry off. The day was well worth the $33 each, you would pay $33 just for the Cave of the Winds alone.
The day after we walked to Canada via the Rainbow pedestrian bridge. There were great views already. The Canadian immigration officer lady quizzed us and asked what we were bringing into Canada, Cat answered a packed lunch, she mean’t firearms and tobacco, oops! Well the question was a bit ambiguous. Then we walked along the promenade to the horseshoe falls. We were getting wet from the spray before we even got to them. Cars were driving past with their windscreen wipers on. The views were amazing, especially because you can get right next to the falls. The water was so fast and loud. Had a look around all the touristy shops etc and went into a casino for a look around. We tried to walk to the mall, but after what felt like miles and miles, in the 95 degree heat, we couldn’t be bothered anymore so turned around and laid in the park.
We walked up to the hotel area in Ontario and had a burger and beer then went back over to the US side and had to pay 50 cents each to enter. The immigration guy was really nice and chatty.
We sat outside the hard rock cafe and watched a band play in the street and there was also a class of 1976 school reunion, so everyone knew each other apart from us.
We were really tired the next day, so had a lazy day. We sat for ages at the American falls, it was mesmerising. We walked around to the three sister islands and got really close to the water, you could really see how fast the water is flowing hear. Cat was annoyed with Ste for getting so close to the water. We then took a path to the horseshoe falls and sat people watching for a while. It was really really hot, so we sat in the shade and had a nap.
This was our last day in Niagara, we were off to Erie Pennsylvania in the morning.