This weekend we finally put our passports to use and headed across the border to Niagara Falls, Ontario! It was a quick 2 hour drive for us, and well worth the trip! The Falls are absolutely amazing and the landscapes are beautiful!
Kerbey LOVED the falls! It must have felt similar to sticking your head out the car window. It was super crowded and a little overwhelming for her, but she got used to it pretty quickly. Actually, we had several people walk over to us just to pet her and tell us how much they love boxers. 🙂
We got there Friday evening and quickly made our way to the falls. It was a really nice evening. The Falls are lit up with changing colors every night- I had no idea! Also, every Friday and Sunday night in the summer there is a fireworks show over the falls and we were lucky enough to watch while sitting on a restaurant balcony drinking coffee (well, the husband was drinking Canadian beer).
Everything was so GREEN there! We saw of ton of tropical plants that we actually recognized from back home in La. The Niagara Parks Commission does an excellent job of keeping up all the landscaping, it’s very impressive!
We learned quite a bit about Niagara Falls and its history through self-guided (free) tours and just taking the time to read plaques, etc. The Falls are one of the greatest sources of hydroelectric power in the world and they are a large producer of power in the state of NY. We decided against the boat tours and behind the falls- since it was Labor Day weekend, it was just so crowded! We took our own walking tour, which exhausted both us and Kerbey, but we feel like we covered all of Niagara from Queen Street to Table Rock.
This was painted in an alley on Queen Street. We passed up the chocolate, we were on a pizza mission! We ending up eating at That’s Amore Pizza, where the pizza was good, the service was friendly and they welcomed our pup at the outdoor dining area. After walking all over creation, we decided that we just wanted to sit and watch a movie.
We opted for the IMAX feature “Legends and Daredevils” the movie explained a little about the history of Niagara Falls, but mostly focused on shocking and daring acts. We were not too impressed with the reenactments and lack of scientific facts about falls. However, I did learn that the first person that went over the falls in a barrel was a woman named Annie Taylor in 1901. She was an aging school teacher that did it all for the fame. The IMAX also had an exhibit with actual barrels or metal chambers- for an additional fee 😦 .
Before we left, I took a brisk stroll with Kerbey for last minutes photos while Chad did the packing. It was beautiful this morning and the crowds were considerably less!
The only thing I would have done differently is to start planning earlier to rent a condo or cottage. I would have loved to have a kitchen or even a kitchenette; eating out for every meal was taking its tole by the time we got the breakfast bill this morning!
All in all, we had a great trip and I’m so glad that we went! I would definitely suggest visiting the Canadian side, the parks and walking paths are gorgeous and the city is planned out to be “walker-friendly”. It was also surprisingly dog friendly with all the green areas and some outdoor eating. Perfect for a weekend trip!
- The massive power production of Niagara Falls (news.cnet.com)