Niagara falls

Beauty

Niagara falls is as magical as expected. Whilst I was staying in Toronto for 10 days, I took the opportunity  to visit Niagara falls for a day trip.  A highlight of my visit to Canada. The views are breathtaking. Niagara falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that serve as the international border between Canada and the United States of America. These three water falls are named Horseshoe falls (The largest), American falls and Bridal viel falls (the smallest of the three).  These waterfalls are located on the Niagara river. Niagara falls formed, when the glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation about 10,000 years ago (the last ice age).  It is well worth the trip to visit this magnificent place.

 

Highlights and must sees

Canada side: 

  • Maid of mist: Breathtaking, close up views of the falls. This 20 minute tour departs every 15 minutes.
  • Niagara falls history museum.
  •  Skylon tower: Provides indoor and outdoor observation of the falls.
  • Niagara IMAX theatre: Showcasing true stories about Niagara.
  • Bird kingdom: The worlds largest free-flying indoor aviary.
  • Niagara parks butterfly conservatory.
  • Niagara skywheel.
  • Niagara parks botanical gardens.
  • Rainbow bridge: Stunning views of Niagara falls.
  • Floral clock.
  • Journey behind the falls. Close up view behind the horseshoe falls.

USA side:

  • Maid of mist tour.
  • Cave of the winds. Takes you close to the falls via the hurricane deck.
  • Niagara falls state park. Visit the discovery center. Take a hike along the trails through the Niagara gorge.
  • Old fort Niagara.
  • Aquarium of Niagara.

As I was based in Toronto, I took a day trip tour from the city to Niagara falls. The bus ride is about one and half hours. The first stop is Niagara falls. Here  we where given a few hours to explore the falls and town. From the Canadian side, you can see panoramic views of the three falls, which are amazingly beautiful. I was also able to get close to the horseshoe falls. After visiting Niagara falls, we traveled to the historic town of Niagara on the lake. A very pretty town to walk through, with its boutique shops, historic streets and victorian era charm. The final stop on the tour was visiting a vineyard with free wine samples. We had a tour walking through the beautiful vineyard. Here was my first time tasting ‘ice wine’ which was delicious! Ice wine is a dessert wine that is produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the wine. I Would recommend a day trip (or longer) to Niagara falls!

 

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