When I was growing up one of the natural wonders of the world I saw in pictures and television was Niagara Falls. The facts about Niagara falls are that the Canadian Horseshoe Falls drops an average of 57 metres (188 ft.) into the Lower Niagara River. The height of the American Falls ranges between 21 to 34 metres (70-110 ft). Each day around 168,000 cubic metres (6 million cubic ft.) of water go over the falls every minute during the daytime. So when we got to Ontario I decided to go and see the falls for myself. We stayed with some of Debbie’s lovely relatives and I stayed overnight in London, Ontario before taking a greyhound bus via Toronto to Niagara Falls. On arrival I met Ian an Australian I knew from my London Youth Hostel days who married Jo a Canadian and ended up living in Niagara Falls. What are the odds? He gave me a quick drive by of the falls and the township before we headed back to his place for a few beers before going out for dinner. It was great to catch up and the next day Jo dropped me off in Niagara Falls township. I then purchased a ticket on the now renamed Maid of the Mist operated by a company called Hornblower. Apparently after decades of monopoly the Maid of the Mist company lost the Canadian franchise and so now only the US side has boats with that name. The cost of the cruise was C$19.95 and if you get there before 10.30am it is C$17.95 and takes around 30-40 minutes. The boat takes you up to the Horse Shoe falls.
I was lucky with the weather enjoying the boat ride up the falls, views from the cliff and wandering up the tacky Clifton Road and a questionable sign over Burger King.
Later that day Ian picked me up and we went for a drive to see more of the surrounding area and then visited the oldest pub in Canada and several craft breweries before having a great dinner at Angelo’s in Niagara Falls, highly recommended if you are ever there. All in all it was great to see Niagara Falls and the difference between the USA and Canadian side with the Canadian side for several miles managed by the Canadian National Park and quite pretty compared with the US side.