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North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls June 17th 2019

As regular readers of this travel blog will probably recall, my last published scribblings covered our amazing trip out east to Indochina and before that our incredible adventure (also, in an easterly direction) to Australia and New Zealand. But, for 2019 we thought that it was time for a change; time to escape the tortuous grind of the 'Deal or No Deal' Brexit; time to erase from the memory, the embarrassing spectacle of which Prime Ministerial hopeful managed to smoke, inject or inhale the most illicit drugs in their past; and time to troll off to some place, where drinking a milkshake is considered more fun than chucking them about!! And with that in mind, it was no contest really. We simply decided to take the advice of American author Horace Greeley from 1865 and slightly ... read more
The Beast!
Hilton Fallsview 1
Hilton Fallsview 2

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls May 8th 2019

What a difference a day makes to the weather! Today was cold but dry, clear, sunny with a bright blue sky. Just perfect for our trip to Niagara! The Falls are about 150 kilometres from Toronto and the bus journey takes about two hours. When we got to Niagara, John and I just looked at each other in dismay: “they have ruined it” we said. The main street down to the Falls Parkway is much more depressing than the Lonely Planet indicated; at eye level one is greeted by amusement arcades, funfair rides, cheap gambling joints, some sleazy-looking accommodation and the all-important photo opportunity with a life-sized plaster statue of Jack Sparrow! Johnny Dep, not your fault but what the hell has “Pirates of the Caribbean” got to do with Niagara? Look ... read more
By the Canadian Falls
Power and Beauty!
Down on Table Rock before passing under the Falls

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls June 24th 2018

Rain, rain - was raining when we got up this morning, and still raining when we finished breakfast, could barely see the falls out the window. Decided to wait a little while before heading to the "Journey to the Falls Boat Cruise". There has been a constant stream of people in rain ponchos (red for the Canadian side, blue for the US side) coming and going from these boats since we got here. There are four boats that go all day, 2 from the Canadian side and two from the US side, and the Canadian ones run at night as well (must be making a fortune). They seem to be in synch, only one is right up at the Horseshoe Falls at a time, and only one on each side is docked at any time. Walked ... read more
Boat getting ready to leave from the US side
Boat the same as the one we were on
American Falls up close

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls June 22nd 2018

Goodbye NYC, had a ball, don't think I could live here, so busy, all the time. Walking the footpaths is next to impossible, and crossing the road, not for the faint hearted! Our airport transfer arrived on time this morning, no drama like when we arrived. Lots of traffic on the way to Newark, but still there in plenty of time for our flight to Toronto (on a much smaller plane than we have had so far). Airport transfer all went smoothly in Toronto as well, but traffic between Toronto and Niagara Falls was pretty bad. Took us close to 2 hours, but all worth it when we looked out the window of our hotel room with a view! Could see all the falls, the American, the Bridal Veil, and the Horseshoe. And also the Rainbow ... read more
Rainbow Bridge
People on the zipline
Skylon Tower

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls May 20th 2018

Niagara River Recreational Trail Number of times on this trail: 2-3 times annually Location: Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario Distance: 57 km Distance markers: no Surface:asphalt and concrete Grade: Flat with two steep hills Conditions of trail:Very good Read my other Blog on the 140 km long Greater Niagara Circle Tour and on the Welland Canal Trail The Niagara River Recreational Trail, at 57 km, is the longest trail in the Greater Niagara Circle Trail. It connects the towns of Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake and passes through Niagara Falls. This description will follow the trail North from Fort Erie through Niagara Falls and to Niagara on the Lake. ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls May 18th 2018

Welland Canals Parkway Trail Number of times on this trail: 2-3 times year since early 2000's Location: Niagara Penninsula of Southern Ontario Distance: 45 km Distance markers: no Surface: asphalt (one section repaved in 2018) Width: around 3 metres Grade: Flat with one long hill Conditions of trail: very good Washrooms/water: Found in parks near the towns Read my separate Blog on the entire 140 km Greater Niagara Circle Route The Welland Canals Parkway Trail makes up almost 1/4 of the 140 Km Greater Niagara Circle Route. The southern Terminus is in Port Colborne (Lake Erie) and the Northern portion is in St. Catharines (Port Dalhousie) on Lake Ontario. This is an excellent trail for experie... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls May 16th 2018

I arrived at Niagara Falls today. Once I crossed the boarder into Canada and then went through Canadian Customs, I went straight to my hotel and room. My room was on the 18th floor with a fantastic view right over the Falls. It was amazing. I soon walked down to the Falls and walked along the river to the boats. On the Canadian side, the tour is on a Hornblower boat. The tour was very exciting being so close to the rushing water. Yes, my face and head got soaked. After the boat ride, I walked around and explored the area. Had a great dinner at the Morton Steakhouse in the Marriott. Yes, I ate too much. The next morning, I went to the Falls again and down an elevator to a level near the bottom ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls April 8th 2018

Niagara Falls always had such a romantic air to it. The kind of place you go for a proposal or to take super adorable photos with your long-time beau. That's how I imagined I'd end up there - probably a weekend trip using a Groupon Getaways deal. But Prince Charming never came (or if he did, I promptly pushed him away), so I took myself. Ithaca, NY is only about 4 hours from Niagara Falls, Ontario. After our Bachelorette Weekend group ate wayyy too many carbs and checked-out, I checked out Cascadilla Falls and Ithaca Falls, then had a dirty chai and brunch snack at Moosewood Restaurant (the hip vegan spot in downtown Ithaca). When I hit the road toward Niagara, I had planned to stop in Rochester, NY for a break, but by the time ... read more
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Hostelling International

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls November 5th 2017

Waterfalls This blog covers our time spent in Canada seeing the amazing Niagara falls. A long day of flying from L.A. through Chicago and into Buffalo is how we spent the 3rd of November. Arriving in Buffalo was a pleasant surprise, the lush green landscape, the reds, yellows and oranges of the Autumn trees, the quiet upstate New York feel of the neighborhood was just the change of pace needed after the last few crazy days. I felt as though this is a place I could comfortably live if I was ever to move to the States. We were all exhausted and Alysha and her Mum and Brother all had a cold so we decided to make tomorrow a lazy day. We hit the hay and didnt rise until around 10 the next day. It's amazing ... read more
Falls from observation deck
Niagara
Hornblower, the competition

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls June 19th 2017

So up and out early for our next adventure, we stopped at Orillia town centre for a very quick wander around. It's the cutest town, with loads of really pretty shops, all independent with very friendly staff. Liz was in her element introducing us to all her friends in the shops, I felt like celeb !!! img=https://photos.travelblog.org/Photos/106177/975905/t/9429469-Continues-to-opposite-side-of-road-0.jpgContinues to opposite side of road Every year the town have a different sculpture design made out of tin that local shops and organisations sponsor a local artist to decorate, this year as it was a maple leaf design and there were about 20 dotted around the high street, a touristy photo opportunity obviously. It took a couple of hours to drive to our little B&B and when we arrived we were all shown to our rooms which were al ... read more




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