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Published: June 26th 2017
Geo: 45.5075, -73.5587
This is Part 2 of our Niagara experiences.
Having done the Canadian side on Thursday we returned on Friday morning for a second tour which promised to cover all the sights of the American side.
Our first stop was The Cave of theWinds. This was situated on Goat Island which separates the Falls and is in USA territory. Here we were given those attractive yellow ponchos and green, blue and white sandals to wear. We then went down on an elevator to the level of the base of the American Falls. We again went through a tunnel and emerged at the base of the Falls. The walkways here are reconstructed every year as the winter snow and ice is enough to destroy them. We walked to the base of the American Falls. There are large rocks here which fell during the 30s and at one time the powers that be tried to see if they could remove these and managed to build a dam to stop the Falls. However, they discovered that by blasting the rocks away they were likely to destroy the Falls themselves so fortunately they desisted. We were able to get up close to the Falls. The
final platform was called the Hurricane platform. This is at the basis of the Bridal Veils Falls and is only 15 feet away. Though we got very wet it was amazing to be that close to the power of the falling water. We were then taken to a Theatre/souvenir shop and shown a 3D movie of The Legend of the Falls". This was OK but included spray from the ceiling and a breeze to coincide with aspects of the movie.
From there we were driven out to see the American Power plant. These harness up to 90% of the water going over the Falls for Hydroelectricity. Interesting but not very exciting.
We returned to the town and then were asked to catch the Trolley bus which goes through the park. This took us to the Maid of the Mist tour. This was fantastic. We were given our beautiful blue ponchos to put on. Then the boat took us past the American Falls and onto the Horseshoe Falls. There we entered the Mist and were really up close to the force of the water. All I could repeat was " Wow". It was an incredible experience. The boat faces the Falls and tries
to make headway against the current for a considerable time. Quite Amazing!!
After that we were returned to our starting points. We then drove into the Falls and across the border into Canada. We parked and had lunch on Victoria Avenue, in the Clifton Hill area. This is so tacky!!! We found a "real" restaurant amongst the plastic.
The rest of the afternoon was taken up with driving. Both Fletcher and I took turns at the wheel. We had a tediously slow trip across Toronto which we decided to avoid and eventually we stopped at Bowmanville, a nowhere, but a comfortable bed for the night!!
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