Rather than staying stateside over the recent 4 day weekend (resulting from the Columbus Day holiday combined with a school professional day), we headed back to Canada for the 2nd time in less than 3 months. This trip brought us to Niagara Falls, Ontario, a destination that has been on my bucket list for a long time. (It was a far wiser decision than braving Disney World as we had been considering.) Hopefully Joseph's picture makes more sense now - it's someone going over the falls in a barrel!
Our hotel, the Marriott Fallsview definitely lived up to it's name. Our window was right on top of Horseshoe Falls, and the view from our room could not have been more spectacular! Until you add a rainbow!
It only gets better the closer you get, and you can get pretty close! Joseph was so excited to see everything in person after reading some nonfiction books about its history.
Although Niagara Falls is nowhere near the tallest waterfall in the world, it is apparently unsurpassed in sheer volume of water flow. It's hard to imagine that there had been more than seven miles of erosion before they started diverting water to electricity generating stations, and now there is less than one foot of erosion every decade.
It was completely worth the 7 hour drive to see these panoramic views of the Niagara Gorge up close and personal.
We chose to do a package tour through the hotel that brought us through all of the major attractions over the course of one day. After a 4D movie experience about the glacial origins of the falls, we journeyed behind the falls through tunnels that lead to two portals, where you see the backside of the water cascading down. There's also an amazing observation deck outside with an eye level view of the river and Horseshoe Falls.
Skylon Tower was another stop, with an indoor/outdoor 360 degree observation deck 775 feet above the falls. Three letters: O.M.G. Best panoramic view ever. (You have got to click on the pictures to enlarge them!!) And you can see the mist from the falls go so high it disappears right into the clouds.
We also traveled further down river to see the whirlpool basin in the Niagara Gorge. We could have returned with tickets to descend to the bottom for a White Water Walk, but Joseph had had enough of nature for a while. I'm sure it would have been breathtaking with all the changing leaves. Canada sure does Autumn up right.
The best was saved for last, when we got to take a boat tour into the foot of the falls. I'll save that for the next post!