Posted - 25th August 2018
As you might have read in our A Weekend in: Toronto blog, we were staying in Toronto over the weekend, before our long trip further in Ontario and Quebec. Seeing the beautiful Niagara Falls has always been on our bucket list, so it was a no brainer that we wanted to visit it. We had the option to stay the night at Niagara Falls or just go over for the day from Toronto. We decided that a day trip was completely doable, as it was only a 2 hour bus ride from central Toronto on the Greyhound Bus, SUPER EASY.
The Niagara Falls are actually a collective of 3 waterfalls, something that we didn’t know before going! And they are actually placed right on the border between America and Canada. So actually, you can see the falls from both countries, but the view is definitely much better from the Canadian side!
Fun Fact: The Niagara Falls actually move backwards with time due to the erosion on the rock!
So as we got to the Niagara Falls station, we had to take a city bus to take us straight into the town, where you can actually see the falls! First thing we did, was go and book ourselves a trip at the Hornblower Niagara Cruises for a boat ride close to the falls. Even if it was cold, we HAD to do it, there was no question about it. And we wanted to make sure that we had a spot booked.
So once we knew we were all booked in, we wanted to get some pancakes! Yep, that morning when we woke up, all we wanted was pancakes. Luckily, the Niagara Falls town, on the Canadian side, has so many restaurants, shops, museums, attractions, just everything! Almost like a fun fair.
As soon as we saw an IHOP, we knew it had to be done. We’ve never been to one before, but we did hear that the portions were massive, and the food was VERY American. And we got the pancakes we were craving for, a massive stack too!
We then walked around the town itself, playing all the amusements. We played some mini golf, a short game of bowling etc. If we had more time, we would have probably gone to see Ripley’s Believe it or not museum, but our time was up, and we had to go on our boat ride!
The boat we went on was called Ride the Mist, and luckily for us, it was actually quite empty. We should have then realised why! It was sooo windy and cold, nobody wanted to go up close to the Niagara Falls to get soaked!! Thankfully, they provided us with some fun, red, waterproof ponchos.
The boat ride was around 30 minutes, and it first came close to the first waterfall, which was the American Falls. We could see many people walking around on the American coast, it was fun to wave at them.
Then, the boat made it’s way towards the Horseshoe Falls. Those were the most impressive ones! It was so windy, and we were getting soaking wet. But we kept smiling, because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!!
Unlucky for us, while we were on the boat it was not sunny at all, but as soon as we got off, and were freezing cold, we walked along the Niagara Parkway pedestrian section to just come close up to the Horseshoe Falls by foot.
Once we got to the falls, we made friends with a nice little seagull, that felt very photogenic!
One thing that we didn’t do, but wished we did, was actually go right behind the waterfall by the Journey Behind the Falls. We were just a bit too cold, and felt that we have already seen plenty of the falls.
Luckily, from there, we could take the local bus all the way to the bus station again, where we caught the Greyhound back to Toronto. We can see why people would stay here over night, there is plenty to do! There’s a Water park, a beautiful Bird Kingdom and just so much more, and definitely plenty of fun for a family.
Xoxo Ani and Sam