A Real Gamble
We never would have noticed this guy if not for one of the pleasant Niagara Falls employees pointing it out to us.
Apparently a man had obtained permission from the Canadian Government to walk a tight rope between the Casino and the hotel shown in the picture.
Oh, and he didn't fall. This is one of many crazy stunts that the Falls inspire. I've heard stories of people going over Horseshoe Falls in barrels - some lived and some died. The oldest was in his 90s and the youngest was only 7, both of whom survived.
Another story was related about a man who actually walked a tightrope across the Falls from the U.S. side to the Canadian side. When the novelty wore off, he hoisted his boss onto his shoulders and carried him across. He had to stop seven times as his boss was quite a load. There are better ways to get a raise.
We took the Cave of the wind...
We took the Cave of the wind tour from the American side of the falls. It was very exciting and a great way to cool off on a hot day! I really like watching for the rainbow the falls make on a nice sunny day.
Rainbow Bridge Tolls
The tolls to go over Rainbow Bridge into Canada is $2.50 US dollar or $3.50 Canadian. Make sure you have your Drivers license ready if you are an adult and birth certificates for the kids in hand. Each time we went over we got asked totally different questions, there seemed to be NO standard at all, what is your business in Canada, how long are you staying, where are you going, do you have any guns, is there any one else in the truck ( my windows are VERY DARK ) stuff like that, but they would aways throw some stupid questions in, they were so stupid I don't every remember.
This photo is from the balloon ride I took at 400 feet up.
Contrary to popular belief,...
Contrary to popular belief, Canada is NOT an extension of the United States. If you plan on making your way into Canada from New York to see the other side of Niagara Falls, you better have documentation! A passport will work and will be necessary for anyone outside the U.S. or Canada. If you're a U.S. resident, you can use a birth certificate or social security card too. I believe the same applies for Canadians wishing to come into the United States. Some people believe that a driver's license will work! Only rarely will it work, and I can't imagine it would work now. You MUST have a proof of residence. Last time a group of us entered Canada last October, we were absolutely grilled by the Canadian customs. A couple members didn't think a birth certificate would be necessary, so they didn't bring theirs! WRONG! But, luckily, they had their Social Security cards which worked for them.
It is an Important Bird Area
Niagara River Corridor has been dedicated as an Important Bird Area (IBA). A wide variety of bird species migrate through the area or breed here, including waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, shorebirds and others. Over 30 species of endangered birds, threatened birds or birds of special concern are found here, including the bald eagle, the peregrine falcon, the black tern and the common tern.
Many fish, mammals, amphibians, insects and plants that are on the state Endangered, Threatened, or Species of Special Concern lists also can be found in the corridor. At least four species of birds occur in globally significant numbers. These are: Bonaparte's gull (Larus philadelphia), herring gull (Larus argentatus), canvasback duck (Aythya valisineria) and common merganser (Mergus merganser).
And then there is one special event on our itinerary for this year.
Each autumn, beginning in late November, a spectacular event occurs on the Niagara River. The event is the annual gull migration that brings as many as 19 species of gulls, in one of the world's largest concentrations of these birds at Niagara River Corridor. Compare this with the fact that on the entire continent of Australia, only three species of gulls have been recorded. In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, only 11 species of gulls have ever been seen. Remarkably, some of these same gulls that breed in the Arctic refuge travel through the Niagara River Corridor.