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A bit of orginal language that seperates us Canadians from the rest. So when you comming to Canada, eh?
Eh is a spoken interjection in English and Spanish meaning "Huh?", "What?", "Hey", or "Repeat that, please". It is also commonly used as a method for inciting an answer, as in "those trees are red, eh?"
In addition, "eh" can also be used as an exclamation: "He's all right, eh!" This has its origins in Scotland, where it can still be heard.
The only usage of eh that is peculiar to Canada, according to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, is for "ascertaining the comprehension, continued interest, agreement, etc., of the person or persons addressed" as in, "It's four kilometres away, eh, so I have to go by bike." Similarly, "It's nine-o'clock, eh?" means "You do know that it's nine o'clock? You are aware that it's nine-o'clock?".
In that case, eh is used to confirm the attention of the listener and to invite a supportive noise such as "Mm" or "Oh" or "Okay". It essentially is an interjection meaning, "I'm checking to see you're listening so I can continue."
"Eh" can also be added to the end of a declarative sentence to turn it into a question. For example: "The weather is nice." becomes "The weather is nice, eh?" This same phrase could also be taken as "The weather is nice, don't you agree?".
Further examples of Canadian usage include: "I know, eh?" (Agreement), "Yeah, eh?" (Agreement; tone of voice changes meaning slightly). "I know. Eh!" (Pause between 'know' and 'eh' and emphasise 'eh'. This is an excited agreement.) Although technically questions, these are also said as statements.
The usage of "eh" in Canada is often mocked in the United States, where some view its use as a stereotypical Canadianism. Many Canadians dispute its use (for example, singer Don Freed in his song "Saskatchewan" declares "What is this 'Eh?' nonsense? I wouldn't speak like that if I were paid to.").
Usage of "eh" is more common in Eastern Canada, and less common in the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia.
Written Jul 11, 2006
Our winters are cold and tough. Bring gloves, hat, scarf, boots and good warm long jacket if you are planning on visiting Niagara Falls in the winter. It's extrememly beautiful to see The Falls during winter, the snow falling. It's amazing.
Written Jul 3, 2006
I have been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years now. I enjoy my job and all the interesting travelers I get to meet. My beef is, when you are traveling please remember your waitress at the end of your dinner. It is customary to tip 15-20% of your bill. Or you can add up all of Ontario's fine taxes to get 15%. That entire gratutiy does not go soley to the waitress. We must tip out our bartenders/hostess and bus kids and even management. If your service is poor, I can appreciate you wanting to leave little. But please show us some respect with nothing lower then a 15% tip.
Updated Jul 31, 2007
There a great viewpoint of the brink of Niagara Falls right along the pathway. You can see the water rush over the falls. It moving. I make it there at least twice a year. To find it, just look for the huge group of people by Table Rock.
Written Mar 20, 2006
Before you go off and buy a postcard at one of the HUNDREDS of souvenier shops, it's good to know that you can get one for Free. When you purchase your tickets for the maid of the Mist boat ride, they give you a complimentary postcard. It's a great bonus souvenier!
Written Jun 6, 2005
He deserves to be my first tip in my Niagara Page!!!! This was Bobby Leach and his barrel after his trip over Niagara Falls, 1911, two years before my Grandma Carmen born. Anyway, I doubt Bobby would do such a thing during the winter, hahahaha
Much before, in 1902 a great woman named Annie Taylor, 63-year-old was the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel; she survived virtually unharmed. Since Taylor's historic ride, 14 other people have intentionally gone over the Falls in or on a device. Some have survived unharmed, but others have drowned or been severely injured. Survivors of such stunts face charges and stiff fines, as it is illegal to attempt to go over the Falls.
Written Jul 8, 2005
A question came up recently from someone who was considering just staying on the US side because they didn't have passports. While the US side is nicer with regard to lack of the "cheese" factor, the Canadian side wins out for overall beauty and view of the Falls which is naturally the highlight of Niagara Falls. The US side is a State Park so you don't have the schlock of the Clifton Hill area that you find on the Canadian side, no Ripley's Believe it or Not or amusement park rides or fudge shops or neon lights. Instead the US side focuses on the natural side of the Falls themselves, you can take the Maid of the Mist from the US side for a better look at both of the Falls, walk out onto a viewing platform for a better view of the American Falls, get an up close look at the Horseshoe Falls before the water tumbles over or stand beneath the Bridal Falls at the Cave of the Winds attraction. But you are still looking at the Falls not head on but from the side.
Is it the end of the world if you don't see both sides? Of course not, there is plenty to see on the US side and with the Maid of the Mist boat ride you are seeing the same thing as those from the Canadian side. But if it were me, I'd spring for a passport or passport card and see the view from both sides.
Written Aug 12, 2010
You will be able to feel at home, many things are written in Chinese, even this nutrition centre which has a large collection of herbs. As soon as we got to the little train station it was snowing, and for me it is always a real party when I see snow falling!
I do not remember the name of this street, but maybe you can guess, it is the same street of the bus station which leads you to the Falls!
Written Jul 14, 2005
Before being burried by the snow, I took this remarkable picture on the cliffs of Niagara. of course I was in the canadian side, overviewing the american edge.
It was heavingly snowing but I had fun, even though it was crazy to visit the Falls in the Winter.
Written Jul 8, 2005
Niagara Falls can be seen from both the USA (Buffalo, NY) or Canada (Niagara Falls Ontario). Buffalo is a rather large city that doesn't seem to take full advantage of the falls. I would definitely recommend staying on the Canadian side and either walking across to the US side or driving just to get the different perspective. I've heard horror stories about the length of the border crossing but I assume those long lines are probably during the summer.
Written May 12, 2003
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