I've decided to put this here because not many people get a chance to see an aerial view of the Niagara Falls ...
From the sky, you can marvel at the spectacular beauty of this natural wonder. Next time when I go back to Buffalo, I'd ensure not to miss such spectacular sights. To say it's - Awesome - is definitely an understatement.
Below: A postcard - An aerial view of the Falls...
The IMAX theater on the Canadian side of the falls shows a great historical perspective movie about Niagara Falls:
Niagara Falls IMAX Theatre
6170 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, Ontario
PH: (905) 358-3611
Make sure to check out the Canadian side. I believe that the view is better of the falls, but there are definitely more people there too! My friend and I were already running late to make it to Toronto, and walking from the parking lot (over a mile away) would have taken forever. Traffic was horrendous and any parking nearby was taken long ago. So, to capture this not-so-great picture, I was dropped off first to take my shot and then a few minutes later my friend looped back around and picked me up (traffic was still moving of course). Then vice versa for him. It worked out for a quick snapshot! :)
There's a lot of mist coming from the falls, which can just kill a picture! You just have to see it in person for the best view!
After visiting Niagara Falls, you should consider driving around Lake Ontario. It is just as spectacular as the falls. If you start at Niagara Falls and continue on the Canadian Highway you can see Toronto as well as small, picturesque towns. There are many provincial parks to camp at, but they don't allow more than 6 people per campsite and when I was there most of my camp mates were French-Canadian and did not speak English. A very cultural experience. You can cross back into the USA at Kingston, Ontario and see the beautiful Thousand Island area in the St. Lawrence River. Oh, Canada!
There is a wonderful walk along the Niagara river gorge.There is a local walking club called the Bruce Trail imformation can be found in the phone book or library, they have evening and day time walks and welcome visitors.
Niagara Gorge. Great for hiking. The trails are fairly easy, so just about anyone can do them, but the best part is once you get to the botton. It's right on the river and lined with huge rocks perfect for sunbathing or just relaxing. Bring a picnic and a book and spend the afternoon. Or if you want to explore I'm sure you can find some tougher trails.
Other attractions include RIPLEYS Believe It or Not...Guinness Book Of World Records...Tussauds Waxworks...Falls Incline Railway...Prospect Point Observation Tower...Movieland Wax Museum and many others. Yep..Niagara Falls is over touristy and a bit tacky...but the Falls steals the show every time!
Goat Island affords the best view from the American side.It is easily reached by car and has a footbridge
that affords you a great view of the massive cascade...up close. Because it is less popular than the Canadian side, it makes a perfect picnic stop.
FAST FACTS: The actual cateract is 176 feet high and 34.5 million Imperial gallons per minute cascade to the Niagara River below. The falls is a huge source of hydroelectric power.Naturally there is much lore surrounding the falls ..from tightrope walkers(Jean Gravelet the most famous) to people going over the falls in a barrel. The NIAGARA, MIRACLES, MYTHS and MAGIC can be seen at the IMAX THEATER, where for about $10US you can learn more than ever wanted to know about Niagara Falls. The present day newlywed infatuation with Niagara Falls is said to instigated as a result of Napoleans brother racing non-stop from New Orleans to celebrate his honeymoon by stagecoach.
The MAID of the MIST is a boat you can take on the Niagara River very close to the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls amidst the turbulent waters. It leaves from a dock on the Canadian side not far from Rainbow Bridge near Clifton Hill and River Road. just to confuse you, they also depart from the American side at Prospect Point. Pick your side..methinks the Canadian side is cheaper..but its roughly $8US and includes the use of waterproof clothing.
The area above these gardens are peppered with quaint shops displaying everything from tourist trinkets to traditional Canadian handicrafts and products. My 1st encounter with home-made fudge was here..you know...the kind they make on a marble slab in front of us drooling tourists.;-)
As I said earlier the best view is from the Canadian side in Niagara Falls Ontario. In general Ontario is quite British in ambiance and like the Brits there is a horticultural emphasis on well planned/well manicured gardens like the one in this picture.
North of Niagara Falls, Ontario take the scenic drive down Niagara Parkway Road it leads you past attractions and into Queenston & Niagara-on-the Lake.
If you've bought a Canadian parks pass,or just the $5.00 all day pass for the People Mover, it will take you as far as Queenston.
The Floral clock, 40' across and 15,000+ plants really works.
The Laura Secord Homestead is about 1+ mile North of the last People MOver stop; you'll need a car. Opens:9:00, cost $2.00 Can., run by the Park system.
The McFarland House (cost $2.00 Can., open 9:00 & has patio restaurant & High Tea 12-3) and Fort George are 8 km north and the town 1 km beyond the Fort.
The rate of exchange was good at the 2 houses, as they were run by the Niagara Parks. Parking is free.
Fort George has free parking. Adults costs about $5-6.00 Can. to get in.Costumed interpretive personel thruout and will answer your questions. Rate of exchange was not good here. Better to have Canadian money.
The Downtown of N-on-th-Lk is lovely, historic and quaint. Cute shops. There are other historic things to see in town.
Youngstown and Lewiston, NY:
Both are old River towns with some quaint shops and old buildings.
Where the Niagara river and Lake Ontario meet is Old Fort Niagara. On weekends and more so in June & July, they have costumed interpreters on site. Nice view and we learned a bit of interesting history.
OPEN: 9:00am Price: $6.75 (coupon: $1.25 off in back of Master Pass).
From there head south on Hwy 18F into Lewiston. About 1/2 South of the road that goes across the Lewiston/Queenston bridge(Hwy405) is the Niagara Power Project. The worlds largest Hydroelectric plant. There is a hands-on museum, a film and nice views.
Free admittance and Free parking!
5777 Lewiston Rd. Phone: 716-285-3211
SALMON FISHING IN THE EARLY FALL, CATCH AND RELEASE OR IT'S A LONG WALK UP WITH A BIG FISH! NO LUCK TODAY. PARK AT THE WHIRLPOOL STATE PARK.