Terry and I went for a drive up the river coast on the Canadian side and went through wine country. As we were try to figure out which one of the many wineries to visit I saw the winery for her favorite Ice Wine and pulled in for a tour. Very cool and fun thing to do on a beautiful afternoon, most wineries have a guided tour for a price or a self guided tour for free then you go in and can try different wines for a small price. The self guided tour was very informative and fun and of course you will want to make a purchase! A little advice, you may see the same wine cheaper at the Duty Free store and you are limited to 2 bottles a person for what you can bring back into the USA.
Take a ride up to Lake Ontario and take in the sightes up there. This is really a beautiful ride and only takes about 15 to 20 minutes. There are several historical sights to see on the the way and the water is beautiful. You can pull off the road and stop at the many pull offs along the way.
Some of the best views of the Niagara Escarpment are not found at the conventional tourists points. For the cheapest, prettiest and more secluded pictures of this beautiful area, park at the Niagara Falls (New York side) Aquarium. Walk across the pedestrian bridge that goes over the highway and you'll find yourself at some trail destination points.
Pick one and walk it! You won't get elaborate views of the falls but you will get to see some pretty amazing scenery. Bridges, look-out points and historical markers make this journey worth exploring in moderate terrain.
A free activity thats good for you, with your not so common tourist pics.
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.
If you love history then you'll love this place. It is located in Lewiston, NY next to beautiful Lake Ontario and not far from the Niagara Falls.
Three flags are flown daily in the parade ground symbolizing the nations that have held Fort Niagara in turn.
The French established the first post here in 1679 as Fort Conti, then as Fort Denoville 1687-88, which was very short lived. Finally in 1726 the French built the permament fortification of the "French Castle". Britain gained control of the Fort Niagara in 1759 during the French and Indian Wars. They held the post throughout the American Revolution but were forced by treaty to yield it to the United States in 1796. Although, it was recaptured by the British in 1813. It was once again ceded to the U.S.A. in 1815 at the end of the war.
All of the main buildings are wonderfully maintained. Their's even a authentic British Infantryman with his trusty "Brown Bess" that gives demonstrations and teaches the history of this wonderful treasure.
Old Fort Niagara
P.O. Box 169
Youngstown, NY 14174
Open 9am- late afternoon daily, year round.
Wheelchair Accessible - Yes
Parking is Free
National Historical Landmark No.NY258
The day I went was a little cloudy, so the misty atmosphere around the Falls was increased by the weather. Anyway, there is always some tiny water drops all around, and it must be quite refreshing in summer!!
Overlooking the lower whirlpool rapids, this 42-acre park features a nature trail; gorge caves; picnic area; winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; and a spectacular 300-foot walkway that winds its way along the Niagara River. At the end of it, you're treated to a stunning view of the rapids in all their majestic splendor. The park is popular with hikers, camera buffs and bird watchers, as well as fishermen on the lookout for trout and salmon. Nearby parks include the Whirlpool State Park , and Niagara Falls State Park .
Robert Moses Pkwy
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Available mid-April through late October
Leash not more than 6 feet.
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Captain Bill's Upper River SCUBA (NAME JUST CHANGED TO NIAGRA DIVE CENTER 5/21/07) is a P.A.D.I. 5-Star SCUBA DIVING training facility located on the upper Niagara River in Niagara Falls, New York. they offer on-site SCUBA training in an indoor heated pool. Captain Bill's also offers local dive trips, dive charters and a full selection of the latest diving related equipment.
Captain bill's scuba shop located 5 miles south of the falls 1 mile south of the grand island brige, on buffalo ave. t's called captain bills upper river diving.
they have all scuba equipment you need on hand. you can test out your equipment in their indoor pool. just feet from the pool is the upper niagara, where their boat is docked.
when i went i managed to pull about 10 bottles of the bottom of the river. it was awsome.
many people see the niagara from above the water, but not many from below.
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Located about 30 minutes from the Falls in Youngstown New York, you will find this historical landmark. Be prepared to spend a good 3 hours here, if not more. This place is just THAT interesting! There is plenty to see and photograph at this well-preserved fort.
BETWEEN NIAGARA FALLS AND BUFFALO, THE CANAL IS BETWEEN NORTH TONAWANDA AND TONAWANDA BY THE NIAGARA RIVER. FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS (EDDIE MONEY, ETC.) IN THE SUMMER TO BE ENJOYED ON LAND, DRIVE BY ON A BOAT OR DOCK WITH A COLD ONE AND WATCH THE SUNSET WHILE THE BANDS PLAY. WATER BIKE RENTALS AND CANAL TOUR BOAT RIDES.
BIGGER THAN THE PIC SHOWS, MORE TO THE LEFT.
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...
Here are some photos I took while flying overhead in '94. This is the most famous part of the fall: Horseshoe Falls. Canada is at the top of the photo, this is where you get the best views from.
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!
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.