Niagara Falls

Day two of our mini vacation. Todays destination: Niagara Falls.

They were calling for rain in the morning with sun in the afternoon. Since we were going to get wet, the forecast of rain didn’t deter us. We left Brantford shortly after 8 am and arrived in Niagara Falls about an hour later. We parked in the Falls Parking Lot and were able to get a space close to the entrance of Table Rock.

I got the Niagara Falls & Great Gorge Adventure Pass for all five of us through Air Miles. The pass includes admission to Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, White Water Walk and Niagara’s Fury. Also included was two day’s rides on the PeopleMover and the Incline Railway and reduced admission to other Niagara attractions.

At Table Rock I got our tickets for Niagara’s Fury and Journey Behind the Falls. Niagara’s Fury is a four-dimensional show with a 360 screen, a shaking floor and real water and snow. When it was winter in the show, the theatre was cold. It was amusing. Journey Behind the Falls was next. You descend 150 underground and walk into tunnels that take you behind the falls where you can feel and hear the power the Falls. An outdoor observation deck at the base of the falls gets you close to the action.

It was still drizzling, so we had some coffee and donuts from the Tim Hortons in Table Rock. Then it was off to the  Maid of the Mist via the PeopleMover. We  began the walk down to the elevators, descended down in the elevator and walked along to the waiting area before getting on one of the Maid of the Mist boats. We were able to get a spot at the front of the boat on the top deck. The boys were excited. Corbin could barely handle the roar of the Falls. Jeremy couldn’t believe his eyes. We wandered around the gift shop at street level before catching the PeopleMover to go to White Water Walk.

White Water Walk is about 4 or so minutes north of the Maid of the Mist via PeopleMover. The elevator is located within a gift shop. Yet another descent down to the bottom of the gorge. By now, the sun was coming out, so we removed our complimentary rain ponchos. The walk takes you along the edge of the Niagara River in the Great Gorge. It’s amazing how fast the water moves and high the waves get.

The group was getting hungry so we took the PeopleMover to Edgewaters Tap & Grill for lunch. We sat in the outdoor dining area and had a great view of the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Maid of the Mist boats. The food was good. Excellent portions. Nobody was hungry when we were done.

We crossed the Niagara Parkway and walked along the gorge towards the gift shops at Table Rock.  I got a Niagara Falls ball cap. Jeremy got a t-shirt and a few other trinkets. Corbin got a diary and some gems. We stopped at the Candy Shop and filled up on sweets.

My mom mentioned the Butterfly Conservatory, so we headed to the minivan and drove up to the Botanical Gardens. Our ticket package include half-price admission to the Conservatory. As we entered, butterflies of all kinds were everywhere. There are over 2,000 butterflies. I had a few land on my hat and back. I took a lot of pictures. My mom was overwhelmed.

The boys got a few more trinkets in the gift shop. Then it was time to go back to Brantford.

We all had a great time and the weather turned sunny when it needed to be. Jeremy wants to return during the winter to see the ice and snow and the light show.

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