Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Niagara Falls

This dream location has been featured in over 100 TV shows and films. Both our parents had visited the falls and we looked forward to walking in their footsteps as well as creating our own memories.

Niagara Falls, as the combination of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, is a popular honeymoon location and a place to see with someone you love.  Of course, that means us! Technically still on our honeymoon, being married (legally) less than a year, we looked forward to seeing not only the magnificent waters but also the night lighting of the falls, something our parents did not see.

We located a great RV park, Four Mile Creek State Park, about 15 minutes north of town.  Situated on Lake Ontario, we hit our fifth great lake for our final toe dipping.  Quite a feat to have visited all the great lakes in one summer.   We headed to town and found the falls just as the sun was setting.

Parking was relatively easy and we immediately found the trail and headed with the throngs of fellow travelers in the direction of the sound.  You could hear them long before you could see them.  The pathway followed the river to its bend where you could see the edge cut back by the mighty waters of American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.  Across the way and further down, you can see Horseshoe Falls. Below us, the US and Canadian tour boats filled with colorful poncho-covered passengers pushed toward and back from below the falls.

As the sun set, the falls began to be lit up in green and red lights.  Somewhere between Christmas and the fourth of July, the spectacular was loud and amazing.  We shared a romantic evening with about 10,000 of our closest friends.

Driving back to our campground, we saw lots of deer darting across the busy roadway.  It was strange thinking about deer this close to the major cities of Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
The next day, we returned to our easy parking spot and headed to the Rainbow Bridge.  Sorry to all those pet owners out there but this is the original bridge that crosses from Niagara Falls USA to Niagara Falls, Canada.

It was a breeze checking into Canada and we walked out into the beautiful gardens and followed the parkway along the edge of the city toward Horseshoe Falls.  This side of the river was all about landscaping.  The Niagara Parks Botanical Garden boasts some of the best summer flower gardens anywhere and not only did they look beautiful, they smelled wonderful. The view of the falls from the Canadian side was even more spectacular.  We now understand why so many recommended we cross the bridge.

We also enjoyed the Centennial Lilac Garden and the Floral Clock as we explored even further and highly recommend others enjoy these adventures on the Canadian side of the river.