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Heart of the Niagara Falls

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"Let the day extend for today alone so that we keep on soaking the beauty of natural wonder Niagara Falls". - SriKri
If you are visiting Niagara falls, make sure to visit both USA and Canada sides. This will give you complete picture of the falls. In this post we will take you through Canada side of the falls.

After last nights mesmerizing view of falls from USA, we headed to Canada. Clearing immigration was very quick and easy. It is advisable to carry Canada dollar, as in some place USD is exchanged for CAD 1:1.

There are lots of parking place available. But during weekend, that to long weekend, getting parking near falls is not easy. We managed to park our car few kilometer away from the cruise. We strolled along the side of Niagara pathway enjoying the nature and magnificent beauty.

Horseshoe Falls


This is also called as Canadian falls, as most of the falls is in Canada. We took the Hornblower Niagara Cruises to get near the falls. There was long queue waiting for their turn to board. We were given red waterproof poncho before boarding. This boat takes you near American Falls, bridal falls and then finally into heart of the falls. Whooo!!! what a fantastic place to be. So close to the falls. Even though we were fully covered, still we got wet due to the mist and the wind blowing towards us. The whipping wind blew and the mist hit the boat thereby making everybody wet. It was like a storming rain and not the mizzle. The moment we could feel the experience of people  when the Titanic ship got hit by the iceberg. Don't  worry we are completely safe here ;-) . We had couple of minutes to enjoy the falls.

Note: 

Maid of the Mist tour operates from American side and Hornblower cruise operates from Canadian side. These two offers a couple of different types of cruises and check the prices on their respective websites.
 

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Direction from Niagara US to Hornblower Cruise Niagara, Canada

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Twist in the Fantastic Fireworks and Illumination of Niagara Falls on Canada Day

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We completed our trolley tour and got down near observation desk. That is what we thought so. After alighting, we realized it was different location than what we had planned. We walked few miles to reach the top of American Falls. We were very much excited to see both illumination and fireworks. Already illumination of the falls had began. Wowww!! what a lovely view it was. Spent 30 minutes enjoying the colours on the falls and capturing photos. Then we started searching for best location to capture fireworks. Before locating the position we tried to understand the place of firework display. After interacting with few people, we positioned our self few minutes before the start. But placing tripod and taking photo in the crowed was not going to be easy. Ahhh... Fireworks was just few minutes to start and battery completely drained out capturing illuminated falls. We were lucky that the near by shop  was opened. We charged till the start of the fireworks.

It was a Canada day. Hence the fireworks was on the Canadian side. The spectacular fireworks display lasted for 10 minutes. There was lot of wow moments during the display. This is the first time we have seen a fireworks in such a large scale and we were happy to capture it. We were initially skeptical about taking photos as we had left the initial place and we had to be content standing behind the crowd. As the event started, we were able to get near the railings and take picture without any obstruction.

Once the fireworks was over, we then proceeded to observation desk. This is another vantage point where one can see the illumination of the falls. It was already 11 pm and we did not feel like leaving the place. We reluctantly left the place. We had to leave as we had to travel back 15 miles and start our Canada tour the next day.

We loved the trip to Niagara falls. What an awesome view it was. "God has planned something special for us".
 
 



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Three Sisters islands - Niagara Falls

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After enjoying the Bridal Veil falls at "Cave of the Winds", we had plenty of time before Niagara Falls illumination and Fireworks. Hence we decided to visit nearby places. We had two options, take the trolley or have a nice little walk along the path from the Cave of the Winds to 3 sisters islands. We took trolley so that we could cover many places and without getting exhausted.

Three Sisters islands provides different perspective and close up of the river before the water drops into the Horseshoe falls. If you have time while visiting Niagara falls, visit it.  It is a good place to spend some time and great opportunity for taking photos.






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Get a real close to the Niagara falls - Cave of the Winds

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Why Niagara is natural wonder? Wait wait... we will take you along with our wonderful journey to Niagara in our series of posts.
Are you ready  to get wet? Then your first stop should be Cave of the wind from the American side. The entrance is near parking lot 3. After buying the ticket head straight to get the slippers and plastic cover. Put all your belongings inside the cover provided. Then follow the sign and take the elevator to reach the Cave of the wind.

There are series of decks at the falls which takes you to different vantage point. At the lower desk we spotted the rainbow that was playing hide and seek. You can see the full rainbow very near. There was an area where we could even touch the water falls. The top most part of the cave of the wind is the Hurricane Deck. Hurricane Deck is the area where we are real close up to the falls. OMG what a view!!!

Here the falls is directly above us. It is so lovely  to watch the water splashing on us. We were totally mesmerized by the view of Bridal Veil Falls. The thundering sound of the falls, rushing through the rock, the gushing wind partially drenching with the mist makes the falls beautiful. Got wet in spite of the ponchos. Holding the hand together tears were rolling as we gazed at the waterfalls as well as enjoying the rainbow. Our heart was dancing on seeing such a lovely view. We could feel how the mother nature has given the human to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature.

From Canada side one can visit Journey behind the falls. But the experience is different from that of Cave of the winds. We were in dilemma to choose between American side and Canada side. We had brainstormed with friends and relatives who had visited both the sides and we browsed through the websites to get some idea some about the place. We read that, in "Journey behind the falls" one can experience the falls from behind and cannot touch the falls. Finally we decided to go for "Cave of the winds". One day we would like to visit from Canada side.

Tips:
1) Use waterproof camera/phone to enjoy the mighty Falls
2) During summer, one or two hours before the sunset, the light directly shines on the Bridal Veil falls. This gives photographer chance to take good pictures.
Entry fees:
Cave of the winds(USA) in USD:
Adult: $17.00
Child (6-12 years): $14.00,  (less than 6 years): FREE

Journey-behind-the-falls(Canada) in CAD:
Adult: $16.25 + Tax
 Child (5-12 years): $11+tax, (less than 5 years): FREE 


   American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls




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Soak in the beauty of natural wonder

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This is our first trip to Niagara falls. Only in films and posters did we see boat filled with people in blue, red ponchos and water gushing at the waterfalls. We were in awe of Niagara falls. After long years of wait, we planned our trip and finally made it.

It was 7-8 hours long drive to Niagara falls from Middletown. This is also our first ever long drive outside India. So we were little apprehensive about the journey. It was the start of long weekend in US and it was also a Canada day. But the very site of waterfalls was in our eyes/mind. This urge to see this place was above all other thoughts and we went on with the plan.

On the way we took several breaks. There are service area/rest area every ~35 miles (~56 km). Hundred miles before the destination at the service area we visited tour office. They provide discounts on the tours and guaranteed car park free of cost. But we had our own plans which did not match the tour. We took some brochure related to Niagara falls and left. Based on the information, we modified our plan while on drive.

We checked-in into the Hotel in Buffalo and took short break and freshened up. We were told that getting parking near the waterfalls would be difficult. But we were surprised and happy to find lots of place for parking when we reached at 5 pm. That to close to the attraction.

Wowwwww! what a spectacular waterfalls. This was our reaction when we saw the waterfalls for the first time. We couldn't take our eyes out of it and we were speechless for a moment.

Tips:
1) There are lots of parking space near "Cave of Winds". Check this place first. Parking fee is as low as $10 for a day.
2) If you don't There is parking place near information center. This is approximately 20 minutes by walk from the "Cave of Winds".



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