Cruisin’ to the Falls

Summer goes by so darn fast.

It’s my favourite season, and it goes even faster when you have a B&B. The days are super busy, and there is more to running a B&B than a lot of people realize. (Hmmm. Perhaps there’s a post there. Aren’t you dying of curiosity to know what it’s like to run a B&B?)

Anyway.

I know myself. When I am very busy, a rockin’ good time for me means a book and a glass of wine. What can I say… I’m a party animal, folks. But as much as book and wine time is lovely, there really is so much more to do in Niagara in the summer. So I am trying to balance my introverted tendencies with a dash of excitement.

To do that – if you remember – I created my Niagara Summer Bucket List.

My Bucket List was created as a way to make sure I get out and do stuff this summer. Really, I’m not doing so bad. I’ve been getting out to the Shaw Festival – I had a fascinating tour of the Wardrobe Department, and I saw Pygmalion. Pygmalion was very good, by the way. I also have lots more plans in store for the rest of the summer.

So one gloriously hot afternoon, Ken and I popped down to Niagara Falls, to get cracking on the Bucket List. Specifically to take a Hornblower Niagara Cruise.

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Niagara Falls is utterly stunning. Though I have seen it many times in my life, I am always overwhelmed by its beauty – every single time I see it. So I was very excited to see it up close from a boat. I was not so excited about the getting wet part, but it’s just mist, right? And what better way to cool off on a hot day?

To get to the dock, we walked through Clifton Hill. Clifton Hill is  – well – interesting. It’s kind of like an amusement park en route to the Falls.

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Niagara Falls has always had an appeal to the daredevils among us. Most recently, Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk across the Falls on June 15, 2012.

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Below you will see dinosaurs and a volcano. I’m guessing there were real dinosaurs here at some point about a gabillion years ago. But I am no expert on the Jurassic world, so don’t quote me. Volcanoes I’m not too sure about.

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And you can’t be in Canada without seeing some Beaver stuff. Especially Beaver Tails – actually a pastry.

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I’ve never seen Frankenstein with a hamburger, though.

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This blue moose is very cute.

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But when you reach the end of the street, through the trees you see this.

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You can almost imagine what it would have been like to be one of those early explorers, many years ago, seeing Niagara Falls for the first time.

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So we bought our tickets and began the trek down to the boat.

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The boarding process was smooth and efficient. The only difficulty I had was figuring out my poncho. I guess I am poncho challenged, but Ken had quite a laugh watching me try to get it on. That was just me though, others seemed to be figuring it out just fine.

We got on board and took our places faced with this beauty – the American side of the Falls.

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I was mesmerized. Alright I’ll be honest – I was actually getting quite emotional. Nothing like nature to make you feel overwhelmed with the beauty in this world.

Then we travelled to the Canadian side – the Horseshoe Falls

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By this point we were all quite wet, but having a great time. All too quickly, it was time to come back.

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Niagara Falls never loses it’s wonder and magic – It’s actually kind of hard for me to describe it. And I am usually never at a loss for words.

If you love Niagara Falls like I do, I highly recommend the Hornblower journey.

  • That looks like such fun! I didn’t know there were steps walking up so close to the Falls. Love the pictures!

    • Thanks! It really was fun….and I’m so sorry it took me so long to reply to your comment. Some sort of Disqus glitch – I’m usually much better at timing 🙂