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Niagara Falls

After a fabulous few days in Québec (and fabulous food!) my parents and I ended our Canada trip by checking an item off of our bucket lists: exploring Niagara Falls.

We arrived at twilight and decided to have dinner at Morton’s Grille, at a table right by the window with views of the Falls.

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And views of that evening’s fireworks show over the Falls.

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

At night the Falls are lit up in a rainbow of colors.

For your reference, in this picture the American side of the Falls is on the left, and the Canadian, horseshoe-shaped side of the Falls is on the right. And each “side” is actually a separate waterfall. All things I didn’t know until I saw it in person!

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The next morning we woke up to a very special day in Canada:

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was Canada’s 150th birthday! Which was fitting, since my parents and I were on this trip to celebrate my birthday (no, not my 150th)!

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

There were two things we wanted to do at Niagara Falls: Journey Behind the Falls and Hornblower Niagara Cruises. And since I was flying back to New York City that afternoon we only had a limited amount of time to do both. If we had just gone to each place on our own, we would have had to find parking, wait in line, buy tickets and wait in line again, until we were finally able to get in. It would have easily taken us several hours at each place, and we didn’t have the time, or the patience, for that.

So instead we booked Magnificent Tours’ Niagara’s Best Tour, which picked us up right in the lobby of our Marriott. And it was SO worth it! We were driven to each location, handed our tickets which had already been purchased on our behalf, and escorted right in. We didn’t have to wait at all, and breezed passed the long lines to get in. We were able to accomplish both activities that morning without any hassle or headache whatsoever.

Our first stop was at Journey Behind the Falls, where you can get right up close to the Canadian side of the Falls.

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My dad remarked, and I have to agree, that Niagara Falls is one of the few places we’ve been that actually lives up to the hype. The Falls are immense, and powerful, and I’m so glad we got to see them in person!

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

But as cool as it is from above, there’s a reason it’s called Journey Behind the Falls!

You can head down and walk next to the Falls, right into the waterfall’s spray. And you can also explore the caves behind it, where openings in the rocks allow you to see, you guessed it, behind the Falls.

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was incredible being so close to the Falls, and made me appreciate just how much power is behind the falling water.

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

While we were there, we watched the Hornblower boats bring people close to the Falls, and couldn’t wait to try that next!

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The tour guide took us to board the boats, where our yellow ponchos were replaced with red ones.

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The boat headed over to the American side of the Falls first, and when we saw how many rocks are at the bottom we understood why no one has ever tried to go over the American side of the Falls!

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then we headed to the Canadian side where we were earlier (and where people have actually gone over… and survived)!

See those yellow ponchos on the right? That had been us 30 minutes before!

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As you may expect, on Hornblower Niagara Cruises you get very wet! And of course as a blogger I still wanted pictures, so I would whip out my phone, take a picture, and quickly hide my phone under my poncho again! Which made for some pretty hilarious pictures!

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And some pretty stunning pictures too.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Niagara Falls - Canada travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I can’t recommend Niagara’s Best Tour enough! We had an incredible time exploring Niagara Falls without any hassle whatsoever, and got to do what are, in my opinion, the two most fun activities there. You absolutely have to do both when you visit, as this will give you the best all-around experience of Niagara Falls.

And with that, my birthday month celebrations ended. And oh what a birthday month it was!

~A

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