Breathtaking. There is no better word to describe the Niagara Falls.
This is a classic destination for families, worthy of a full day, if not a weekend stay. We were meant to stay two nights, but I double-booked us by mistake and we had to cut our stay short.
As we walked down to the falls from our Airbnb we were immediately taken aback by the immensity of the waterfalls, the noise of tons of water cascading down onto the rocks below, and the beauty of a permanent rainbow coming through the spray.
We hadn’t really looked into it, so didn’t know what kind of visits/activities they had on site, but I was so glad we did the ‘Behind the Falls’ visit as well as the ‘Maid of the Mist Boat Ride’ – they made a really nice visit absolutely spectacular.
The Behind the Falls tour takes place, surprisingly enough, behind the Horseshoe waterfall, where you can walk in a tunnel and take in the full blast of the falls which are metres away from you – good luck not getting soaked!
After that we boarded the famous ‘Maid of the Mist Boat’, which takes you up close to the waterfall, an immense prospect.
As we climbed aboard, the look of excitement was visible on everyone’s face. We had seen the previous group come out of the boat you see… Not a dry soul..
We put on the ponchos that are supplied free-of-charge, and off we went. You begin slowly going into the falls, snapping pictures, thinking the little breezy wetness is funny, and then you get right in the middle of it all – what a thrill! It was fantastic being so close to something so strong, so powerful and of course, so stunning. Charlie had the giggles all the way through, and I had a mild heart attack watching Rob pretend to throw Charlie overboard, but at the end we all agreed that we had one of the best days of our road trip so far.
Yes it’s touristy. Yes, the city would be more pleasant if it weren’t for the resort-style Clifton hill, poor choice of restaurants and gigantic hotels threatening to overpower the view, but ultimately Niagara Falls is a classic destination – one so full of true, natural wonder, that everyone should see it once.