Canada, Ontario, Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Ontario. Day 2

Second Day

To the Falls Incline Railway, through the Table Rock Welcome Centre and again, face-to-face with the majestic view of the Horseshoe Falls. There was something about the morning mist and the morning sun reflecting off the thundering water rushing over the brink of the fall that just captures your admiration no matter how many times you look at it. To get up-close and personal to this majestic wonder of the world, we strolled along the stone-wall, making our way to our activities.

  1. Hornblower Niagara Cruises

The Hornblower Cruise takes you on an intimate 20-minute wet and wild boat ride to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. Yes, you do get wet! Wear your red poncho which is given to you before you board. Once you board, get a good spot up-front near the railings for the best experience. You do get close to the American Falls and the Bridal Veil falls, which is a great photo opportunity. The awesomeness is when the boat reaches the very heart of the Horseshoe Falls, at the foot – and its pouring rain – the breath-taking power of the water and the mist makes this experience a magnificent one which I highly recommend. The boat stayed in that position for a couple of minutes before making its way back.

Up close and personal with the Horseshoe Falls aboard the Hornblower

Useful information:

  • Boat ride is 20 minutes
  • Departs every 15 minutes
  • Best time to visit: April 1st to November 30th
  • Take a waterproof camera

Mist Gear – is a retail shop located in the Lower Landing prior to boarding. Sells souvenirs and other items which you may need for your trip.

Standard Admission Prices:

Adult (13+) – $25.95

Child (6-12) – $15.95

 

  1. Journey Behind the Falls

Journey Behind the Falls is a once in a lifetime experience which should not be missed! You get a unique view of the Horseshoe Falls from below and behind, offering you an awesome experience of seeing one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the foot of the Fall.

To experience this amazing spectacle, you will descend 45.5m (150ft) by elevators, cutting through bedrock to a short tunnel of about 45.5m (150ft), giving you access to two outdoor observation decks and two portals. The observation decks, Upper and Lower decks will take you to the very foot of the Falls. At the Lower Deck, you will witness up to 2,800 cubic metres of water gushing over the brink of the Fall every second, at 65km per hour. This is where you need to put on your yellow poncho which is given to you when you exit the elevator because you might get a little wet from the mist.

This is how close you get when you are on the viewing deck
This is how close you get when you are on the viewing deck

 

The two portals, Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal are located directly behind the Falls, which is one-third of the way behind the massive sheet of water. These viewing portals are cut straight through the rock, giving you a view of the gushing water down to the basin below. You will feel the thunderous vibration of the Horseshoe Falls as you walk through the 130- year old tunnels cut through the bedrock. There are posters with lots of information regarding the history and evolution of the tunnels as you walk through them.

One of the portals
One of the portals

Useful information:

  • Journey Behind the Falls will take about 30-45 minutes.
  • Year-round attraction
  • The Lower Deck is not wheelchair accessible
  • Free poncho

Standard Admission Prices:

  • Adult (13+) – $19.95
  • Child (6-12) – $13.00

 

  1. The Whirlpool Aero Car

Another natural wonder which should not be missed on your visit to the Niagara Falls is the spectacular view of Niagara Whirlpool, just 4.5 km (3 miles) north of the Falls. The best way to see it is aboard an antique cable car called The Whirlpool Aero Car   designed by a Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo which has been in operation since 1916. The Whirlpool Aero Car is suspended from six sturdy cables, and you will be transported through air, safely between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River, a little over 1 km.

Whirlpool Aero Car suspended with 6 sturdy cables
Whirlpool Aero Car suspended with 6 sturdy cables

You will get a spectacular view of the Rapids, the Whirlpool and the Gorge. The Whirlpool is formed at the end of the rapids, where the gorge turns abruptly counter-clockwise, to the northeast and the river escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge.

As you are transported, you will witness, far below, the torrent of water abruptly changing direction and creating a natural phenomenon – the Niagara Whirlpool. It is danger free excitement and a mesmerising experience.

The whirlpool far below you!
The whirlpool far below you!

 

Useful information:

  • Round trip is about 10 minutes
  • Opens April to November
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Capacity is 35 standing passengers

 

Standard Admission Prices:

Adult (13+) – $15.00

Child (6-12) – $ 9.75

 

  • Prices in Canadian dollars

 

  1. Romantic dinner at Remingtons

Remingtons is a steak and seafood restaurant and we opted for steak on this occasion. We were pleasantly surprised at the western style décor, upscale yet a casual atmosphere, with singing waitresses/waiter. The food was really good – the steak was made just as we like it and the portioning was just right.

Remingtons

5657 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L5, Canada

 

 

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