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Most people know what Niagara Falls is all about…. lots of water cascading over a large waterfall. And most people have seen many waterfalls, albeit small ones before. To actually see, feel and fully experience Niagara Falls is breathtaking. It is such an experience!

We purchased a package that included 4 attractions, and it also included free use of the public busses. Some attractions were better than others, and some were disappointing. If we visited again, or if someone is looking for a recommendation, just take the boat, skip all of the other stuff.

We started off with a trip on the HornBlower! Most people know of the famous Maid of the Mist- well that is another story. After a backroom deal awarding the Canadian Contract back to Maid of the Mist, government involvement, lawsuits etc, it was, in the end awarded to HornBlower cruises.

So HornBlower operates from the Canadian side, and its passengers wear Red Poncho’s. Maid of the Mist still operates from the American Side (New York) and its passengers wear Blue Poncho’s

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approaching the Canadian Horseshow falls!!

approaching the Canadian Horseshoe falls!!  (Niagara Falls, Ontario is visible on the right side)

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This is the American Falls

The American falls are located in the State of New York, The much bigger and better Horseshoe falls are located in Ontario. The international boundary runs right up the middle of the River.

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The falls are coming!

The falls are coming!

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look at the bird!

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You will get wet!  The wind, generated by that much water crashing down is pretty intense.

It was amazing! Totally worth the wet clothes and shoes.

It was amazing! Totally worth the wet clothes and shoes.

American Falls

American Falls

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Aya gives this attraction a big thumbs up!

Down river from the falls, are class 6 rapids. This area is apparently some of the biggest rapids in the world. It is nearly impossible to make it thru here in a raft, boat or anything. Most of the people who have tried, never made it out alive.

For those of you wondering how the tour boats get onto the River, with the falls at one end and these rapids the other- they assemble the boats on location.

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White Water rapids

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View of the Canadian Horseshoe falls from the top

View of the Canadian Horseshoe falls from the top

Maid of the Mist in the Mist

Maid of the Mist in the Mist

HornBlower in the mist

HornBlower in the mist

The next attraction that was included in the package was called Niagara’s Fury. It was a movie, complete with fog, rain, snow, etc. It was terrible. Actually it was so bad, it was humerous.

Next up was “Journey behind the falls”. I think calling the elevator ride a Journey is a stretch, and really there was not much to see other than a wall of water. But, I guess it was cool to be behind the falls.

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Behind the Horseshoe falls

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We also found Murray the Moose!

We also found Murray the Moose!

Another plus of travelling in Canada- the Quality Beer that is available. We have made a few trips to the LCBO in Ontario to savour Ontario Craft Beer!

Another plus of travelling in Canada- the Quality Beer that is available. We have made a few trips to the LCBO in Ontario to savour Ontario Craft Beer!