Campgrounds here are expensive! As is everything else, as I'm finding out. We are staying at Campark Resorts on Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls Ontario. I suppose you are paying for the convenience of being close to the falls. Its ok for a campground, but its very noisy from the road right outside, and there's a warehouse behind us with the trucks heading out quite early in the morning; no sleeping late here!
Niagara Falls has changed a lot from what we remember when we visited back in the mid-80s. The falls themselves are still spectacular, but the area is completely honky-tonk. I can't think of another word to describe it. As for being the honeymoon capital, boy, as I look at these motels alongside the road, I'm thinking you couldn't pay me to stay in one of them! The Clifton Hill area, just above the main falls area, is like Downtown Disney on steroids. But enough about that. On to the falls.
Friday we drove to the falls parking area ($18.00 to park!!) and went for a walk to view the falls.
Table Rock Visitor's Entrance
The American Falls. and the small Bridal Veil Falls at the extreme right.
The Canadian Horseshoe Falls with the Maid of the Mist boat venturing into the torrent
Close-up view of the power of the water falling
Standing at the edge of Horseshoe Falls, as the water flows over the edge
The mist rises from the fury of the falls below
Seagulls hanging out on an island in the rapids
We then headed to the Dufferin Islands Nature Area to take a walk and have our lunch. It was much more peaceful here, The falls area was very crowded, with masses of visitors from all over the world. I can't imagine how busy it must be in the height of the summer season
It was quite peaceful here, walking along the paths with only ducks and geese for companions
"The troops are amassed and ready to go, sir; just give the signal!"
The whirlpool area of the gorge downriver from the falls. There's an aero car ride that goes across
A horticultural clock designed and crafted by the Botanical School
The Niagara River flowing into Lake Ontario to the north
Swimming in Lake Ontario, our fourth Great Lake, at Queen's Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Looking through the gazebo at Fort Niagara on the the New York side of Lake Ontario
Look close, the silhouette of Toronto on the horizon
Sailboat heading up the Niagara River past Fort Niagara
We passed through some beautiful farmland and several vineyards. This sign struck me funny, as I'm sure wine slushies would have been a big hit with adults in my parkstore this summer!
Thus ended our first day in Niagara Falls. Saturday we'll head south on the Niagara Parkway, visiting historic Fort Erie and learning about the War of 1812. Sunday we head back into the states...will be be searched again? Time will tell!