We drive south to Niagara Falls for a spectacular day. Dave drives us through the tacky tourist area, which has to be seen to be believed. However the area around the river and falls is beautiful parkland, and protected.
The day is hot, so we don’t mind the spray one bit, as we walk around. After walking alongside the falls for a while, we take the “Maid of the Mist” boat, which heads upriver towards the falls, and holds its position against the current for a long time, before swinging around and heading back. It is incredible, and is a truly exciting experience.
As we take the elevator back up from the boat jetty, the guide tells us that someone has just complained that the trip was too wet. We all laugh, and I suggest the run a special trip once a week with the falls “turned down a bit”. Apparently this is not as silly as it sounds. At night and in the winter, an appreciable amount of water is diverted from the falls to drive the two power stations there.
Later we take the tunnel behind the falls, which allows you to stand first behind the falls and also to be right beside the water crashing down. It is loud and very wet! Next we take the Whirlpool Aero car – a small cablecar that runs across and back over the Niagara whirlpool, which gives great views along the river.