We discovered a place in Canada called Tim Hortons in Canada, kind of an upmarket McDonalds. McDonalds restaurants were no seen as widely as here. It was a good place for breakfast as the workers queued for their coffee on their way to work. opposite our hotel by 9.15 for a 9.30 pick up, which arrived somewhat later.
We then took a couple of circuits of pick up places, seeing our hotel three different times, paused at a bus terminal and then we were on our way with a hosted tour with Gray Line.
A top notch lunch at the Marriot Hotel in Niagara was option we did not select. The coach guide was quite good. The coach, ok. Noisier than our faithful Prevost, with a narrower aisle, but ok.
Just wait until the lights change and the onslaught of people coming across from Union Station.
We were given the option of before experiencing Niagara Falls in person, to view them from a helicopter. I've never been in a helicopter but not for any real reason. R was already making noises about his credit card but was very keen to see the falls from above. It with worth every penny.
Clearly I took the photo and did not have my hand on the blond lad who loaded us on to the chopper.
You need a lesson about the falls. Niagara Falls are right on the border of the US and Canada. There are two main waterfalls, the Canadian Horseshoe falls, as you can see here.
With lots of mist.
Yep, lots of mist.
To the centre of this photo you can see the American falls. Quite impressive, but Canada got the better deal.
Never seen this plant in Australia.
Exiting our coach, we were immediately covered in mist from the falls. We made our way along to the suggested best spot to take photos and we were really getting wet. It was hot, so it was quite refreshing.
Niagara Falls is big business.
The volume of water has to be seen to be believed.
The American Falls with the Rainbow Bridge across to the US.
Maid of the Mist, a US boat for passengers to view the falls.
Beautiful gardens, of course.
The US falls.
We are to see the falls from the Canadian boat, The Hornblower.
Everyone was issued with these ponchos which went in to bin after the tour, hopefully recycled.
While people were in front of me and in the way of my photos, I stayed quite dry. Those at the front did not.
For the whole time we were there traffic was almost stationary on Rainbow Bridge as people slowly cleared US border controls.
After we left the boat, we had lunch nearby and then headed up the steep hill full of attractions, rather like Blackpool Pier on steroids.
There were some nice seats in the shade in the park. We then bought a few souveniers and it was back on to the coach. The day had not finished yet.
A popular place to get married, on the side of the road.
We stopped for a break at the wonderful little town of Niagara on the Lake. Niagara River links the higher Lake Eire to the lower Lake Ontario, so it is not very long, but certainly famous. This town is at the mouth of the Niagara, Lake Ontario. I was feeling faint in the coach and almost asleep before we reached here. So were other people and we realised the aircon was not working. The bus stopped restarted and the air con began to work again.
Back to Toronto via a stop at a winery. Rogers was a surveyor and very famous with many things named after him.
Just to make mention, the day before we wanted some wine and scotch for our room, but there was no sign of any liquor outlet. I asked the doorman and he directed me down York Street to a modern building and within was an LCBO outlet. It seems the sale of alcohol is a government business, controlled by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. There is a serious move underway to open up the sale of alcohol more widely, with the usual screams from those with vested interests who want to maintain the status quo.
Here are a couple of short videos to give you the an idea of the water flow at Cananda's Niagara Fall.