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Day 3 - Toronto to Niagara (+Niagara on the Lake)

Another early start.

We took the streetcar to Union Station to pick up the car (Impala or similar. Alas it was the 'or similar'!). Got lost trying to find the rental place, but once in the car it was an easy trip down to Niagara, where we went for a stroll before missing dinner (a bone of contention) and going for a scenic drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Union Station:

The room was a chintzy frightmare:

But this view of the American Falls through the Rainbow Bridge made up for it (that's the US border control on top):

The American Falls and Bridal Veil:

Horseshoe Falls. A bit wet:

The Maid of the Mist, which is part of Day 4's plan. You know, I've never been keen on boats...

Niagara-on-the-Lake. Can you spot Toronto?

Ah. There it is!


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Did you take the scenic drive along the Parkway? Where all the wineries are... And maybe have time to stop in at the Shaw Festival?

I think so. No festivals though.


We went to Niagara Falls when I was younger - the main thing I remember are loads of these weird haunted-house/shop/tourist-attraction things. Are they still there??

There was a bit of that. I saw a Haunted House, but that was on the US side. It looked a bit sad and run down.

That at least sounds a little spooky - these were all dead naff.

I can't comment. I was whizzed past it sharpish.

Pretty rainbows and waterfall! As for the hotel bedroom, it's so you, dahlink. It's as if they found out all about you and compiled the perfect setting for you. Of course, that would make them malicious bastards instead of merely clueless, but wotthehell...

And the worst travesty they could inflict upon me? No internet!!!!

How dare they? That's like no soap or shampoo!

We took the Maid of the Mist, and it was great fun. Of course, I was nine years old at the time. But still. It went up very close to the base of the falls. That was just amazing.

It's completely insane, but absolutely worth doing!

All the sunshine helps!

I think it's a good job that you spent most of your time away from that bedroom - it might have given you nightmares...

That is a very impressive station - and the falls are, almost by definition, impressive. I'm not sure I would do the boat thing myself, though - just wave everyone else off!

There'll be more about the the boat later. :)

Looks great! I had no idea Niagara was so built up, though.

It's a bit of a theme park unfortunately. But it's better than the US side, which is a dump.

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