We’d been planning to visit Niagara Falls for quite some time because, well, this is one of the most famous places in Canada and “must see” for every tourist here. Plus, the city is located in less than 200 km from London.
This week we’re having another long weekend and decided to take the bull by the horns and just go for it. The hugest issue was to find a hotel. Grateful for having 3 days without work, apparently the all Canada’s citizens had chosen Niagara Falls as a place to spend some time. All hotels had been already booked, not only in the city on the falls but also in Hamilton and Burlington. Finally, we found a room but the price was really crazy =(
Our second concern was about the way to the Niagara Peninsula. Normally, people drive there. Our route included two trains and a bus. Luckily, it wasn’t that scary – we didn’t need to run all over cities trying to find a spot to get on the connecting transport. It was as easy as “arrive to the station, buy the ticket, wait 10-15 minutes until the next train or bus”.
Many cities closer to Toronto are connected via GO buses and trains and this looks like a big deal – they depart often and I liked their double-decker buses and trains.
Niagara Falls looks like a Las Vegas’ little brother, it filled with casinos, arcades and places like haunted houses. After quite London I kind of forgot how it is – to be constantly surrounded by enormous amounts of people. The falls themselves are impressive, no doubts. They are impressive even when looking from a bank, but only when getting closer to them on a bout I realized how huge they are (and Niagara Falls are way far from being the tallest waterfall in the world!) There are two parts of the falls – American and Canadian, we were, obviously, on the Canadian side and was proudly wearing red “ponchos” while Americans on the opposite bank were dressed in blue =) Those ponchos are really necessary but even wearing one I still got soaked. Unfortunately, it was impossible to take even one good picture near the waterfall, we’re just covering our eyes and tried to protect at least something from the water. In the evening watched the highlighted falls from the “best viewspot in the town” but in my opinion it isn’t extremely interesting.
On the second day we moved to Hamilton. Why this city? Mostly because “why not” and it’s located more or less on the way to London. I messed up with the bus schedule a bit and we arrived there only at 2pm, so basically we had to run through a couple of spots and then head back. It was slightly surprising that despite the city’s size comparable to London, downtown Hamilton felt like, you know, a big city. One disappointment is that we didn’t have to time to visit spots near the lake (Hamilton is located on the lake Ontario) – that would be really great. Next time, probably.