We stayed in Niagara for one night, and were lucky enough to have a falls view room, on the 14th floor of our hotel
Although pricier than a standard city view room, it’s something I’d really recommend – it was so lovely to eat breakfast in the warmth with such great scenery
The falls themselves are really incredible – and it was odd to see something so familiar from television and pictures, in real life
Even stranger that parts of them were frozen, including the surrounding river!
As we were out of season, there was no boat tour – but we were happy enough to see them from the walkway
Beyond the falls…
Before we started researching our holiday, I hadn’t realise quite how built up Niagara is (I think I just imagined this massive waterfall in the middle of nowhere!)
But it is a massive visitor attraction, and it has all the lights, sounds and prices to go with it
We didn’t visit any of the attractions, but they did look good fun – especially the upside-down house!
For dinner we used TripAdvisor (a travel must!) to search for a cheapish restaurant, and came across Bravo! Pizza – which was a slight walk out of the main area, but was busy and had a lively atmosphere
Just 20 minutes drive from the falls is the little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake – and roads lined with pretty houses and shops
We especially like a shop called Greaves which sold old fashioned preserves and had a very friendly shop assistant
We bought a small jar of delicious raspberry and rhubarb jam, which we ate with breakfast later in our trip (plus marmalade for my dad – a must buy gift on any trip!)
The area around Niagara is known for its ice wine – a desert wine made from grapes that have been naturally frozen while still on the vine
We stopped in at one of the vineyards, The Ice House, for a taster of their tipples – including one in slushy form
I’m pretty much a tee-totaller, but I really liked the flavour and it was interesting to try something special to the the region
Things we learned in Niagara…
- That the weather can completely change in the course an hour, from sunshine to snow
- That Canada’s favourite bagel/donut/coffee outlet, Tim Hortons was the way forwards
- That there are three As in NiagAra (D already knew this of course)
- That trying to see Niagara Falls from the American side isn’t as easy as just driving across a bridge (that’ll be a denied entry for the two silly English tourists… oops…!)
Have you visited Niagara Falls? Were you able to do the boat ride?
Next up on my Canada trip – the Algonquin National Park! Before then, read my thoughts on Toronto