Day 12 the Niagara Conspiracy

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
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Trip End Oct 18, 2010


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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Sunday, September 5, 2010

I don't believe that the niagara falls are real. They are truly awesome to view, the tourist loads are incredible, and they live up to the hype.

But the back story is the hydro power agreement between US and Canada where they agree to share the available water flows for power generation, whilst guaranteeing a minimum flow over the falls between 8am and 10pm during the tourist season. Now I suspect that the hydro power is only used as a peaking generator, supplementing the base load of the Ontario nuclear plants. So therefore, suspect the whole arrangement is a giant battery, recycling water to grow energy profits. But ignore this conspiracy rant if you like, the place is awesome, just don't stay there for a week- the associated tourist traps are ridiculous.

One problem that isn't in doubt is the traffic issues. It took 4 hours to drive the 120km down, thanks to Lucy for her patience on her 4th or 5th tour.

Today's famous Canadian is Ed Mirvish. Ed is famous for Honest Ed's, the original 2 dollar shop dating from the 1920's. A toronto institution. We visited in the morning to stock up on Rubbermaid, but came away wondering about whether we needed a wooden Thai Buddhist shrine, a steal at $24,000.
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