Trip Start Jan 11, 2013
11Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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Anyway, they were scheduled to pick me up at 7:30 a.m., so I got up at six and tried to leave for the pick-up point at seven. At five to seven, a hostel staff member rushed to me and told me that they changed the pick-up time.... It was unbelievable. What if I had left the hostel a bt earlier? I would have thought that I was stood up at the pick-up point after a while and gone to somewhere else. Maybe I would have looked for another way to go to the falls frantically, because I was scheduled to leave Toronto on the next day and I couldn't change the tour date
The tour itself was also boring. We stopped by at a winery for wine tasting, which was obviously meant for souvenir shopping at the affiliated winery. We also had half an hour free time in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake village. Usually, "historic" village is a tourist hype which means there is nothing special to see. That was true to this village, too. They showed whirlpools, flower clock, small chapel and so on and it seemed to me that they included the tourist attractions to make the tour visit list longer. Compared with the falls, the others were nothing. In the waterfall park, we went up the Skylon Tower at first. Actually, I was eager to ride a Maid of the Mist boat, but it was not operated in winter.... So instead of the boat ride, they took me to the tower. A view from the observation deck was good, but not excited. If you want to get excited, just go up close to the waterfall and don't go to the tower after that
Needless to say, Niagara Falls were awesome!!! It was possible to get very close to the Canadian Falls, or the Horseshoe Falls. They were not so tall, but the falling water volume was so plentiful that I felt as if I would be sucked by the fall from the observation deck. That was absolutely one of the best tourist attractions I had visited. The falls are not designated as a Unesco's World Heritage Site and I don't know why, but they well deserve the title.