Driving and Niagara Falls

Trip Start Oct 08, 2013
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Trip End Nov 18, 2013


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday morning and we battled through Toronto traffic to get out of town.

Toronto was a little surprise to us and we had set aside too little time spent there. Oh well...

In daylight, seeing the cars, trucks, the multi lane highway (5 lanes with merges and multiple exits), with fly overs and passes, going this way and that..I wished it was night again! When you can't see, there are less distractions...scary!

We finally got onto the Queen Eliazabeth Parkway (notice that its not called motorway?) and it was a smooth and uneventful drive. 5 minites out of Niagara we stop in at a little diner and shop. An ice hockey legend owned this place with a stack of memorablia and stuff For Gabe to browse through. Unfortunately the diner was closed for carpet cleaning.

The owner was there and Gabe started chatting with him. Lovely fellow and signed his book for Gabe. Gabe got the book cheaper than what he would have had to pay on ebay and Gabe always loves deal!

We arrived at Niagara Falls just after 2pm. The accommodation was the only posh place for the whole trip- Mariotts Falls View....woo hoo! Now I know why we were staying at Motel 6s virtually everywhere else!

The room was on the 23rd floor, the highest of the building and we had fantastic views. When we walked outside, the wind was blowing towards the building. The spray from the falls made it look like and feel like rain out on the street and pathway..a constant shower- it was amazing.

We took the tour behind the falls. The noise was deafening. The walk was behind the Horsehoe Falls, the biggest and most spectacular of the three falls that make up the three wateralls that straddle between the US and Canadian border.

The Horsehoe Falls is the most recognised of the three.

Although none of the falls are the highest in the world, did you know that the combined falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world? It was spectacular and cold! Apparently it has been known to ice over and the moving ice has smashed a bridge to bits in the past.
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