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  • Day20

    5.Tag Kanada - Niagara Falls

    October 4, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Der 5. Tag in Kanada bricht an und damit schon das Ende unseres kurzen, spontanen Abstechers raus aus den Staaten. Ich hatte in unserem Mietwagenvertrag gelesen, das Ausreisen nach Kanada erlaubt sind (aber nicht Mexiko 🙄) - und so sind wir eigentlich erst auf die Idee gekommen, dieses tolle Land mit in unserer Reise einzuplanen! Auch wenn das Wetter nicht immer so mitspielte, es hat sich absolut gelohnt! Die Leute sind freundlich, die Natur wunderschön und die Städte und Straßen...naja auf jeden Fall ein Erlebnis 😂.

    Unser letzter Teil Kanadas ist heute die Stadt Niagara Falls, von Oakville etwa eine Stunde Autofahrt entfernt, was für uns und Blue mittlerweile nur noch ein Katzensprung ist 😅. Am Morgen fuhren wir noch kurz zum kleinen Hafen Oakvilles. Die Uferpromenade („Waterfront“ auf englisch) wurde gerade umgebaut, aber wir konnten dennoch einen kurzen, schönen Blick auf den Ontariosee werfen. Er verbindet Kanada, die Region Ontario, und die USA, mit dem Bundesstaat New York miteinander, und ist so riesig, dass er wie ein Meer wirkt und nicht wie ein See (man kann kein anderes Ufer am Horizont sehen).

    Auch Niagara Falls ist zweigeteilt mit einer amerikanischen und kanadischen Seite, die Grenze verläuft genau durch die Niagarafälle bzw. den größten Wasserfall davon, „Canadian Fall“ oder „Horseshoe Fall“ genannt. Wir kamen ja von der kanadischen Seite an, und von dort hat man auch den besten Panoramablick auf alle drei Wasserfälle. Wir waren überrascht, wie extrem überladen das kleine Städtchen mit Freizeitattraktionen ist. Die Stadt sieht an ihren Rändern ziemlich heruntergekommen aus (wir fanden wieder einen kostenlosen Parkplatz etwa 15 min Fußweg vom Zentrum entfernt 👍🏻) und besteht in ihrer Mitte nur noch aus Geisterbahnen, Spiegellabyrinthen, Wachsfigurenkabinetten, Eisdielen, Shops usw. - wie ein riesiger überladener Freizeitpark. Die Wasserfälle waren so zugebaut, dass man sie von weitem gar nicht mehr sehen konnte 😳🙄😱! Albern...

    Wir wollten aber nah heran und gingen mit den „Hornblower Tours“ auf die Fahrt an die Fälle heran. Die kleinen Boote werden „Maid of the Mist“ genannt und fahren einmal eine große Runde an allen drei Fällen vorbei - da sieht und fühlt man erstmal wie gewaltig die Wassermassen sind, die hier herabstürzen! Ein ganz anderes Erlebnis als aus der Ferne. Und man wird auf jeden Fall nass 🏄‍♀️, die Regencapes sind absolut nötig 😅.

    Nachdem wir wieder ein wenig getrocknet waren, ging es über die sogenannte „Regenbogenbrücke“ zurück zur US Grenze & hinein in den Bundesstaat New York. Es lief alles total unkompliziert (wir hatten uns so einen Kopf gemacht, dass es Probleme mit z.B. dem Visum geben wird...). Einmal Pässe zeigen und kurze Fragen über Dauer und Ziel unserer Fahrt beantworten und schon waren wir wieder back in the USA!

    Weiter geht die Reise...
    Blue muss uns leider morgen ab 13 Uhr in Boston wieder verlassen. Deshalb liegt eine 10 (!) stündige Fahrt vor uns...
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    Elvira Landherr

    Susan,total lieb von dir,das du uns an deinen Erlebnissen Teil haben läßt. Per Bildern, Videos und Beschreibung. Ist als ob ich dabei bin. Vielen Dank dafür

    10/8/19Reply
    Elvira Landherr

    Es ist total beeindruckend. Wow

    10/8/19Reply

    Krissi

    10/9/19Reply
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  • Day15

    Niagara Falls

    January 9, 2020 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ -4 °C

    Alex, myself and milky rented out a car and made our way to Niagara falls! An absolute incredible experience. We tried our luck at the casino but unfortunately came up short. Later that night we picked up cal and went to downtown Toronto where Alex had organised an apartment for us to all to stay at for free!Read more

  • Day25

    Niagara

    September 17, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    One of the best experiences of my life!!!!!

    Up at 6:30. Breakfast.
    Shuttle downtown pickup at 8:50.
    Depot at 9:30.
    We are on our way to Niagara!

    First stop the maple syrup something.

    Then the falls!

    This is amazing. Did I mention it is 25 degrees?!
    The Danish have a saying... the weather reflects how you have behaved during your last year. I have certainly been good!!!

    Onto the boat and our pink ponchos. Canada pink, USA blue. We choose the left hand side down the bottom. We pass by the first falls and golly are we getting wet! Sunglasses on, off, anything to see this amazing sight!

    By the time we hit the circular falls we had our pick up the front of the boat as it had been abandoned because of the spray. Stella and I were laughing constantly, not believing our luck at where we are on this day. Did I mention it’s my 40th?! Hahaha
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    Carolyn Arch

    Absolutely loved this!!!!

    9/17/19Reply
    Carolyn Arch

    Wow!!! It surpasses everything you imagine about The Falls. Absolutely loved the photos and the video! It just looks amazing!!!! Happy, Happy 40th my special, wonderful girl xxxx love Mum xxxx

    9/17/19Reply
    Andrew From Eastlink

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY...............Wow what a way to spend your 40th birthday!!!! Your mum showed me the video, as you would say "bloody great" The falls are amazing and you could not have planned this day any better.

    9/17/19Reply
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  • Day3

    A Day at the Falls

    March 4, 2020 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    I suspect that, if people were asked to nominate the most famous waterfall in the world, most would answer "Niagara Falls". The very name conjures up images of thundering white water and daredevils who risked their lives in search of fame and riches. When I realised that I would be spending time in Toronto, I quickly decided that the opportunity to visit such a famous location was just too good to miss.

    Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to experience Iguassu Falls in South America and also Victoria Falls in Africa. Now I would have the chance to see for myself just how Niagara compared with these other two.

    My day began with an early morning pickup near my hotel. When the sun rose it revealed a completely cloudless blue sky. Gone was the fine drizzle that had persisted for most of the previous day. The clear skies had sent the temperature even a little lower, so it was hovering just above 0 C as I waited for my bus to arrive. I watched a couple of frisky black squirrels hop about in the snow, but they would not stay still long enough for a good photo.

    Although I normally avoid bus trips, in this case there was really no other convenient way for me to get from Toronto to Niagara. At least it was only a small bus and I was the first to board. I probably should not have been surprised to find that it was overheated inside, just like every other interior in the city.

    After following a circuitous path through downtown Toronto we eventually finished with around 19 people who would be sharing the trip to Niagara with me. We later found out that one of these had actually gotten into the wrong bus. They had thought they they were catching a bus to a big mining conference which is also happening in the city, but it was too late for them to change their mind.

    About 90 minutes later we were at the falls. The driver explained that we had around two and a half hours to explore the place before we were to be collected downriver. My first impressions were mixed. While there was no denying that it was an impressive sight, I would have to say that it came in a distinct third place behind Iguassu and Victoria.

    The big advantage Niagara has is that it has been incorporated into some sort of giant theme park, complete with giant hotels, casinos, amusements and thrill seeker attractions. I was thrilled that the place was almost deserted. The combination of the winter off season and fear of the coronavirus had served to deter the throngs that apparently normally jam this place. I thought it was beautiful.

    I was able to quietly wander alongside the falls without the fear of losing an eye to someone's wandering selfie stick. When I entered the large visitor centre there were no queues at the ticket counter or at the kiosk. I decided to spend $15 to take a "Behind the Falls" experience. When I paid for my ticket I discovered that the price had quickly risen to nearly $17 after they added the tax. I thought that was a bit sneaky, because it was not mentioned on the noticeboard.

    Fortunately the experience turned out to be worth it. After riding an elevator most of the way to the base of the falls, you then can explore several tunnels which have been dug under the falls themselves. These give you the chance to emerge at different locations and get soaked with icy water from the cascading torrents. At this time of the year the ice and snow add an extra degree of beauty to the falls themselves.

    Standing underneath the falls it gave me a chance to ponder the famous people who had decided to risk their lives by going over the falls in a barrel. The very first of these was Annie Edson Taylor, a 63 year old schoolteacher who had fallen upon hard times. She thought that she could secure her financial future by being the first to go over the falls in a specially designed barrel, padded with a mattress.

    On October 24th 1901 she took the ultimate step and flew over the falls in her barrel. To everyone's amazement she actually survived with only relatively minor injuries. Many others who tried to repeat the feat in the following years did not end so well. Unfortunately Annie did not make her fortune and she died penniless about 20 years later. Such is life.

    The story of the second person to go over the falls is even more bizarre. Ten years after Annie's exploit, Bobbie Leach repeated the antic. Although he also miraculously survived the fall, he spent the next six months in hospital recovering from his injuries. He spent the next few years travelling and speaking about his feat of daring, but eventually met his end in New Zealand were he died following complications from slipping on an orange peel. Strange but true !

    The Niagara River marks the border between Canada and the USA. The tall buildings I could see on the other side of the river were in America where all eyes were occupied on the battle to see which octogenarian would win the Democratic Party nomination to stand against the geriatric Donald Trump. How had politics in the USA ever come to this ?

    The falls themselves are also steadily moving upstream. Each year the water erodes more of the cliffs so that they are now in a completely different location to where they were several hundred years ago. The flow of water over the falls is also controlled by a huge hydro plant upstream. Perhaps that is why the volume of water is less than I expected to see.

    The rest of the day was spent visiting several other impressive locations. The Niagara whirlpool is formed when the river undertakes a dramatic change of direction. In the summer months it is possible to take a ride over this section, but it was still closed for the winter.

    The final stop was at a beautiful township called Niagara on the Lake. Situated on the banks of the huge Lake Ontario, it was easy to see that this prosperous township was built on an influx of summer tourists and their money. There was no denying that the immaculate homes were stunning. The deserted streets made the place absolutely delightful.

    When we finally got back on the bus again, it did not take me long to fall asleep for most of the way back to Toronto. When we reached the city a gentle flurry of snow was floating down from the sky. It was the perfect ending to a quite amazing day.

    Note - since I can only include ten pictures on each footprint, I will create another footprint for some images of Niagara on the Lake.
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    gill wilson

    glad you managed to get to niagra.. it is different but awesome none the less. if you were in niagra did you try the poutin?

    3/5/20Reply
    Dennis Dawson

    No I didn't. It sounds a tad too heavy for me.

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  • Day8

    niagara falls

    March 10, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    die unglaublich riesigen Fälle ohne Probleme, dafür mit 2 stops, erreicht. Es ist unfassbar wieviele Tim Hortens (so etwas wie Starbucks nur ein wenig günstiger und ausschließlich in Kanada findbar) es hier gibt. Da musste man natürlich das ein oder andere mal den Highway verlassen und einen Kaffee besorgen.

    Bilder sagen bekanntlich mehr als 1000 Worte, also 🌚

    @nicoletta und sly: danke für eure Talismane, sie sind positioniert und werden uns begleiten! ❤️😘
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    Arcio

    😘 und mach nichts unüberlegtes!! 😂👍

    3/11/19Reply
    Arcio

    Freddy??? 😳🙈

    3/11/19Reply
    April Arekson

    Hammer!! :)

    3/11/19Reply
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  • Day5

    Journey Behind The Falls

    August 25, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Doug had to hoof it about 1.25 miles from the hotel because I had to pick up our WEGO passes this morning. Parking close to falls-$20. Hotel parking-free. The bus pass is the way to go.

    The first thing that we did was Journey Behind the Falls. I was disappointed with it until the last portal, then we got soaked! Everyone ran off and left us because me, Doug and Dad, stopped to read all the info in the tunnels. That's alright, we caught up to them!Read more

  • Day5

    Niagara Falls, Canada

    August 25, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    We made it! So, FYI...Canada is expensive! Gas and hotels and food and...pretty much everything costs more. We were a half block from IHOP and thought we'd go there for breakfast. My $8 meal I usually buy was $17 dollars, and one pancake was $12, uh nope we are cheap, so we went back to the van and ate lunch meat and cheese.

    BTW, whoever had the idea to make BRIGHT matching t-shirts was soo smart. It made it easy to find everyone. Don't we all look awesome?!
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  • Day5

    Hornblower

    August 25, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    We did the Hornblower next. This is the boat that takes you to the base of the falls. It is so bright and wet that you can barely keep your eyes open. I think most of my pictures, I just stick my phone up, pushed the button and hoped it turned out because I couldn't see it! The boys had the biggest smiles, they thought it was great.Read more

  • Day5

    Random Niagara

    August 25, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    At different places we were given ponchos.
    Journey Behind the Falls-yellow.
    Hornblower-red.
    Niagara Fury (a cool 3D falls movie)-blue.
    Nana wanted to keep them...this is the "birthday party", as Weston put it, that was going on when Doug and I got back to our room.Read more

  • Day200

    Pläne sind dafür da sie zu ändern

    October 11, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Vielleicht die zweite verrückteste Aktion auf dieser Reise (bisher). Als ich so entspannt an der East Cost entlang gefahren bin, fiel mir ein, dass mein Visum (J1) nächste Woche ausläuft. Shit! So war das nicht geplant und durchdacht. Eigentlich ging ich immer davon aus, Anfang Oktober in New York City zu sein, dann hätte ich locker bis zum 16ten in Kanada sein können. (Ich muss ausreisen, um dann mit dem ESTA-Visum wieder einreisen zu können.) Naja.. was macht man? Begibt sich am Freitag auf den Weg nach Kanada (+10 Stunden), um am Samstag die Niagara Falls anzusehen - ich mein, wenn ma schon mal da is - um dann am Sonntag zurück nach New York City zu fahren, um rechtzeitig am Flughafen für die Abholung zu sein. Die Wasserfälle sind auf jeden Fall eine Reise wert. Sehr beeindruckend, wenn ma sieht, wie die Massen an Wasser in die Tiefe stürzen. Mit der Ausreise nach Kanada hat alles funktioniert, keine blöden Fragen, keine Autokontrolle (auch wenn der Beamte etwas verwirrt war, dass ich aus Deutschland n Kalifornisches Kennzeichen hab. Da ich nicht gleich wieder rauswollte, denn Kanada is schon auch n schönes Land, beschloss ich einen Abstecher nach Toronto zu machen. Da aber eine der Hauptverbindungen gesperrt war, staute es sich alles und ich brauchte die Zeit um aus der Stadt zu kommen. Jedenfalls bin ich dann über die Wellesley Island zurück nach Amerika. Nach diversen blöden Fragen, Autokontrolle, einer weiteren Bearbeitungsgebühr, durfte ich sogar weiter fahren. Nach einer ruhigen Nacht am Welcome Center, ging es nach NYC, wo ich just in time am Flughafen ankam. ;)Read more

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