Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Road Trip, Day Two...but still NCC

We had been warned that this was the absolute peak of the tourist season, what with Canada Day just past and Independence Day mid-week. While there were plenty of people sight-seeing, it wasn't the hordes I was expecting from reading reviews. Our plan was to do the Maid of the Mist boat ride first thing Tuesday morning to beat what I read was hours of waiting. As it turned out we were able to walk right up and buy our tickets, get in line with what looked like lots of people, but board the very next boat headed to the Falls.

Here's how it went....

We looked like a bunch of blue penguins waddling down to board our boat!

The American Falls as well as the Observation Deck on the American side.

A closer look at the American Falls. The penguins are yellow on that side!

This smaller cascade is called the Bridal Veil.
At this point our boat moved in very close to the large Horseshoe Falls. We were getting drenched at this point so I didn't take as many pictures. I was using my point-and-shoot as I didn't want to risk my DSLR! It was so fun getting in this close. I couldn't stop giggling with delight!

The larger Horseshoe Falls
A view back toward the larger falls as we headed back to port.

A view from the walk back up from the dock. The water is an almost Caribbean Blue!
The Maid of the Mist area above the dock has a large gift shop as well as a fast food chain so you can get a bite to eat. The prices were quite shocking!

The prices may well have beat what I've seen in NYC! Glad I wasn't starving!

We truly had a blast riding the boat, and seeing the Falls up so close. It is totally a don't-miss-it attraction! So we had finished our must-do item and it was still just midday. We headed back to the room so we could get the boys out for some fresh air and exercise! My next post will finally include some Cardi pictures!


  1. Stunning falls. Great pictures. Have a good day.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. I have not done the Maid of the Mist - your photos say "this looks awesome"!! We love Niagara Falls - we were married there!

  3. How beautiful! I've never been on this tour before and now I am thinking I need to hurry up and get there soon! I am shocked by the prices of food on the boat though! Wow! Some meals were almost $12.00! Glad you weren't starving either!

  4. The falls are amazing aren't they? I didn't go on the boat, darn it, but looking at them -- from the Canadian side -- was really something. One of my cousins, four of her friends and I stayed at the Pillar and Post in Niagara on the Lake several years ago to celebrate our 50th birthdays. It was great!


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