Friday, Day 10, on the road from Toronto to Niagara, we had an unscheduled stop at the Welland Canal. The Welland Canal is a ship canal in Ontario, connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Traversing the Niagara Peninsula from Port Weller to Port Colborne, the canal forms a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway, enabling ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and bypass Niagara Falls.
Our tour guide had heard that a ship would be coming through the canal at St. Catherine's Lock and thought we would like to see how it worked.
|We watched as it got closer to the lock,|
|Time to move on and continue our journey to Niagara Parkway, where we had a short tour,|
and a stop to see the floral clock
|and the whirlpool.|
There is also a cable car which you can ride from one side to the other.
|Our next stop was at the magnificent Niagraga Falls! Actually three falls, from largest to smallest the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side and the American Falls entirely on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island. The international boundary line was originally drawn through Horseshoe Falls in 1819, but the boundary has long been in dispute due to natural erosion and construction. These are the American Falls behind me|
and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in the distance.
We just had to go right down there on the cruise, so we made our way to the Hornblower.
|donned our protective clothing|
|and headed out. See rainbow bridge behind us|
|American side of the falls in front|
|Almost underneath Horshoe Falls, Canada.|
After that wet, but exciting cruise we made our way back up to the top on the Canadian side, to where the rivers become Horseshoe Falls. You can see Rainbow Bridge in the distance and of course the rainbow!
Niagara Falls are a magnificent sight and the photographs really don't do them justice. We walked back to the restaurants and cafes to get something to eat and look who I bumped into
Appetite sated it was time to return to the coach to visit duty free before we crossed the border into the USA.
Unfortunately, because of the delay at the border, we arrived very late in Rochester, our stop for the night, with only enough time to get something to eat, a couple of drinks and go to bed, no time to explore. Sorry Rochester.
Join me in Part 9 when we make our way to The Big Apple, NYC!