Bonjour Everyone! I am officially back from my week-long Canadian Adventure and have so much to share. From walking on quaint cobblestone streets in Montreal, to holding wild animals in the mountains of Quebec, to catching Olympic fever in a different country, my trip to Canada was one that I will always remember.
And now, for the recap – let’s start with Day 1 in Niagara Falls. I have to admit, I have never had any desire to go to Niagara Falls. But after seeing the Falls on television during the recently televised tightrope walking event, I was excited that my family and I booked a night there. We stayed at the Marriott Fallsview hotel on the Canadian side of the Falls, which, for weeks, everyone had been telling me was much better than the American side. And, other than having my point-and-shoot digital camera stolen on the first day, the trip was lovely. I especially loved our direct view of the falls from our room – it’s really a must if you ever get a chance to go to Niagara.
We started our trip with an obligatory boat ride on the Maid of the Mist. As we were walking up to the boat, my husband asked one of the employees what part of the boat got the most water. And yes, that is exactly where we stood! I had gone into this adventure thinking that I would just feel the “misting” of the falls. Little did I know that the plastic cheap plastic rain poncho given to me at the start would come in so handy despite being paper thin. After getting very wet (mostly my hair and feet) we walked back to the main strip for dinner at our hotel. Now, I’ve never been to the American side of the Falls, but I’ve heard it is very touristy and a little shady. On the contrary, the Canadian side had beautiful landscaping and was kept impressively clean even with the loads of tourists.
After dinner, we settled into our room where we watched the Falls changing colors before our eyes – a site that was promptly followed by an equally surprising fireworks display. A great ending to a great day. But more importantly, an excellent to start my trip.