Another early start today; we had attractions to see. When we booked the BnB, we bought Adventure Passes – we got the basic ones which get you on to the cruise, Behind the Falls, the White River Walk and the cinema experience – Niagara’s Fury. It’s a brilliant idea, we went to the adventure pass booth and the guy there booked us in for the attractions, gave us a map and a schedule and our passes, which are cards on lanyards that we get to keep – it’s also a bus pass for the day! We were really lucky the BnB owners let us leave our bags there until later so we could wander freely. Our first stop was the Hornblower cruise; this time we decided to stay on the bottom deck, partly because we wanted to see it from a different angle, partly because the boat was rammed upstairs. We ended up at the back of the boat and while we remained dry, it was a little…disappointing? I guess you expect to get showered by the falls when you go, so it’s a bit sad not to. Also when the boat goes right up to the horseshoe falls, it stays facing the front of the boat at it for ages, then just turns around to go back, so the people at the back only get a short time to take photos. Definitely something I think they need to improve on. It was fab seeing the horseshoe falls fully in the daylight, they’re so big and it’s mental just how much water is falling – there’s a permanent mist cloud in front of part of the falls – it practically makes it’s own little cloud it goes up so high!
Next was the White Water Walk. This is further down from the falls and is where the class 6 rapids are found. It’s also where a lot of stunts were performed in the late 1800s/early 1900s – people did tightrope walks, tried to row/swim down it and go down it in barrels. Not so surprisingly, a good number of them died. It’s easy to see why when you see the rapids – they move so fast, and that’s just on the surface! The photos don’t do it any justice. It was a beautiful walk and there were great facts to be found along the way! What I did not enjoy was queuing for it – there is only one tiny elevator to take people down and back up, so you’ve to queue to get down AND back up. It was definitely worth it. Plus, we found our patches in the gift shop – quite cute Niagara Falls ones, similar to the retro 70s patches we’d checked out online last night.
We hit up Walk Behind the Falls afterwards, and by ‘hit up,’ I mean, ‘queued forever,’ – first to get in; yet another case of one elevator to take people down. We went to the observation deck first – that was spectacular – we came out right beside the horseshoe falls, so got some pretty amazing pictures. We also got new yellow ponchos. Some people were wearing ponchos from other attractions, but Alice and I had decided we wanted all three, as they have the names of the attractions on them. After taking a gagillion photos we headed down the tunnel that had been dug behind the falls to get to the ‘viewing portals,’ which basically opened out behind the water (it mainly looked like heavy rain, but it was still incredible to be there). The portals were tiny, so this was where the hardcore queuing began. Only one group at a time could be at them to take photos and some groups took FOREVER. AJ and I were mega efficient though, and planned exactly what photo we were going to take (we were selfie pros at this point!). So when our turn came, we went up, admired the portal for a few seconds, took our photos and were off… to go queue to get back up! At this point I was sick of queuing, so thankfully it was lunch time!
We had one more attraction to go – a 4D cinema experience called, ‘Niagara’s Fury.’ We were handed blue ponchos this time going in, so we knew we were going to get sprayed with water. No queue this time thank God, but there were some crying babies in the room (seriously who brings a baby to this sort of thing?!) It started off with a cute film about a beaver travelling back in time to learn how the falls were formed… and then the doors opened and we walked into the next room where we had to stand on a platform surrounded by water. This was it! Hoods up, we took our places, brimming with anticipation. The film rolled, the platform shook, lightning cracked and the sprinklers went nuts showering everyone… And wouldn’t you know it, AJ and I were standing by the doors, in the one place they hadn’t put sprinklers, the ONE PLACE that didn’t get wet… we came out bone dry… boourns… We decided to console ourselves with ice-cream and taking a few more pics of the falls outside on the viewing platform – fantastic view right beside the falls!
It was time to get back and pick up our bags, we had a bus and a train to catch! Back in Toronto, we managed to catch the subway and from Queen’s Street station, it was a 10 minute walk to our hotel, the Cambridge Suite. We were in room 1210, on the 12th floor out of twenty two. This was the hotel AJ had gotten a really good deal on – a 4-star hotel only £5 a night more expensive than the local travel lodge. My jaw dropped when I walked into the room – it was massive!! It was an actual suite! There was a kitchenette and living room area, a sofa and TV, a bathroom with a toilet, shower AND bath, a separate vanity area and the bedroom which also had a TV in it. I’ve never stayed in such a nice place before, it was gorgeous! There was also take out available… of course we had to get some! We went for a ‘healthy,’ Indian (their claim, not ours!) which was super tasty, and watched TV, finding the best show EVER: Rescue Mediums. It’s a reality show about two English middle-aged women who go to ‘haunted’ houses to investigate and send trouble spirits into the light. It’s hilarious, I only wish it were on TV back home!
Time for bed now, we have the CN tower tomorrow, beyond excited for it!!