Surrounded by Falls
Posted by Heliocentrism on August 18, 2010
August 7, 2010
This was amazing. I cannot describe how wonderful this was. I would take this ride several times a year if I lived in Niagara Falls, New York or Niagara Falls, Ontario. All I can say is go and take a ride on the Maid of the Mist!
The Canadian Side
When you go, try to be the first to stand in the front of the boat on the top-level. That way you have a clear view of the falls. You will also be able to take pictures without being in anyone’s way or having anyone in your way since there is not enough space for too many people to get a good view. And you will be able to look down on the people on the lower level and watch them get drenched.
There was too much water so I had to put my camera away. I stole Mark’s photos for this blog entry. He has a water-proof camera. There isn’t so much water that you will get very wet, but it is not good for a non-water proof camera.
Once or Twice Before
This was not my first time at Niagara Falls. My family took many trips here when I was a kid. But I don’t remember much of them.
I know that we did go on the Maid of the Mist, because my mom said we did. I also know that we saw the falls from the Canadian side with my sister and brother. I remember that I hit him and he picked me up and put me in a trash can that was raised off the ground on a pole and I couldn’t get down.
But I don’t remember the falls themselves.
How to get there:
You can enter Canada by land, air, or sea. But you’ll probably fly in unless you live near the border.
Go to the US and head north. Well, sometimes you will need to head south.
As a US citizen you will need either:
- a passport
- Passport Card
- Enhanced Driver’s License
- Technically, you need one of these documents or just a passport to get into Canada, but in actuality the Canadian border control doesn’t always check them. You will need one to re-enter the US. The US border control does a thorough check on each and everyone coming into the country.
- Be prepared to wait in a long line to get back into the US.
- You are not allowed to carry fruit from one country into the other.
- Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
- Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)
- Canada – A People’s History (Playlist)
- CGP Grey:
- Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans
- It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.
- Canada – 43°07’05.3″N 79°04’15.4″W
- USA – 43°05’11.0″N 79°04’05.0″W
Remember to bring the required documents if you are crossing the US/ Canadian border.
- US citizens can enter Canada without a visa, but to return to the US you must show one of the following:
- Citizens from other countries must bring a valid passport along with another form of ID. Some may also need a visa or other documents.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
5920 River Rd,
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E4
- US 716-284-8897
- Canada 905-358-5781
- +1USD elevator fee
- Adult: 13.50USD;
- Kids (6-12): 7.86USD;
- under 5: free
- Adult: 16.60CAN;
- Kids (6-12): 9.57CAN;
- under 5: free
- Varies based on date and weather
- There is a bathroom on the dock before you get your poncho but after you use the elevator.
- Ask to have the Tourism Improvement Fee taken off your bill anytime you pay for anything in Niagara. Just look out for any odd looking taxes on your bills.