I have always wanted to visit Niagara Falls and in my mind it was going to happen in combination with a trip to Toronto. So last Saturday I went on a tour with a group and a guide. They picked me up at 8 am in Downtown Toronto, just a block from my hotel and off we went.
Once we got to the Falls, the guide gave us two options: take the boat to get close to the waterfalls and get soaking wet or go up the Skylon Tower, i.e. stay dry and observe the beauty from above.
Everyone opted for the 'shower' of course.
And just as I was on the boat admiring this natural wonder of the world, my camera told me that I had run out of memory! Luckily I had my iPhone with me and that had to do.
Everyone on the boat was wearing ponchos. They helped a bit but not that much. Those boarding from the Canadian side were wearing red ones, people visiting from the US side were wearing blue (separate boats).
The entire boat tour lasted about 20 minutes. I got acquainted with a German girl in my group and we stuck together during the entire afternoon.
Even though the Skylon Tower wasn't included in our tour, we decided to pay for it separately and go up to see the views.
It was well worth it because you can take better photos from the tower. If you consider visiting Niagara Falls, do it from the Canadian side. There were many cars coming from the US via the bridge above. They have to go through the hassle of immigration but the views are worth it.
Before we got to the Falls, our group visited the Pillitteri Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a wine tasting session. There are numerous wineries in this part of Canada.
We tried white wine, red one and ice wine, which was very sweet.
After the wine session, the group stopped in the centre of the picturesque town Niagara-on-the-Lake.
During the War of 1812, between the US and the UK, this town played a major role. There are many signs that point to its military past.
We happened to visit on a day when Niagara's military history was being commemorated with parades.
Before heading to the Falls, we stopped by Niagara Whirlpool. Our guide told us that it is strictly forbidden to go into this natural whirlpool. For those who go in, survive and get caught, prison awaits.
I really enjoyed this tour, which was organised by Niagara Toronto Tours. Our guide, Michael, was really funny and gave great explanations. I had only booked the tour the day before but I quickly received a confirmation and I was given a pick up point and time. I definitely recommend this tour.