We start our day with a hearty breakfast of french toast and cereals, with some freshly prepared tea and coffee, prepared by the housekeeper and served in the Victorian dining room, that just exudes old world appeal and is filled with charming and interesting paraphernalia from a bygone age.

After breakfast it is time once again to pack up all our belongings into the car, which thankfully we were given permission to leave at the bed and breakfast for the day so we could explore Niagara Falls without worrying about additional car parking charges.

We decided to take a slow walk to the attractions and had the good fortune to stumble on the Niagara Falls History Museum, which we felt although quite small, was worth a visit to see if we could discover something about the history of Niagara Falls.

Sharon got to try out some of the original inhabitants accommodations, looked a bit draughty to me! We got to try on some costumes and play with some replica Muskets. We also learnt some of the history of the many people that had attempted the dangerous tightrope walks across and barrel riding over the falls.

I even got to attempt a tightrope walk across the falls myself, which as you can see was quite a feat, not to mention a dangerous and precariously wobbly affair, at a totally fearful and incredible 6 inches above the furious falls.

It was then time to make our way towards the Falls, but not before a visit to some of the many gift shops, where Sharon became rather attached to a small teddy bear!

Then it was a quick mooch at the other attractions that the walk had to offer like the Dinosaur Theme Park, where I felt a little intimidated by the Velociraptors after which it was time for a brief visit to the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe for some liquid refreshment.

I also had to take the chance to try some Poutine, which is a dish that originates from Québec, made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy like sauce and cheese curds. Stomach satisfied, it was time for a good mooch around at the abundant pieces of interesting Rock paraphernalia.

After our short break, we decided that the time was right to head for the most important attraction.

Can you guess what that is?

You guessed it, time to head for the Falls themselves to see them in all their glory during the daylight, but as you can see from the photographrs it was no longer the nice sunshine filled days that we had experienced to date, however, it was dry and we knew that there was every chance that we were going to get a little wet anyways.

Here is a short, rather wobbly (must get myself a compact Tripod) video which gives you a little insight into our  first views and experience of the Falls in the light of day.

We decided the attractions we wanted to see would be best experienced by the purchase of an all encompassing Niagara Falls Classic Adventure Pass, which would give us access to the following attractions in addition to the unlimited use of the We-Go transportation system:

  • Journey Behind the Falls
  • Hornblower Niagara Cruise
  • Niagara’s Fury
  • White Water Walk

We decided to start with the Hornblower Niagara Cruise, which is the Canadian version of the American Maid of the Mist which most people are familiar with and after descending through the rock face of the Canadian side of Niagara we reached the dock and were issued with our disposable bright pink rain ponchos and boarded our waiting cruise boat with swift precision, here is some of the video footage we shot whilst on the cruise.

What a great experience to discover the immense power of the falls, up close and personal. I truly hope that the video gave you a small insight into what an incredibly powerful force of nature Niagara Falls really are.

After getting back to the dock and recovering from our experience on the Hornblower Cruise, our next port of call required a walk along the top of the cliff face to gaze some more at the various views of both the American and the Horseshoe Falls and we made our way to our next adventure… The Journey Behind the Falls.

It was during our walk that we got up close and personal with a Chipmunk, which in itself may not sound like too much of a big deal, but it did get us quite excited as we followed it through the undergrowth and watched it actively foraging for discarded tourist tit bits and it did offer me some great opportunities for a couple of photographs that served to distract us from the Falls for a short while.

After our short respite with the Chipmunk we were able to get some photographs of the Hornblower Cruise as viewed from above.

This servers to give you a much better insight into exactly what we had just experienced on the Hornblower Cruise. It cannot give you a true feeling of the experience and the sheer power of the falls, but it will give an impression of where we actually were in relation to the Horseshoe Falls. We were quite taken with the horse drawn carriage rides that were available, although our schedule was quite tight and did not afford us the luxury of indulging in such things, but, we were rewarded with a small insight into our next experience.

The Journey Behind the Falls…so do catch up with us in Part 2 of this full day to see how we get on.