Oh Canada, what a sweet escape you are from…everything beneath you. It is nice to be away from everything American for a while. I think the Canadian customs officers feel sorry for us when they learn we are only visiting Canada and planning to return to the U.S.
We went to Niagara first, my mother just had to fulfill some ultra-touristy dream of seeing one of the seven wonders of the world. It was quite beautiful, and now I can say that I have seen it. On to other wonders now I suppose!
I do have some advice for those planning on visiting the falls. Although this contradicts one I had previously stated in the first paragraph, the all around community surrounded the falls is nicer on the American side. Many people do not realize how built up the Canadian side has become. They have exploited the falls to an American level. It is basically like a mini Las Vegas or large Gatlinburg. The strips are jam-packed with giant hotels, sleazy entertainment(the poor man’s Madame Tussaud, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, things of that nature), and crowded family chain restaurants that cost more than they should due to the location. If you love that type of thing then by all means, the Canadian side is what you want. Personally, I find it to be a tourist trap and the falls should be the main attraction. The Canadian side does have the better views as most of the waterfalls come out of the American side. You must go on the Maid of the Mist over the Hornblower. Maid of the Mist is the American boat tour and it is the more iconic of the two. I mean, Hornblower is fine and all but they were not the ones to save that kid that got swept over the falls. Also, Hornblower gives you these red colored rain ponchos while MotM gives you blue ones. Personal preference but I would rather match the water in blue. In case you have not noticed, my reviews are based purely on aesthetics! We, of course, were that family that drove across from America into Canada to go to our hotel, and then realized we had already paid to do the Maid of the Mist. So we drove back to America, passports and all, so we could do everything we needed to do there before driving back into Canada.