This is the last post of a three-parts blogpost about our visit to Niagara Falls. Read part one and part two.
Undoubtedly, the best way to view Niagara Falls is by crossing into Canada, as you can see them straight on from there.
To get on Canada's side of the Niagara falls, you can either drive or walk over the Rainbow bridge that connects US with Canada.
We chose to walk as we didn't want to bother with parking and whatever else crossing by car would involve.
First thing to note is that you need either a passport, or enhanced photo ID, or driver's licence to cross the border. Even if you decide to go on the Rainbow bridge only, without entering Canada, at least one of the documentation mentioned above is required as you have to leave US to get on the bridge. You will need to pay
a $1 fee per person, in quarters (change machines are available at location), when leaving Canada by foot. It might be different if driving so make your inquiries and be prepared.
If walking, you leave US through a revolving door and walk on the pedestrian side of the Rainbow bridge until you reach Canada customs.
We got there around 4pm and waited in line for about 30 minutes to go through passport control. We were asked some basic questions like where we're from, where we're staying and how long we'd be in Canada for and that was about it. Our passports did not get stamped.
Once we got through Customs, we walked via Oakes Gardens and along the Niagara river, admiring the view of the American falls and Bridal Veil, making our way towards the Skylon Tower as we had tickets for the Observation deck, bought in advance. There was a bit of a wait there for the elevator, but once up, the Observation deck was not busy at all and we took our time enjoying the 360 degrees views and taking photos.
As we went back down, we walked towards the Welcome Centre to get up close with the Horseshoe waterfalls.
What surprised me throughout Niagara Falls was how close you can get to the water; exercise caution at all times since the waters are raging. Wikipedia has quite the details explaining just how dangerous these waterfalls are.
As we approached the Horseshoe, the mist was drenching so we moved past the area quickly as the sun was setting and it was getting a bit chilly.
We stopped in a less misty spot and once again admired the furious water pouring down. Nearby, a rainbow was forming in the middle of the mist as the sunlight peeked through. Birds were going in and out of the mist, seemingly having the time of their life. As the sun began to hide behind the buildings, the sky and mist was turning pink.
We slowly began heading back towards Customs, making frequent stops for photos and simply taking in the views.
As it began to get dark, the water changed colors. The American and Bridal Veil falls turned blue, red and white, while the Horseshoe Falls seemed to have turned red and white.
I was mesmerized as I was hoping to see them change colors. We spent a few good minutes watching them before they began to change again, this time in green and red (an eerie sight if you ask me), yellow, white and blue. The alley alongside the river was dark and the different colors reflecting from the falls made for a mystic scenery, but nonetheless beautiful.
We arrived at Customs with no person in sight, slid our quarters into the machines and proceeded to walk onto the Rainbow bridge towards US customs. Once there, we were asked what country we're citizens of, how long we stayed in Canada and if we were bringing anything with us (we were not) and were shown through the doors back into our homeland.
We walked to our hotel in a state of bliss after experiencing the natural wonders that Niagara falls are.
I hope you enjoyed the narration of our Niagara Falls trip and I inspired you to visit it yourself.
Until next time.
from the Author
Through travel one gets to know the outer world as well as the world within.