Niagara Falls

I have always wanted to see Niagara Falls.

Really.  It ranked right up there with going to Disneyland.

When we found out David would be doing a rotation in Upstate New York, I immediately wanted to know how close we would be to Niagara Falls.

It was not a even a question, WE WERE GOING TO SEE IT, regardless of how far we had to drive.  Fortunately, it was only two hours away.

The falls are on the American and Canadian border.  I did some internet research, and asked several locals here in town which country was the best to view the falls from and surprisingly, I didn’t get a straight answer.  Maybe people didn’t notice which country they were in when looking at the falls, maybe the falls were beautiful on both sides, maybe they took the Maid of the Mist boat ride and experienced both sides of the falls at the same time . . . who knows.

Let me give it to you straight.  Regardless of what you read, see, or hear about Niagara Falls, these are the facts:

  • The American Falls are the most majestic.
  • However, you can ONLY see the majestic falls in all their glory from the CANADIAN SIDE.
  • The Canadian falls are beautiful and wonderful too, but until you see the American falls from the CANADIAN SIDE, you have no idea what you’re missing.
  • As of June 2009, Americans need a passport to enter into Canada.  It’s worth it.  GET A PASSPORT IF YOU NEED TO.  I promise, you will really be missing out if you don’t see the falls from Canada.

This photo was taken on the American side of the falls.  As you can see, the falls are awesome, the Maid of the Mist boat seems to be having a great time, and the Canadian skyline is beautiful.

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We did not take a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat.  One reason is because we had little kids with us, the other is because my idea of  fun does not include getting drenched in water to knock on death’s door.

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This view is also on the American side.  It is pretty beautiful.

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This is on the American side.

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This is also on the American side.  I call this image, “Mist Meets Clouds.”

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Look!  We were all there!  On the American side anyway . . . Dallin doesn’t have a passport, so David and I took turns with Hannah walking across the bridge  to Canada to view the falls.

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This is also on the American side.  Look!  Hannah like the plants!  🙂

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Look!  We were all there!  It was little tricky to get a photo of just us because there were so many tourists, but we managed.  🙂

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I took this shot from the international bridge that connect America to Canada.  The observation tower you see in the image is on the American side.  It is a good way to view the falls if you do not have a passport to see the falls from Canada.

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I liked this.

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I also liked this one.  Notice the spider web in the corner . . .

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I shot this from the bridge.  As you can see, the falls are just amazing.

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This is a view from the Canadian side.

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This plaza is on the Canadian side.  It was so beautiful!

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This is the international bridge.  You can drive or walk across it.

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I am on the plaza on the Canadian side, and the views only get better.

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I would like to point out the tiny little people that look like ants . . . can you see them?

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This part of Niagara Falls is on the American side, but you can only enjoy it in its entirety from the Canadian side.

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I liked this double decker bus.  Outside of China, I don’t think I’ve seen another one in person.

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Breathtaking view from the Canadian side of the American falls.

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This is a photo of the Canadian falls.

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The American falls as viewed from the Canadian side.

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This is the horseshoe.  The left part of the image is in America and the right side is in Canada.

It was amazing.

Spectacular.

A MUST SEE . . . for us at least.  The kids didn’t really care about Niagara Falls.  I’m pretty sure Hannah would have loved going to a playground and getting a Happy Meal much more than staring at water falling.

In a nutshell: You must go to Canada to visit the falls, or don’t go at all.  🙂

7 thoughts on “Niagara Falls”

  1. Awesome pictures Em. I agree, Niagara Falls are amazing when viewed from Canada. You need to get Dallin a passport so you can visit Saba again ;-). Does Hannah have a Dutch passport?

  2. Wow, I’m REALLY thirsty right now! Thanks for taking us with you. I can only imagine how much better in person though. Cute family, too!
    Oh, and by the way, it’s a small plastic baby inside the cupcake!

  3. I can’t believe you were so close (actually in Canada!) and we didn’t get to visit, but very glad you got to see the Falls!

    Great pics Em!

  4. Totally agree. The Canadian side is better. The photos are beautiful! Maybe your son would have likedd the falls more if you’d have got him and passport and he couldn’t have seen the Canadian side too. 🙂

  5. Ditto. Ditto. We went to the Canadian side too. It really does have the best view. I’m glad you took so many great pictures. What a gift you have.

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