Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada one almost takes going to Niagara Falls for granted -what an absolute magnificent experience it is. It’s a trip you do with your family, your school and when anyone comes to visit you. I’ve been so many times I couldn’t begin to list them and although I love it every time I see it. I never grow old of waiting in line with my poncho for the ride on the Maid of the Mist (The ferry ride underneath the falls). Or the walk right along the edge that makes me feel a little dizzy at the power of the rushing water flowing over the edge.
My daughter just got back from a school trip there. It was her fifth trip. She still loved it. It’s an amazing place. If you can get a room overlooking the falls for a spectacular view then that is great but not necessary. You will have plenty of time to walk around and take in the sights.
In my opinion, don’t stay for the tourist traps in the area unless you love that stuff. They are over priced and full of tourists. See the falls and get out of town. If you have time go to a little town about 35 minutes away called Niagara on the Lake and spend a week. It’s worth your time. Check out it’s website.
If you are in North America and just can’t get over to Europe but want to get a feel for the English experience head on up to Ottawa, Canada. Although Canada has been an independent country from England for many years the ties to England are strong and some of beauty of heritage can be seen in it’s traditions and architecture in Ottawa. Be sure to head to Parliament Hill, considered to be the most beautiful centers of government in the world for the daily changing of the Royal Guard. It’s a spectacular experience complete with bagpipes.
Be sure to grab some fish and chips, poutine and maple sugar candy at the local market. Head just across the bridge and your in Quebec. Located on the Rideau river, Ottawa is stunningly beautiful and a tour of it’s amazing embassies, museums and historic buildings will keep your family thrilled. Not to mention many of the tours go on land and into the water.
FAST FACTS (From the Ottawa Tourism Visitors Page)
The ceremony begins on Parliament Hill at 10 am sharp each morning following a march by the Guard from its Cartier Square Drill Hall just south of Parliament Hill and up Elgin Street.
The Ceremonial Guard is assembled from two regiments – the Governor General’s Footguards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards – and also has its own regimental band and pipers who perform in the ceremony.
Most of the Ceremonial Guardsmen taking part in the ceremony are university and college students; all are primary reservists in the Canadian Forces.
Performances are free of charge; for best viewing, arrive on Parliament Hill at 9:45 a.m.