Niagara Falls – Behind The Falls Tour

The Falls from the viewing platform 2With current location posted as Maple Ridge BC, you may ask why am I posting about a tour in Niagara Falls, a mere 3,000 miles and 3 time zones to the East. The answer, Jeeves ol’ chap is rather simple, as I complete another assignment for the Blogging 101 course.

Today’s assignment includes:

  • Honing the blog focus,
  • Publish a post for your dream reader, and
  • Incorporate a new element

We started this blog to record memories of our travels and as a medium for family and friends to follow us, as we enjoy the RV lifestyle travelling North America and circumnavigating the globe on a World Cruise. Therefore, today’s challenge is how to maintain the focus on travel, when we are actually at home for a few months, awaiting the impending arrival of our first grandson.

What new element should I include? To date, I haven’t got around to learning how to upload/embed videos to a post, so today’s objective is to post the inaugural video. I reviewed the pros/cons of uploading video directly to WordPress, or embedding from a 3rd party like Youtube. Everything I read recommends not uploading video to WordPress due to bandwidth issues, so I elected to use Youtube.

On reviewing the available video files I elected to go with files from our visit to Niagara Fall last summer. Read on to see how I accomplish these goals and provide a report on the Behind The Scenes Tour at Niagara Falls.

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Niagara Falls – Simply Spectacular

Top of the Falls from the shop building

Top of the Falls from the shop building

Finally the day had come that we planned to walk the Falls by day and night; while we enjoyed the previous drive past, we just couldn’t wait to stand by the river bank and actually feel the spray and be deafened by the thunderous roar. We had a beautiful warm and sunny day, but this presented a challenge, as we aren’t comfortable leaving the dogs in the car, even with windows open. Therefore, our plan called for a number of trips down to the Falls and back to the campground at least every four hours to let the dogs out.

 

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Niagara Parkway Drive & Sightseeing

Fort Erie entrance to the museum

Fort Erie entrance to the museum

Our plan for today is to drive the Niagara Parkway, which follows along the entire river from Fort Erie north to the small town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. We were pleasantly surprised, as it is one of the rare water front roads that predominantly runs along the banks of the river affording spectacular views. Today’s agenda includes a tour of Fort Erie, drive along the river to the Falls, followed by stops at the whirlpool, Queenston Heights Park, Brock Monument, McFarlane House, Fort George and a walk around Niagara-on-the-Lake. A rather busy day of sightseeing; read on to find out if we achieved all our goals.

 

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Niagara Falls Scouting Mission

As it is only a short hop from Cookstown down to Niagara Falls, we were set up by 14:00 and sitting down enjoying a quick cuppa, while we planned the rest of the day. Even Judi doesn’t recall being in this area before, so being a nice day we elected to take a drive to scout the area and plan our activities for the next 4 days.

The park’s internet has a good signal, but zero bandwidth, so we couldn’t get online to research the area or check out Google maps, therefore we set off, armed only with the free maps received at check-in and off course the trusty GPS. Our intended route is along the edge of Marineland, Canada’s equivalent to Sealand, then onto Niagara Parkway at the Welland River for the drive along the Niagara River and the Falls.

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