This past weekend I visited Niagara Falls, Ontario with my family. I have tons of family in Montreal so I’m not new to Canada but I was new to Toronto. It’s funny how it worked out, really. I went home to visit my family in New York and had no plans of going to Toronto. After realizing that I would be here when they were leaving, I made an executive decision to take the trip with them. I had Boo send me my passport and I was all set. Phew.
I didn’t have time to come up with any expectations for the trip. I’ve seen pictures of the Falls online and knew it was a tourist spot but I was just going with the flow. I was in for a pleasant surprise. The views were breathtaking and I mean it. When we first got there it just looked like any typical attraction area. There were tons of stores, restaurants, several arcades, and even a wax museum. Depending on which direction you parked or traveled from, you’ll be walking down a hill and BOOM there it is; the Falls and all of it’s beauty. It’s kinda of hidden within all the attractions sites and people which makes it a wow moment once you spot it. People, people, people, stores, cars, hotels, people, the Falls. The best part is that the closer you get to it, the more beautiful it is.
There is an option to zipline down to the falls but they weren’t selling any more tickets for the day. We all decided that we were going to get on the 20 minute boat cruise that got you up close and personal to the falls. I won’t even lie, I was a bit afraid. Watching the boat get so close to the falls that you almost can’t see it is not my definition of fun. I told myself to not be a punk and just go ahead. I was with family so I wasn’t alone and there were many people to distract me. Lets just say I would have regretted it completely if I didn’t get on that boat cruise. The views were B E A U T I F U L. The water looked so inviting and blue and fresh. I had a blast and would definitely recommend the mini cruise if you ever go to the Falls yourself.
Here are a few tips that I do have for you as a first time visitor. Like I mentioned it was last weekend that I went (mid-July) and the temperatures were pretty cool. On the day we traveled to Niagara Falls it was a cool 80 degrees (fahrenheit) and being by the water makes it feel a little cooler. That brings me to my first point
Check the weather.
You may or may not need a sweater but know that it can get a little chilly, especially by the water so be prepared for that.
Wear comfortable and secure shoes.
There will be a fair amount of walking and some may be downhill so flip flops may not be a good idea. My little cousin’s sandals broke while walking and her mom had to buy her a new pair of shoes at one of the souvenir shop. Don’t let that be you.
Make sure you have your money together and by together I mean converted, if possible.
With all the hustle and bustle, trying to convert American dollars to Canadian dollars can be a hassle and you don’t want to get ripped off if the USD is more than the Canadian dollar. If you’re using a debit card, you bank will do the conversion for you but be sure there are no fees.
Also, If you end up trying the boat cruise, which I say you should, it’s about $20USD and well worth it. If you’re in a group of 20 or more (like we were), the price drops a few dollars but it has to be on one bill.
Last tip is for my naturals.
As a kinda seasoned natural, once I heard Niagara Falls I knew that meant humidity. I was ahead of the game and got my hair braided. You do get a poncho that has a hood but knowing that my hair doesn’t even fit under a standard shower cap, I didn’t want to risk it. In hindsight, I may have gotten away with having loose hair but having it braided gave me the luxury of just getting up and going. The choice is yours but also check the weather, that may help.
Overall the trip was great and spending time with my family was fun. I didn’t even realize how much I lacked pictures until I came here to post this blog. I took tons of video clips of my family and I being silly with my family but only a few stills of the Falls. I legitimately was just enjoying my time with my family and soaking up all the love. It truly are these moments that I love and live for.
In the clip below, notice the tiny spec of the boat in the water.