I can honestly say that it’s been a great summer this year. We were blessed with so much sun and warmth for so many days straight. The fact that we’ve been enjoying this weather into September was also an added bonus. We decided to take full advantage of it and go on one last impromptu getaway this past weekend before the fall really sets in.
Niagara Falls is always a place to go that isn’t terribly far from the city. The Falls are always breath-taking to watch and you can never get too many selfies!
One really cool attraction they added this year is the Niagara Falls MistRider Zip Line.
Four lines take you through the air overseeing the breathtaking view of the Falls.
It’s $50 a person and sure looks worth every penny! Definitely something I’d like to try out next time.
Check this short clip I took of a group enjoying the ride.
It’s nice to see new attractions coming to Niagara Falls. Like any tourist attraction/theme park, new additions are needed over time as the same old does get boring after a while.
Walking around Clifton Hill at night is always fun. Of course, the first night it rained, but that didn’t stop us from venturing out. That’s what umbrellas are for.
The famous SkyWheel stood magnificently in the centre of it all.
Now I have a confession to make to my lovely readers: See the giant bowling pin beside the wheel? Well, I would much rather go bowling than ever set foot on the ferris wheel.
Because I’m actually kind of scared. (Are you done laughing?)
It’s true. There is something that just makes me inherently uneasy about being suspended in mid-air for more than a couple of seconds – especially at the highest peak of the wheel.
I’m okay when the ride is actually moving, but the amount of time you are stuck dangling in the air while people get on and off the cabins just feels like an eternity to me.
For most people I’m sure it would be a thrill being that high and getting a picturesque view of the Falls, but for me, I’d be clutching the bottom of my seat until my knuckles turned white praying to come down and fast. I truly can’t handle it and for that reason, refuse to go on it again. I’ll go zip lining any day before going on that because at least on the zip line, you are constantly moving! I know it’s all psychological, but for me, it makes a difference.
So the SkyWheel and I simply don’t get along and that’s just how it is.
As we moseyed along, we made a stop at the Great Canadian Midway – Niagara’s fun-filled entertainment complex where all you could really hear was a myriad of boinks and ka-chings followed by a sea of winning tickets and buckets of tokens. We had a full bin and used them all up in no time.
As I mentioned before, I really enjoy bowling, so needless to say, this was my favourite activity in the arcade.
In hindsight, I should have snapped a photo after my highest score. But anyways, I’m not nearly as hardcore of a gamer as my husband is, so I found myself gravitating towards this for most of our time there. My best score was close to 300 which is okay, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Still a lot of fun though.
At the end of our run here, we had an overflowing bin of tickets and counted just over 400 in total, but all we could get in the end was a mug and snowman pencil. Whomp. Whomp.
Some of the cooler stuffed animal prizes shown here were redeemable with 3000 – 5000 tickets. Yikes!
Moving along, the best part of our trip was the jet boating on the Niagara River. We went through Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours in Niagara-On-The-Lake and all I can say is wow!
We went on a jet boat through the rapids of the lower Niagara River and it was spectacular! Our particular boat was also one of the more powerful boats of their fleet so it was double the excitement.
We were told by the tour guide that having seats in the first three rows would be equivalent to being in a tsunami and she was right on the money. Not only were we in the first row, but we were in the dead centre of the first row!
This photo was essentially the calm before the storm. Once we got into the actual thrill of the ride, the sunglasses were off and grips on the bars were tight.
It started off as a scenic tour of the river’s history, to a crazy 360 Hamilton turn (which is what we are experiencing in the photo above) to the insane Class 5 rapids of the river.
One rapid was named the Devil’s Hole and what a fitting name it was! Everyone was completely awk-struck by that first run because the water hit with such intensity that some of us were left gasping for breath for a few moments.
And if you want a sneak peak as to what it can be like, take a look at this still: We are somewhere in that mass of water at the front of the boat!
Boy, when they said the first three rows would get the brunt of it, they were not kidding! I mean, I was expecting to get soaked but didn’t think I’d get caught in a makeshift swimming pool at the same time. (haha)
If you’re an adventure-seeker, you definitely need to try this out before the activity closes for the season or make sure you sign up for it next summer. I would recommend using the yellow ponchos that were provided because we were freezing at certain points between each run. Brrr!
There is also a covered jet boat option which is self-explanatory: you’re on a covered boat, so you don’t get wet at all but likely still feel the sensation of the jerky movements through the water. I can appreciate that being a good option for young kids and seniors, but to really experience the thrill for yourself, get wet!
Also, if you have a GoPro underwater camera, then bring it for the initial leg of the ride to capture some great shots. We wished we had brought ours but luckily they made a video of the entire experience which we parted with as a keepsake (hence the images above). The whole experience was very well-organized, safe and super fun! I highly recommend it.
After this was done, we packed up and made our way back into Toronto. We were slightly delayed on our way out of Niagara because of this beast that needed to sail passed us at an intersection at what felt like a snail’s pace. At least it made for a great photo.
And then before we knew it, we were back into reality having officially wrapped up for the summer. It’s been a great one and I feel very blessed.
Fall, bring it on!