By Lachman Balani
NIAGARA FALLS: Looking for a nice day getaway during this summer? Why not check out one of the wonders of the world- the majestic Niagara Falls! Just a short run from Toronto, the magnificent Niagara Falls is always a treat.
There are three falls, the American Falls, the narrow Bridal Veil Falls (both on the US side of the border) and the grandiose Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border. All three are visible from the Canadian side and make for an amazingly spectacular sight!
Be sure you walk up right to the beginning of the Horseshoe Falls from where the river falls down and turns into the falls. You are so close; you can almost touch the rushing waters as they go over the edge!
And on a nice sunny day you will spot a dreamy rainbow and if you are lucky two glorious rainbows!
It is an ultra super thrill you will never forget!
The ‘Maid of the Mist’- the exciting name of the boat that used to take you right up to the falls – is no longer there, but it has been replaced by a bigger boat known by the innocuous plain Jane name, ‘Hornblower’. But what’s in name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet and so it is with the ‘Hornblower’ that will give you a a real wicked and killer view of the Horseshoe Falls even as the spray of the falls drenches you.
But no worries, plastic poncho style raincoats are provided to keep you from getting wet, but as many pointed out, the real thrill is to get soaked by the waters from the falls. Several people pulled off their shirts and tops to revel in the spray much like people in India do during the first rains of the monsoon!
Make sure you stay for the evening when you can see the falls lit up in all its splendour with the colours of the rainbow even as they strut it prouder than a peacock! A grand fireworks display every Friday and Sunday until November 30, starting at 10 pm, light up the night shrouded sky. Coming up for the Canada Day celebrations on July 1 and the US Independence Day on July 4 are special longer, bigger and better fireworks that will be more than spectacular and superbly awesome as they guarantee to split the Niagara heavens!
There is plenty to do during the day. Check out the touristic Clifton Hill replete with many attractions and restaurants and a great fudge making store as well as a Hershey’s chocolate store for free samples. There is also Marineland with whales and dolphins and other animals for the kids and adults alike plus many other things to do.
And it is only a kiss away from Toronto!
Other special fireworks nights this year: Civic Holiday (August 4), Labour Day (September 1), Canadian Thanksgiving/US Columbus Day (October 13), and U.S. Thanksgiving (Nov 27).
Falls illumination starts from dusk so during the summer it starts at 9 pm and goes on until midnight.
IN PICTURES: Niagara Falls – It’s summer-time Diwali here!
(Lachman Balani is a financial consultant based in Mississauga. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)