The Niagara River empties into Lake Ontario near the beautifully preserved 19th century village of Niagara on the Lake in the heart of Ontario’s wine country. It is a lovely beacon for tourists & we joined them for a morning, enjoying coffee & pastry on the bustling flower adorned streets. The focus of our day, however, was to visit the Niagara Glen Nature Center to hike the gorge trail on Canada’s side on the river. It is listed as “difficult” but the thrill of being close to the “Whirlpool” at the end was enough to keep us going. It is difficult to really remember the details of the hike on the American side, but hikers get much closer to the power of the river rushing along on the USA side. It was a great hike & we both managed to get in & out of the gorge without too much agony. There was some talk of doing “the other side” the next day but our knees declined to go along.
We did visit the Niagara State Park the next day just to get that up close & personal feeling of the falls. The views from Canada are more sweeping & encompassing of falls for sure. But nothing beats being five feet from the edge of the river as it tumbles over the edge. The noise & the power seep into your bones, totally captivating. The US side of the Niagara has more rapids so it appears the water is moving faster. We strolled along the river, stopping & trying to soak it all in. It is really a special place & we are lucky to have visited it twice.