Niagara Falls, Canada!
This first photo was our first ever, in person, full view of the stunning Niagara Falls! We spent one whole blissful day taking in this sensational view.
Just prior to that, the walkway below led up to The Falls and gave us our first sneak peak as we approached. The excitement was truly building at this point!
First family photo at The Falls!
Above you see the legendary Niagara boat transporting spectators to the bottom of the waterfalls. And below, oh my, this cliff! Beautiful and frightening at the same time.
Having only seen photos and television footage of Niagara Falls, I always wondered how close one could get to the water. The answer: SCARY CLOSE!
In fact, the only thing between us and 3,160 tons of rapidly, gushing water was this rail….
and this sign!
Check out the video link below and see for yourself! I took this from where we were standing! (I apologize–it looks like a bunch of numbers and letters, but it will link you to the video)
We were wonderstruck! Really, there are no words to describe this phenomenal part of God’s creation, so I’ll just leave you with some photographs for the time being.
Wilton, trying to look super cool, like he totally owns this waterfall. Trust me, we had a good grip on this little guy’s jacket hood the whole time. Joel was standing by, just out of the frame, when I took this photo!
Such a special blessing to experience this with Joel and my children.
The Visitor Center was fantastic, and designed with elements of traditional Canadian architecture.
Our hotel can be seen rising above the Visitor Center. In the frame below, it’s the tallest building. We were on the 38th floor- gasp!
Inside the center, the decor incorporated trademarks of Canadian nature- bears, moose, and maple leaves. Love it! Fall decorations were also filling every corner.
As you see, we were on the Canadian side of the water.
We ate at a cafe, Elements, in the Visitor Center which was situated right beside the top of the waterfall, allowing us a front row seat as we ate our lunch.
And what else should I order for my Niagara Falls lunch but a fish sandwich?! One of my favorite meals on the trip. Delicious!
After lunch, we did some walking around the center. There were great photo opps everywhere we turned!
More Canadian architecture.
Then we walked around the city of Niagara Falls as we headed to the Imax theater. Our hotel reservations included an Imax movie about The Falls, so we wanted to take advantage of that.
I had to stop and snap a photo of Madeline matching this orange-y tree. Hopefully, we brought some of these autumn hues back home with us.
Later that afternoon, we were able to check into our hotel. This was the view from our 38th floor window! There’s not a room, in any hotel on Niagara, that does not have a good view. The falls are so massive, you can get a visual from just about any angle.
After unpacking and freshening up, we went back down to take in the sunset and grab some dinner.
As night fell over the landscape, the water falls began to glow in changing colors.
This is my favorite photo of the whole trip! (below) It was such a wonderful day! As we looked out over the scene before heading back to the room, I told Joel I don’t understand how anyone could witness this and doubt that God exist. HE is all-powerful!
We planned to leave the next morning just before sunup to get on the road for the day’s 9-hour drive. With bags and suitcases packed, and all five of us ready to walk out our hotel room, we noticed the sun just starting to peak out over the horizon. Without a word, we sat all of our luggage down and stood in complete and utter amazement at the big window, watching the sun rise over Niagara Falls.
It only took a matter of a couple of minutes, but that one brief experience will dwell for a lifetime in my mind and heart. I’m talking jaw-dropping, speechless, take-your-breath-away, wonder and awe and love for The Designer of it all! As the book of Genesis stated when God looked over his creation, “IT WAS VERY GOOD!” (Genesis 1:31)
Well, my friends, thank you for coming along on this vitual road trip with us! I have one more little post to wrap up this journey’s album. I’ll be back Monday with that. Have a lovely weekend!