Aug. 29th: Niagara Falls (36 km +walking)
Today we decided it was finally time to visit The Falls. We had a vague idea that the recreation trail along the Niagara Parkway continued for some distance past Queenston but we weren’t really sure of the details. We decided to see if it would take us to Niagara Falls.
After leaving Queenston, we took the road up the hill and pulled off into the scenic outlook and were rewarded with this view down the river toward the lake. A woman also made Steve open up his kitty litter bucket so her husband could take pictures of how it was attached. They have bikes on their sailboat and she thought the buckets would be a good solution for grocery shopping. They sure do attract a lot of attention!
At the roundabout at the top of the hill it was a little disconcerting to follow the trail because it takes you in behind and under the fenced area that leads to the border crossing at the Queenston-Lewiston bridge. The trail takes you right under the bridge which makes for an interesting view.
The trail continued along the river, past the power station, golf course and various attractions until we were at the base of Clifton Hill, right in the heart of things.
We had to ask about bike racks as they aren’t out in the open but we did find a number of racks in a small walled off area right by the Hornblower ticket booth and locked Momo and Appa up to continue our exploration on foot. Before heading up Clifton Hill, a view of the American and Bridal Veil Falls.
Our first stop was the Niagara Brewing Company, which has a prime location right near the base of Clifton Hill. We enjoyed a pint and a pretzel on their lovely patio, then moved on.
After more food and beer on the Kelsey’s patio – huge and great for people watching – we walked back down to the river and over for a much closer look at the falls.
Who can resist a rainbow shot?
Walking back to the bikes, we came across this statue dedicated to Nikola Tesla, “the genius who lit the world”. He designed the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls, New York in 1895.
Riding back along the trail, we got a nice view of the Aero Car that travels over the Whirlpool. 2016 marks it’s 100th year in operation. We didn’t stop to ride – maybe another day.