A Visit to Niagara Falls – Hornblower Cruise and Cave of the Winds

A Visit to Niagara Falls – Hornblower Cruise and Cave of the Winds

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Hello Wanderers, and good morning from
Canada! Today we’re at Niagara Falls, North America’s most powerful waterfall.
We’ll be starting off the day by taking the Hornblower Niagara cruise to the
base of the falls and then we’re gonna head over to the American side for the
Cave of the Winds tour. You ready to get soaking wet? Let’s go! The Hornblower cruise is Canada’s equivalent to the US’ Maid of the Mist.
It is essentially the same tour, following the same route to and from the Falls. We’re gonna get so wet! When deciding between the Maid of the Mist and the Hornblower cruise, note that the Hornblower boats are more spacious and offer seating and restrooms, whereas the Maid of the Mist boats do not. However, the Hornblower cruise tends
to be a little more expensive. After donning our complimentary red ponchos, we made our way onto the boat. Once you begin your cruise, you will pass by two of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls: American Falls and Bridal
Veil Falls, before heading directly to Horseshoe Falls – the massive and iconic
waterfall that straddles the border between the United States and Canada. Make sure to wear waterproof shoes and
bring a waterproof camera because you will get wet! Although the tour is brief at around 20 minutes in length, it’s enough time to experience the thrill of North America’s most powerful waterfall. Welcome to Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Falls! We’re in the middle of it, we’re soaked, it’s awesome. Wet experience one done, let’s go dry
off before number two! As we crossed to the American side using the Rainbow Bridge, we were required to pay a small toll but make sure to stop and admire the view
between countries before continuing your trek. After a long walk, we finally made
it to Goat Island, home of Cave of the Winds. Hahaha, it’s backwards! Slide that over… Alright Wanderers, we have crossed to the American side, we have donned our yellow ponchos and we’re gonna do Cave of the Winds!
Fun fact – not an actual cave! At one time, Cave of the Winds was a true
cave, but rockfalls caused it to collapse in the mid 1900s. Today it’s a
series of decks and walkways that allow visitors to stand within feet of
Bridal Veil falls. Every Autumn, the walkways are taken down due to the harsh winters and dangers of ice damage. They are rebuilt each Spring. There is no time limit to your visit so you can linger as long as you wish along the wooden
platforms. Feeling too dry? Head up to the Hurricane Deck to feel tropical storm strength wind gusts up to 68 miles per hour. I feel like I’ve been in a hurricane! It’s a good thing a lot of our stuff is waterproof! Well Wanderers, as promised, we are soaking wet after our Niagara Falls adventure. Thanks so much for coming along with us, we will see you on our next trip, and as always, thanks for Watching us Wander!

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