Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Niagara Falls and Dufferin Island Park - Laurel & Averi's First Visit to Canada

 Carol and the nieces (Laurel & Averi) came to visit us for a week in Mississauga.  Our family strategy for saving $$ on flights has been for me to drive over the border and pick 'em up in Buffalo, so that's what we did this time too.

To break up the journey back to Mississauga, we stopped in Niagara (Canadian side).  It would have been a shame to just drive by without stopping to take a look!  On this trip, I did a little research and discovered how to avoid paying the $20 parking fee that they charge for the lots right by Table Rock:  Just drive another mile further South, and you can take advantage of the free parking at Dufferin Islands Park!  It's only about a mile's pleasant walk from the park to the Horseshoe Falls - really easy and you don't have to spend a lot of time walking by a busy road either.  It would have been perfect, had it not been the first day of a rather unusual heat wave.  But, the less than ideal temperatures was greatly ameliorated by the shady peacefulness of the park . . . and also the incredible spray from the Falls, when we got up to 'em.
The Rapids across the road from Dufferin Islands Park

We are approaching the Falls.  See the spray?

The wreckage of an old scow in the upper Niagara Rapids

Everybody's getting well misted.  A welcome relief from the heat of the day

On the way back to the car, we stopped at a lovely little greenhouse

Little oranges!

A very weird plant with incredible roots that appear to have exploded out of its pot

Maybe not fractals quite, but reminds me of 'em!

At first, we thought the plant on the right was someone's discarded silk scarf!

Back in Dufferin Islands Park - anyone know what this plant is?

Lovely cattails!

Emily and Averi and Laurel worked hard on several  Fairy houses along the way.

1 comment:

  1. Sheesh, can you see the family resemblance between the girls? Wow-ee!