My Travel Diary: Niagara Falls, Ontario (Part 2)

If you haven’t already checked out the first part of this travel diary, STOP AND CLICK HERE. Then, come on back.

If you have, let’s get into it!

DSC_4514.JPGWednesday: Get On Your Hiking Shoes

For Wednesday, I planned for us to go on a hike. Originally, I wanted us to go to the Great Gorge Scenic Overlook, but we decided against it since we would have to travel back over the border. To stick to our plan of making it a quick hour or so excursion, we decided on the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve – which is still on the Canadian side.DSC_4517.JPGMy boyfriend and I put on our athletic wear and journeyed to the park. Once we parked and got a map from the front desk, we decided on the trail we wanted to travel down. There were many. Admittedly, we ended up making a slightly wrong turn and opted for a different trail than we originally planned on, but it was perfectly fine. We walked down as far as we could go and spent some time looking out onto the clear open water.

 

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Once we freshened up back at the hotel, we headed to the nearby Outlet Collection to Niagara for a bite to eat and a peruse around. We ate at this delicious burger joint called Big Smoke Burger. We didn’t really get to walk around the town – which reminds me of Williamsburg, Virginia from the photos online – but the outlet had a ton of stores to shop around. If you’re ever in their area and are looking for a place to shop, that would be a good place to go to.

 

Thursday: All Aboard

Thursday was a spontaneous day. My mom and cousin had an idea of going on a Hornblower Niagara Cruise, so we made it happen. We were blessed with bright and sunny weather, which was perfect considering the fact that it’s colder near the water. Once we were done getting our tickets, we slipped on the ponchos we were given and hopped aboard the top of the boat.

 

We cruised along as we were amazed by the wonders of the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Canadian Falls. The Rainbow Bridge also overlooked us, and coincidentally, we were graced by a rainbow. I think the coolest thing about this boat tour was being directly in the middle of the Canadian Falls. We were on a side where we wouldn’t get soaked, but we definitely got splashed. It was worth it, though, because we were right in the middle of it.IMG_3241.JPG

 

IMG_3272IMG_3284IMG_3286IMG_3289After we were done, we spent the rest of the day at Clifton Hill. My boyfriend and I were eyeing this restaurant called Boston Pizza the whole week, so we decided to go there for dinner. Afterwards, we all got a funnel cake – which was delish, by the way. That night, my boyfriend thought it would be nice for us two go to this indoor mini golf place called Wizard’s Golf. We decided that the lights threw our golf game off – because that’s easier than saying we were bad – but it was still really fun.

 

 

Friday: So Long, Farewell

Friday marked the end of our trip. We grabbed our already packed bags and loaded them into the car. Once we kissed our hotel room goodbye, we checked out of our hotel and made our way back home.Drive Back1Last Thoughts By My Boyfriend, Chris:

It is such an honor to make a writing cameo on Jasmine’s blog, and I thank her for giving me a chance to write. One statement came to mind as we departed Canada: “Every good thing must come to an end,” and it has never been such a truer statement. It’s no secret that I was sadden by the fact that we had to leave, but I am grateful to have been able to experience one of God’s beautiful creations with my beautiful girlfriend and family. I pray that we remember the time that we spent there for years to come, but I also pray that you guys can experience it as well or something just as beautiful in your lifetime, as it gives you a deeper appreciation for our world.Drive Back2

-Jas

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