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16 May 2005: Toronto, Canada

The Niagara Falls straddle on the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S New York State. It was as if God was uncertain who should be endowed with this amazing fall and decided in the end, to please both. Today, I hopped onto a tour bus to see this great wonder of the natural world from the Canadian border.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Falls is over a hundred km from Toronto. Along the journey, we stopped by a beautiful Canadian town in Southern Ontario called Niagara-on-the-Lake. The “lake” that meets the Niagara River is Lake Ontario. This is a small and quiet town, decorated with planted colourful tulips

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There were no large retain chains here, but the independently owned shops created a unique shopping experiences…

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Niagara Falls

At lunch, I had the first glimpse of the magnificant falls from the restaurant.

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The Niagara Falls is divided into the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls.  The Horseshoe Falls, commonly called as the Canadian Falls, is the waterfall on the Niagara River on the Canadian border. About 90% of the the flow from the Niagara River goes over the Horseshoe Falls.

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The falls is so strong that it produces a large amount of mist, which makes viewing difficult. To have a close-up view of the fall, we ride on the Maid of the Mist boat to the base of the falls. We were asked to put on a blue raincoat to prevent being drenched. As the boat approached the bottom of the falls, our spirits were heightened by the heavy pounding downpour of heavenly fluids. Everyone was wet but none of our emotions was drowned.

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On the other side is the American Falls, which is located within the US State of New York. In comparison with the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls is much milder.

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Clifton Hill

We spent another 30 min at Clifton Hill, the major tourist promenade next to the Niagara Falls. The attractions on this street include Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  and the Guinness World Records Museum

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Birchwood Estate Wines

The Niagara Peninsula produces almost three quarters of Canada’s grape-wines.The growing season sunshine is comparable to Southern France of both Burgundy and Bordeaux, or Tuscany, Italy.  Wines grown in such temperate climates can produce superior fruit, with more complexity and intense flavours than in warmer climates. The region’s temperatures are strongly influenced by Lake Ontario. In spring, the breezes from its winter-cooled waters help to hold back the development of fruit buds until the danger of late spring frosts has passed. In Summer, the lake cools the grapes so they do not ripen too quickly.

We visited Birchwood Estate Winery. Established in 2000, it was a recent winner at the prestigious Cuvée Wine Awards with its 2005 Vidal Ice wine. Ice wine is a dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while they are still on the vine. Only the water content is frozen but the sugars do not get frozen; thus creating a more concentrated and very sweet wine.

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