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Sep 23, 2013 - That's number 5!

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The first half of our day was devoted to Fort George. Built in 1796, Fort George was a factor in the War of 1812. We toured the fort which is staffed by some wonderful re-enactors. Did you know that bayonets were triangularly shaped because surgeons could not sew up a triangular wound? The soldiers used muskets which create a great deal of smoke when fired. Thus the soldiers wore bright red uniforms so they could see their fellow soldiers. The muskets must be filled with a small amount of gunpowder in the pan...

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Sep 22, 2013 - Around and around

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada We again eschewed the much faster but boring Interstate in favor of hugging the shores of Lake Erie on Highway 5. It is a typical country highway with speeds of 45, slowing to 25 for each little town and there were lots of those little towns! Something that surprised us is that there were also lots of vineyards. We went past field after field after field of grapes, even more than we saw in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. Near one field was a quaint little shop called the Sugar Shack. We stopped to...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Blog Two - Niagara Falls

BLOG TWO FRIDAY – 13 Sept 13 D-Day to collect the car and drive out of Toronto. We packed and caught the taxi into Union Station and duly wheeled our luggage to the Hertz desk. It was a painless process and we were soon walking the block or so to meet our wheels – a grey Toyota Camry which was an upgrade and provides a bit more room. With instructions in nervous hands we headed out of the car park and into the traffic. The surprise was how easy it was and after a couple of turns we were barrelling down the Gardiner Expressway headed to...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Kitchener to Niagara Falls, Ontario

September 12 This morning we went to the Roadtrek factory for a tour and a talk with a service guy. Tupper, a retired salesman who knows lots about Roadtreks and the history, took us through the factory for over an hour or so. The company started in 1974 and is still run by one family although there is an investor partner. There are no unions and the employees seem to be tenured. Since the recession, all of the Roadtreks are made to a dealer’s order which minimizes all inventory of chasis and component parts. They are looking to add 40...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Visit to Niagara

Visited Niagara today.. Visiting the falls was an awesome experience. The US side is called a bridal veil as it looks like a veil and it is quite a small one. The Canadian side is a horse shoe shaped one and today because it was quite windy the spray from the falls went quite a long way on the road. We were all drenched before we even reached the boat ride on the maid of the mist. They give out plastic raincoats as the spray from the falls drenches you. The boat takes you right to the bottom of the falls on the Canadian side. It is an...

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Jul 7, 2013 - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

You HAVE to see Niagara Falls to truly appreciate the beauty and power of them. It is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. We decided on a small van tour that took us to all the most popular sights. The Maid of the Mist boat tour was amazing. They issue you a rain poncho (which helped somewhat) but we still got soaked! The boat goes right up to the base of American Falls and then to the basin of Horseshoe Falls (Canadian side). Literally BILLIONS of gallons of water are pouring over the falls every hour. (750,000 gallons per...

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2013 USA Trip

Jul 4, 2013 - Niagara Falls, Ontario

July, 2 We left Grafton, Ohio around 0900 heading for Niagara Falls, Ontario. Elden and Ross drove to the supermarket around 0630 to purchase the wine and liquor we could not purchase yesterday because it was Sunday and in Ohio you cannot by any alcoholic beverages on Sunday. The weather was clear and the traffic was relatively light. We followed the GPS route Ross' computer provided and while it seemed to be a bit around the barn for the first thirty miles it put us on I 271 which was the bypass route for Cleveland. I 271 is a non-toll...

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Newfoundland 2013

Jul 3, 2013 - Niagara Falls, July 2-4, 2013

July 2, 2013 Niagara Falls, Ontario A dry day for once! Actually we have had several dry days, I think. It is all a blur. We left the campground at about 9 am; our usual time. Ross took the lead today. His GPS plotted out a route that was different than mine; his took us via the bypass around Cincinnati (I-271) which was probably a good thing. The trip distance was 253 miles. We traveled through Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, Canada. Before leaving Ohio, we stopped to fill up at the Flying-J in Austinburg, Ohio. Diesel was...

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Jun 20, 2013 - Oh! Canada

So we left NJ at 7am (ish) for Canada. The Garmin said....230 arrival, not bad I thought, so off we went, hit traffic in Pa..stopped a few times, ate a few times, walked Ajax a few times and low and behold we crossed the Rainbow bridge (not the ones that pets cross when they die....) but the one on the Northern border at 5pm. Got through the border check with no problem, even though I wanted to turn in Ed for SOMETHING........but I decided to keep him with us for a little longer. We lucked out when we got on the bridge because I just veered...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Niagara Falls, ON

It was very overcast and windy when we left for the falls this morning. We were sure glad we'd gotten to see that gorgeous rainbow yesterday! The first thing on our agenda was the movie at the IMAX theater. It was good, IMAX movies always are, but we were really hoping to get more of the geological background of the falls. This was more about the legend and myth and how they were discovered. It also told two stories of people who had gone over the falls; the first person ever (who was a woman and she survived) and a dad with his son &...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Kingston to Niagara Falls, ON

There was heavy overcast and it was drizzling when we left this morning. At least the geese and the ducks will be happy! hopefully, it would get better as the day wore on. i did NOT want to be in the rain at Niagara Falls! We paid $4.46 and $4.85/gallon today. Hopefully we won't have to get gas in Canada any more. It's worse than Chester! We were surprised at how large and spread out Toronto was. And they seem to have quite a few "twin" buildings. For awhile we were on the "QEW". What was that, we wondered. We went through an area that had...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Day 20 : The Falls, for real

Went down to the Falls today. Impressive accessibility for wheelchairs / buggy and Mum could get right onto the boat and up to the edge without leaving her buggy. Could do with a poncho designed for going over wheelchairs though, as wearing the normal one leaves leaky edges where a person is seated. I commented earlier that I was only averagely impressed by the Falls on first sight. Well I take that back unreservedly after doing the 'Maid of the Mist' trip - going up close and personal to the Falls from underneath is quite awe-inspiring and...

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