The energy of the falls was incredible! Almost overwhelming with the sheer power.
I landed in Buffalo at 3pm. After I picked up the car and drove the 25 miles I arrived at the hostel. Staying in hostels isn’t for everyone, but I love it! All I’m there to do is crash and interact with other like minded travelers. That paid off BIG, but I’ll come back to that.
The Wanderfalls Guest House/ hostel was about a mile from the falls. I arrived at the house about 4pm. After I checked in and dropped my stuff I headed out to Niagara. The idea was to leave the car and walk over. Public transportation was an option, but it was an estimated 2 hrs. My time at Niagara was limited. It was much more cost effective to rent a car than taxi to and from.
So I knew there were a couple of things I wanted to do. I wanted to see the Falls at night and walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canadian side.
I walked to the Falls when I arrived. I was down there about 2 hrs, but knew there was a couple hours to go before night struck. Based on that I decided to try and walk across the bridge. When I travel solo I am extremely cautious not to get myself into a situation I’m unsure of.
There was a sign that said p, “pedestrians to Canada” and I went that way. However, when I got to the building there were NO people around and a gate that you walked through. The gate was one where you pushed and it rotated as you walked. My concern was getting stuck once I got through. Other than pedestrians there was no additional info. No info and no people meant “no go.”
I ended up forgoing that walking back to guest house. This is where I met Sylvia. She was my suite mate and explained how the walk across worked. I was to push through and go across. They check passports on the other side and then again when you return. Had she not told me I would have MISSED it.
As as I was walking across there was an older gentleman also walking. When we got to the end of the bridge and was admiring the Falls he said that I needed to walk on and see the Horseshoe. So I kept going. What an incredible view. I was there in Canada a total of about 2 hours.
Walking back to US seemed fairly easy. I walked thru these doors. Dropped my .50 in the turnstile and walked through.
Once I was back on American side I explored a bit more. Saw amazing views, but the energy and sound is what grabbed my soul! It’s a Bucket List trip I’ll never forget. If you want to hear the falls head over to Bucket List Journeys on Facebook. I posted it there. If you can’t find the Niagara Falls message me and I’ll send it.
It was a quick day trip, but seeing Nigara Falls was all that I was trying to accomplish. Loved the hostel and would go back! Hostel was reasonable. Car rental was reasonable and walked so no parking fees. Just my kind of trip. 💖