Behind Horseshoe Falls are other beautiful photographic opportunities. Table Rock Complex, located across Niagara River Parkway from Horseshoe Falls in Queen Victoria Park is continually sprayed with mist. It looked like something out of a fantasy — an ice castle.
Anyone who would brave this slanted skating rink is crazy. It was a solid sheet of ice, stairs, handrail, posts and all.
The sign states the obvious: “Walkway is not maintained during the winter season.” If I’d been carrying a measuring tape, I would have loved to know how thick this ice was — both on the walk and the tree. The reflection of the lights above was beautiful and acted as a DANGER! sign.
Fallsview Boulevard above Queen Victoria Falls is full of hotels and towers and Casino Niagara, all beautifully lit. Konica Minolta Tower started as the Seagram Tower, but has changed names six times. Supposedly Seagram built it to resemble one of their whiskey bottles.
Tower stands 525 feet above the falls and is said to offer spectacular views. The night was late, so we passed on a visit to the tower. Maybe someday…
After I’d shot about as much as my freezing fingers could stand, we turned toward the Rainbow Bridge and New York.
Crossing into Canada had been easy. The customs officer had only asked us whether we had firearms, which we didn’t.
Returning to the United States: Not so easy.
The Niagara Falls bridges together are the second-busiest crossings between the US and Canada. Thankfully, winter traffic is much less than during the rest of the year.
Homeland Security now requires a passport for travel between the US and countries in North America and the Caribbean.
Dad has a passport.
After much online research, I discovered that Niagara Falls seemed to have a loophole. A birth certificate and driver’s license would get me back into the USA. I obtained my birth certificate, then held my breath as we approached the Border Patrol station.
We received quite a grilling: Where were we from? How were we related? Why were we traveling? How long had we been in Canada? Yada, yada, yada.
The Border Patrol officer did not seem to be convinced by any of our answers.
Then he asked, “Were there any really cool things you saw on your way here?”
I went blank for a horrible moment.
Then inspiration came.
“There was this really cool rest area in Iowa…”
Suddenly the officer smiled and started giving us travel tips. Then he let us through. Whew!
Here’s my slide show from Niagara Falls, Canada:
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