The Pengelly USA Roadtrip

23-24 July 2014 : Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

After our night at the Inn we hit the road again to reach the town of Niagara Falls on the Canadian side as there is one on either side, US and Canada. We were advised that the views were better on the Canadian side so that is where we headed to :( sorry American friends!

The journey was about a 4 hour drive, with a brief stop at the border. The border itself was interesting as we were perched high up on a bridge over the gorge and we stayed in the car and just declared our intentions and goods. When we got to the hotel it was about 4 o clock in the afternoon so we had decided we would do the sightseeing in the morning.

We checked into the Ramada Inn at Niagara Falls and thank the pope, Cam Cam and I had our own room.

After unpacking Cam and I had some communication time with our friends whilst Mom and Dad found a laundromat as we urgently needed our clothes washed.

We were getting pretty hungry at around 7 PM so decided we would go out for supper at the Outback Steakhouse in Niagara Falls. The food was great but the prices, you would need to have a money tree in the back garden in order to eat there more than once! Not only that, but you get taxed for everything. Here is the slip so you can understand, the exchange rate was 10:1:

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There is also a tax specifically for the town of Niagara which no one tells you about, it goes towards the town and keeping it clean and appealing to tourists.

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Anyway after supper we drove passed the falls, you can’t even fathom how much water is passing over the falls, it is quite a sight, almost mystical with the mist that is produced by the falls.

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After the drive we went back to the hotel, watched a bit of TV and went to bed.

In the morning we woke up, packed our bags, put them in the car and went to IHOP which was attached to our hotel, little did we know we were going to be paying close to our meal last night for breakfast!

After breakfast we drove the car to a casino parking lot and walked down to the falls.

We walked passed the falls and took in the breathtaking views, we walked from one side then all the way to the other, stopping along the way for photos. The amount of people that the falls attracts is quite remarkable.


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It was a remarkable experience that all of us enjoyed.

The night before, our waitress at Outback recommended we visited Niagara on the Lake which is another area of Niagara with wine farms, similar to Stellenbosch. The views were incredible – you wouldn’t expect to see wine farms in Canada, but the climate is right during the summer.

We went into a winery and Mom and Dad did some wine tasting. The outer appearance of the winery looked like a little Italian village. Needless to say they bought some wine.

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After this we headed off to Karla in Guelph, that will be in my next post.


Part of coming to the Falls is getting wet on the “Maiden of the Mist” boat trip. Unfortunately as Liz was not feeling well (throat) and the boys were not keen, I went on the trip myself. It is quite amazing having the towers of water above you – you feel quite vulnerable. A great experience.

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