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Riding the Whirlpool Aero Car in Niagara Falls.

Looking for something to do on the Canadian-side of Niagara Falls off-the-beaten path and away from the touristy downtown? About fifteen minutes north along the Niagara River is the Niagara Whirlpool.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

The natural whirlpool sits along the U.S.-Canadian border within the Niagara Gorge and is home to multiple surrounding parks and excursion opportunities. One such activity is the Whirlpool Aero Car.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Head across the whirlpool, turquoise water and gorge and back in an antique cable car suspended by six cables. The ride is approximate one kilometer, about twenty minutes long and you’ll be hundreds of feet up in the air.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Look straight ahead to see the beauty and shoreline of the Niagara River as it enters and exits the gorge. Before the return portion of the trip begins, you will suspended for a bit.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Glance down to see the natural phenomenon that was formed thousands of years ago. You might catch a jet boat or two taking people on a different excursion to get up close and personal.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

The Whirlpool Aero Car is open mid-April through mid-November and is easily accessible via the Green Line on the WEGO bus system from the Falls. Parking is free.

Cost wise it is currently $13.95 for an adult, $9.10 for children, but you can get it for cheaper if your riding as part of the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass Nature.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Riding the Whirlpool Aero Car in Niagara Falls was a scenic and breathe-taking way to spend the afternoon. It is a recommended stop when in the area.

What other excursion opportunities would you suggest around Niagara Falls on either side of the border?

2014: The Year in Travel, Instagram Style.

It’s hard to believe the end of 2014 is already upon us. A great year it has been with lots of time out on the open road. I’m going to highlight the year in travel by picking my favorite Instagram photo from each month.

Winter in Michigan brings snow, cold temperatures and way to early in the day sunsets. Those sunsets though with snow and ice in the foreground never seem to disappoint as on this January evening roaming around Kensington Park in Milford.

Kensington Park, Michigan, sunset

There are many places I try to get to once a season to capture photographs. Edgewater Park just west of Downtown Cleveland is one of those spots. The camera is always directed back to the east and the Cleveland skyline, with February usually bringing piles upon piles of lake effect snow.

Edgewater Park, Cleveland, Ohio skyline

College town Ann Arbor offers many architectural marvels on-and-off the University of Michigan campus. One such place, a favorite of mine to walk through, is Nickels Arcade. On this March day, I hung out on the ground to get a different feel of this gem.

Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The end of April brought lots of time out on the Michigan open road along Lake Michigan. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon brought picturesque views, a remote beach and made me feel like I was hanging out along the Pacific. My hand in the photo was showing off that I was indeed in The Mitten (Michigan’s Lower Peninsula). I was also up to something else in that photo. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon, Michigan

May brought lots of time in Niagara Falls and not just a trip or a vacation, but also my honeymoon. The Ontario, Canada tourist town served as the first place I got to experience with my wife. While there we passed by scores of flowers, including these yellow daffodils which were guarding the American and Bridal Veil Falls.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

The beginning of summer and June brought me to the Windy City. One of my favorite spots to walk when in Chicago is Grant Park because of the greenery and skyline views.

Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois skyline

Another month, another honeymoon. Niagara Falls wasn’t enough, so my wife and I decided to take another trip, this time to St. Pete Beach, Florida. Every evening it didn’t matter what we were doing, as long as it involved being on or along the beach at sunset. Watching the sun go down into the Gulf of Mexico night after night was one of the more beautiful scenes I have seen.

St. Pete Beach, Florida sunset

August brought me back to roaming Michigan, this time the Lake Huron coastline. It’s not just sunsets with me. Getting up and on the road super early leads to scenes like down below. The beautiful sunrise near Tawas City opened a new day of travel possibilities!

Lake Huron sunrise, Michigan

I have spent a lot of time in small-town Findlay, Ohio over the years, but it took until this September to visit the Findlay Reservoir just outside of town. So close to civilization, yet this gem gives off the feel of being far away from everything. I climbed the stairs to reach its vast body of water. It was a relaxing morning with just me and reservoir hanging out.

Findlay Reservoir, Ohio

It being October in Michigan and the Midwest meant I was out roaming and capturing as much Autumn color as possible. The most memorable spot I found was Parker Mill County Park in Ann Arbor. The variety of colors, along with the piles of leaves decorating the ground made for a great place to relax and enjoy the season.

Parker Mill County Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan

I gravitated to Atlanta, Georgia in November, where the Autumn color was still in full swing. That meant going to my favorite place in the city to walk around, Piedmont Park. Right in the heart of Midtown beautiful color and ATL skyline views awaited me at every turn.

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, Autumn skyline

In December I figured to finish the year out right by visiting arguably my favorite spot in Michigan. I climbed up the sand dunes at Grand Haven State Park along Lake Michigan to checkout the lighthouses, catwalk, pier and vast body of water. A romantic spot and view if there was one. πŸ™‚

Grand Haven State Park, Michigan, Lake Michigan

2014 brought lots of roadtripping and being out on the open road but ultimately when I think back on the year travel won’t be the first thing that comes to mind. That special day in the Spring when I married the love of my life, Erin, will always be front-and-center! πŸ™‚ My favorite Instagram shot of the year, look The Mitten now has a ring. The picture earlier was taken a week before, my last trip as a single guy.

elATLboy Wedding, Wedding Day

The elATLboy is wishing everyone a safe and happy start to the holiday season. Almost time to get Instagram and my camera ready for some 2015 travel adventures. πŸ™‚

Cheers!
Aaron

Niagara: The Journey Behind the Falls.

On the Canadian side of the Niagara River you’ll find tourists and their cameras up-and-down Niagara Falls Parkway capturing Horseshoe Falls, the biggest of three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

If you want to get really up close and personal though, checkout The Journey Behind the Falls. The video captured alongside the Horseshoe Falls on the lower observation deck during my most recent visit says it all. πŸ™‚

Head inside the Table Rock Welcome Centre along the parkway to get started. You’ll go down 45 metres in an elevator to the tunnels leading to the upper and lower observation decks and the other two viewing points. The two observation decks sit alongside the 790 meter long Horseshoe Falls. You can watch as 2,271,247 liters of water per second fall right in front of you.

Journey Behind the Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Journey Behind the Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Journey Behind the Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Besides the observation decks, you have the chance to go behind the Falls. The tunnel that goes behind goes about a third of the way into the Horseshoe Falls.

Journey Behind the Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Checkout the posters along the tunnel walls to see historical pictures and get background information on the area, falls, tunnels and observation decks.

Journey Behind the Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

About half way down this tunnel and at the end you’ll come to the other two observation points where you’ll get to walk within 10 feet of the Falls. Checkout that water coming down.

Journey Behind the Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

One thing I like about Journey Behind the Falls versus the boat tours is that the tour is unguided. You can stay there as long as you want soaking in the atmosphere literally. πŸ™‚ While on the decks you can watch the Hornblower Voyage To The Falls (Canadian side boat tour) and Made of the Mist (USA side boat tour) take turns going in-and-out of the Falls.

Journey Behind the Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Some additional information:

  • The summer time cost of a ticket at the gate is $15.95 and $10.95 for adults and children respectively.
  • You can purchase in advance as part of the Adventure Pass Classic package.
  • Tickets for just this tour can be purchased in advance online at viator.com. Rates will vary based on the exchange rate.
  • The tour comes with a rain poncho which can be kept as a souvenir.

Niagara: The Flowers Are Guarding the Falls.

When looking to photograph large scenes like city skylines I’m always on the lookout for something to capture and view in the foreground to give it a more unique look. While walking along Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls on the Canadian side recently, I was capturing the different Falls by themselves straight on.

Being the beginning of Spring, flowers were popping up and being planted everywhere along the riverfront drag. I found my foreground object(s)! The scores of yellow daffodils made looking at and capturing the American and Bridal Veil Falls that much more scenic. It looks like the flowers are guarding the Falls.

Niagara Falls, Canada flowers

Niagara Falls, Canada flowers

Niagara Falls, Canada flowers

Niagara Falls, Canada flowers

Niagara Falls, Canada flowers

Do you look for foreground objects when capturing a large scene? If so, what kinds of objects do you like best?

Photo of the Week: Where to New York?

You just enter New York Β and your now in a “New York State of Mind”. Captured this sign on I-90 East. Ya thinking Great Lakes, romance and Canada? Head to Buffalo and nearby Niagara Falls. Ya thinking Β New England and love seeing state capitals? Head to Albany. Or ya thinking the biggest of the biggest cities, the Statue of Liberty and the Atlantic seaboard? Head towards NYC, New York City. Oh the travel possibilities!

New York interstate sign