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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?

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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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?

Belle Isle Detroit: The Snowy Path To Two Countries.

Once a season I make my way on to Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. It’s an island park that sits in the middle of the Detroit River. I always head to the southwestern tip of the island to capture two cities, two skylines and two countries. Windsor, Ontario, Canada is on the left, Detroit, Michigan, United States is on the right.

I’ve posted about this place before, but this is the first time I’m doing so Live and in the moment. I’m out on the snowy path to two countries in the cold, wind and snow. 🙂 Beautiful.

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

Belle Isle park, Detroit, Michigan, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, winter

#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee Of Toronto.

Toronto has a thriving coffee scene. Independent coffee shops are popping up all over town. During my time there this year I had the chance to explore and consume lot’s of coffee in Canada’s biggest city.

While on a run through the Kensington Market neighborhood one morning I randomly came across Jimmy’s Coffee on Baldwin Street. The arrow on the welcome sign pointing inside was no factor in me going in. The world coffee was all I needed to see. 🙂

Upon entering I immediately noticed Jimmy this and Jimmy that. They have artwork, pictures and more throughout the coffee shop of Jimmy Hendrix, Carrey, Dean, Morrison, Carter, Hoffa and more. Even the coffee beans they sell are named after famous Jimmy’s.

Jimmy's Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

They serve locally roasted coffee along with cupcakes, croissants, macaroons and other pastries all coming from local bakeries. My coffee of choice was a basic latte. I enjoyed it amongst bookcases filled with old-school books and encyclopedias. The place had an industrial, homey feel to it.

Jimmy's Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

Kensington Market is their second location to the original in Downtown which opened in 2009. I went outside to the patio to get a closer look at the Jimmy mural.

Jimmy's Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

I met up with Pola of Jetting Around, another coffee lover, to hit up La Gourmand Café. The upscale bakery sits on the outskirts of the Downtown Core in the Entertainment District on Spadina Avenue. They serve gourmet, in-house made pastries, lunch and brunch and have a good coffee selection.

It was the heat of the day when we were there so I went with an iced latte. 🙂 We hung out and chatted for a bit amongst the French cafe décor and atmosphere.

Le Gourmand Cafe, Toronto, bakery, coffee shop

The stack of newspapers at the entrance made me think of Sunday morning. This would be a great place to come with my Dad or solo and read the paper to breakfast and some hot coffee. 🙂

Le Gourmand Cafe, Toronto, bakery, coffee shop

Pola and I also randomly found and went into Fahrenheit Coffee on Lombard Street in Corktown and the Downtown Core.

Fahrenheit Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

We walked into the coffee shop and espresso bar and engaged with the friendly and passionate baristas. They knew their coffee and we started talking about the popular places and brands in the states. We sat on some bar stools at this small coffee shop off the beaten path. They have wi-fi but can’t see it as a place to work all day but to grab a coffee to-go, check e-mail quickly or to hangout with a friend as Pola and I did enjoying our coffees and pastries.

Fahrenheit Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

I ordered an iced latte from here too. They use locally roasted coffee beans from Te Aro, customized specifically for them.

Fahrenheit Coffee, Toronto, coffee shop

Checkout the time I have also spent at Moonbean Coffee Company and Dark Horse Coffee in Toronto.

Follow Pola as she is always Jetting Around, having coffee every step along the way.

This year was a great introduction to the Toronto coffee scene. What other coffee shops in Toronto would you recommend checking out?