Thursday, February 25, 2016

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View of the American Falls, taken from the Sky Wheel attraction.
We are officially back in Ottawa after a fantastic trip to Niagara Falls! What an incredible place! Certainly unlike anywhere I've ever been in Ontario before!
We boarded the bus at 1:00 am on February 14th, arrived in Niagara 10 hours later, and headed straight to our hotel. Since we arrived early, we couldn't check into our room, so the hotel staff graciously stored our luggage while we went out to explore.
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The front lobby of The Hilton Double Tree Hotel.
The downtown district of Niagara Falls is full of activities and entertainment, not to mention a variety of restaurants and hotels. Since we decided to visit in winter, rather than summer, we missed out on a few seasonal activities like the boat tours or mini golf.
Even though it was incredibly snowy, seeing the falls in winter was certainly a memorable and enjoyable experience none the less. We had a really fun time exploring the Clifton Hill area and sampling the food from restaurants that we don't have here in Ottawa.
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Some of the local birds at the Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls.
 *We actually went to Margaritaville twice and ate at the hotel restaurant three times
*We had planned on going to the Butterfly Conservatory, but unfortunately the bus was cancelled due to weather conditions
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Overall, we had a really wonderful time, and we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to go on this trip and see one of the greatest natural wonders in the world!