2020, Virtual Vacations

03.26.20 Let’s Gather at Niagara Falls and take a Virtual Vacation with the Chauvins!

The overall look at Niagara Falls from above. Closest to you is the Canadian side. On the other side is the American side. The bridge over the river on the left side is the Rainbow Bridge which you walk across to get to the Canadian side. The falls on the right-hand end is considered the horseshoe falls and includes both the American and the Canadian side. That ends today’s lesson on Niagara Falls!

Once a week I’m going to share with ya’ll one of our favorite places we visited in our travels. Since no one is traveling right now perhaps this can be a virtual travel trip, so enjoy!

Our favorite place was Niagara Falls which we visited in July of 2016.  If I don’t share that one first I won’t be able to stand the wait! If you’ve never been it is an amazing sight to behold.  I picked parts of my original four posts and created just one post. If you want more there are links to the original, much longer posts, at the bottom of this one.

First here’s our canvas wall art which is hanging over our sofa in our living room.

The first pictures below are from the American side of Niagara Falls. This is Rainbow Bridge which you walk on to get to the Canadian side from the American side.

The amazing view of the falls from Rainbow Bridge.

A much closer up look at the mighty rushing waters. This was one of my favorite views!

Two cute kids enjoying our time at Niagara Falls!

At night the falls are lit up with colored lights.

The Maid of the Mist is a cruise boat that goes down the river leads to the bottom of the falls and pauses for a few minutes in the middle of the horseshoe falls where the mist was the thickest.  This is a really good photo I found that shows the horseshoe falls from the air.  Puts it into great perspective. Next, I’ll share what that experience was like.

After touring the USA side of Niagara Falls we went for a ride on the “Maid of the Mist.”  As they say on their website:

Hear the crashing waves. See the breathtaking views. Soak up every drop of powerful spray aboard the Maid of the Mist.  Build mist-covered memories that will last a lifetime. Soak up every moment of natural and historical amazement — like millions before you have. Journey into the heart of one of North America’s most powerful waterfalls. Hear the thundering roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling right before your eyes. Feel the mighty rush of the mist on your face aboard the Maid of the Mist. It’s the only way to experience one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders right here in the U.S.A.

The tickets for adults are $18.95 (in 2016.)  If it was triple that it would have been worth it!  You will be able to see exactly how happy we were in the photos below. There is a Maid of the Mist that leaves from the Canadian side as well.

The boat goes slowly in front of the American falls and when it gets to the Horseshoe Falls it pauses for several minutes while we took in the experience.  The force of water from the falls on the sides and in front cause the boat to not sit very still which made for an exciting and quite wet experience.  You cannot prepare for when you need the raincoat hood on so it is probably best to wear it all the time. I didn’t and ended up looking like a wet rat.

The original blog post about our Maid of the Mist experience has so much more information and photos than I could share here.  Check it out!

Next I’ll share our time on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

The Canadian side is as different from the USA side as night and day.  The main reason is that the Canadian side is totally commercial with some nice walking trails mixed in. The American side is all-natural with very little commercial areas.

In Canada, the view encompasses all of the falls.  There is a 1.25-mile walkway between the Rainbow Bridge where you cross into Canada and the end where the Horseshoe Falls are located.

This is from a ledge looking down at the falls. Different place but again my favorite view. The power of these falls is incredible.


We were quite blessed while we were in Canada to get to visit with the Aschliman family.  We first met them three years ago while watching the Callithumpian parade in Decatur, Indiana.  To find out they were also in Niagara Falls when we were was amazing, and we took advantage of this opportunity to visit them in Canada. We are friends on Facebook and have been loving getting to watch their three children grow up!

Lastly, the experience of visiting Goat Island really completed our visit to Niagara Falls. Goat Island is an island that splits the Niagara River, causing it to flow along both sides of it to form the American Falls on one side and the Horseshoe Falls on the other.  This is a good picture showing Goat Island’s location.

You can either drive onto the island and park, or walk over a bridge to get there.  This was the view from the bridge we walked over to get to Goat Island.

Yes, this little daredevil got as close as I could to the powerful Niagara River. There is nothing to stop you from just walking in and getting swept away.

More of the beautiful view looking down on the water that becomes Niagara Falls from a different place. I loved how the common little purple flowers are growing right next to it!

That wraps up our virtual vacation to Niagara Falls! Go there, go there, go there! Well, when we can all travel again!

The much longer blog posts have links below if you want to see much more about each area and more photos!

Part One – The USA Side

Part Two – The Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

Part Three – The Canadian Side

Part Four – Goat Island – not a goat to be found but it sure was beautiful


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Our faith in God is getting us through this.  We know that He is in control and whatever comes our way He will be beside us all the way. Do you have this assurance that comes through salvation making God your Lord and Savior of your life?  I hope so, if not ask me.  I’d love to share what God has done in our lives and how he’s walked with us through the valleys and the mountain top experiences.

Have a Blessed week!


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