I had so much to recap about the Ragnar Niagara falls race itself here and here that I did not have a chance to tell you all about the amazing sightseeing highlights from Toronto and Niagara Falls. I had just over a day in each of the cities to check out as much as I could. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots.
Sightseeing Highlights from Toronto and Niagara Falls
We arrived in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon before the Ragnar race. Super easy flight from DC is less than one hour. Once checking into our hotel ,The Delta, in downtown Toronto we set out for lunch and sightseeing. The main attraction in the downtown area is the CN Tower.
Both my friend and I are a little afraid of heights but when in Toronto…we took the elevator up 114 flights to the top. The observation area is a little scary if you have height issues but you sure can get quite a view of the city. I think we both help our breaths and closed our eyes on the elevator ride down.
We had an amazing dinner at an Israeli Restaurant called Parallel. Probably the best falafel and hummus I’ve ever had!
Toronto was a great city and easy to walk around in. Thursday morning we took a nice walk along the lake where our van 1 would later run. Then it was off to run Ragnar starting about 45 min outside of the city.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Our Ragnar race finished right at the falls on the Canada side of Niagara Falls. Apparently, the Canada side is the place to be! The town of Niagara is small and very touristy. However, the views of the falls are just magnificent and awe inspiring.
At night, the falls are lit up in colors. This photo really doesn’t do it justice. It’s quite magnificent. After some rest and refueling, we set out to tour the falls by boat on Sunday morning. The “Hornblower” is the boat that goes off from the Canada side. We visited right before the high tourist season kicked in so we were able to have the sightseeing highlights without crowds.
I was so glad that we stayed to do the Hornblower cruise. Ponchos are handed out as you board and you will get wet. We sure did get up close and personal to the falls. The are much louder than I expected them to be. Fun fact: only about 25% of the water goes over the falls. The remainder is used to power parts of both Canada and NY through underground tunnels.
A fun place to visit for a weekend away! Have you been to Niagara Falls or Toronto?
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