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Niarga Falls visit this weekend, need suggestions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Maestrodawg1, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. First trip through Canada since I was about 8. My wife is taking me on a "date" as a Christmas present with the understanding that I get to shoot a lot of pictures. I will only be there on Sat Sun and Monday morning. I will be spending all our time on the Candian side of things. I'd appreciate if anyone could kindly offer shooting suggestions. While I'm not above tourist pictures, I'd like to know of any off the beaten track places to shoot as well and any other additional suggestions.

    Thanks in advance, Andy
  2. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
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  3. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    IMHO the Canadian side is the only side worth seeing......

    Depending on the prevailing winds, spray from the falls is the big obstacle!
  4. dbirdsong

    dbirdsong Guest

    I am not sure if it is open this time of year, but the butterfly house about 3 miles north of the falls is wonderful. I spend 2 hours there 2 years ago.. Loved it and I want to go back again.
  5. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    Oh, and don't forget there is a whirlpool not too far down river from the falls that is worth seeing!
  6. The falls can be beautiful in the winter ....especially at night...when there is an ice covering over most things...so as someone earlier said...careful of the spray.. usually a light show just off the parking lot..
    There is a nice restaurant right at the falls that has access to and shows the falls under different coloured lights ...very nice..
    And if you are looking for a nice experience...the helicopter ride may be able to provide you with some spectacular shots..
    Then all along the Niagara parkway there is a nice ride that takes you to conservatory that has a building house a butterfly exhibition....hundreds of species of butterflies flying freely in an enclosed building...great photo experience.

    lots and lots to capture ..depending on your particular taste.

    hope this helps
  7. During a May trip to Canada the wife and I took a chance and decided to go to Niagra Falls vice Nova Scotia. It turned out to be a good decision...they were having rain like the devil and the roads were even washed out in Nova Scotia. At Quebec City it was so cold you could see your own breath!

    Carolyn had never been there and wanted to see the falls. We stayed on the Canadian side (can't fully agree with Ken-l though...viewing both falls is best from the Canadian side but the American Falls are more "photographable" as the water drops in stages while the Canadian Falls are a straight drop generating a continuous heavy fog).

    ...so after about ten minutes carefully studying the falls Carolyn says "I'm going to the casino; come get me when you fill up your compact flash cards." You can dress her up but you can't take her anywhere!

    Our trip to Canada was because the Euro was so horribly high last spring. (Yes, I know..it sounds like Canada was a poor second choice. ) It turned out to be a delightful experience. I can't say enough about the friendliness and great attitude of our friends up north. The rumors we hear ( in the U.S.) about belligerent Quebec residents is also so wrong! We spent a day shooting in and around Montreal and had a blast. We're going to go again, just to visit our new friends there and in Ottawa.

    Dress VERY warmly though!

  8. Hi Chris, thanks for the plug! :biggrin:

    Andy, I traveled to Niagara in July, 2005. It was one of the most memorable trips of my life. In fact, we are planning to return this year unless something else comes up. Anyway, I also have few photos of the American and Horseshoe Falls taken from the 41st floor of our hotel using the 12-24 and the 70-200+TC. You can find this small sampling at: http://www.pbase.com/cympearson/niagarafalls. Enjoy your trip. I don't think they do fireworks during the winter, but they usually have them on Friday and Sunday nights. They also project colors on the falls from sundown until 1a.m. or 2 a.m.

    Oops, here are a few images from the Butterfly conservatory: http://www.pbase.com/cympearson/butterfly
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  9. Thanks folks. I haven't had much time over the past few days to check on this thread. Nice pictures Crystal.

    Rich. See your breath? I live in Michigan. I'm going directly east from my house:biggrin: I see my breath here 6 months out of the year (that's an ugly sight). I dress like a Canadian and I even come close to talking like one.:cool: 

    I'm hoping I can get some good pictures even without the foliage.

    A helicopter ride would be spectacular if I can talk my wife into letting me do it.
  10. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Hey Andy - if you haven't left yet, pick up a copy of the Jan Shutterbug. They show some excellent NF images and have an article on shooting the falls in the back part of the mag.

    [size=+1]Have Fun!!![/size]
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