Niagara Falls and Toronto

Louise Harvey-Simmons, Product Manager for Escape the Rock recently visited the mighty Niagara Falls and Toronto. Here are some of the highlights of her trip:

Flying into Toronto from London Gatwick couldn’t be easier with numerous direct flights, you can be in downtown Toronto in a little over 9 hours. Toronto is a vibrant, multi-cultural metropolis with its own unique urban flair. It boasts distinctly different neighbourhoods, beautiful parks and gardens, towering sky-scrapers, together with an energetic food-scene. Torontonians friendly dynamism is infectious, they are fiercely proud of their city, and once you start exploring it’s easy to see why!

CN Tower

Dominating the city’s skyline is the incredible CN Tower, at 1815ft it is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. The views from the observation pod are incredible, for the adrenaline junkies, buckle up for the CN Tower EdgeWalk, at 1198ft above street level it provides 360-degree views of the lake and city.

St Lawrence Market

The National Geographic has ranked this 200-year-old market as the world’s best food market, with over 120 speciality vendors known for the variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, baked goods and dairy products, as well as the uniqueness of their gift items.

Historic Distillery District

North America’s best preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture is found in this historic enclave in downtown Toronto. Formerly the Gooderham & Worts distillery founded in 1832 this distillery has been developed as a centre of arts, culture and entertainment. It is brimming with galleries, art studios, boutiques, restaurants and bars.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls are located 1.5 hours south-east of Toronto on the Niagara river which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario on the border of Canada and the United States.

Voyage to the Falls

We took a boat tour with Hornblower Cruises of the great gorge; American falls, Bridal Veil falls, together with the magical mist and phenomenal power of the mighty Horseshoe Falls. A Hornblower Cruise boasts an up close and personal experience with unobstructed views and dry-viewing areas, although getting wet is all part of the fun!

Journey behind the falls

A journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara, in the mid–19th century engineers did the unimaginable and built tunnels behind the Horseshoe falls allowing you to stand in the mist of the falls where one-fifth of the worlds fresh water tumbles down from 13 storeys above - A mind-blowing, truly unforgettable experience.

White Water Walk

We took a walk like no other on our second day in Niagara, as we marvelled at the relentless force of one of the worlds wildest stretches of Whitewater. It was breath-taking as we walked along the boardwalk at the edge of the Niagara River surrounded by the natural beauty of the Great Gorge.

Wineries

The Niagara region has a plethora of beautiful wineries that you can visit and enjoy wine tasting tours. We visited Konzelmann Estate Winery, the only lakeside winery in Niagara where we sampled Ontario’s famous ice wine, a dessert wine which is made from grapes that ripen during the warm summers and are left to freeze naturally on the vine during winter.

Niagara-on-the-lake

My best-loved destination on this trip has to be Niagara-on-the-Lake; situated 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, it’s the birthplace of Ontario’s modern wine industry. A town full of old-world charm where rural pleasures blend seamlessly with sophisticated entertainment. You can relax in quaint B&Bs or stately Georgian hotels. Revitalise with indulgent spa experiences, and savour delectable local cuisine paired with delicious wines. From shopping in picturesque boutiques to challenging golf to internationally celebrated theatre, it’s a world of endless pleasures and flavours.