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Niagara Falls: A great summer getaway

Mary Ann Pence | 6/21/2013, 10:20 a.m.
Niagara Falls Mary Ann Pence

My favorite ride and more age appropriate for me, was the Skywheel. It is Canada's largest observation wheel and towers at one hundred and seventy-five feet. It features fully enclosed gondolas each equipped with music and air-conditioning. The ride duration varies from eight to twelve minutes and affords a dazzling view of the illuminated falls and the surrounding skyline. It is a breathtaking experience.

The next day we headed to Toronto with stops at Harborfront, Chinatown and Casa Loma, a 98 room castle once owned by an eccentric millionaire. I opted for a movie tour and documentary instead of walking three flights of steps. I later enjoyed the lovely gardens and patio areas.

Our final day took us to the Welland Canal. We watched as an ocean going vessel was moved along with the opening, filling and closing of the locks. Then onto the family owned FX Chocolate Factory. We finished our tour with a leisurely walk through the small town of Niagara-On-The-Lake, which was the first capital of Upper Canada in 1792. It has many beautiful, historic homes and upscale shops and galleries.

I will say that although Canada has much to offer, I was very happy to come back to our beautiful country— there really is no place like home!