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Amazing Niagara Falls on a Cloudy Fall Day

You’ll see all kinds of people strolling along Fallsview Boulevard and the Niagara River Parkway on a Thanksgiving long weekend, most of them carrying an umbrella because it was supposed to rain, and almost all of them not dressed for the weather because it was really hard to tell how hot, cold or windy it would be close to the misty Horseshoe Falls.

It’s been a warm fall. On Thursday night, I was still wearing shorts but I was packing sweaters, a rain jacket and a sleeping bag for our three-day trip. There would be no smooth transition into fall—30°C on Thursday, 10°C and rain for the entire weekend.

Some tourists got the memo, others didn’t. It wasn’t that bad on Saturday—cool and windy but warm enough.

Okay, maybe not warm enough for sandals, shorts, or… is the lady over there wearing a swimsuit?

As I said, you’ll see all kinds of people in Niagara Falls. It’s this kind of city. After all, it’s a border town and an entertainment destination with eclectic options that offer the best access to a fascinating world-famous natural wonder. It can’t possibly be normal.

Fallsview Boulevard is a bit weird, expensive and tacky. It’s part of the experience, just embrace it—this is your small “wow” moment before the big “WOW!” moment in front of the falls.

The light was amazing—the perk of a cloudy fall day.

And once you’re done marvelling at the belligerent roar, plumes of mist and unstoppable flow of rushing water, take a look around you for a fun people-watching experience. From big Southeast Asia families to American farmers in overalls (no pitchfork, though), from hip urban couples on their honeymoon to Amish getting off their horse-drawn buggy, everybody wants to get as close as possible to the falls and take the best pictures.

Meanwhile, people are staring at us because I’ve just picked up Mark and I’m carrying him like a baby for a few seconds—I once told him that being a mother gave me the superpower to carry him no matter how big he gets, so we test it once in a while.

So yeah, we’re as weird as everybody else, I suppose.

On the rod to Niagara Falls from Oakville
On the rod to Niagara Falls from Oakville
Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
The upside down house, Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
The upside-down house, Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, ON
Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, ON
Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, ON
Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, ON
Hershey's Chocolate World, Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Hershey’s Chocolate World, Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Hershey's Chocolate World, Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Hershey’s Chocolate World, Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Hershey's Chocolate World, Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Hershey’s Chocolate World, Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Hershey's Chocolate World, Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Hershey’s Chocolate World, Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON
Fallsview Trail, Niagara Falls ON
Fallsview Trail, Niagara Falls ON
Fallsview Trail, Niagara Falls ON
Fallsview Trail, Niagara Falls ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
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The Haunted House, Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON
The Haunted House, Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON
The Haunted House, Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON
The Haunted House, Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON
The Haunted House, Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, ON
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Zhu

French woman in English Canada.

Exploring the world with my camera since 1999, translating sentences for a living, writing stories that may or may not get attention.

Firm believer that nobody is normal... and it’s better this way.

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