August 27 - Toronto to Niagara (and back, and back)
It's Saturday in Toronto and the cafe we used for the past two mornings is closed. We found a Tim Horton's on the way back to the Hotel. Good enough. After checking out we hit the road around 9.45 and made it most of the way to Niagara Falls before we realised we left our passports and US currency in the safe back in Toronto. D'oh!
We continued on and dropped Lance & Karol at the Falls so they could do their sightseeing. We then returned to Toronto to collect the things we left behind. In all the travelling we have done we have never done that before. We left Niagara to return to Toronto around 11.30 am and returned to Niagara around 5pm. We wasted virtually a whole day. The weather was very warm around 30 Celsius. On the way back we took a detour via Hamliton to try and avoid the heavy traffic on the QEW. That meant we had to cross the Wellard Canal - a waterway that includes a series of locks that allows ships to go around and upstream of the falls into Lake Erie and beyond. As luck would have it we had to wait for a ship to pass through (they raise the bridge to provide the ship clearance).
After collecting Lance & Karol we drove to our stop for the night at Niagara on the Lake. It is about 30 minutes drive downstream of the Falls where the Niagara River empties into Lake Ontario. It's a favourite spot of ours from when we lived in Mississauga. We did some shopping in the Christmas store there and later ate our evening meal at the Angel Inn, one of the oldest pubs in North America.
We had a lovely Spanish red wine in our room. We had a glass before dinner and finished it after tea. I'm posting a picture on the blog so I can look for it when we get home. Not a lot of photos today as most of the day was spent in the car.