You know, it’s kind of funny how un-Canadian Quebec is compared to the rest of the country. I decided that, since I am obviously a crazy globetrotter, it was time to check out some of the not-so-hidden gems that Canada had to offer. You can find my travel blog from my journey to Prince Edward Island here, but stick around for some of the things I learned on my weekend pilgrimage to Niagara Falls–12,000 years of water cascading between Canada and the United States. Sounds exciting right?
Here’s what I discovered:
- Aside from the obvious, that Niagara Falls is a thing of beauty that needs to be visited at least once in your lifetime.
- People think it’s normal to park on the sidewalk.
- Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, owns a motorcycle. You can hear them being raced down the street every few minutes, which is ironic because…
- …People in Niagara Falls drive so. damn. carefully. They will stop at a stop sign before you’ve even gotten to the corner of the street. They will slow down so that you can waltz through a red light! THEY’RE JUST SO NICE, OKAY?
- No one hangs out “downtown”.
- Probably because most of the stores “downtown” are abandoned/boarded up/closed for the season/destroyed by fire/gone fishing.
- But the truth is that this town is so damn small that people are on first name terms with their bus drivers, and are quite possibly neighbors and distract them by bringing them doughnuts even though they’re on the clock and supposed to be bringing tourists to Clifton Hill, which they pass right by without telling them.
- Despite this being the ultra Canadian town, the only Tim Hortons was in the ultra-touristy part of the city. To be fair, it was giant. Possibly the biggest Timmies I’ve seen.
- Clifton Hill is the Las Vegas of Canada. It’s crap-tastic and shiny and insane.
- If you’re looking for interesting food, you’ve come to the wrong place. If, however, you’re looking for interesting burgers, they’ve got you covered.
- Portions are either enormous…
- …Or unbelievably small.
- And, despite the name, there are no bars on Bender Hill.