One-Tank Trip for Oct. 12/19
(c) By Jim Fox
Niagara is one of the final places in Ontario to view the fall kaleidoscope of colours.
The region, lying between Lake Erie to the south and Lake Ontario to the north, is in the moderate climate zone.
That means there’s still time to take in the spectacle of the changing season.
|The colourful changing season has started along the Niagara Parkway at Niagara Falls. (Jim Fox photo)|
Niagara offers some special spots to see fall colours on jet boats, a Ferris wheel and at a conservation area.
This is where you’ll find the Niagara Parkway curving along the Niagara River separating Canada and the United States.
It was called “the prettiest Sunday drive in the world” by the late British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
On the roadway between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Table Rock in Niagara Falls, there’s a stunning burst of colours reaching their peak later this month.
The Table Rock Welcome Centre is a retail and observation complex at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Other diversions are relaxing at one of the many wineries and craft beer establishments in the area and watching water cascading over the two falls.
|A collage of colourful leaves spreads across Ontario at this time of year. (Barbara Fox photo)|
It’s always a good time in the falls but even more so now with leaves aflame in autumn colors.
Top five spots
Here’s a tourist list of the top spots around Niagara Falls to take in the fall foliage.
Niagara Sky Wheel
Soaring more than 50 metres above Niagara Falls, the Niagara Sky Wheel on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls gives riders a breathtaking panoramic view of the fall colours.
Operating year-round, there are views of both sides of the Niagara River and gorge, the Horseshoe and American falls, Niagara Parks and other landmarks. cliftonhill.com/attractions
Beamer Memorial Conservation Area
Perched on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment above Grimsby, this area offers one of Niagara’s most breath-taking and panoramic views of the area.
The view stretches from the gateway to Niagara in the west to beyond the Canada-U.S. border in the east.
It’s a popular spot for hikers and birdwatchers, with several great spots to take in the beauty of the escarpment in fall, including scenic look-outs and a bird-watching tower. npca.ca/parks/beamer-memorial
|Observe the fall colours from above the Niagara Gorge in the Aero Car.|
Whirlpool Aero Car
The historic Whirlpool Aero Car has been soaring over the Niagara Gorge since 1916.
The antique cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and offers spectacular views of the swirling Niagara whirlpool and the white-water rapids of the Niagara River.
Although the car travels between two points on the Canadian shore, riders actually cross the international border line four times each trip due to the way the river elbows. niagaraparks.com
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours continues taking passengers on trips through the turbulent white waters of the Niagara River until the end of October.
The wet-and-wild adventure gives passengers one-of-a-kind views of the Niagara Gorge.
At this time of year, they are flanked with forests of vibrant red, orange and yellow foliage.
Brock’s Monument National Historic Site
This towers over picturesque and historic Queenston Heights Park with great views of the colourful canopy below and the Niagara Gorge.
The 56-metre-high monument is on the site of the Battle of Queenston Heights where British and American soldiers fought for the destiny of two nations in the War of 1812.
It’s the final resting place of Major-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock and his Aide-de-Camp Lieut.Col. John Macdonell.
During the summer, visitors can climb the 235 steps to the top of the monument while the park remains open throughout the year. friendsoffortgeorge.ca/brocks-monument
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