|Today we are going to visit Niagara Falls which is what we came for. The tour bus picked us up at 10:45. We did have to pick up people along the way as we were the first ones picked up. As we approached the Rainbow Bridge the traffic was really backed up. It took us almost an hour to cross the bridge which was a little frustrating. At least we didn't have to do the driving. We toured the underground tunnels first. The portal observations were a waste of time as far as we were concerned. The observation deck off of the tunnel was a different story. We thought is was a great view and would have liked more time as they were spectacular. We then did a tour through the parks and were told about the different buildings and some of the history. We went by the Botanical Gardens and some of the parks on the Canadian side of the river. We also went to an observation point for a look at the whirlpool in the Niagara River. The water comes downstream and starts swirling then almost makes a u turn and goes up a different section of the river. We stopped for about fifteen minutes to grab a snack and then returned to the Falls to do our ride on the boat. We were dropped off across the street and a guide accompanied us to the ticket booth. We were then handed over to another person who escorted us partway to the boat. It was like a herd of cattle with a gazillion people. They rushed you on the boat ( which is a Hornblower tour) and then we were on our way. Bill, Linda and Brad made it up to the front. Margaret grab a spot on the rail and never saw them again until disembarkation. We didn't get drenched but were sprayed pretty good. The Maid of the Mist boat is only offered on the American side of the river so we had to take this one in order to see the Falls from the Canadian side. It took us about an hour, then we walked back to meet our tour guide and started our return to the campground in the reverse direction. The driver missed the turn for one couple before us so they said just drop us off at a specialty bakery just up the street. She had been telling us about the bakery which has been in business for years and specializes in Biscotti. So we all went in, including the driver, and selected quite a few goodies. Bill barbecued a tri-tip, Jean fixed a delicious vegetable dish and Linda did fresh sliced tomatoes from the Mennonite garden with onions, cucumbers and a basaltic vinegar dressing. Linda bought a chocolate cake with a cream filling and frosting with cherries on top at the bakery for dessert. It was delicious. At the end of the day they discount their desserts by 40 per cent. WOW what a bargain that was.