Niagara Falls is such a cool honeymoon destination even Napoleon's Brother chose it

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Ontario - There’s a theory that it’s the ions generated by the millions of gallons of water tumbling over the Falls each hour that make honeymoons so happy that an average of 50,000 choose to celebrate their marriages here each year. One of the first to do this was Napoleon's younger brother, Jerome Bonaparte, who honeymooned here with his American bride, Elizabeth Patterson, in 1804. They made the journey to the Falls by stage from New Orleans. The couple that actually started this trend (three years earlier) was Joseph Alston and Theodosia Burr, the daughter of future US Vice-President Aaron Burr. The Falls are half-way along the Niagara Parkway, a route that Sir Winston Churchill called "The prettiest Sunday Afternoon Drive in the World."(Niagara Parks) Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

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Tips for cyclists: Visit the Bike Ttrain website for basic information on the GoTrain services for cyclists to the Niagara area.

Tips for international visitors: The view of the Falls is best from the Canadian side. You can reach the this side of the Falls from Buffalo by crossing the Peace Bridge at Fort Erie and then driving north for 20 minutes. Another popular entry point is from Niagara Fall NY, which has crossing the Rainbow Bridge. This leads right into the heart of town. The Niagara Parkway is a scenic drive and a recreational trail that stretches for 56 km (35 miles) from Fort Erie, past the Falls and to Fort George, which is just outside Niagara-on-the-Lake. The route features parkland and historic sites. Niagara Falls is a 90-minute drive from Toronto. Using this route you'll pass through the Niagara region, which is known for having more than 60 wineries. Many are open to the public tour tours and tastings, some feature restaurants.

Where: The view of the Falls is best from the Canadian side. You can reach the this side of the Falls from Buffalo by crossing the Peace Bridge at Fort Erie and then driving north for 20 minutes. Another popular entry point is from Niagara Fall NY, which has crossing the Rainbow Bridge. This leads right into the heart of town. There is scenic drive and a recreational trail which stretches for 56 km (35 miles) from Fort Erie, past the Falls and to Fort George, which is just outside Niagara-on-the-Lake. The route features parkland and historic sites. Niagara Falls is a 90-minute drive from Toronto. Using this route you'll pass through the Niagara region, which is known for having more than 60 wineries. Many are open to the public for tours and tastings, and some feature restaurants.

 
 
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Canada’s Coolest:

Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Lucy@CanadaCool.com. Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!

The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives

Here are some of my favorites...

Icefields Parkway - the world's most accessible glacier

The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.

Algonquin Moose Viewing

The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.

Cape Breton Cabot Trail drive

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.

And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...

 

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