Which leads me to the fact that Bob and I just spent a night in Niagara Falls. Now why on earth would we do that? When you live on the Niagara Peninsula, well you just don't go play tourist there. But we did. It was "Sleep Cheap" week for local people About 25 of the big hotels put rooms up for $35.00 per night or a little more if you decide to go fancier. We took the $45.00 option so we had a river view from our balcony at Michaels Inn. And it should be noted that we were a little ticked off that they also charged us $10.00 for parking. How do they think their guests arrive. Drop out of the sky! That was a bit much.
So once we got settled, and it was getting dark, we went walking in search of supper. Have to admit, Niagara Falls is quite magical at night with the colored lights on the falls, the Christmas lights all over (which actually have very little to do with why we celebrate Christmas--they seem to have missed that part) and we found our way to the Sheraton etc. where the Hard Rock Cafe looked pretty good. We were a little afraid the music would be deafening, but it was quite subdued, the service was great and the food was excellent. We'd go there again. There were also 2000 high school kids at the Sheraton (Fallsview) for a leadership conference and they were very well behaved and polite. Can you believe!
Next morning, we drove around, found some breakfast, admired the falls and poked our way home where there were leaves to rake etc.
Note: Sleep Cheap is a charity fundraiser and the money guests pay for their rooms goes straight to the charity and it's really quite nice.
Further note: Absolutely nothing is free in Niagara Falls except that you're free to look at the falls as you're driving past. You pay for parking at the greenhouse and you pay to get in. And apparently some hotels charge you to park in their parking lot. In summer, they even charge for parking at the School of Horticulture.
Conclusion: residents of Niagara should not have to pay for parking at Niagara Falls. We live here. We pay taxes here. There now, I feel much better!