Niagara Falls Journals

A few days under the spell of the Falls

A September 2004 trip to Niagara Falls by chaiaday

Chestnut Inn Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario More Photos
Quote: The Falls ... what can I say ... they (American and Canadian, or Horseshoe Falls) are really a site to behold. The mist from the Falls reflecting the streaming sunlight made for more than one beautiful rainbow.

A few days under the spell of the Falls


Overview of the American Falls Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
One of the best things was calling my 90-year-old grandmother, who rarely traveled, and letting her hear the roar of the American Falls. Another was the night view of the Falls, as they were lit with various colors. It looked as if someone had hand-painted them. Quick Tips: In my opinion, it is better to pay by credit card, since you will be billed in your home country's currency vs. Canadian currency, which is usually higher. Also, if you want to try and get the GST tax refund on items/accommodations, please be sure to stop by customs on your way out of the country and get your receipts stamped. You MUST do this, even if you are going to mail in your receipts.Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Chestnut Inn

Hotel | "Chestnut Inn B&B"

Chestnut Inn Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
A colonial home built in the 1800s along River Road, its name is derived from the 100-year-old chestnut trees that surround the house. There are four guest rooms, each with A/C, fireplace, cable TV, and ensuite bathroom. Three out of the four rooms also have a private deck, and there is a beautiful gazebo out front. We were lucky to see a small wedding take place there from our deck. Lisa (who checked us in) and Sharon (who made a wonderful breakfast, including French toast with pecans) were wonderful. They run the day-to-day activities for the owners who live in back of the house. The house is filled with antiques, and there is ample parking. Located approximately one mile from the Falls and on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 4, 2004

Chestnut Inn
4983 River Road
Niagara Falls, Ontario
(905) 374-7623

Freedom Trail


Freedman's House Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Southern Ontario, Canada was part of the famed Underground Railroad system used in the 1800s by runaway slaves from America seeking freedom. From Ft. Erie along the Niagara River to Niagara Falls, over to Queenston, and continuing on to Niagara-on-the-Lake, you will find many historical markers, including a cemetery and the restored Freedman's home, denoting the influence that ex-slaves brought to the area. If you venture even further to the city of St. Catharine’s, you will find a wonderful display entitled the Northstar, which chronicles the lives of many former slaves and their descendants in the city's museum. Also in St. Catharine's is a functioning church (BME Church) that Harriet Tubm...Read More