Niagara Falls, Canada-United States border

Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls located on the Niagara River that connects Lake Erie with Lake Ontario in eastern North America on the Canada-United States border. They are the Canadian Falls or Horseshoe, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil. They are known for their width but they are not high, they fall from a height of 52 meters. They are shared by the twin cities of Niagara Falls (New York) in the United States and Niagara Falls (Ontario) in Canada which are connected by three bridges (Rainbow Bridge, Whirpool Rapids and Lewinston Queenston Bridge). The largest Canadian falls are about 792 meters long and the American ones are only 323 meters long. The flow of falls during the high season is 5.720 m3 / s. Water has a diversion for hydroelectric production. The most powerful hydroelectric plants on the Niagara are Sir Adam Beck 1 and 2 on the Canadian side and the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant and the Levingston Pump Generating Plant on the American side. They receive a lot of tourism especially in summer and there are spotlights that illuminate both sides of the falls from dusk to midnight.


If you visit the falls in summer, you will find several activities to do. On the American side you have hiking trails, an observation tower or the Niagara Scenic Trolley which offers guided tours. On the Canadian side, you have Queen Victoria Park with gardens and terraces that offer views of the American Falls and the Horseshoe; there is also an underground path that leads you into observation rooms that give the illusion of being inside the falls themselves. You also have the observation point of Skylon Tower.

Maid of the Mist cruises will take you into the whirlpools behind the falls and the cable cars will transport you over the whirlpool behind the falls on the Canadian side.

There are also two zip lines.

On the Canadian side, you’ll find lots of shops and a lively nightlife until late as many hotels for every budget.

If you want to have a great meal all you can eat, you can go to the Casino on the Canadian side; it’s worth it.

Butterflies Go Free, Insectarium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The butterflies of Butterflies go free come from farms in more than a dozen countries. Livestock is one of the means to protect butterflies and their habitats in the form of a sustainable and equitable trade that involves communities living on the edge of the forest. You will find animators who will be able to answer all your questions and they will tell you about the habits of the butterflies. There are also beautiful flowers and if you are lucky a butterfly could land on you.


From February, 22nd to April, 22nd 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00. Daytime butterflies are generally more active in the morning, when the sky is sunny and during certain changes in atmospheric pressure. The twilight moths take off at the end of the day around the time of sunset.

Consider it’s hot in there so plan to wear lighter clothes to stay in especially if you go with the kids with a cold winter temperature.

You will find a relaxation area in the middle of the greenhouse.


Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego, United States

The old Point Loma Lighthouse is located on the Point Loma Peninsula at the mouth of San Diego Bay in San Diego, United States. It has not operated since 1891 as a lighthouse but is open to the public as a museum. Its construction began in 1854 on a cliff of nearly 130 meters and was finished in October 1855 but its function began only a month later. At his side, they built a small building that was used to store the wood, the oil as other supplies, but in 1875, a portion was converted into a two-room apartment for the assistant guardian of the lighthouse. In the museum you will find maps and documents about Point Loma and its history as the original objective of the lighthouse. As the lighthouse was built in height, it was not seen very often with the fog or low clouds that is why in 1891 it was replaced by another that had been built at a lower altitude. It was restored in 1980 and furniture of the time where it was used as an apartment, was put on the spot.


If you’re lucky, you’ll be greeted by volunteers representing people who worked or lived there.

The lighthouse tower is closed to the public but there are dates when you will find it open; on August 25th (anniversary of the National Park Service) and on November 15th (anniversary of the lighthouse).

If you like walking, enjoy strolling through the park and you’ll have beautiful views of the ocean and the city of San Diego.