Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #72: Niagara in Technicolor

A giant statue of a Mounty (the Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Giant statue of a Mounty (a.k.a., a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

On a recent trip to visit family in Toronto, I had the opportunity to see Niagara Falls for the very first time. I was quite literally left breathless at the sight of these giant waterfalls, which were engulfed in a thick mist that created a new rainbow to marvel at every few minutes. I also couldn’t help being struck by the majestic beauty of Niagara Falls juxtaposed with the kitsch of the tourist traps surrounding the area. Here are a few of my favorite tourist trappings…

A waving Hershey's Kiss welcomes visitors in ot the casinos and ice cream shops

A waving Hershey’s Kiss welcomes visitors into the casinos and ice cream shops

A giant, foil-wrapped kiss teetering on the corner of a building

Gargantuan, foil-wrapped kiss teetering on the corner of a building

A super-detailed sign warns against the dangers of climbing over the fence that surrounds the falls

Gotta love how detailed this sign is that warns against the dangers of climbing over the fence surrounding the falls

Coca-Cola and cobblestones never looked so vivid

Coca-Cola and cobblestones never looked so vivid

The magestic falls and a rainbow arcing over a tour boat

The majestic falls and a rainbow arcing over a tour boat

Psst: Have you ever been to Niagara Falls or another big waterfall? Were you similarly awestruck? Or, perhaps have you seen the Marilyn Monroe/Joseph Cotten movie “Niagara” (1953)? The film just so happens to be in Technicolor. Leave a comment.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Elaine Griffin November 7, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I love Niagara Falls! I miss being able to just hop in the car and cross the border since you now have to have a passport or enhanced license. I do, but my husband doesn’t.
    We have actually gone several times – a couple of times in the Winter! That is beautiful – ice forms on the trees and it’s just lovely. Although getting around can be tricky!
    Great shots!

    • Reply Jennifer Coté November 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Ooh, Niagara Falls in winter sounds absolutely magical! It’s now going on my bucket list: travel back to Niagara in icicle season. 😉 Thanks for the inside/New Yorker scoop, Laine!

  • Reply Anne November 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Love seeing you blogging again! Kitsch just makes you smile every time, no matter where you see it. Rainbows do, too, for that matter. Just a bit easier putting some kitsch around one’s life, every room, every street corner if I had my way. Thank you for sharing some Canada style!

    • Reply Jennifer Coté November 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you for reading, and smiling at gnomes and rainbows with me, Anne! 🙂

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