American Falls, Niagara Falls
Sunday, September 25, 2005
After our VT meeting in Toronto was over, Hans and I wanted to show Kat (Keida84) the Niagara Falls, as she expressed the desire to do so. It is just a short drive from Toronto. It was a hot and humid day and the Falls were very misty. The picture shown is of Kat and Lori in front of the AMERICAN FALLS which is the smaller of the two Falls. They are located in Niagara Falls, New York.
The American Falls is 1 kms north of Horseshoe Falls on the opposite side of the Gorge and it will be the 1st Falls that one sees when entering Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hills area.
It is photogenic in the sense that it can be captured in its entirety using standard camera lens with the possibility of people posing in the front. Another good thing is that the viewing area for American falls is less crowded giving more time to observe the Falls and more time to take pictures. Also, there are more locations from Niagara Parkway that the Falls can be seen from.
If you use binoculars, you can see tourists descending to the floor of the gorge on the American side to observe the Falls at close range. However, we have never undertaken this activity as we have never been on the American side. But we will shortly do so.
At 56 metres (180 ft) high, the American Falls is slightly higher than its Canadian counterpart. Its crestline is 328 metres (1075 ft) wide.
The American Falls look spectacular at night, when it is lit with various combinations of coloured lights.
The diversion of water above the falls has slowed the forces of erosion. It is estimated that 75,000 gallons of water flow over the American Falls each second, amounting to only 10% of Niagara's total waterflow.
We diddnt venture over to the American Side of Niagara Falls because of Visa reasons, but everyone says that the Canadian side is the best anyway!!
The American Falls were much smaller and for me not so amazing as the Horseshoe, but I still loved them!
The American Falls is also called Rainbow Falls because, invariably, there is always a rainbow visible from some vantage point. They are best viewed from the Canadian side, but you can view the front from the Maid of the Mist or the Cave of the Winds tour (very up close and personal!). The crest of the falls is approximately 950 ft. (290 m.) and although the actual height from top to bottom is 182 ft (56 m.), it appears much smaller because of the build up of rock at the bottom. In one second, 150,000 gallons of water flows over the crest!
The American Falls are straight across unlike their fancy neighbor's horseshoe shape. The Bridal Veil Falls are just to the right (if you are facing them) From far away they actually look like just a part of the American falls.
There are lots of rocks at the bottom of the falls. these fell during a landslide
The area of Niagara Falls really has lots to do. Everything was built in that area as a consequence of the famous falls. Yet, we must not forget that the falls themselves are spectacular. It is spectacular to just walk along the path next to the falls. One really senses the force of the water. It is incredible how many views of the falls are available. One can look from U.S. or Canada side. There are helicopter rides. There are boat rides that go close to the falls. There are tunnels to see the falls from behind. The main picture here is of my Aunt and me. Please feel free to see the other photos. For my last birthday, I wanted a digital camera. I am not sorry I got it!
This is the second of the falls at Niagara Falls. It's on the other side of the river when you are visiting Niagara on the Canadian side (what I've always done). These falls are located on the American side of the border, hence their name 'American Falls'. Although these falls are amazing as well, the Horseshoe Falls are by far my favourite.
There is actually a third fall, called the Bridal Veil Falls, but it looks more like it is part of the American Falls. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that on the right side is actually a separate small fall. This one is called the Bridal Veil Falls.
While the Canadian side doesn't let you get to edge of this giant waterfall, it has great views across the gorge to the American Falls. The American Falls drop about 176 feet and are very beautiful when viewed from a variety of overlooks on the Canadian side. In terms of scenery, the Canadian side gives you a better view, but head to America or board the Maid of the Mist for a personal encounter with this waterfall.
In this picture we are on the us side of the falls where you can see the Canadian side of the falls not so nice as the Canadian side but still has much to see. And you can in summer time take a walk really close to where the water is falling for a certain fee. You can also take a balloon ride up to a certain height for a view of the falls.
The name "Niagara" is said to originate from an Iroquois word "Onguiaahra" meaning "The Strait." The region's original inhabitants were the Ongiara, an Iroquois tribe named the Neutrals by French settlers, who found them helpful in mediating disputes with other tribes.
Native American legend tells of Lelawala, a beautiful maid betrothed by her father to a brave she despised. Rather than marry, Lelawala chose to sacrifice herself to her true love He-No, the Thunder God, who dwelled in a cave behind the Horseshoe Falls. She paddled her canoe into the swift current of the Niagara River and was swept over the brink. He-No caught her as she plummeted, and together their spirits are said to live forever in the Thunder God's sanctuary behind the Falls.
This is the American Falls. They lie completely in the USA, and are the first part of Niagara falls you see. They aren't as high as the horseshoe falls but are really impressive in their own right. Staircases were built alongside the falls so you can walk there but be sure to bring a raincoat because of the spray.
The falls have huge crumbled rock mounds at their feet, because of the erosion of the waterfall. Apparently the falls are receding at a rate of about 6 feet a year!
In the center of the picture you can see the tower that was built to take people down to the boat rides. The tower also has a projecting ledge up high, because from the US side, you can't really see the falls as well as you can from Canada, and going through customs controls can be a pain. So just walk out on that platform to have a look at the waterfall.
On the Niagara River, straddling the Canada-US border, Niagara Falls is probably the most notable natural attraction near Toronto. The falls are generally divided into two: the narrower and shorter American Falls and the much wider and taller Horseshoe (or Canadian) Falls. The American Falls are shorter by virtue of the presence of huge boulders at the bottom of the falls.
The falls at left in the picture are American; at right, Canadian. To appreciate both of them you have to be in Canadian side.
Maybe because of it, this was the easier American frontier I ever crossed. In both directions.
There is NOTHING to do on the New York side. There are the balloon rides we didn't try those. We did eat at the Hard Rock Cafe which was nothing special. We also went to the "aquarium" .....it was the worst aquarium in the world...even worse than the aquarium in the St. Louis City Museum. The only thing worth doing over there is going to Goat Island and those places. You get close enough to the top of the falls to stick your toe in! Plus there'e the part where you get to walk under the falls at the bottom and get SOAKED!!! That was the best part of it all and the only thing worth doing over there.