Did I mention that I think of the weirdest things? Ok, I think I have simply stated that I was weird and I guess that covers it all. So, continuing on this weird topic, I found it amazing how the deep, dark water above the falls changed colors as it was dispursed from a mass of water into a calvacade of lesser and lesser droplets! The mist was the after affect and rose above the Falls heights and almost appeared as a fog...
Some views and experiences leave you breathless, and surely this is one of them for me! I can honestly say that I include this sight right up there on my most memorable visual memories along with the view of Paris from the Eiffle Tower, the view of the German Alps, and the recent view from the CN Tower. All were Awesome!
The sheer volume and force of the water as it cascades over the Falls is moving. Also noted, is the fact that the US is south of Canada, and yet the Falls go north! Ok, maybe I need to revisit a map or perhaps I missed Geography class on this particular day. Anyway, I think of the weirdest things sometimes... Recently, I wondered if the water picked up from the ocean during the brief hurricane and lingering storm Tammy was still salty as it was dumped on the East Coast as it did come from the ocean, right? See, I told you I was weird... Maybe now you will believe me! ;-) Oooops, off message... Go See Niagara Falls!
Words cannot describe this experience. Knowing you are under the falls and being able to feel the pressure and hear the noise and then to finally see them from behind is an amazing experience. Just remember...when the line is long make your visit to the front short....then come back later when it isn't so crowded! And there's always the platform up top that allows you to view the falls up close from the side! That's a fun trip too!!
Journey Behind The Falls takes you in an elevator down near the bottom of the falls where you walk through tunnels to view the water cascading in front of you. There is a large observation deck where you can get very close to the edge of the horseshoe. Like on the Maid of the Mist, you are given a rain jacket. If you don't want to get wet , make sure you tie it tight! My 6 yr old niece went crazy, she enjoyed it so much. The water feels great, especially on a hot summer day! If you had to choose, however, I'd pick Maid of the Mist.
Just had to include a picture of the attire you are given to keep some of the wet from you, as you can see from this picture, the spray is blown onto this platform, so caution is required.
The "plastic mac" can be kept as a souvenir, or, placed in the recycle bin.
Fetching don't you think !!!!!!
Once you have your ticket and have the yellow plastic bio-degradeable - "mac" donned, then go check out the thundering noise as the water thunders over the falls. You stand on a viewing platform (quite safe) and get soaked into the bargain.
You can walk along a tunnel under the falls, and watch the water cascade in front of you.
The entrance of the Scenic Tunnel is located inside Table Rock House, at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.
You ride by elevator down 38m.(125ft) then walk through 200m (650ft) of underground tunnels leading to two viewing portals behind the cascading water and the outdoor observation platform.
It is open all year round, and is owned and operated by Niagara Parks.
Admission price for adult $21.40 Cdn. (incl. GST)
well worth a view.
We loved the Journey behind the Falls! This attraction is located at the Table rock visitor center next to the Canadian Falls. You take the elevator downstairs where you are given a very fashionable yellow plastic rain slicker to don. (at least it keeps you mostly dry) There are 2 tunnels to take. One takes you to 2 portals that are behind the falls, the other takes you to the viewing platforms right next to the falls. That is the place to go for really spectacular views. This is also the place where you get really wet! The mist coming from the powerfall falls is really drenching. Definately worth it though!
At the end of your tour you can recycle your yellow slicker if you do not wish to keep it as a souveneir
Admission: Adult $10.00, Child 6 to 12 years $6.00, 5 & under Free
Schedule: Open Year Round
Monday to Thursday 9:00am-8:30pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00am - 9:30pm
This tip looks like it will be about the weather, hahaha, but it will not! These two guys have just been 'Behind the Falls' and you get those rain jackets when you go here. During a rainy November day these rain jackets do come in handy while walking around at Niagara as well though ;-))
I've always wanted to go 'behind the falls' but never got a real good opportunity to do so. During summertime the line-up to go there was amazing; I think we had to wait about an hour. Too much for me! So I skipped that part and just looked at the falls from the normal viewpoints.
November and December didn't seem THE month to visit it either. I have to admit standing in the freezing cold mist of the falls during the winter months never appealed to me, brrrr cold! So I wisely decided to skip it again.
If you ever decide to go behind the Falls, do prepared of becoming soaking wet, and most likely get freezing cold during the winter.
To go underneath the Falls is amazing.
They are basically caves, which offer you a story of the falls and stunning views.
Very Touristy - but what is Niagara there for? I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In the evening (when I was there-Feb 99) they lit horseshoe falls - they glistened in all different colours.
The Journey Behind The Falls brings you right to the edge and behind the Falls and is a truly amazing way to properly put the real power behind this natural phenomenon into perspective. Mind you: It is a little bit hard to fathom why – with an entrance fee of a little bit more than CA$10 – this little foot path is nearly on a par with the costs of a full ride on the Maid of the Mist, but it is still affordable and worth the admittance. After all: You may not be back again for a while, so no need to scrounge.
The Journey Behind the Falls takes you, well, behind the falls. This attraction is not as fun as the Maid of the Mist but if you're in Niagara Falls and want to make the most of your visit, you'll surely enjoy walking along the tunnels and reading the information panels. And the nice thing about this attraction is that the observation deck takes you really close to the fall - close enough to get really wet! I thought tickets were a bit pricy ($10 for adults) but once again, you get to keep the lovely yellow poncho!
The Journey Behind the Falls takes you down in an elevator to near the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls. Once down there, there are 2 ways to get a glimpse of the falls up close. First, you go through a tunnel that leads to 2 portals. You are now actually behind the falls, looking out at the water cascading down. It's not very scenic, it just looks like a curtain of water, but it is a view that will leave you in awe. Then there is an observation deck that is right beside the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls. You are basically standing there looking up at the brink of the falls. Ponchos are provided, and they are needed at the observation deck, as the mist will blow on you.
I would say to anyone visiting the Falls that they should do everything they can afford to do. We did the "Behind the Falls" experience. It was great standing next to all that power of the waterfall and the noise is something else.
On one of the two viewing decks that you can access on the "Journey behind the Falls" self guided tour.
To feel the power of nature and hear the roar of the water as it thunders over the escarpment is an experience I will never forget
Access is via the Table Rock complex that houses the tour desk, restaurants, first aid station, lost and found office, telephones etc. You can also hire lockers for the day, wheelchairs and strollers.
An elevator took us 38 metres (150ft) deep under ground to the labrinth of tunnels and viewing portals that are located behind the waterfall. There were two outdoor observation decks that allowed us to get very close to the falls and very very wet (luckily we still had our Maid of the Mist raincoats)
The facilities within the Table Rock Complex were excellent and included an ATM, restaurants, coffee shop, telephones, Information centre and a public transport (people mover) stop.
Adults $10.00, Children 6 to 12 years $6.00, 5 & under Free. This attraction is open all year round.