The second of the "Big Two" attractions of Niagara Falls (after Maid of the Mist), it ended up as our favourite of the two, even if it was for different reasons: I liked it better because it allowed us to get closer to the falls, while my better half enjoyed the stable ground of Table Rock over the rocking deck of the Maid of the Mist ferry.
At Journey Behind the Falls, an elevator takes you down to a series of underground tunnels: one leads to a two-level observation deck located to the near right of the falls, and the other leads to a couple of portals that allow visitors to take a peek at the falls (and appreciate their might) from behind.
Unlike Maid of the Mist, this attraction stays open throughout the year., with lower rates from mid-December to mid-April. To avoid the largest crowds (the elevator creates a "bottleneck" effect on the flow of visitors), go early in the morning or close to closing time. Hours of operation vary a lot throughout the year, so make sure to check out the link provided below.
Also known as the 'Canadian Falls'is part of Niagara Falls on the Niagara River.Approximately 90 per cent of the Niagara River,after diversions for Hydropower Generation,flows over Horseshoe Falls.The remaining 10 per cent flows over the'American Falls'.Much of Horseshoe Falls is located in Ontario,Canada with the remainder in New york State,U.S.A.
The name is derived from its curved horseshoe shape crest that is 671 metres(2,201 ft)in width.At the centre of the falls the water is about 3 metres(9.8 ft)deep.It passes over the crest at a speed of about 32 kilometres (20 mph)an hour.The 'Maid of the Mist'boat offers tours to the base of the falls.There are only 15 people who tried to go over the falls in some form of a barrel.8 tight rope walkers have made there way across the falls,2 people swam over the falls and another jumped off a diving board.A total of 6 people have died doing one stunt or another at the falls.Maid of the mist tours are priced at $16.50 CD for adult and $10.10 CD for children.
The Horseshow Falls are located between Table Rock (on the Canadian side) and Terrapin Point, Goat Island (on the American side) on the Niagara River. Compared the the American side, you get a better view but not as close to them.
The river splits in two, part of it falling in the American side of the border, and the other in Canadian side.
Standing side by side, it is in the Canadian part that the views are most impressive, due to the shape of the falls, concentrating in a secluded area the biggest part of the water.
Called Horseshoe Falls it’s easy from the air to understand the reason of that name. The Maid of the Mist is an attraction that takes great profit of it, taking you almost to the centre of horseshoe shape.
This was a great buy, as it gives you four activites plus transportation for one day. The actvities are:
1. White Water Walk - walk along category 6 rapids. It was really amazing to see the power of the rapids.
2. Butterfly Conservetory - Butterflies everywhere! Absolutely beautiful creatures!
3. Maid of the Mist - This was really the highlight of the trip. Be aware, your shoes will be soaked by the time you get off, but it is worth every squishy step. The boat goes right up to the falls.
4. Journey Behind the Falls - the portals to the falls weren't that great, but the lookout next to the falls was amazing.
Fallsview is NF's newer hotel. It is more closer to the falls. If you don't want to gamble at the casino most of the time, you can see the falls or walk around the beautiful well kept grounds and enjoy the gardens and view of the falls. By far it is the prettier of the two hotels but I think the Casino Niagara has the much better buffet. Fallsview is still in the completion process so maybe down the line will be comparable.
The historical roots of Niagara Falls lie in the Wisconsin glaciation, which ended some 10,000 years ago.
Both the North American Great Lakes and the Niagara River are effects of this last continental ice sheet, an enormous glacier that crept across the area from eastern Canada.
Watch tons of water fall hundreds of meters below. The fall it self can be viewed from The Canadian and from the American side. From a top view, you would see a horse shoe shape formation.
Once at Niagara Falls, You will notice a lot more people on the Canadian side. Including many Americans. The place is well developed and tourist friendly. It is also very well policed, so it's safe. You can observe beautiful flower beds and gardens along the way.
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. Personally, I found the Horseshoe Falls more elegant and impressive.
The highest pride of Ontario is the Niagara waterfall which Canada shares with United States.
The falls at Niagara are certainly not the highest or widest falls in the world, but they are the most famous and most visited.
Niagara Falls, one of the world largest waterfall has three falls separated from each other by Goat Island and Luna Island:
the Horseshoe Falls - 53 m high and 792 m wide -, on the Canadian side and
the American Falls with the smaller Bridal Veil Falls - 21 m high and 323 m wide -, on the US side.
The water collected from four Great Lakes - Erie, Huron, Michigan and that of Lake Superior comes tumbling down on the waterfalls and flows into the fifth Lake, the Ontario.
In these Lakes almost a quarter of fresh water of the Earth can be found.
In its real splendour the waterfall can be seen from the Canadian side, from this reason also many American tourists come on the Rainbow bridge and spends one or two hours on the Canadian area.
If you do nothing else while at Niagara Falls you should at least take half-hour cruise by the "Maid of the Mist". This boat ride is very exciting. It goes right up to Horseshoe. Try to stand on the left hand side at the front, this way you can take awesome pictures of the falls, the American falls, the bridges and the landscape in the distance; but you need a waterproof camera or something to protect your camera from the Mist. This is one of those trips you just have to do and then tell everyone about it afterwards.
Another interesting trip is the Cave of the Winds on the American side , a tour to the bottom of the Bridal Veil falls.
If somebody is not interested in the nature, there are lots of overpriced things to do here, casino for gambling, the horror houses, guiness records museum, lion safari, free fall, skywheel, table rock, Greg Ferwin magic show and many more. Take a wallet of money, you will steam through it.
Facts about Niagara Falls
The Horseshoe falls which is mostly on the canadian side is truly amazing! No prizes for guessing why it is called so, it is shaped like a horse shoe which is what makes it look so grand! We didn't have Canadian Visas, however we got a good look at the falls from the maid of the mist ride(I will shortly add that tip). But from the boat be warned you cannot get your dream pics as there is just too much of a spray from the falls. However just beholding the sight is a blessing!
According to an estimate, 40 million tourists visit Niagara's Horseshoe Falls every year. This is 10 million people more than the total population of Canada.
At the top of the gorge, one can stand for hours and watch millions of tons of water fall. It is enchanting. It is mesmerizing. The Falls are truly capable of taking you into wildest imaginations. You will be brought back only when a group or a dating or newly married couple tries to squeeze in to get their picture taken. From here, one can also watch Maid of the Mist ferries fighting rough waters to take the passengers close to the Falls (see pictures).
We have been to the Falls in all seasons with tempratures ranging from -30C to +30C. We advise carrying light jackets even in the summers for tempratures in the evenings can dip below comfort level.
Canada minus Niagara is nothing, so the visitors to this country make us believe. Although we quite don't see the things like that, Niagara's Horseshoe Falls is truly fascinating. American Falls is attractive in its own right.
So is it worth a visit? Absolutely yes. However, a word of caution is in order here: You don't want to be here on long weekends of summers. The crowd can be killing.
The Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls, is a waterfall on the Niagara River, located entirely on the Canadian side of the border with the United States. It is located between Terrapin Point on Goat Island in New York State, and Table Rock House in Ontario.
The name is derived from its curving, horseshoe-shaped crest that is 671 meters (2,200 ft) in width. At the center of the Horseshoe Falls the water is about 3 meters (10 ft) deep. It passes over the crest at a speed of about 32 km/h (20 mph). The falls is 53 meters (173 ft) high, has an average crest elevation of 152 meters (500 ft) and faces northwards. The depth of the river at the base of the falls is actually higher than the falls itself, estimated at 56 metres (184 ft).
The Horseshoe Falls is considered to be the most impressive of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls. Approximately 90% of the water of the Niagara River flows over Horseshoe Falls, while the other 10% flows over the American Falls.
The falls continually produces a large amount of mist, which renders viewing them difficult. It is observable at a direct angle from the Canadian side, and at a steep angle on the U.S. side on Goat Island. The Maid of the Mist boat offers tours which approach the base of the falls.
Table Rock Complex is composed of two buildings: the north building, houses a first-floor retail store; with a specialty store, currency exchange, and outdoor observation plaza on the second floor. The first floor also houses the ticket offices for the Journey Behind the Falls attraction. The south building, has a first-floor fast food snack bar, additional retail space, and a second-floor, semi-formal restaurant overlooking the Horseshoe Falls and the upper Niagara River. The buildings are connected by an enclosed pedestrian area. The site continues to be a top draw for visitors and a top money-maker for the Niagara Parks Commission.
The best view of the Falls from above is in front of the Table Rock tourism complex plus enjoy your food at the Table Rock Restaurant.
What I found amusing for myself is to watch people from the far. If you go far enough from Horseshoe Falls and then look back you will see how close people are to the size of ants while the Falls are an enourmously large giant. Then I come up with those phlosophical thoughts about how small we are, humans, and how much of injuries we bring to this thousands times larger from us defenseless world.