Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls
"From the Canadian side, floodlights illuminate both sides of the Falls for several hours after dark.From the American side, the American Falls can be viewed from walkways along Prospect Park, which also features an observation tower. Nearby, the Cave of the Winds trail leads hikers down some three hundred steps to a point beneath Bridal Veil Falls."
I visited the NF a long time ago but I have wonderful memories of that place.
There are many sights where one can go and if you want to see everything you'll need more than one day!
The Journey Behind the Falls is an excellent way to get a close up view of Horseshoe Falls.
An elevator takes you down to a 200 metre long tunnel that runs behind the Falls. This tunnel takes you 1/3 of the way across Horseshoe Falls, and from here you can see the water cascading past through the "Great Falls Portal" windows. At the time of my visit, the view was obscured somewhat by icicles hanging from the windows!
However, the lack of a view wasn't too much of a problem since the main attraction of this journey is to *hear* the Falls. The promotional material speaks of hearing the "thunder" of the Falls.....and this is a very accurate description of the deafening noise that awaits you!
The best view of the Falls is to be had from the observation decks at the foot of the Falls - just a few metres above the water level. This was a spectacular sight on a cold winter's day with the combination of water, ice and snow providing breathtaking views. The lower of the two observation decks was closed at the time of my visit due to it being covered in deep snow.
Due to the lower observation deck being out of bounds, the cost of my ticket was just 8.50 CAD (reduced from the usual price of 10 CAD)....however, the website states that as at August 2006 the prices are now:
Adults: 11 CAD
Kids (6-12): 6.50 CAD
Kids (5): Free
A great way to see (and hear!!) the Falls up close!
Some of the best close-up views of Horseshoe Falls are from Table Rock Point near Table Rock House. This viewpoint is the sister view to Terrapin Point on the American side. Thie viewpoint is amazing. You can feel the mist as the falls plunge down into the Niagara Gorge, and the force of the falls is so powerful that you'll probably get wet. At the Table Rock House itself, there is a gift shop.
Get ready: Horseshoe Falls, with a brink of 2600 feet and a height of 168 feet, is one waterfall you shouldn't miss in your life. With over 600000 gallons of water pouring over each second, Horseshoe Falls is completely stunning. Rainbows form everywhere and the mist shoots hundreds of feet into the air above the falls. The falls thunder constantly while falling. It is one amazing spectacle.
The falls are wonderful. You can not get bored watching them or listening to them. Close to the entrance of Behind the Fall, you ca get very closed to the fall without paying anything. You can fell them under you. It's incredible. I spent about 30 minutes just looking and listening to the falls. A sound that I will never forget!
Horseshoe Falls is separated from the American Falls by Goat Island. The crest line is 2,200 ft. (670 m.) and sends over 600,000 gallons of water per second into the Gorge at 20 mph (32 kph). The height (173 ft. (53 m.) is a little more intimidating because there isn't much rock build up at the bottom.
The Canadian Falls, sometimes known as the Horseshoe Falls, is the waterfall on the Niagara River, situated on the Canadian side of the border with the United States. They are easily the most impressive of the three falls. Approximately 90% of the water of the Niagara River flows over Horseshoe Falls, while the other 10% flows over the American Falls.
The waterfall curves in a horseshoe-shaped crest that is 671 metres (2,200 ft) in width. At the centre the water is about 3 metres (10 ft) deep. It passes over the crest at a speed of about 32 km/h (20 mph). The falls is 53 metres (173 ft) high, has an average crest elevation of 152 metres (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).
For a great view of the Horseshoe Falls go just up from the Table Rock House Visitors Center. You can get very close and have great views for great photos of the Falls. The water is so clear and clean and you get a real feeling of the power these falls really have. If you look closely at the top middle of the photo you can see a dark spot next to a small glump of trees, that is a rather large barge that broke loose from it's tug when it was being towed, it is now stuck there to rust away, I mean who got the guts to go retreve it.
The Horseshoe or Canadian Falls are the bigger and some might say better of the Falls. Unusual in shape and mighty powerful, these really seem to be the main attraction.
Fun Falls Facts:
*Years ago, both sets of Waterfalls were about 7 miles downstream. Erosion has caused them to move dramatically, up to 6 feet a year! Unbelievable!
*In the winter it gets so cold that an Ice bridge forms by the falls. Earlier in the century, tourists were able to iceskate and walk across this bridge. After a few too many people lost their lives when the bridge suddenly broke up and they were left stranded on iceburgs, this practice was stopped.
* The first person to go over Niagara Falls and survive was a woman. Annie Taylor went over in a wooden barrel in 1901.
About 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls was 11 kilometres (7 miles) downstream from its present location. Until the early 1950s, the Falls eroded at the average rate of one metre (3 feet) per year.
- The Canadian Falls is approximately 52 metres(170 ft) high.
- The crestline is estimated to be 675 metres (2200ft) wide.
- The depth of the river at the base of the falls is actually higher than the falls itself. The river's depth is estimated at 56 metres (184 ft).
- The flow of water over the crestline of the falls is estimated at more than 168,000 cubic metres.
- The Canadian Falls was first described as "horseshoe" shaped in 1721.
The Canadian Falls, also known as the Horseshoe Falls, are the more spectacular of the two falls.
If you look closely at the photo, you can see the Maid of the Mist disappearing, quite literally, into the mist below the Falls!
Be prepared for the mist...you can get quite wet, even at some distance from the Falls.
At 176 ft, Horseshoe Falls is 8 feet shorter than American Falls but at a width of 2200 feet it’s a bit more than twice as wide. What is most impressive is the amount of water going over the falls. Ninety percent of the water goes over the Horseshoe Falls. Originally, as much as 5.5. Billion gallons of water per hour flowed over the falls. Today the amount is controlled by the Canadian and American governments to slow erosion. In addition, some of the water is diverted to provide power for the United States and Canada, making Niagara falls the largest source of electric power in the world.
Daredevils riding barrels over the Horseshoe Falls are probably just as famous as Niagara Falls itself. 18 people have made this harrowing journey. 13 survived and 5 died in the attempt. Two of those killed used vehicles other than barrels. One survivor was a child whose story is included because of its miraculous nature. Below is a list of the first and last persons to go over the fall.
10/24/01 Annie Edison Taylor becomes the first person to go over the Horseshoe Falls in her oak barrel. Seeking fame and fortune, she dies penniless in 1921.
10/20/03- Michigan native Kirk Jones survives a feet-first plunge over the Horseshoe Falls without any protective device. His failed suicide attempt amazes the world. Jones made history as the second person to survive a plunge over Niagara Falls with only the clothes on his back.
I've been three times to Niagara Falls until now, once in the summer, once in November and my most recent visit was during Christmas time. That was by far my most favourite trip. I can't say that Niagara Falls is my ultimate travel destination, because it is so touristy. But this trip was so romantic that I actually enjoyed being here. So that is what this page will mainly be about, Christmas time at Niagara :-))
This picture was taken in December and you can see the ice surrounding the falls, which make it look beautiful.
It's not always that great weather at the Niagara Falls. During my visit in the summer of 97 it was a wonderful summer's day! The big disadvantage of that is that it will be overcrowded with people. Unfortunately I hardly have any photos of that visit, so you have to do with the photos that I took in November and December 2002. Hahaha, that means cold and wet, but hardly any other people around.
This photo was taken in November, I was soaking wet from the fine drizzle of rain, hahaha, but still smiling as it is always great to see the falls :-)) In the background you can see the Horseshoe Falls.
The reason to go to Niagara Falls is of course the falls themselves. They are very impressive, so no wonder that so many people love to go there.
There are actually two waterfalls and they are both huge. But the one I love best is the Horsehoe Falls which you can see on the photo. The other one is called the American Falls, located a bit further down the road, and I'll show you some photos of that one later on this page.
The shape of the Horshoe Falls is like a horseshoe, hahaha, so it is easy to guess how these Falls got its name.