The one thing I remember best from the falls is the sound. From a long distance away you can hear the roaring thunder of the falls. At first I wondered what it was, but when I got close I knew it.... it's THE FALLS! Getting up close to the falls the sound is enormous! I think that gives a clue about the power of these falls.
Niagara Falls are just beautiful from every possible angle, and you will take literally hundreds of photos trying to capture the perfect picture! I tried and failed many times but I think that I captured it with this photo, taken from "the story underneath the falls"....I think that it expresses the sheer weight and force of this beautiful place.
My wife and I come from one of the driest nations on the planet - Australia. So to come here and see one fifth of all the fresh water in the world, which lies in the four Upper Great Lakes-Michigan, Huron, Superior and Erie, I get jealous! All this outflow empties into the Niagara river and eventually cascades over the falls.
It is awe-inspiring, spectacular and should be enjoyed!
What to say...it really looks magnificant and the amount of water combined with the sound that water procudes, really impressive! This was taken from quite a distance but apparently you can come really close under the fall, but make sure you don't miss the waterproof coats! :-)
The Canadian Falls, also known as Horseshoe Falls due to its shape, is about 2600 feet wide around the lip and 167 feet tall. It pours approximately 600,000 gallons of water EVERY SECOND. Globally Niagara Falls is the second largest falls next to Victoria Falls in South Africa.
The freshwater that flows over the Falls come from The Great Lakes. Many many moons ago, the falls originated 7 miles downstream, but due to the natural state of erosion, the Falls eroded at the average rate of 3 feet per year. It wasn't until the mid 50s and 60s with the construction of a powerplant and a generating station that the rate of erosion slowed down.
In winter the look of the falls is quite different. If it is cold enough, a toplayer is created while the falls still rush forth underneath, this is often described as an "ice bridge". It has been said that once this was formed people have been know to have walked from one end to the other and back. It was a novelty to tourists to be able to walk and play on the river, however, in 1912 three lives were lost when the ice broke up and walking on the "ice bridge" is prohibited.
In the evening, spotlights of color bathe the falls and a myriad of colors would reflect against the flowing water.
Millions tons of water plunge over the cliffs here! The Horseshoe Falls form an arc about 2600 ft (792 m) long on the Canadian side while the American Falls are smaller & form a straight line about 1000 ft (305 m) long.
NIAGARA FALLS have been in existence for about 10000 years. The falls have retreated about 3 ft (1 m) per year & in their retreat have left behind a deep gorge.
Now, a lot of people have asked. Is the falls more beautiful from Canada or from the States? I was studying in Canada, so I only went to the Canadian side. General consensus: Canadian side is more massive & hence more impressive!
The Canadian Falls is approximately 52 metres(170 ft) high. 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 Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side are two and a half times the length of the American Falls, and carry four times as much water crashing over the brink. The volume is greater because the Niagara river flows unimpeded, while the volume of water at the American Falls is reduced as it flows past Goat Island in the middle of the Falls.
Not to be missed ride onboard the icon that keep bringing people closer to the falls for over 100 years.
You' ll enjoy this waterfall way more than you do the American Falls! There's just something about it!!
Go to Table Rock point, pay $6 canadian for parking, walk across the crosswalk, straight through the building with all of the gift shops, out the back door and just look at it. Amazing.
The great thing about the Horseshoe Falls is that you can get right up next to it, both at the top and at the bottom. Don't hang over the guard rail though, because it's a long way down!
The Horseshoe falls were beautiful. Even though it was rainy it was a magnificant site. I also suggest checking it out at night when the different colored lights are projected on the falls.
The cost of the ride is around 13 candian dls or around 10 usd.
It takes around one hour of the ride explains some of the landmarks.