Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.