The most touristy site in Ontario, but definitely a must-see.
The Niagara Falls are divided into the Canadian Falls (Horseshoe Falls) and the American Falls (see photo).
Take a walk along the paths to see the falls from various locations. It is excellent. Explore the massive erosion caused by the falls in the last 12.000 years by walking downstream from its present location.
INTERESTING FACT: Did you know that, due to erosion, the majestic Niagara Falls is 'falling' from a noticeably further position in comparison to last year??? I didn't believe it until I witnessed it after a 5 year period!!
The Niagara falls (also known as Horseshoe Falls) are world famous for being the widest falls in the world and they sure are amazing!! Even before you are remotely near them, you can hear the gentle crashing off the water..sure when you get closer to them its sounds like rolling thunder...but its an amazing sight!!
There are three experiences one can get involved in.
1. Riverboat ride on the river going as close as possible to the Falls
2. Journey behind the Falls
3. Stand on a platform near the Falls
I have done the first two and I have to say, hand on my heart, that the first one is soooo amazing that it would actually be pointless to do the other two!! YOu can get such an adrenaline rush being on the boat because it goes ridiculously close to the waterfall, you get wet and at times you can't keep your eyes open because of fear...that only happens if you stand at the front though...it is suitable for children,...provided they are in a safe place!!
I had always wanted to visit Niagara and wasn't disappointed. We took a guided bus tour from Toronto and enjoyed the scenery on the way. The tour also stopped at Niagara on the Lake which is a beautiful little village and worth a visit on it's own.
Our tour guide was a real fountain of knowlenge and gave us so much information that we wouldn't have found out otherwise. He had been in the job for a long time as he seemed to know everyone and got us straight down to the tunels without waiting in the queue.
Unfortunately we were too early in the year for Maid of the Mist but this was made up for by a visit to the tunnels behind the falls which was amazing. The noise you hear when the lift doors open is incredible.
This was my first time since childhood seeing Niagara Falls. Unfortunately the weather could have cooperated a little better, but for the most part we had a pleasant visit. Great photo ops, tons of different cultures of people and the amazing "downtown" area known as Clifton Hill made for a nice little road trip. We checked out the Hershey store (tons of chocolate!!!) and some of the other restaurant/shops along the way. We definitely would like to go back in the spring and check out more of the shops, museums and [not all of us] haunted houses.
Ok, they're not in Toronto but who really wants to stay in Toronto anyways. People flock from all over to see the great Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls, is a set of massive waterfalls located on the Niagara River in eastern North America, on the border between the United States and Canada. Niagara Falls comprises three separate waterfalls: the Canadian (Horseshoe) Falls, the American Falls, and the smaller, adjacent Bridal Veil Falls. While not exceptionally high, Niagara Falls is very wide, and is by far the most voluminous waterfall in North America.
At Niagara, Queen Victoria Park features well manicured gardens, platforms offering a spectacular view of both the American and Canadian Falls, and underground walkways leading into observation rooms which yield the illusion of being within the falling waters. Along the Niagara River, the Niagara River Recreational Trail runs the 56 km (35 miles) from Fort Erie to Fort George, and includes many historical sites from the War of 1812.
The Maid of the Mist cruises, named for an ancient Ongiara Indian mythical character, have carried passengers into the whirlpools beneath the Falls since 1846. The Spanish Aerocar, built in 1916 from a design by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres y Quevedo, is a cable car which takes passengers over the whirlpool on the Canadian side, below the Falls.
In October 1829, Sam Patch, who called himself The Yankee Leaper, jumped over the Horseshoe Falls and became the first known person to survive the plunge. This began a long tradition of daredevils trying to go over the Falls and survive. In 1901, 63-year-old Annie Taylor was the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel; she survived virtually unharmed. Since Taylor's historic ride, 14 other people have intentionally gone over the Falls in or on a device. Some have survived unharmed, but others have drowned or been severely injured. Survivors of such stunts face charges and stiff fines, as it is illegal, on both sides of the border, to attempt to go over the Falls.
I don’t really know what to say about the falls. I was a little bit disappointed. It’s a 2 hour drive from Toronto to get there. When you arrive the first thing that you have to do is Park your car. There a lot o spaces but there are too many people so be sure to get there early.
I wasn’t really impressed by the falls. I thought they would be bigger!! The area is full of shops for tourist and this is something I don’t really like.
If you have some time go there if not ……it’s not the end of the world!!
I think you should definately take a trip to Niagara Falls, and do one of the many walks along or behind the falls, very touristy but good fun. It is great fun, and of course you get your plastic mac!!!!
It's one of Canada's most famous attractions and so you may as well see it.
It's an amazing to see so much water thundering over the falls.
I'd advise taking the Maid of the Mist boat trip AND the behind the falls tour. I've done both and they are a good way to gain appreciation for the power of the falls.
I saw it by day and by night. By night it looks tacky with the projected colours. The town of Niagara is very Blackpool-looking . . . neon signs and casinos.
But there's more to Niagara than the falls. There are lovely gardens and a big floral clock.
I have been to Niagara many times as it takes only 40 minutes from downtown Toronto even on a winter snowy day. Lots of sights to see in Niagara apart from the waterfall. The casino hotel where celebrities go for gambling, the horror houses, guiness records museum, butterfly conservatory.Take the boat goes inside the waterfall. So much fun and excitement!! also take the road down to the end of the niagara lake, it is a very romantic road with astonishing houses, gardens, stop the car, sit on a rock and smoke a cigar looking down to the niagara lake....I did that!!
The Niagara Falls are very nice. However, I had no idea that this area was so exploited for tourists. The Canadian site has the looks of Las Vegas, rather then the looks of a site where a wonder of nature can be seen...
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