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    Day Trip: Niagara Falls

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 31, 2005

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    Niagara Falls

    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.

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    Nice Road Trip

    by savvas Written Jul 13, 2005

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    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!!

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    Head out of the city!

    by TracyG Updated Jun 15, 2005
    Walk to the falls

    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!!!!

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    Niagara Falls

    by stiab3 Written Jan 26, 2005
    Maid of the mist

    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.

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    Niagara Falls from Canada side is way better!!

    by Selenceline Written Jan 13, 2005

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    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!!

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    Impressionant !

    by kbl Written Jul 22, 2004
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    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...

    Have a look at my Niagara Pages

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    The mist

    by Jacana Written May 30, 2004
    The canadian side

    It's a great experience to be sprinkled by such an enormous amount of mist while you admire the beauty of the falls from the boat.
    I found out that the raincoat they give you does nothing at all to prevent you from getting soaked! :)
    The canadian side is so much nicer than the U.S. side, totally worth the trip!

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    Butterfly Conservatory

    by Agraichen Written Jan 1, 2004

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    The Butterfly Conservatory, just a short drive from Niagra Falls is also a must see for nature loving tourists.

    The meandering pathway that winds through the conservatory is not very long (about 600 ft.) but it is a great place to view dozens of varieties of these incredible creatures.

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    Nature at its best - Niagra

    by Agraichen Written Jan 1, 2004

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    Niagra Falls has been a landmark destination for millions of people over the years. I still remember my first trip and the ride on the Maid of the Mist out to the falls.

    On the surface it seems to stay the same, but when you look at the historical pictures the movement of the falls is readily visible.

    An estimated 75,000 gallons of water flow over the American Falls every second. With the erosion of the shale, at some point in the future the "falls" are predicted to become just a series of rapids.

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    The Falls

    by msison Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    This is a great view of the Falls, much better than the US side. You must take the Queen of the Mist ride all the way close to the Falls.

    To even get a closer look take the tour behind the Falls during summer or Fall. You'll be sure to be wet so make sure to pack a small towel from your hotel in your backpack.

    At night they have a light show for the falls. You can spend a day there and at night for adults head to the casino and numerous restaurants by the area.

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  • Niagra : THE BIG LEAK

    by sarosh Updated Jun 12, 2003

    so much water.... wheres the plumber ?

    There are no words to descibe the experience of seeing this GIANT leak..... you can spend the whole day watching it and never get tired...

    But the real fun is seeing it at night when they turn on the lights...its like magic.....and then come the fire works....fabulous....

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    Skylon Tower

    by rromeo Written May 15, 2003

    The tallest structure in Niagara Falls
    has an outdoor observation deck,
    glass elevators & an excellent
    revolving restaurant.


    The Skylon Tower offers an exciting

    panoramic view of the Niagara area.





    Adjacent to Queen Victoria Park

    5200 Robinson Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario

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    Park

    by rromeo Written May 15, 2003

    Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls
    Ontario is located along the Niagara
    Gorge and River, beginning from the
    brink of the Horseshoe Falls and
    extending to Sir Harry Oakes Gardens.
    This area provides the best vantage
    point for viewing the Falls.

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    Day pics

    by rromeo Written May 15, 2003

    To more than 18 million visitors annually, the Niagara Region is many different things. To many, Niagara is the spectacle of Niagara Falls. To some, Niagara is the aroma of ripening grapes and the taste of succulent fresh fruit.
    To families, Niagara is affordable theme parks. To history buffs, Niagara is 20 historical museums, two reconstructed forts, and the historic charm of Niagara on the Lake.

    To sportsmen, Niagara is over 40 golf courses, over 30 private campgrounds and fishing on Lakes Ontario and Erie. To newlyweds, Niagara is the honeymoon capital of the world!

    To thrill-seekers, Niagara is the Whirlpool Jet Boat ride. To gambling enthusiasts, Niagara is Casino Niagara and Fort Erie Racetrack.

    To virtually everyone, Niagara is wonder and excitement, making it the most dynamic four season destination in the world!

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    Niagara Falls

    by rromeo Written May 15, 2003

    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

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