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Niagara Falls soaking adventures

Lets go on a Niagara Falls adventure to check out one of the largest natural flowing waterfalls in the world at the Niagara Falls and visit the nearby Canadian city of Toronto on a day trip. Let’s go!

On the river with the Niagara Falls
On the river with the Niagara Falls!

Moreover, a wise move is to do this Niagara 3-day trip from the US east coast. A is great move to consider when you are in the US east coast visiting Boston or New York city to extend or incorporate this. This trip is about a 3-day affair, exploring Niagara from the US as we travel over the land border.

Both waterfalls along the Niagara River
Both waterfalls along the Niagara River.

Niagara Falls, a world’s biggest

Furthermore, on bit of geography, the Niagara Falls collective name comprising of three waterfalls- the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. The American falls sits on the US side and the larger Horseshoe falls on the Canadian side. Both waterfalls are best viewed from the Canadian embankment side.

The huge and majestically powerful Horseshoe falls
The huge and majestically powerful Horseshoe falls.

Also, the Falls were formed by ice glaciers formed since the last ice age and receded to this Wisconsin glaciation. The falls sits about 30 km north-northwest of Buffalo, in the state of New York on the American side, and 120 km southeast of the Canadian city of Toronto, Ontario which we would cover more later.

Up and close at the bottom of the falls. Watch the splash
Up and close at the bottom of the falls. Watch the splash!

Also, the massive falls themselves sits along Niagara River network, fed by the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. Henceforth, the water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara through natural water erosion. Water here is fed by the large Lake Erie into Lake Ontario on the Canadian side before following through here and eventually exiting into the Atlantic Ocean.

Harmony of 3 waterfalls

Additionally, Niagara’s three waterfalls sits at the southern end of Niagara Gorge. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge, spanning the border between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York, US.

The huge Horse shoe falls
The huge Horse shoe falls.

The largest of the three is Horseshoe Falls, also known as Canadian Falls, which straddles the international border of the two countries. Speaking of bilateral relations, the falls sits the international border between Canada and the United States. Immigration into the Canadian area is a breeze across the border. Separate note the 1000 islands is another place where you can straddle between these 2 borders.

The American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Luna island on the American side
The American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Luna island on the American side.

Moreover, the Horseshoe Falls is not only the biggest, but the most powerful waterfall in North America. Additionally, remarkably, the amount of water flowing from the 3 waterfalls is the highest of any waterfall in the world. The falls has a vertical drop of over 50 meters at its highest. Additionally, this translates to about one hundred thousand cubic meters of water flowing over the fall’s edge every minute. Still, the falls are not exceptionally high in height, but makes up for it in sheer width.

A receding waterfall

Furthermore, Niagara Falls is a natural wonder of a waterfall first for its spectacular size and energy of roaring. Even at night, the sounds of the roaring water fill the shrill silence of the night. An international control dam sits upstream on the Canadian side to regulate flow. This controls the inflow from the Niagara Gorge on the Niagara River, which flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

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Falls at night
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Fall mist
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In addition, interestingly, the Niagara Falls are always receding year in year. The churning water eats into vertical surfaces which the falls flow from. Over time the Horseshoe falls might be eroded into the American border.

On the boat and soaked by the falls
On the boat and soaked by the falls.

Splashed by the falls. Maid of the mist boat ride. Of course the best place to view the falls is from the top deck. You be given rain jackets to wear up on-deck here. The tour boats will get as close to the falls with the spraying mists drenching all on deck. Alternatively, you can stay within the dry confines of the lower deck.

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Totally soaked wet!
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Off the boat
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American falls close up

Minor Niagara attractions

Moreover, the falls are not the only attractions here in the city of Niagara. There are several minor supporting attractions built around the town in support of the tourist crowds which flock to see the natural marvel. This includes a Hilton hotel, a Sheraton and Wyndham and Doubletree resorts to name a few. The nearby Great Wolf lodge with an excellent indoor Waterpark as secondary attractions.

US-Canadian road bridge view by the Niagara river
US-Canadian road bridge view by the Niagara river.

Also, adjacent to the Niagara falls is the Skylon Tower which you can climb to enjoy panoramic views of the falls and the vicinity. There is also an IMAX theater showcasing educational shows and fly-throughs of the falls itself. There is also a casino here, the place is quite touristy.

In addition, a road walkway along Niagara parkway park and allows for free unobstructed panoramic views of both the American and Horseshoe falls. It is a great photo spot too day or night.

All in all, the Niagara falls, albeit the rather touristy neighbourhood is a must-see natural marvel worth making a trip up in the east coast from New York city or Toronto city Canada to view. With a the combined waterfall flow rate unmatched by any waterfall in North America towering over 50 m, it is a natural sight and marvel to behold.


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