Niagara Falls – The Falls

Of course, if you are visiting Niagara Falls, you are likely to admire the beauty and the power of water in this place.  Coming from Lake Erie and via the Niagara River, the water heavily pours out gallons of water to reach out inevitably to Lake Ontario.

You can admire the falls from the Canadian or the American border.  There are 3 falls:  Horseshoe Falls (or Canadian Falls), American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

While it is the combination of all falls that makes it impressive, only the Horseshoe Falls itself with its height and volume of water is remarkable and deserves a visit of its own.

I tend to believe that the view from the Canadian side is better but I have no proof.

From left to right, when you are facing the falls on the Canadian side, you will see the American Falls and then the Bridal Veil Falls separated by the small Luna Island and then the Canadian falls which is separated by Goat Island. Both islands are accessible only on American soil.

At the foot of the American Falls there are multiple rocks. A project on removing them was aborted after “closing off” the falls. They opted to let the natural structure take over the creation for a potentially better look.

The Bridal Veil Falls is the smallest of the three falls and doesn’t require an explanation on its looks. On the New York State side there are options to get closer to the falls by walking down. Both islands are accessible to pedestrians.

On the Canadian side, the approach to the falls is different. First the overview, a long promenade at the edge of the falls is free of charge and allows you to see all three falls. Multiple photo opportunities here. If you want to get closer, a cruise offers guests to feel the power of the water at the bottom of the falls. You also can get behind the falls and next to them.

Please note that the US side also offers cruises.

At night, a light show illuminates the falls since 1879.

Promenade

Between the series of hotels and the falls, there is a road, Niagara Parkway, that follows the Niagara River, and for pedestrians, pathways and trails that are right next to the falls.  The trails will also take you to gardens, the Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, Nikola Tesla Statue and the Table Rock Welcome Center if you need some tourism advice.

The lower floor of the Table Rock building provides quick meal options and stores as well as access to the journey behind the falls attraction.

Journey behind the falls

One option to get closer to the falls during your visit to Niagara Falls, Ontario, is to go behind the Horseshoe Falls.  If you have visited this place a long time ago and you are re-experiencing the journey, you will recognize and agree on the effects of erosion. You can’t actually stand behind the falls and the rock formations but you can get next to them. I found our visit unimpressive and a bit disappointing but you will be experiencing the Canadian Horseshoe Falls from other angle.

Via an elevator, you will get 36 meters (125 ft) below your starting point. From there you will reach the tunnels that were dug a long time ago for quick small peeks behind the falls. The two-level viewing platform is right next to the falls.  If you are claustrophobic, I would not recommend the visit.

To reach this place, you need to go in to the historical Table Rock House.

Hornblower Cruise

One way to deeply feel the power of the water of the Niagara Falls is by going next to them.  While a few have attempted to defeat the falls by going down them, I do not recommend it. If you want to sense the immense work of nature just standing at its feet, the cruise is an option. It is about a 20 minute ride and it is plenty to deeply feel the force.

You will be provided with a poncho so be ready to get wet. There is also an equivalent of this cruise on the US side, the Maid of the Mist. On the Canadian side it is the Hornblower Cruise