Niagara – The Falls

Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Falls as seen from the Skylon Tower.

“Niagara Falls must be the second major disappointment of American married life.”

Oscar Wilde, 1882.

The falls at Niagara are certainly not the highest or widest falls in the world. But they are perhaps the most famous and most visited.

American Falls and Rainbow Bridge.

There are two main falls here. The wider falls are the Horseshoe Falls contained almost entirely on the Canadian side of the border. The American Falls are narrower with a lot of rubble at the base. The best view of both falls is from the Canadian side.

Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Falls from Table Rock.

The city of Niagara Falls, Canada, is geared primarily towards tourism. Perhaps, like Oscar Wilde, you might be somewhat disappointed with the falls. But, there are lots of other things to see and do here. In one day, you can reasonably expect to visit the whirlpool, including a ride on the Spanish cable car, the Butterfly Conservatory, the Brock Memorial at Queenston Heights, the Floral Clock at the power plants, the casino, and the Skylon Tower, with plenty of time left over to see the falls if you really want to. Take advantage of the bus that shuttles between many of these attractions.

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Maid of the Mist VII approaching the Horseshoe Falls.

During one of our visits, the weather turned stormy late in the day. When we heard thunder in the distance, we went inside for dinner in the restaurant that overlooks the falls. As entertainment, we enjoyed watching people run for cover when the rain storm began!