On the Road: Niagara Falls

This was my second trip to the Niagara Falls but it was no less magical than the first. Niagara Falls is made of three waterfalls but the most famous and picturesque is Horseshoe Falls. The other two can be found on the American side and they are called American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. It is located on the New York and Canadian border along the Niagara river. Both sides of the river have their own unique experience of the Falls and you can cross Rainbow Bridge to either side. The Falls themselves are impressive to say the least! The sound can be heard for miles around and be prepared to get wet. As soon as you walk along the boardwalk, the mist begins to descend and first-timers all scramble to cover themselves and their cameras. 


Walking along the top, you can get some phenomenal views! My favourite part though was when we took the Maid of the Mist boat tour to the bottom of the Falls. Firstly, you get a bright blue rain poncho to keep you stylish and dry. Then you get to witness the awe that is more than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water going over the crest of the falls every minute. The strength of the water hitting you is surprising as it is only the mist from the falls but makes the experience more incredible.  If you're lucky you will also be able to see a rainbow form across the falls as this happens quite often.


I also enjoyed learning some fun facts about the falls including the history of the 'over the falls daredevils.' In October 1829, Sam Patch, who called himself "the Yankee Leapster", jumped from a high tower into the gorge below the falls and survived; this began a long tradition of daredevils trying to go over the falls. On October 24, 1901, 63-year-old Michigan school teacher Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the falls in a barrel as a publicity stunt; she survived, bleeding, but otherwise unharmed. Since Taylor's historic ride, 14 people have intentionally gone over the falls in or on a device, despite her advice. Some have survived unharmed, but others have drowned or been severely injured. Survivors face charges and stiff fines, as it is illegal, on both sides of the border, to attempt to go over the falls.


Unfortunately, we couldn't stay until the evening when they would have had a firework show over the falls. I imagine that would have been quite a sight and I recommend that you catch that on your visit. I would also like to go back and see it from the Canadian side! 

What was your favourite part of Niagara Falls or what do you look forward to seeing?