- I was here: in September 2013
- Number of days: 1
- My Rating: 4/5
The Niagara River is just Lake Erie draining to Lake Ontario. It’s only 58 km long, but has the most abundant and probably most famous waterfall in the world:
- Combining the three waterfalls flow, average is 110,000 m3 of water per minute, are the most abundant in the world.
- You mean, is there more than one? Yes, they are three very close together: the Horseshoe, the American and the Bridal Veil Falls.
- Are they in the United States or in Canada? They are on the border of the two countries: the Horseshoe is in Canada and the other two in the United States.
- Okay, they are the most plentiful, but how big are they? Horseshoe waterfall is 57 meters high and 790 wide. The American is 30 meters high (although there are rocks at the base and could be considered that is only 21 m) and 320 wide. The Bridal Veil is much smaller. It is not the highest, although is one of the widest.
In any case, they are one of the most spectacular in the world and are easily accessible, perhaps too accesible: their more than 30 million visitors a year have turned the waterfalls into one of the most artificial natural spectacles in the world. Hotels, restaurants and tours have made it lose much of the charm that other large waterfalls on the planet keep.
Many people opine that these waterfalls have sold their soul to tourism and it’s true. My advice: the waterfalls are still there… try to abstract everything superficial and enjoy this wonder of nature. In addition, not everything artificial is bad, when you’re on the Maid of the Mist, forget that you’re soaking and hallucinate with the enormity of what is coming on you.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- VISITING THE FALLS
- THE BOAT: Maid of the Mist