Niagara Falls is a magnificent fall of dancing, singing, glowing, and flowing liquid love that exists to reconnect broken hearts.
— Debasish Mridha
If there is one place after mountains i can go again and again it is visit this majestic falls. I must have visited this place innumerable times since 2002 be it summer or winter. My kids literally grew up visiting this falls. I visited this falls first time with my parents and family. My daughters were 1 and 5 respectively.
This is the falls that make all other falls in Canada look like babies. The first time i visited Elbow falls after coming to Calgary from Toronto i had to ask where is the fall?
I am not sure if any of the photographs that i took will justify the beauty and majesty of the falls. The thunder of the water from the falls is an experience to behold. The spray of steady stream of water from falls makes sure one is drenched if they don’t move. The misty environment near the falls makes us feel alive. Even if we don’t do any other excursions just sitting at the fall; seeing the water fall and creating wonders puts one in the state of meditation.
Fun facts as per Wikipedia :
Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America that has a vertical drop of more than 50 metres (160 ft). During peak daytime tourist hours, more than 168,000 m3 (six million cubic feet) of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute. Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by flow rate.
About 10,900 years ago, the Niagara Falls was between present-day Queenston, Ontario, and Lewiston, New York. As Niagara falls migrates upstream, the shape of the crest has alternated over time from a horseshoe shape, as seen in the crest lines in 1678, 1764, 1842 and the current crest line; and a V-notch shape as seen in the crest line of The Falls in 1819. Erosion rates tend to be slower in times when The Falls is in a horseshoe shape due to water being spread over the longer crest line.
Every evening from dusk the fall lights up in the most stunning array of light and sound show making this fall even more spectacular than it is.
This city turns in to winter wonderland during Christmas. The trees have icicles due to the spray of fall water. Light when refracted from it creates the rainbow on the tree making it look spectacular. The landscape is itched on the memory. I wish i had photos taken that time. With young kids and no smart phones carrying DSLR was the last thing on my agenda.
Over the years many attractions have been added to the park. My favourite being Floral clock; Marine land, Maid of the Mist. (Last i heard they changed their name). Butterfly conservatory, whirlpool site; to name the few.
However the top on the list is the small town called Niagara-On-the- lake. The small town some 20 minutes drive away from the falls was my first introduction to the towns in Canada. Its downtown; year round Christmas shop, world class wineries and scenic drive from the town to the falls are few things that one must enjoy if visiting Niagara Falls.