Niagara Falls

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.

photo credit google
American Falls and Bridal Falls
Photo taken in 2018
American Falls and Bridal Falls
Photo taken 2007 by my cousin
Horseshoe Falls or Canadian Falls
Photo taken 2018
Horseshoe Falls or Canadian Falls
Photo taken 2007 by my cousin

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.

Photo credit my cousin
Photo credit my cousin
Photo credit my cousin

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.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. ilfordian says:

    Lovely Ami. I saw the falls first time in 1988. It was my first visit to USA.I stayed in the USA and loved to watch the river falling over the edge, used to walk over onthe bridge to the Canadian side to see the falls. I been to the falls two more times.Walked under the falls,went on the Naid of the Mist and flew over it. I missed coming over to see frozen falls.
    Thanks Ami for great pictures.

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    1. amibhav says:

      Thank you Hansa

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  2. canapoem says:

    My husband jokes that like some devotees visit Thirupati every year, we have to visit Niagara falls every year 😂

    Truth is, it does not matter how many ever times we visit, it’s beauty allures us each and every time.

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    1. Sandya says:

      it’s beauty allures us each and every time.
      So true, Kavi. We have been there multiple times too. Last year we went there during the Christmas break. Wanted to see a frozen wonderland but unfortunately, last year was a warm winter. It was still gorgeous though.

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      1. amibhav says:

        We used to go on Christmas day for a reason. We could have the fall to ourselves. Not sure if it is still less people on Christmas.

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      2. Sandya says:

        It is! Especially when compared to during the season. The only problem was on this side of the river, pretty much everything shuts down on Christmas day. Even Starbucks closed early. Dinner was takeout bought during lunch time 😀
        It was definitely an experience.

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      3. amibhav says:

        We usually take food from home on Holidays. We refuse to wait for food and there is only so much you can eat out.

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      4. canapoem says:

        The Canadian side feels festive all the 365 days of the year
        We went last year and it was so crowded
        Also all along the parallel road, there is display of lights. I guess the area gets crowded due to that attraction too

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      5. Sandya says:

        We saw that!! My son wanted to go to the Canadian side. We didn’t have the passports, thankfully 😜

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      6. canapoem says:

        Then you should plan next time 😀

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    2. amibhav says:

      Kavi, thats the charm of nature. One never gets tire of it. The best part every time one goes we discover something new.
      Thanks for support.

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      1. canapoem says:

        So true Ami. I find that even in the many Ontario parks and reserves

        Last summer we had been to Tobermory. I fell in love with Lake Huron and the nature there
        I wish we can visit it soon again

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      2. amibhav says:

        Lake Huron is soothing and beautiful. Living on its coast was a blessing. Tobermory is on my fall wish list.

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