Niagara Falls – Photos Oct05

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Niagara Falls – Photos

We’d heard that the Canadian side of Niagara Falls was “better” if only because you can see the American Falls best from their side. From the New York side you have to venture out onto a platform suspended by a tower to get a look back at the American Falls and you can’t really get close to the top of Bridal Veil Falls like you can from the Canadian side.

American Falls - seen from the Canadian side.

American Falls – seen from the Canadian side.

At the top of Bridal Veil Falls

At the top of Bridal Veil Falls

The viewing tower on the New York side

The viewing tower on the New York side

We found the town of Niagara Falls to be very “Vegas-strip-esque”. Casinos, restaurants and side attractions being peddled to the massive bergs of people that skooched their way along the sidewalks. The walkway along the cliff edge provides an incredible view of the falls though, so leaving the loud city behind is easy enough. Not the crowds though – people were everywhere – lots of people.

The town of Niagara Falls - hotels and casinos galore

The town of Niagara Falls – hotels and casinos galore

Bridal Veil Falls from a distance

Bridal Veil Falls from a distance

A Maid of the Mist boat approaching Bridal Veil

A Maid of the Mist boat approaching Bridal Veil

Of course, the Maid of the Mist boats run from both shores, so there is equal opportunity to be down in the thundering water from either New York or Canada. We bought our tickets and then stood in line for nearly an hour waiting to board. They run two boats from each side in a carefully orchestrated dance of timing. While one boat is loading, another is out getting wet, and the other two are on their way in and out respectively.

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It was crowded, expensive, and the wait in line was long, but it was SO WORTH IT! It’s an amazing feeling to be that close to all that power, the sound, the wind, the mist on your face. FUN, FUN, FUN!



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“Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by vertical height and also by flow rate.[3] The falls are located 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York and 75 miles (121 km) south-southeast of Toronto, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York.” Courtesty of Wikipedia.

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