A visit to the Majestic Niagara Falls is a not–to-be missed excursion! They are commonly thought to be among the 7 wonders of the world – although they are not! Founded at the end of the ice age by melting glaciers, these falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world and are the most powerful waterfall in North America. Made up of 3 waterfalls straddling the Canadian-American border, the most famous and most powerful is the Horseshoe Falls, named due to the horseshoe shape made by thousands of years of erosion. The Falls are on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.
Early accounts by Europeans visiting the area describe the Indigenous People’s wonder at the falls. The rush of water produced thunderous noise at times, which could be heard 12 “leagues” away (or 66 km.). The water currently flows at 35 miles per hour. Today, it provides hydroelectricity for a large area.
Planning a visit? Here is what you should do!
First, you must forget about any other falls you might have visited in your lifetime. This one is special, without a joke!! After descending from the summit of Clifton Hill, with tourist attractions lining the street leading downhill to the falls like Moses upon his decent from the Mount, totally unaware of what is awaiting you at the bottom. This time, the welcome mat will be waiting for you at the impressive Table Rock Welcome Centre. Seeing the falls for the first time offers the viewer a pure adrenaline rush. If you happen to visit Niagara Falls on an overcast day, you will be surprised by the periodic misting which temporarily covers your entire body; you may think it is raining. This is caused by the drifting sprays swept up in a sudden gush of crosswind from the Falls. On hot summer days this is a welcome reprieve! In winter, the falls may seem to be frozen in place to the onlooker; yet they still continue to cascade from behind the stalagmites of frozen water. Majestic Niagara Falls offers the chance for visitors to get up close and personal with on of Nature’s wonders – and all for free!
Touristic shopping and dining opportunities are plentiful in and around the welcome centre as well as the rest of the town reached quite easily by tourist transit. Museums, outlet malls, fine restaurants, T’s at bargain prices and valet parking all jostle for your dollars. Casinos abound, on the Canadian and US sides. An extraordinary number of hotels are available, from modest to the luxurious. There are many guest houses and bed and breakfasts to chose from as well. Public transportation in and around the Falls is provided by Niagara Tourism. The WEGO access card is available throughout Niagara for a reasonable price. There are 3 bus lines, Red, Green and Blue, which covers Majestic Niagara Falls and along the Niagara River to Niagara-on-the-Lake (which we will discuss in another blog). This card gives you 24 hour access to all areas of Niagara Falls without having to worry about paying for parking at various attractions.
A boat tour up to the thundering falls can be had by either the Maid of the Mist (from the US) or the Hornblower (from the Canadian side of the river). These excursions are profiled in many familiar reports and are recognized by the red or blue raincoats worn by the tourists on board.
In Niagara Falls, you do not have to travel far in order to experience additional touristic offerings such as ziplining, adventure tightrope walks, the Journey Behind the Falls, Whirlpool Aero Car, Botanical Gardens, Bird Sanctuary, Butterfly Conservatory and viewing towers, to name a few. There is an informative and interactive museum, Niagara Falls Historical Museum, on Lundy’s Lane and close by, a historical house on the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812 (between Britain and the US), and the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield Cemetery. Check out the illumination and fireworks schedules, which take place over the falls nightly during the summer.
Niagara Falls, besides the tourist activities and reputation as the Honeymoon Capital of the World, offers miles of green space along the Niagara River. Niagara Falls is in the area of a microclimate, which allows delicate fruits, flowers and grapes to be grown in what is generally regarded as a cold country. As such, green space and agricultural land is protected. There are miles of parks, 53 km. of bicycle trails and open green space for you to enjoy.
Stay Tuned! Our visit also provided an opportunity to update our accessibility information presented in our blog, Niagara Falls – The Accessible Way. Feel free to Contact Us for more information or leave a comment on this blog.