Niagara Falls is the name for three waterfalls bridging Canada and the USA – Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
They drain the water of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and have a vertical water drop of 165 feet and the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.
If you’re planning a visit, make sure you go to the Canadian side as the view is so much better and you can walk alongside the water. The American side is quite restrictive as the main view is from a long man made platform.
Being one of the world’s seven natural wonders, the falls are really breathtaking to watch so make sure you plan in time to stand back away from the crowds and take in the scale and power of the water.
Whilst there, you can do several excursions – I’d highly recommend the tour ‘journey behind the falls’ and a ride on the Maiden of the Mist.
Journey Behind the Falls
Give yourself around an hour to do this one – it’s not that long but you will want to take some time just to stand on the viewing platform and be sprayed by the power of the water!
The trip consists of a lift down and a short tour of the Falls construction. Then, you go off by yourself to walk behind the water, through tunnels and to the platform.
Tickets are around £14 – make sure you go spring to autumn as the tour closes in winter.
Maiden of the Mist
This trip was incredible! You are given a poncho to keep you as dry as possible then board the two tier boat and head towards the main flow of water. It’s only when you’re directly underneath the water that you can appreciate the true power and scale of it.
make sure you stand on the right-hand-side of the boat as it’s the best view there and back! Tickets cost around £7 and the trip lasts around 10/15 minutes.
Niagara is also famous for its production of ice wine – a very sweet, thick dessert wine that involves the grapes being frozen whilst still on the vine.
Personally, I wasn’t a fan as it was incredibly sweet but while in the area, you should definitely give it a try!
- The food choices aren’t amazing so take a packed lunch or be prepared to eat hot dogs and chips
- Get there early to enjoy a slightly less crowded view
- Go on the 5th November so you can see the giant firework display