Niagara Falls: New York, USA and Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls is one of those places you hear about for a lifetime, so we stopped on our way to Toronto.  Harry had seen it years ago, while Susan had never seen it before.  We parked on Goat Island and walked out to Terrapin Point, which overlooks the Horseshoe Falls on the New York side.  The falls do not have the height of falls like Iguazu or Angel Falls, but on Goat Island one can get very close to the water where it goes over the edge, and feel the power of the water.  One can also walk over to Luna Island, where you are between the Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls.

There are many things to do at Niagara Falls:  there is an overlook near the Rainbow Bridge (one of two ways across the Niagara River into Canada), an aquarium, a rock climbing wall, a discovery center, an observation tower, the Maid of the Mist boat which takes you up close to the Horseshoe Falls, the Cave of the Winds, and a scenic trolley to carry you everywhere should you so desire.  There is a gift shop at the Top Of The Falls Restaurant, and the view of the Horseshoe Falls from the restaurant patio is wonderful.

We started our visit at Terrapin Point, at least somewhat mesmerized by the power of the falling water.

From there we walked over to Luna Island, where we had the Bridal Veil Falls to our left and the American Falls to our right.

As if all the activities and the beauty weren’t enough, as we left the falls to walk back to our car we encountered the Nikola Tesla Memorial, which has the original entrance to the power plant as a backdrop.  Tesla was a Serbian-American physicist, mechanical engineer and electrical engineer who had many patents to his name.  He is best known for his contributions to the modern alternating current electrical supply system.  His work is also the basis for modern wireless communication.  The power plant built by Tesla and George Westinghouse in 1895 at Niagara Falls was the first hydroelectric power plant in the world.

Note: If you board the Maid of the Mist, which takes you close to the Horseshoe Falls, the ponchos they have you wear on the boat and at the Cave of the Winds are not optional:  you will get wet!

After the short walk to our car we drove across the Rainbow Bridge into Canada.  Once across, we could not find a parking spot that cost less than $20, so Susan got out to take photos, while Harry drove around in circles…

The view from the Canadian side was spectacular, too, but in a different way, because up at street level you cannot get as close to the falls as on the other side. 

Niagara Falls is well worth visiting, on either side of the border.  You can see more photos in the album here.

                                                   Horseshoe Falls from Terrapin Point

Original post August 4, 2012

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