Niagara Falls (2009)
Just a 121 km car, bus train ride away from Toronto, Niagara Falls is one of the most sublimely beautiful landmarks I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Niagara is actually a collective name for three separate water falls located on the Niagara River–Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Together, they form the largest flow rate of any waterfall on Earth, and Horseshoe Falls (the largest of the three) is the most powerful waterfall on the continent.
When I arrived by Amtrak, the first thing I noticed was the sheer enormity of it. At its peak, 160,000 meters cubed of water falls over Niagara’s crest line every minute, and boy can you feel it. Not only is it a sight to behold, the roar is deafening. Yet is a peaceful and calming roar in that it’s impossible to hear yourself think, and all you can do is take in the sensations.
I went in the summer time, when the current is the strongest. The water is a verdant green colour due to the water’s erosive force constantly dissolving rocks and salt from the riverbed. I couldn’t help but stay until after dark, when they turn on floodlights, giving the falls a spooky quality. I was also lucky enough to ride the Maid of the Mist boat cruise, which takes you right up into the rapids, as well as the Whirlpool Aero Car, a cable car which takes you over the Niagara whirlpool.
There’s plenty to do there that I didn’t get a chance to, like visiting Queen Victoria Park, standing on the observation deck of Skylon Tower, are hiking the Niagara River Trail. But I definitely plan on returning some day soon!