Photo Friday #23 – Waterfalls

If the theme is waterfalls the only option for me really is Niagara Falls – Canadian side, of course!

The giant Horseshoe Falls located on the Niagara River in Southern Ontario are a sight to behold, and to hear. They are beautiful and awe-inspiring to look at, but it’s the sound that really makes the experience for me. The roar of the water rushing over the drop is audible long before you can see anything but the plume of mist that rises high above the falls.

Niagara Falls

Combined with the Bridal Veil Falls on the American side of the river the falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, and Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in all of North America. This power has been harnessed for power generation in both Canada and the US for decades, together generating 4.4 gigawatts of power – enough to power 1.7 million homes! That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

Niagara Falls is definitely worth visiting, but I wouldn’t recommend planning to stay for too long. The city has never quite gotten over the unregulated development that happened in the 1950s and the streets near the falls are filled with little more than tat shops and tourist traps. Spend the afternoon admiring the falls and take a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat, but then head to greener pastures, like picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake or the Big Smoke, Toronto.

Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? Worth the visit or over-rated?

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