We explore one of North America’s natural wonders – Niagara Falls. Millions of gallons of water rocket over the cliffs every minute and millions flock to see its mighty power up close.
We’re on the Canadian side of the falls in Niagara Falls Canada to get an excellent view of the three waterfalls that make up the Niagara – Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls.
The Horseshoe Falls lie on the Canadian side and the American Falls on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island. On the Canadian side you can see them all.
We board the Hornblower Niagara cruises catamaran to journey much closer to the falls.
This catamaran holds about 700 passengers and takes us from the Canadian docks at the base of the Great Gorge past the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and up close to the thundering power and mist of Horseshoe Falls, the most powerful of the three falls.
This boat tour of the falls is North America’s oldest attraction and has been entertaining millions of visitors since 1846, including such dignitaries as Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Mikhail Gorbechev, and Brad Pitt.
Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet.
Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the last ice age, and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean.