Back to our Niagara Falls visit, we now find ourselves on the Canadian side of the falls. This is the visitor's center and it is directly across from the tram area I showed you at the end of my last post. I thought this building to be a bit Gothic looking and scary, but that may just have been because the day was overcast and there weren't many people out and about at the time we visited.
Looking out of the windows in the visitor's center (which really is not scary at all once you are inside) we can fully see why this part of the Falls got its name of Horseshoe Falls. It is definitely horseshoe shaped. If you take the boat ride below the falls ( a must do!) the views of all three of the falls is incredible. This part of the gorge is a definite U shape and quite expansive. The amount of water flowing over the falls is mind boggling and when you take the boat ride you get to experience the water first hand-prepare to get drenched. The amounts vary due to the hydroelectric dams in this area but somewhere around 150,000 gallons of water per second flow over the falls!
A different angle of Horseshoe Falls.
The American Falls from the Canadian side.
Looking straight down over the fence one can feel the strength and force of the rushing waters. They are a pretty aquamarine color type of water. I think I learned in the movie that these waters that flow over the brink are glacial waters.
When you look upriver from the Falls you can see an old shipwrecked boat. This 'boat' is actually a scow. For an interesting story about this scow see this link.
One last picture. This one cracked me up. Do you think if you climb over this protective barrier there might be danger??? Just look two pictures up to see the danger!
in the garden....