The Power of Nature: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the border between United States and Canada.   Horseshoe Falls, the largest lies on the border of U.S. and Ontario.  The American and Bridal Veil Falls lie entirely on the American side.

So what is the attraction of this place, that millions of people come each year, including tourists, honeymooners, and daredevils?

Perhaps it’s not only the beauty, but the power.  There are 500 falls in the world that are taller than Niagara, but what makes Niagara so impressive is the amount of water flowing over.  It has more than 6 million cubic ft. of water flowing over the crest line  every minute.

It is one of those tourist attractions that have tons of people that can be hard to deal with.  But, I still recommend it.  The roar of the falls,  the expanse of the flow, and the beautiful blue/green water is something to experience firsthand.

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We spent 5 days at Four Mile Creek State Park, located only 15 miles north of Niagara Falls State Park.  By camping in a NY State Park, it allows free parking in any other parks which saves you $10 per day.  Sites are large, nicely spaced with shade trees, picnic table, and fire pit.  There are 10 50 amp sites, 129 30 amp sites & 136 nonelectric.  10 waterfront sites are located on the shores of Lake Ontario.

In order to experience the Falls close up and personal, we purchased the Discovery Pass.  For $46 it includes 5 attractions: Maid of the Mist Boat Tour, Cave of the Winds, Aquarium of Niagara, Adventure Theater, Discovery Center, and unlimited trolley rides  for one day.

 

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It’s worth walking across the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side, a different view and perspective.

Moochdocking in Canada: Nice, EH?

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After leaving Niagara Falls, we went to Canada to visit our friends Judy and Doug .  We met them in Arizona, when we hosted together at Cave Creek Regional Park.

They live in a valley below the Niagara Escarpment on 20 acres with hiking trails outside their back door!

Despite being in their 70’s, Judy and Doug are avid hikers.  They even maintain part of the Bruce Trail that’s on their property.  At the top, we could see their house!  We had such a good time;  hiking, visiting local attractions, just hanging out on the deck enjoying happy hours and good conservation.

We checked out Blue Mountain Ski resort and rode the gondola.  Rick enjoyed the wildlife exhibit with a bald eagle.

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Hike to a waterfall

Their Monarch nursery!  It was soooo cool!  We left before the birth, but Doug shared his photos.  Amazing, EH?

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Thanks Doug and Judy for a wonderful time!

Next up, Finger Lakes, NY

10 thoughts on “The Power of Nature: Niagara Falls”

  1. We missed Niagara Falls when we were in the area last year. Gotta go next time we visit. It’s so touristy, of course, but I think it’s one of those places that’s touristy for good reason….because it’s completely incredible! Glad you guys had a great time!

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  2. I’ve been to Niagra Falls a few times, once as a geology student in college. We were able to get a tour of the power plant and go behind the falls. Dave and I have gone together once, the boat ride is fun when it’s not too crowded. Glad you were able to see Doug and Judy, looks like a wonderful visit with them.

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