What can I tell you about Niagara Falls that you don’t already know? Probably not much. But what I can tell you is it’s true what they (who’s they?!) say, the view from the Canadian side is the view to see. Okay, I say that even though we didn’t visit the falls from the US side, but when you’re on the Canadian side, there’s no arguing the point.
The Water Literally Roars
The day was pretty much perfect. The sky was clear and blue, the sun shone down upon us with just the right temp and although it was a national holiday in Canada, and the area was seriously mobbed, we had no problem taking in the views. I gotta tell you it’s somewhat mesmerizing. It’s as if you just can’t take it all in. And the sound. The sound of 600,000 gallons of rushing water falling over Horseshoe Falls, every second, literally roars.
It’s Just a Waterfall, Right?
What I can tell you is no one should miss an opportunity to visit Niagara Falls. Seriously. It’s that incredible. I know, maybe you’re thinking, “It’s just a waterfall, right?” Wrong. It’s kind of like saying Mt. Rushmore is just a few faces carved in to the side of a mountain. Also wrong. Both are once-in-a-lifetime places to see and experience.
Another tidbit I can tell you is that the American and Bridal Veil Falls may soon be redirected to allow for the replacement of a 115-year-old pedestrian bridge. I suppose it could be interesting to see a dry waterfall of that magnitude, but I’d vote for seeing the falls in action.
What May Surprise You
There is something about visiting Niagara Falls that may surprise you. Have you been to Laughlin, Nevada? Probably not. But if you have you know that Laughlin is a mini Las Vegas on the banks of the Colorado River. It feels all wrong and it’s the same thing on both sides of Niagara Falls. It’s just so wrong to have casinos looming over the banks of the beautiful Niagara River. With that being said though, we did enjoy an amazing lunch in one of those casinos, with stellar views of the falls. And, I suppose if you reserve a room in one of the casino hotels you’d have stellar views from your room. But, it still feels all wrong. I kept thinking of long ago days when honeymooning at Niagara Falls was considered to be the ultimate romantic honeymoon; what’s romantic about casinos?!
We had a terrific day taking in the wonder known as Niagara Falls and I highly encourage you not to miss an opportunity to visit this awesome force of nature.
If You Go
- If you are on the US side you can easily reach the Canadian side (or vice versa) by just walking/driving across the bridge as long as you have a passport.
- There are no entrance fees to visit the falls.
- 20-minute boat rides are offered on both sides of the river.
- Parking in a casino parking garage – $20CAD.
Great, I have heard a lot about this waterfall but never had time to visit. Maybe next time I will go. Thank for sharing.
Great to know the falls are worth visiting …
They are indeed! I hope one day you’ll visit and see for yourself!
Somehow.. we never made it there. We did get to Victoria Falls in Zambia/ Zimbabwe and will be sure to hit Iguazu in South America but thanks for showing the lovely US version of great falls!
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You’re welcome! And, I’ll look forward to seeing your pictures from Iguazu in South America!
Totally agree about the strangeness of all the casinos, etc, surrounding the falls, we were expecting some kind of national park so we found it really odd! We also thought the view from the Canadian side was better too. Overall we loved visiting Niagara Falls, it’s one of the most incredible natural wonders I’ve ever seen. Glad you had a good time and I’m eager to hear more about Canada!
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I remember you having the same impressions when you visited Niagara Falls. It’s just such a contrast!
Incredible place it must’ve been amazing to see it. These falls have been on my list for ever, but just never made it there. I have enjoyed your post, pictures and films. Thank you.
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Thanks for reading, Gilda, we greatly appreciate the feedback. Niagara Falls has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for years, glad we finally made it!
Beautiful! Last time in Niagara Falls was about 40 years ago.
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