Millions of tourists flock to the Niagara Falls on the Niagara River each year. The Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls together constitute the Niagara Falls. Of these, the prime attraction is the Horseshoe Falls, which is the largest of the three waterfalls. Two-thirds of it is located in Ontario, Canada and one-third in New York, USA.
Jewel of Niagara
The Horseshoe Falls looks spectacular due to its crescent shape, its height, width and the amount of water that gushes down from its rim. It is rightly called the ‘jewel of the Niagara’ with a height of 173 feet and a width of 2200 feet. Over 2,271,240 litres of water cascade over the crest of the falls every second.
Both Sides of the Border
There are many things to see and do on both sides of the Horseshoe Falls. As the majority of the Falls are located on the Canadian side of the border, Canada offers the best viewing points; on the ground and via Fallsview Hotels.
Queen Victoria Park, along the Niagara Parkway, offers a splendid view of the falls as does the Rainbow Bridge. The falls are also illuminated at night and makes for an enchanting sight along with the fireworks display over it. Another great place to check out the falls is Table Rock Welcome Centre where you can see the waters gush over at a closer range.
At the Journey Behind the Falls attraction at Table Rock, you can travel through tunnels situated behind the falls to see and experience the spray of the Horseshoe Falls. If you want to get really close to the falls, go for the Hornblower Niagara Cruises’ Voyage to the Falls. It takes you on a boat tour that enters the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. You can see and experience the spray of the waters gushing down from above. On the other side of the border in the USA, there is a similar boat trip called the Maid of the Mist which takes you for an up, close and personal look at the falls. Ponchos are provided by both boat operators.
On the US side, Goat Island is a great place for a panoramic view of the Horseshoe Falls. Located in the middle of the Niagara Falls, NY, this island has an observation area called Terrapin Point. Visitors flock to this place to get a magnificent view of the falls. For a stunning aerial view, you can also take a helicopter ride over the falls and look at it from a different perspective.
Horseshoe Falls – Fun Facts
- Many daredevils have tried various stunts over the Horseshoe Falls. 63-year-old school teacher Annie Edson Taylor was the first to attempt going over the flowing waters of the falls in a barrel and she survived.
- Fish swim over the falls all the time!
- While the flowing waters here rarely freeze, it has happened a couple of times when only trickles of water came down the falls.
- Many couples choose to get married against the backdrop of the Horseshoe Falls.
It’s a win-win situation for people on both sides of the border as there’s plenty to see and do at the Horseshoe Falls.
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