Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls is one of those natural wonders, like the Grand Canyon or the Great Barrier Reef, that need no introduction. Situated in the northeastern portion of North America, where New York State meets Canada’s Ontario province, Niagara is actually the collective name for three waterfalls: the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls (from smallest to largest). Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in the northern portion of North America, runs into the Niagara River, and it becomes the great falls that is world renowned as that water drains into Lake Ontario.

The sheer volume of water that constantly flows past at Niagara truly makes it a wonder of the natural world; though commercialization and tourism have caused the Falls to lose some of its magnificent force, the flow rate remains impressive: over 85,000 cubic feet (of water) per second. Niagara Falls continues to be a tourist favorite among natural attractions within North America, with over 20 million visitors making the pilgrimage to either the Canadian Side or the United States’ side each year.

Since only the Horseshoe Falls lie on the Canadian side, which is the smallest of the three falls, it is recommended that visitors venture to the Canadian side of Niagara, for a great view of the two falls on the American side, the Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls. Another great option is to utilize one of the three bridges that carry vehicular traffic and pedestrians over from one side to the other; my favorite, the Rainbow Bridge, offers a great view of Niagara as a whole as you approach the middle of the expanse.