Friday, September 20, 2013

Niagara Falls - Still Great After All These Years

Niagara Falls Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls and Maid of the Mist

Horseshoe Falls from Maid of the Mist.

Niagara Falls Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls and Maid of the Mist

Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls 

Niagara Falls which includes the larger Horseshoe or Canadian Falls and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls is an amazing natural wonder I haven't visited since a kid. The water flow over the combined falls is the greatest in the world and quite a spectacle. I was pleasantly surprised upon returning recently. There are plenty of touristy things to do away from falls and the "tourist trap" image probably deters some from visiting, but there is still a lot besides the obvious power and beauty of the Falls for the nature lovers who might be reluctant to visit.  Pure vistas of the falls can be had and there is plenty for the nature lover to enjoy and spend a day taking in the falls and "hiking" the rim trail and bird watching. Niagara Falls State Park is the first in the U.S. and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who designed Central Park and the vast majority of the park is pretty much devoid of tourists away from the falls. The Maid of the Mist is the classic "tourist" experience and the price is still remarkably reasonable - and being close to the Falls is not to be missed - no matter how played or uncool you might think it is. A tip - don't go on top of the boat with the masses - stay on the lower deck right side for the best video and pictures - as you can see in the video - your gear will get wet. Enjoy!

Here is a link for those who might want to take the paths less traveled around Niagara Falls -

Niagara River Gorge Hiking & Nature Lovers Guide

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