Niagara Falls a.k.a the Great Niagara Falls is probably one of the most humbling experiences you're going to have. It is one of the natural wonders of the world and once in a lifetime type experience. Most people associate Niagara falls with USA; it is a very popular destination for all those who visit USA.
I still hadn't visited this beauty during my earlier visits to the USA, when I had the opportunity to live in Canada for couple of months. I soon learnt that Niagara literally lies on the border of Canada and USA, each side having a city by the Falls, both aptly named as Niagara Falls. So I decided to make the most of my trip to Canada and visit the great Niagara Falls, although I felt I wouldn't do it justice since it was my first experience of the Niagara and it wasn't going to be from the American side just like everybody else's. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Some fast facts on the Falls -
Niagara Falls is located 20 minutes away from Buffalo, New York on the American side and about 90 minutes away from Toronto, Ontario on the Canadian side.
The Falls are located on the Niagara river consisting of three sets of waterfalls: the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, the Bridal Veil Falls as well as the American Falls on U.S. soil. The water stems from the upper Great Lakes and 90% of the water goes over to the famed Horseshoe falls.
In comparison to the other famous waterfalls, Niagara falls are considered smaller.
History of the Falls -
The history of Niagara goes back 12,000 years to the Ice Age, when large torrents of water were released from the melting ice, draining into what is now known as the Niagara River. The formation of Falls was a slow process that still continues today. The annual freezing and thawing of the Niagara River wears away at the rocks under the surface and gradual erosion continue to form a deeper horseshoe ridge, steadily moving Niagara Falls farther upstream.
USA v/s Canada -
So you've decided to visit this beauty and want to make the most of it. The question is, where from?
The following is a comparative analysis of the experience from both sides of the Niagara -
1. You can take a 30-minute cruise to the main Horseshoe Falls; known as Maid of the Mist from the American side and Hornblower Niagara cruise from the Canadian side.
2. Both sides have set of walkways/viewpoints right by the falls.
1. The Views - Let's be honest, Canada has the best view of the Niagara hands down. You can see all three falls from the edge and can walk along the sidewalk of the Niagara falls parkway all the way to the rim of the gorge without ever losing sight of the falls. You can even sit right beside the Horseshoe falls, watch the Niagara river flow and fall down to great heights.