The Magnificent Niagara Falls

North America - Editor - 18 August 2011

The Magnificent Niagara Falls

Just outside of Buffalo, New York, is a magnificent natural wonder that is a recommended attraction in this region. It is one the most powerful sights visitors will ever see, not only in its beauty but because of its natural strength, as the Niagara Falls are a force to be reckoned with, fed by the Niagara River. The falls has a particularly unique feature, in that they are separated into two sections, one on the Canadian side named Horseshoe falls and on the American side, there is the large American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, which is significantly smaller than the American Falls.

Goat Island separates the two sections, and Luna Island separates the Bridal Falls from the American Falls. It is said that the Niagara Falls were created by the last ice age that was experienced on earth, formed by receding glaciers. The falls might not be very high, but they are wide and an approximate four million cubic feet of water flows over the crest line every minute. It can reach volumes of six million cubic feet, and the water is always in high flow.

Due to its ability to create hydroelectric power, the falls almost fell under the threat of constantly developing industry, but are now conservation areas and are protected. Observation towers were erected to minimize human traffic to the falls. On the American side of the Niagara Falls, the Prospect Point Park Observation Tower offers visitors magnificent views of the falls, and the Maid of the Mist docks here. There is also the Cave of the Winds to explore from Goat Island, as well as the Power Portal and the Three Sisters Islands. The Nikola Tesla statue can be seen at the Power Portal. Visitors can also opt for a helicopter ride or helium balloon ride to discover these wonders. The Seneca Indian Tribe established the Seneca Niagara Casino in the old Niagara Convention Centre building.

If on the Canadian side, visitors will be able to look forward viewing both the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls from Queen Victoria Park that offers viewing platforms and breathtaking lawns. The Skylon Tower also offers an observation deck, as well as the Minolta Tower. There is a Niagara Recreational Trail, the historical 1812 sites of Fort George and Fort Erie, the Whirlpool Aero Car and two casinos and hotels, namely the Casino Niagara and the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.

Niagara Falls is a wonder of nature that will take your breath away. Why not discover the thundering waters for yourself?


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