Niagara Falls, Canada is a pleasant city on the edge of the Niagara Gorge, at the site of the famous Niagara Falls. The city itself can best be described as quirky, with a carnival atmosphere showcasing all kinds of amusements, but its strategic location has made it one of the top tourist centers in Canada. The falls are easily reached by just a short walk along the main street that runs down Clifton Hill leading to the gorge. Three bridges link the city of Niagara Falls with its American counterpart, all of them with fine views into the gorge that divides the two.
Niagara Falls are some of the largest, most beautiful, and most famous waterfalls in the world. There are three parts to the falls, but the two main sections are the concave Horseshoe Falls, 640 meters across running from the Canadian shore to the American shore, and the American Falls, about 330 meters across, in the State of New York. There is also a small third section located between these two, known as Bridal Veil Falls. On the Canadian side of the falls, a walkway stretches from above the falls all the way along the edge of the gorge, providing spectacular views. At night, the falls are lit up in different colors.
Visitors can stand along a railing close to where the water tumbles 57 meters over the edge into the gorge. Just behind the viewing area is the Table Rock Welcome Centre with a restaurant overlooking the falls, shops, and an information and ticket booth where visitors can purchase tickets to the various attractions and tours.
Below the falls, the Niagara River flows through the deep walls of the gorge, between 80 meters and 300 meters across, forming the Whirlpool Rapids as the gorge narrows. The waters eventually flow into Lake Ontario.
Journey Behind the Falls
Journey Behind the Falls offers a closeup view of the falls from the base of Horseshoe Falls. From the Table Rock Welcome Centre, an elevator takes visitors down 45 meters to tunnels with viewing portals behind the falls and an observation deck near the lower edge of the falls. From here, visitors can look up at the wall of water coming over Horseshoe Falls and feel the rush of mist on their faces. This view offers a unique perspective and a completely different experience than viewing the falls from above.
Hornblower Cruises take visitors on close up tours to the base of all three falls in 700-passenger catamaran boats. There are different tour options, but cruises run all day and into the evening. This is a wet experience, and rain jackets are provided. Since the Maid of the Mist stopped operating out of Canada, this is the only boat tour option from the Canadian side that takes visitors to the base of the falls.