In response to Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme: Fantastic
Entry 1: Niagara Falls – Riding into the mist!
Photographed on May 27, 2005
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle between Ontario (Canada) and New York (USA). They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.
From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side and the American Falls entirely on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island.
The water that flows over Niagara Falls comes from four of the five Great Lakes: Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior. From the Falls, the water travels down the Niagara River to Lake Ontario, then to the St. Lawrence River and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.
Facts about American Falls:
- Length of brink: 1060 feet;
- Height: 176 feet;
- Volume of water: 150000 U.S. gallons per second.
Facts about Horseshoe Falls:
- Length of brink: 2600 feet;
- Height: 167 feet;
- Volume of water: 600000 U.S. gallons per second.
Maid of the Mist tour boat rides below the Falls and takes its passengers as close as it possibly can before the forces of the Falls push it back. Passengers may get wet.
Riding into the mist!