Riding Into The Mist!

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.

Niagara Falls

American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls (American side)

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.

Niagara Falls

American Falls (American side)

Facts about American Falls:

  • Length of brink: 1060 feet;
  • Height: 176 feet;
  • Volume of water: 150000 U.S. gallons per second.
Niagara Falls

Horseshoe Falls (Canadian side)

Facts about Horseshoe Falls:

  • Length of brink: 2600 feet;
  • Height: 167 feet;
  • Volume of water: 600000 U.S. gallons per second.
Niagara Falls

Horseshoe Falls (Canadian side)

Niagara Falls

All three falls from left to right: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls

Niagara Falls

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.

Niagara Falls

American Falls

Riding into the mist!

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