Today was the day to visit Niagara Falls … it was magnificent due to the sheer volume of water falling down to 60 feet … some facts from their site:
- The Falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old
- Falls were formed when melting glaciers formed massive fresh-water lakes (the Great Lakes) one of which (Lake Erie) ran downhill toward another (Lake Ontario).
- There are actually two waterfalls in Niagara, the American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
- The Horseshoe Falls are 180 feet (57 meters) high and allow 6 million cubic feet (168,000 cubic meters) of water over the crest line every minute during peak daytime tourist hours (that is about a million bathtubs full of water every minute!).
Niagara Falls is a town which is run by its own municipality and it manages itself entirely with the money earned from tourism. It has botanical butterfly gardens and among other interests, a casino. The houses around looked to me like old towns in the western cowboy movies, a little worn out, a little shabby but the acres and acres of lands that are managed are magnificently beautiful.
I also did not see any tourist throwing plastic packets on the streets or spitting or … yes, I know that this is a first world country and people do not do things like that here … I was thinking of the sheer lack of this in India i.e. accountability and responsibility that come from a sense of owning your country’s resources and treating them as your own.
We had taken a tour package and it provided a lunch at Sheraton on the 13th floor enjoying the beauty from above. It was very beautiful, specially because one can see the lakes on both US and Canada side from where the water comes to the falls.
on the way we went to a local farmer’s market and had yummy home made ice creams, cherries and peanuts.
Niagara on the Lake
“Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, has a long and distinguished history. Site of the old Neutral Indian village of Onghiara, it was settled at the close of the American Revolution by Loyalists coming to Upper Canada, many of whom had been members of the much feared Butler’s Rangers based during the American Revolution at Fort Niagara, then under British control” (source: https://www.niagaraonthelake.com)
It is very scenic town, almost from a fairy tale book! Lots of restaurants, shops and hotels on the main road, while the residential areas are on the side lanes. The river flows by the town and everything is just perfect, actually a bit too perfect for me. But it was enjoyable and certainly very soothing to the eyes.
Our last stop of the day (phew!) was one of the wineries in Niagara Falls. There are approximately 1500 wineries and they are famous for making ice wine. Ice wine is apparently made from frozen grapes and has only 11 percent alcohol. It is extremely sweet and can be used as a liquor or added to food, etc.
After this I was totally tired, just could not take any more of “tourism”. Came back home and had a nice bath to retire for the night.
Let me know what do you think?