Niagara Falls From Every Angle

by Dave on June 17, 2013 · 11 comments

Birdseye view of Niagara Falls

Birdseye view of Niagara Falls

At 165 vertical feet, they aren’t the world’s tallest, but the three waterfalls which make up Niagara Falls have the highest flow rate in the world.

In the high water season, we’re talking more than 6 million cubic feet of water flowing over the edge, per minute.

After wrapping up this year’s North American TBEX conference in Toronto, I took a day trip to Niagara Falls.

The tour is extremely efficient, and includes:

  • Roundtrip bus transport with guide
  • Wine tasting on the ride out of Toronto
  • Optional helicopter rides ($104 extra, highly recommended)
  • Lunch overlooking the Falls
  • A ride on a Maid of the Mist boat
  • Visit to a scenic outlook point
  • Stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake, a cute town with awesome ice cream

Overall, I felt like I saw Niagara Falls from every possible angle.

One of the safe and comfortable Bell 407 helicopters used for the 10-minute scenic flights over Niagara Falls

One of the safe and comfortable Bell 407 helicopters used for the 10-minute scenic flights over Niagara Falls

Approaching Niagara Falls by helicopter

During the scenic flight, an audio recording cites information about the Falls, but I was too busy taking photos to hear a word that was said

As we flew clockwise over the Falls, a rainbow appeared

As we flew clockwise over the Falls, a rainbow appeared

If you look left of center, under the rainbow, you can see one of the

If you look left of center, under the rainbow, you can see one of the “Maids of the Mist” tourist boats

The American Falls as viewed from a park across the river

The American Falls as viewed from a park across the river

Horseshoe Falls

You haven’t been to Niagara Falls until you’ve taken a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat which travels past all three waterfalls. In this photo, we’re getting wet under the Horseshoe Falls.

At the edge of Horseshoe Falls

By foot, you can get extremely close to the edge of the Horseshoe Falls. It’s hard to believe anyone could survive a drop over the falls, but many people have lived to tell the tale.

Horseshoe Falls as seen from the Canadian side

Horseshoe Falls lookout point on the Canadian side. This scene reminds me of the scene in Superman II where the boy falls over the edge.

Full rainbows make regular appearances at the Falls

Full rainbows make regular appearances at the Falls

A double rainbow

A double rainbow. I like how the bridge in the background arches in the same way as the two rainbows.

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This tour was provided in partnership with Viator (minus the helicopter ride).

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