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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11 Comments

Helen June 18, 2013 at 1:05 am

Wow! Breath-taking photos. This is indeed one of the most beautiful falls in the world!

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Anita Mac June 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

Next, you will have to visit in every season! Great photos btw, but to me, the falls are also spectacular in the winter when the mist freezes!

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Dave June 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I bet it’s amazing in the Fall, with the changing leaves.

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Cam @ Traveling Canucks June 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Awesome pics! You caught some fantastic weather for a helicopter trip

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Dave June 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Cam — we lucked out with the weather.

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Sam June 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I found Niagra falls to be slightly disappointing. Sure, the waterfall itself is quite magnificent, but the setting is just awful. The tacky hotels looming over the falls, all vying for the best spot along the shore line. It took the specialness out of it for me.

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Dave June 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Did you view it from the US or Canadian side? The development is very kitschy, but it didn’t take anything away from my experience in and around the Falls themselves.

If I was viewing from the US side, and saw the buildings in the background, I might’ve felt the same. From the Canadian side, you have your back to them the whole time.

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Arun June 19, 2013 at 12:19 am

Beautiful images. Especially loved the aerial shots. The helicopter ride indeed seems to be worth it.

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chinamatt June 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Those are some impressive shots. I haven’t been to Niagara since I was 8; think it’s about time to head back.

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LuizzeOliveira July 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

Wow Its such beautiful and eye catching photography of Niagara fall as well as specially I like the viewed from a park across the river. Its too good.

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Tom September 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

Amazing photos was at the Iguazu Falls last year which was amazing will defiantly be making of visit here and trip to Canada next year, we got a great package with Tour America something I have been planning for a while now.

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