Last month I took a trip to the falls in Niagara with two friends from France. It was their first time and also, mine! Even though I’ve lived in Ontario for most of my life, I had never been to the falls. I drove from Ottawa, a 6-hour drive and we arrived mid-afternoon under a covered sky.
Our first real glance of the falls, both the American and Canadian sides, was from our hotel room. We stayed at the Crown Plaza, a mere 5-minute walk from the falls. The hotel clerk upon hearing it was our first time at the falls, upgraded us to a room with a view.
We quickly unpacked and headed out for our first close up view of the falls. I was surprised at the number of people on the boardwalk, given it was a weekday. When one is on the Canadian side of the falls, the American falls are the first to be seen.
One often sees rainbows over the falls due to a number of water drops floating in the wind. That afternoon, I saw multiple double rainbows which make for fun photos.
Approximately 90% of the Niagara River flows over the Canadian Falls, commonly known as the Horseshoe Falls.
I was very interested in seeing the falls at night, hoping they would be lit. Armed with my tripod I headed to the boardwalk and I was amazed to see the falls lit up with a variety of coloured lights. I especially enjoyed the patriotic light show on both falls. Red white and blue on the US Falls, and the red and white colours on the Canadian Falls.
I’m often trying to find some interesting points of view when taking photographs, and I chanced upon this seagull that seemed quite used to being around people.
The next morning, we decided to ride the Niagara Skywheel to truly see a bird’s eye view of the landscape. For a mere $12, one gets to experience three full turns of the 53 meters (175 feet) wheel in a climate controlled closed-in gondola. We had breathtaking views of the falls, the Niagara River, the boardwalk and the surroundings.
Although the trip was short, we did have the chance to view the falls several times. The force of nature can truly be seen and heard at this magnificent location.