In the mist of the Niagara Falls

Today is meant to be the last sunny day in a week in Niagara Falls, so we drive through the horrendous traffic of Toronto to go there, 2h30 away. We expected it, the whole area is a tourist trap, but after paying the $25 for the parking we get rewarded with the view. The mighty falls stun. To give you facts about it I have to go on the internet, because there’s no informative sign about the falls on site. Even in the “welcome center” there’s no exhibit, just a food court and a cinema… anyway, here are some facts taken from the Niagara falls state park website:

  • 3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second.
  • The water falls at 9.75 meters per second.
  • Horseshoe falls are 792.4 meters wide and 50 meters high.
  • Horseshoe falls drop 2,271,247 liters per second, producing 2,509 tons of force.
  • Niagara Falls is capable of producing over 4 million kilowatts of electricity.
  • Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River, (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) before emptying into Lake Ontario. These five Great Lakes make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.


Along the Niagara river is a parkway, we drive it from the falls to the North end of the river in the town of Niagara-on-the-lake. The area is at a latitude close to Bordeaux and northern California, so there’s a lot of vineyards around.