While I may be a seasoned traveller, I am by no means a ‘thrill seeker’ or outdoor adventurer, so I have never been as close to ‘nature’s fury’ as I was during my trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. The 30 minute ‘Maid of the Mist’ tug boat ride to the base of the Horseshoe Falls in Ontario was the most breath-taking fun I have had in all my travels. We came so close to the falls that we were drenched in an instant, we could not hear anything except the thunderous roar of the water, and condensation built up on my camera lens. Forced to put my camera away, I was unable to capture the true proximity of the falls, but the shots taken from the viewing platform should indicate just how close we came. The two featured photographs were taken from a tunnel carved into the cliff face, behind the falls, just about as close as you would want to be to one of the world’s most voluminous falls!
FYI: The Horseshoe Falls (Ontario, Canada) is known for its hydroelectric power and romantic beauty (Niagara being a popular honeymoon location). It is also the site of risk and tragedy over the years, with foolhardy daredevils and tourists losing their lives to this majestic force of nature. Approximately 90% of the Niagara River flows over Horseshoe Falls. The water passes over the crest at a speed of about 32 kilometres per hour (20 mph). The fall is 53 metres (174 ft) high, has an average crest elevation of 152 metres (499 ft) and faces northwards. The depth of the river at the base of the falls, estimated at 56 metres (184 ft), is actually higher than the fall itself.