Niagara Falls Vacation Tips

Where To Stay And What To See

Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Falls
Located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is Horseshoe Falls, also called Canadian Falls. This horseshoe shaped waterfall is probably the most photographed of all three of the falls and is the waterfall that most people associate with Niagara.

Situated predominantly on the Canadian side of the border between the two countries, the Falls is located between Goat Island's Terrapin Point on the New York side and Table Rock on the Ontario side. It is 2200 feet wide with water rushing over it at a speed of about 20 mph. Today, it is 173 feet high but the rushing water pummeling the rock below actually makes the falls a bit taller every year. While the water rushing over the Falls is about 10 feet deep, the water at the base is even higher than the Falls itself being about 184 feet.

Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful and majestic of all the waterfalls at Niagara channeling 90% of the water from the Niagara River over its horseshoe shaped edge. In fact, so much water falls over there that and natural mist occurs around the Falls which actually makes it kind of hard to view.

The best way to view the Falls is from the Canadian side South of the rainbow Bridge along the Niagara parkway and also at table rock. You can also get a great view from the skyline Tower. On the American side you can get pretty close to the Falls at Terrapin point on Goat Island. While the Falls the great during the day, you want to check them out at night to because they are all lit up with colored lights.

While you'll certainly be gazing at Horseshoe Falls on your trip to Niagara, there are plenty of other things to do as well. If it's nature you want, you want to check out Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls from every angle as well as visit some of the great parks, botanical gardens, and even the exotic bird museum on the Canadian side. If you prefer history, go down the road a bit to the dear devil Museum when you can see memorabilia of all of those who have attempted to beat Niagara Falls by plummeting over it in various contraptions.