Made up of three waterfalls, Niagara Falls straddles the border between Canada and the United States, on the Niagara River that drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. Combined the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, and the American and Bridal Veil Falls on the American side, have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. The Horseshoe Falls, at a height of 167 ft (51 m) sees about 2.3 million liters fall per second, while the American and Bridal Veil Falls, at a height of 176 ft (54 m) see 567, 000 liters fall per second. That’s a lot of water!
The Journey Behind the Falls is an attraction that promises visitors an unique view of the Falls from below and behind. While my Mom, the kiddo, and I have all visited the Falls before, L hadn’t and none of us had experienced the Falls from these vantage points so we decided this was a must-do for our day out in Niagara Falls.
I’m not sure if it was just me but I found the entrance a little hard to find. I guess it makes sense that it would be where it is – in the Visitors Center- but we figured there would be signs posted making it clearer. Maybe we missed them? If you’re headed here for a visit that’s where you’ll find the entrance. There is also parking across the street ($18 per day) and that’s really as good of a spot as any as we didn’t find any any less expensive than that.
The entrance fees offered us access to two tunnels down 150 ft (45 m) through the bedrock that lead to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal which are about one-third of the way around behind the falling water.
At this point, I must admit, we weren’t really impressed. We went to each of the portals and thought, “That’s it? Well this is just some water running off the edge of the wall.” Now granted it’s a lot of water gushing past you pretty quickly (65 km/hr in fact), and it is pretty loud down there, but it still didn’t seem worth the hubbub.
After the portals though things got much better. We headed back through the tunnels and came out on the Upper Observation Deck (there are two levels to the deck) and from here we were right beside the rushing wall of water. Now this was cool! And wet! Of course being so close to the Falls the mist from them was almost like rain at times but we had on the very stylish bright yellow ponchos they gave us to wear on the way in. You’ll definitely be thankful for them and do be careful with your camera.
Back inside along the tunnels there are some signs posted telling you a little about the history of the Falls and the tunnels, and some stories of some famous people who have visited. The main attraction is definitely the Falls themselves though so I’ll leave you with a few more views of them today.
Open year round except Christmas Day. For information about their opening hours and admission fees, please click here.
If you’ll be visiting Niagara Falls for longer there is a “Wonder Pass” that includes entrance to Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, the Butterfly Conservatory, along with two days transportation on the WEGO Hop-on, Hop-off bus.
For further directions and a map please click here.