“At last, fortissimo!” This was what the famous Austrian composer Gustav Mahler had to say about Niagara Falls. In music, fortissimo is defined to be the point at which the music must be played very loudly. It is believed that Mahler was comparing this to the loud rush of water. And he was right to claim that as the falls do not fail in demanding to be heard.
Niagara Falls is one of the most famous attractions in the United State. I visited the falls when I was about 4 years old with my mom, dad, and grandparents. And let me tell you, the falls were dangerously beautiful. I remember just staring in awe at how powerful the water rushed by… as if nothing else mattered in the world. At the time, my grandparents had just visited the States for the first time and they also recall just staring in shock. In its own way, for more than one reason, Niagara Falls will leave you breathless.
Now before I tell you more about the wonders of the falls, it is only fair that we learn a little about its history first!
Niagara Falls is actually estimated to be about 12,000 years old. To give you a better picture, think of the Ice Age. It was created by large amounts of ice that melted and flowed into what is now known as the Niagara River. The point at which the river actually drops off into the falls is called the Niagara Escarpment. To this day, with the yearly freezing and melting of the Niagara River, the falls continue to undergo erosion and formation.
It is assumed that the Native Americans were actually the first people to have discovered the falls. However, Father Louis Hennepin, a French priest, was the first European to document it in 1678. By the 1800s, the improving rail system had helped bring more visitors to the falls. From then onwards Niagara Falls continues to amass thousands of tourists. The name “Niagara Falls” is actually the collective name for the three waterfalls that make up it – Horseshoe or Canadian Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.
Niagara Falls is also an international border between the US and Canada. The one I visited is located in New York while the other side is in Ontario, Canada.
The memories refreshed:
Although it has been many years since I’ve visited Niagara Falls, I still clearly remember the boat ride that we took towards the waterfall. The name of the tour is called Maid of the Mist and what they usually do is that they take you near the Canadian falls for an up-close and personal look. Again, me being a small 4 years old, got completely soaked in water within minutes. And again, as any Indian mother, my mom fussed over me getting a cold but, it was an overall refreshing experience that honestly beats any water park.
Now a small PSA, even though all visitors are given a poncho, you should definitely pack extra clothes and shoes. Especially electronic devices should be taken care of because my mother tried taking a video of the waterfall and well…I guess you already understand how that story ended.
Niagara Falls also has many other attractions such as the Rainbow Bridge and Queen Victoria Park. They also have an amazing light show where the falls are lit up in various colors and have accompanying background music. Truly it was an overall exciting experience.
So, there you have it, my fellow travelers. Explore the world while you can for there is much to see in a small amount of time. For more information about the attractions and where I got my references from, I have added the websites right below so do check it out!