Thundering Falls


Niagara originates from the Neutral Indian name "Ongniaahra" meaning "Thunder of Waters". This is a sight that shouldn't be missed. We hung out at the local KOA... not bad but not as good as the KOA in Sault St. Marie! The temperatures were hot and humid and we were thankful for the outdoor swimming pools.

We took a drive over to Niagara Falls, as I had never seen them before. Mark had been there a few times but something he had never done was to go on the "Maid of the Mist". We decided to go for it and got our tickets. It was really spectacular to see the falls from so close, the water crashing all around you was deafening and you were just shocked by the power of this force. What a memory! As we got off...soaking wet....we thought they might find a more appropriate name for this excursion...perhaps would be "The Maid of the Drenched."

Niagara Falls was the site of the first hydro electric generation back in 1882. Today, it's power lights up homes all over the Ontario, New York and other neighbouring states. The amount of water here is breathtaking. The Canadian power stations draw 56,500 cubic feet of water per second and the American power stations draw 32,500 cubic feet of water per second and still the falls roar. There is an amazing 150,000 gallons of water passing by each second. A tremendous site to behold.

Next stop - the 'theatre' village of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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