Top 3 Natural Wonders You’ll Find At Niagara Falls
There’s no doubt that the Niagara Falls are one of the great natural wonders of the world – tourism boards and the general public alike have even been pushing to have the Falls officially named the Eighth Wonder of the World.
While it might not be official as of yet, the Niagara Falls are an undeniable natural phenomenon, with or without a title. Below, we highlight three of the incredible places you’ll find on your Niagara Falls day tour.
The Horseshoe Falls
We don’t mean to brag (it’s not a very Canadian thing to do), but Canada is incredibly proud of its half of the Niagara Falls, which the country shares with its American neighbours to the south. Known as the Horseshoe Falls, the Canadian side flows from Lake Erie over a 57-metre drop into a part of Lake Ontario known as the Niagara Gorge. While 3000 tons of water collectively makes its way over the Niagara Falls every second (at a speed of 56 kilometres per hour), over 257408 litres of that total falls on the Canadian side – nine times more than the American falls.
The result is a spectacular water show, which on sunny days often plays home to a few rainbows in the ever-present mist of the falls. In the evenings, the Falls are beautifully illuminated by an incredible system of energy-efficient LED coloured lights. Certain colours are sometimes chosen for the display to mark important dates or holidays.
This natural wonder is estimated to be about 12,000 years old, and has taken on a few different forms throughout its history as the water continues to erode the earth it flows over. At its current rate, the falls retreat by about one foot each year.
One of the best ways to get a look at the Horseshoe Falls on a Niagara to Toronto bus tour, is to board a boat with Hornblower Cruise Lines. The boats (in this case, catamarans) take passengers right up to the face of the Horseshoe Falls, where millions of litres of water fall into the Niagara Gorge. Ponchos are highly recommended as you get up close and personal with the mist!
As mentioned above, the Niagara Gorge marks the beginning of Lake Ontario, as water falls from Lake Erie. The Gorge is a natural phenomenon in its own right, formed after thousands of years of water erosion. In its early days, the Niagara Falls fell over a steep cliff in the Niagara Escarpment. The amount, weight and speed of the water carved out a river at the bottom of the falls, linking two of the Great Lakes.
On your Niagara bus tour from Toronto, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the observation platform high above the Niagara Gorge, to take a look at the incredible view. While you’re there, you’ll also catch an amazing glimpse of a third natural Niagara wonder, noted below.
Niagara Whirlpool and Rapids
With so much water rushing over the rocky landscape of the Niagara Escarpment, a few miles down from the Falls you’ll find another incredible site of nature.
Within the Niagara Gorge is the world’s largest whirlpool, formed by a swift change in direction as water enters and exits this part of the river. In order to flow into a more narrow channel, the water has to turn counterclockwise after it enters the pool, creating a huge swirl as it makes its way through.
Close neighbours of the whirlpool are another must-see site on your Niagara to Toronto bus tour – the Niagara Rapids. A set of Class 6 whitewater rapids, these aren’t for the faint of heart – it’s the highest level of danger that can be assigned to a group of water rapids, according to the International Scale of River Difficulty. The water rushes by at about 47 kilometres, or 29 miles, per hour.
There are several observation platforms along the river, allowing you to get a multi-angled look at this whitewater formation. Within the rock layers of the cliffs that border the sides of the river, there are 410 million years of geological history.
Planning Your Visit
We’re proud to say that all of the aforementioned natural wonders are all stops on the Niagara Day tour from Toronto. Our itinerary allows you to see all of these incredible sites and more, and since we’ve taken on all of the agenda planning, you’ll get a chance to relax while you’re being amazed by the (unofficial) Eighth Wonder of the World.