Niagara Falls

I’ll post more about the show in Toronto when some of the pictures, sound and video start coming in (I think this may be the best-documented show Mike and I have ever played) but in the meantime, I’m posting some pictures from my stop at Niagara Falls (on both sides of the border) on the way home. It was a cold and rainy day, but in a way that made it more magical. The main problem with these photos is that the most powerful experience of the Falls is not the visuals, but the sound and the vibration and the power that you feel.


Canadian Falls
The Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side are large and powerful, so much so that they’re surrounded by an enormous cloud of mist. If you stand and watch for any length of time, you’ll get soaked.
Canadian Falls
Canadian Falls
Behind the Falls
For about CAN$12, you can take an elevator down and walk through a long tunnel under and behind the falls, to a viewing platform beside the falls near the bottom.
Behind the Falls

But there’s not much to see, since the mist pervades everything.

There are two viewing portals cut into the rock behind the falls themselves, but the view is amazing only in concept. (This was more interesting than the other one, which was completely iced up.)
American Falls
The American Falls are separated from the Canadian Falls by Goat Island (in the background; behind it on the right you can see the Canadian Falls). The American Falls are smaller and less powerful, but you can see them better since they don’t generate so much mist.
American Falls
One advantage of going in the off season was the incredible ice formations around the Falls. (The lack of crowds didn’t hurt either.)
American Falls
Move this photo up to the ice section
Niagara River
Ice floes on the Niagara River south of the Falls.
Niagara River
Goat Island
Looking over at the Canadian Falls. The buildings behind the cloud of mist are enormous 25-story hotels on a ridge overlooking the Falls.
Goat Island
Lower Viewing Platform Closed For Season
At this time of year the snow and ice are still covering the railings of the viewing platforms closer to the Falls.
Lower Viewing Platform Closed For Season
The cloud of mist from the Canadian Falls is in the background, along with the hotels and casino in Niagara, Ontario.
American Falls
Arch of Power
On Goat Island, there’s a monument to the engineers who created the first hydroelectric power plant. It’s the original arch entrance of Powerhouse No. 1 built in 1895.
Arch of Power
Nikola Tesla
And a monument to Tesla, whose inventions made the plant possible.
Nikola Tesla

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13 Responses to Niagara Falls

  1. penelopexxx says:

    the last falls pic is great!! I love the arch of power. something about it is very appealing.! THANKS for sharing!1 🙂

  2. harrietbrown says:

    The pictures were fantastic! Thanks for sharing part of your trip. I look forward to hearing of your further adventures.

  3. Oh, WOW. Stunning. I don’t even know where to look first! God, to breathe that air just once (she says, as she takes another drag from a cigarette. Gotta love hypocrisy!).

    BTW, I flaked out on a mix for you, but it’s coming. You’re such an intimidating audience to mix for, I’ve been paralyzed every time I put a playlist up! I think I may have to go with a novelty theme, at best. 😀

  4. I have never seen pictures of ice like that before, at the Falls or elsewhere. Thank you SO much for sharing them…. I really want to visit myself now sometime in winter. They are amazing!

  5. Gorgeous. Where are the goats on Goat Island?!

  6. narode says:

    Niagara Falls

    Makes me want to experience the falls myself. My favorites are the various ice formations and floes. Did you have a little raincoat for the camera 🙂

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