Dating back around 12,000 years, Niagara Falls are the second largest in the world after Victoria Falls in South Africa. The Iroquois named the falls “Onguiaahra,” meaning “The Strait.” Channeling waters from four major lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie), the expansive Niagara Falls features three main sections, each with its particular charm: The Canadian Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.
On the Canadian side, we admired the vast 2,000-foot rim of the Horseshoe Falls. The adventurous tourists in search for a thrilling close look at the falls got drenched as the boats carrying them fought the tumultuous waters upstream, slowly advancing toward the base of the falls.
We took our canine friends for a leisurely walk past the imposing Beaux-Arts style building that housed the Canadian hydro-power station and through the idyllic paths of the Niagara Falls Botanical Garden.
We made it to Niko’s Place just in time to avoid a downpour and savored a Canadian cuisine staple: poutine! We made sure we got the complete deal: cheese curds and gravy – and a spritz or two of vinegar for a great finishing touch!
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