NIAGARA ISN’T THE WORLD’S LARGEST OR TALLEST OR WIDEST WATERFALL BUT WITH THE LARGEST VOLUME OF WATER IN THE WORLD GOING OVER A FALL, IT IS A SPECTACLE ALL ON ITS OWN. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DISCOVER THAT IN CANADA THERE ARE MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SEE IT
WORDS ANINDA SARDAR
PHOTOGRAPHY ROSHNI MANGHANI
The first time I saw the Niagara Falls was on telly. On Discovery Channel to be specific. In the days before the ‘Gram or any other social media the idiot box with its presenters and voice overs was the only way to get wiser. I know, it’s pretty ironic. The next time I saw the Niagara was in photos when mum and dad and others visiting the US saw the iconic falls and came back home with stories of how the whole spectacle was so much better from the Canadian side.
Standing on the Hornblower cruise boat in our red waterproof ponchos, which are made entirely from recycled plastic by the way, and trying to hear what our wonderful guide and friend Joanna was saying over the din of millions of gallons of water crashing down every second, I knew why the view is so much better on the side that has the maple leaf on the flag. Because essentially you’re facing the falls so you actually see the whole thing in its full glory. The Canadians do not need to build a platform jutting out over the river to see the falls. They just have to line up against the railing.
The Hornblower cruise itself is quite something because it actually takes you closest to the falls, just 80 feet away from where all the water is hitting the 168-feet deep channel. So, poncho or not, you’ll be drenched. We were. Good bit though is things dry out pretty quickly. Back on dry land, we headed for what would turn out to be the ride of a lifetime. A chopper ride over the Niagara. These guys have been operating ‘copter tours since 1961 and you can’t get a better view of the falls, the river and everything around it than from on board one of the Niagara Helicopters.
There’s another way to see the Niagara also, from behind it! On the Canadian side they dug tunnels behind the waterfall sometime back in the 19th century, can you believe it? Thankfully, the tunnels are still around and there are two cataracts and a platform where you can get right up close to the sheet of falling water. It’s quite something. Drenched a second time in the spray that the Niagara inevitably creates, we were hungry as hell and headed for lunch at the Table Rock House restaurant where the excellent food is backed up by magnificent views of the waterfall.