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Niagara

After the meeting Hao was kind enough to give me a lift to Niagara Falls.

The approach from upstream heightens the sense of anticipation:

Choppy

Looking over the edge was exhilarating:

Over The Top

I liked the way the light shines through the water as it thunders over the lip:

Maid Of The Mist

The Edge

No kidding!:

DANGER

The town above was a right old eye-sore.

Grokles

Though offers a nice panoramic view of both falls:

Panorama

We were amazed how the falls are eroding backwards at a rate of ~1 metre per year. Give it a hundred years or so and they’ll leave the town well and truly behind.

Being a part of the production line leading onto the Maid of the Mist was fun, the ticket price includes a free plastic raincoat (recycled afterwards):

Anoraks

It’s genuinely quite thrilling getting up close and personal to the falls. I particularly enjoyed the moment when the boat makes to turn downstream and starts to ‘ferry glide’:

Niagara From Boat

Further downstream we stopped at various vantage points to take in the view, this massive eddie is known as The Whirlpool:

Whirlpool

This dam seemed to be on the US side with most of the visible power lines headed into Canada:

dam.jpg

Hao was surprised to read about a battle here between the Americans and the Canadians (actually the Brits during the War of 1812):

Battle Of Fort George

After the falls, Niagara by the Lake was tranquil – you could just about make out Toronto and the CN Tower:

View Niagara To Toronto

Visible to the naked eye, but not done justice by my old camera:

Toronto.jpg