Having grown up less than an hour away from Niagra Falls, people are shocked that I’ve never made a voyage on the Maid of the Mist. So when Aussie Jane came to visit, I shelled out my $20 to get so close to the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian Falls) where you get spectacularly and gloriously drenched.
Niagra Falls was formed 12,000 year ago and water flows over from four of the five Great Lakes. Other interesting facts:
- The word “Niagara” is from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “the strait”
- It’s the largest producer of electric power in the world
- 20% of the world’s freshwater lies in the Great Lakes, and most flows over Niagara Falls
- The flow over the Horseshoe Falls has only halted once in 1848 due to an ice jam and people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed
- The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher
- Attracts 12 million visitors a year
Debuting in 1846, the Maid of the Mist is North America’s oldest tourist attraction. You can’t consider a trip to Niagara Falls complete, without a ride on the Maid of the Mist that takes you from the Canadian docks past the base of the American Falls, then into the basin of the spectacular Canadian Horseshoe Falls. But be prepared, you will get wet even if you do wear the plastic blue poncho! It’s almost impossible to take pictures of the Horseshoe Falls up close since you are constantly being sprayed in the face by the mist, but we tried anyways.
Sadly, the summer of 2013 will be the last year for the Canadian Maid of the Mist as an American company will be taking over but can compare to a piece of history that Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe and Brad Pitt have rode on!