Friday 4 September 2020

White Water Walk, Niagara Falls, ON

Gord and I drove down to Niagara Falls today and did the White Water Walk.  It's something we've been wanting to do for a while.

Experience a first-hand lesson in the raw power and peril of the Niagara River’s Class 6 white-water rapids. The roar of the river provides a deceptive calmness, the perfect ambiance for your walk among the many viewing platforms that put you right at the river’s edge. For those looking for an up-close and personal view of nature’s power, you will not want to miss this. 

 This self-guided tour includes many stories about the geology of the Niagara Gorge and the plant and animal life you may see on your visit to Niagara Parks.

Travel by elevator down 70 meters to the base of the gorge and the impressive quarter mile of boardwalk that runs along the shoreline. Stepping out from the exit tunnel you will be immediately immersed in the soothing roar of North America's largest series of standing waves! Make your way down the self-guided boardwalk tour as you take in the crashing waves and enjoy an excellent view of the 410-million-year-old rock layers of the Niagara Gorge.

Branching off from the boardwalk are several viewing platforms that allow visitors to get even closer to the Whirlpool Rapids travelling by at 48 km/hr. These platforms also provide some of the best photo opportunities in the entire park!

It was really cool to be down next to the waves!  Were they strong and powerful!

We headed down the boardwalk.

There was about a 20 minute wait to get down to the first viewing platform.  Because of COVID, you could only go down with who you came with.

We climbed back up to the boardwalk and carried on.

There was no wait when we got to the second viewing platform.

Back on the boardwalk ...

And then we got to the end ...

And then we headed back to where we started ...

It was a fun way to spend a couple hours!

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