Four UNESCO World Heritage sites you may never have even heard of
By Jack Stacey
18 April 2018
There's nothing which quite imbues us with existentialist wonder as an ancient monument from a lost civilisation.Read more
Straddling the US-Canadian border, between the state of New York and the province of Ontario, Niagara Falls attracts as many as 12 million tourists every year. The Falls are split into three separate sections: the American Falls, the small Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canadian/Horseshoe Falls. The complex of the falls date back about 12,000 years, when melting glaciers allowed a passage of water from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It is believed that the waterfalls themselves were about seven miles away from their present site at that time, but that erosion has cut them back.
The Horseshoe Falls are the second largest falls in the world, after the Victoria Falls in southern Africa. They are also the easiest to access and view. Here the Niagara River cascades over the crest at the rate of 600,000 US gallons every second, travelling at 20 miles per hour. They are an impressive 2,600 feet (792 metres) wide, and stand at a height of 167 feet (51 metres).
From the laid-back city of Toronto to the dramatic Pacific Ocean setting of Vancouver and the natural beauty of Vancouver Island, this incredible adventure takes us across Canada by rail, lifting us high into the mighty Rockies in style and comfort on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world's greatest trains… see more
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Wake up in the city that never sleeps at the end of this epic adventure. This once in a lifetime journey takes you to some of America's most famous sights including Alcatraz, the Las Vegas strip, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, and travels on some spectacular railroad excursions, including the Grand Canyon Railroad.… see more
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Discover three fascinating cities and one world wonder on a captivating 10-day tour of North America. From the powerhouse of Washington D.C., our tour takes us to chic New York, absorbs the beauty of Niagara Falls from its Canadian side, and explores bustling Toronto.… see more
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Experience the ﬁery vibrancy and spectacular colours of Canada and New England in the Fall on this tour. Wander through magical Stowe on an autumnal stroll, gaze at the inspiring waters of Niagara Falls and explore some of Canada and New England's most famous cities.… see more
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Discover the best of Canada on this truly epic journey from Vancouver to Halifax. Travelling on iconic trains across the entire continent of North America, the view outside your window changes every day, from the towering Rockies to the central plains, the great lakes and finally the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia.… see more
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On this intrepid cross-continental adventure by train, we spend three unforgettable nights in fantastic Toronto, visit the incredible Niagara Falls and travel through the spectacular frosted scenery of the Canadian Rockies.… see more
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One of the most popular activities at Niagara Falls is the Maid of the Mist boat tour. The boat excursion runs across the calmer waters of the Niagara River, past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, before entering into the heavy mist of spray caused by the Horseshoe Falls. It is one of the best ways to experience the awesome power of the Falls. The Maid of the Mist was originally launched in 1846 as a ferry service between Canada and USA, but soon lost most of its business when the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge was opened. Within eight years of opening, the Maid of the Mist was transformed into a tourist service and has continued to operate in this way ever since.
Situated along the scenic Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picturesque, Georgian and Victorian styled town that was once the capital of Ontario. Today it has a beautiful Old Town and is well-worth a short visit.
At Table Rock you can admire the Falls from the viewing area, watching the immense flow from the mighty Niagara River - carrying water from the Great Lakes over the second largest falls in the world. From Table Rock you can take a trip behind the Falls. The "Journey Behind The Falls" begins with a descent, by elevator, 150 feet (46 metres) through bedrock to tunnels that lead to the Cataract Portal and the Great Falls Portal, which is one-third of the way behind the massive sheet of water. Then you walk on to the Upper and Lower Observation Decks at the very foot of the Falls.
Located along the Niagara River downstream from the Falls, the Niagara Whirlpool is a natural whirlpool with a depth of up to 125 feet (38 metres). The whirlpool spins anticlockwise during normal flow, although when water from the river is diverted into the surrounding hydroelectric power station, the flow is often known to reverse.