Down an overgrown path along the bluffs above the Niagara River gorge, a couple of miles downstream from the breathtaking cataract that gives Niagara Falls, New York, its name, there is a long-forgotten abutment from which city leaders think they can see the city’s future. Remarkably, it looks a great deal like the past.
Not the immediate past of Rust Belt decay and abandonment, or the unseemly history of industrial pollutants that seeped into the river and poisoned the earth. Instead, beyond the abutment’s edge lies a sanctuary for birds that wheel above the undisturbed waters far below, a riot of native greenery climbing the steep banks, and far in the distance, the eternal plume of mist from the Falls.
If you knew nothing about Niagara Falls, this is the view you might expect the city to offer a visitor. It is a view that Mayor Paul Dyster believes his city must be able to provide if it is to have any hope of reviving. “We have to develop a niche of the tourism market that plays to our strengths. And what we have over here,” he says, “is a close association with nature.”
But there’s a problem. As sublime as the view of the gorge might be, Dyster wistfully calls this stretch of the river “The Falls No One Gets To See.”
This is an excellent article that talks about how Niagara Falls, NY got to where it is, and what needs to be done to improve. I highly recommend it!
From the Ethiopian Review:
Mother Nature never ceases to amaze us. If, at times, we forget the awesome power she wields, all it takes to remind us is a glance at one of the earth’s most magnificent works of art: the waterfall. Monstrous in size, a fall’s power—and, most often, surreal setting—keeps visitors mesmerized year after year. Whether taken in from above, while looking down at the plunging water, or from afar for a pure panoramic effect, the nine waterfalls below are loved for their soaring heights, peaceful sounds and remarkable histories…
Niagara Falls in North America
This massive waterfall, which partially resides in Ontario, Canada, is located in America’s oldest state park—the Niagara Reservation State Park. Classified as a segmented waterfall because the water flow splits into two side-by-side falls, Niagara Falls is one of the most powerful waterfalls in North America. Four of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) drain into the Niagara River before spewing into Lake Ontario—which makes up one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.
From the Niagara Gazette:
After a man was stopped from jumping into the Niagara River and plummeting over the Horseshoe Falls Tuesday night, emergency personnel were unable to stop another man’s attempt Wednesday morning.
Unfortunately, it seems that the police are keeping busy with this sort of thing…
Yesterday’s link to a post by “Canada’s Adventure Couple”, was followed up with this one:
Last week I wrote a post about a short business trip to Niagara Falls. We shot some segments for a TV show that I work on overlooking the falls and we went to the Journey Behind the Falls to film a few segments under the Niagara River with the mighty waterfalls thundering in front of us and we shot our host indoor skydiving at Niagara Freefall.
It reminded me just how much I love visiting this town less than 2 hours from Toronto. There is so much to do and you can always find new attractions opening every year.
Someone with a WordPress blog posted about a trip to Niagara Falls:
So where were we, ah yes, Terence in Niagara Falls, already seven weeks ago, but definitely worth mentioning. On Sunday the 17th of May, I took the bus to Niagara Falls, to see the Falls, 😉 .
Once I arrived in Niagara Falls, I walked along the Niagara river towards the Falls, which are truly amazing and because of that I will not spent too much words describing the Falls, since that is nigh impossible, therefore I refer the reader to the separate page, Niagara Falls .
From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:
This year, like so many other years before it, Maid of the Mist Corp. helped mark the unofficial start of spring in Western New York and Southern Ontario by lowering its fleet of boats into the lower Niagara River on Friday.
The company has been preparing for tourism seasons much the same way since launching its first steamboat back in 1846.
And while some argue that’s too long for any one company to have a virtual lock on one of the region’s premiere tourist attractions, representatives say the Maid of the Mist’s lengthy record of success and safety has earned it the right to continue to serve as the one and only operator of boat tours beneath mighty Niagara Falls.