Stand Behind Niagara Falls on the Canada Side

Standing under a waterfall is what is actually on my bucket list, not standing behind one. But, the original goal probably would not be the wisest choice when we are talking about the mighty Niagara Falls. Standing behind it would surely be a much safer option.

Niagara Falls is a set of three powerful waterfalls, located between Ontario and New York, that gushes 34 million gallons of water per minute. I definitely don’t want to get sucked into that.

Niagara Falls

Though you can see the waterfall perfectly well from New York, on the Canadian side you can get a spectacular glimpse of this forceful wonder by just a simple walk along a paved path. You can also stand right next to the waterfall by taking the Journey Behind the Falls tour. This excursion will get you up close and personal with one of America’s most captivating attractions.

We arrived and were given a plastic, yellow rain poncho to use as water protection. And though it had limited fashion sense, I am grateful to have put it on, even if I looked like a latex duck.

We descended 150 feet in an elevator which led us to an outdoor observation deck where it was as if we had just entered a monsoon. The water from the 167 foot Horseshoe Falls pelted us, then subsided, then pelted us all over again. Did we just pay money for this?

In between shielding the waterworks, we were able to take note of exactly how close to Niagara Falls we actually were. The power was even more undeniable with only a few feet between us.

There were also two portals to be visited on this self-guided tour. A crowded tunnel leads you to each and gives you a quick peak right behind the falls.

As the line of tourists grew behind me, I felt pressure to take it all in and take photos…very quickly.

Annette White at Niagara Falls

The massive amounts of people were worth pushing our way through for a glimpse of the water that was forcefully pouring down about a dozen feet in front of us

We walked back through the dark tunnel soaked everywhere that the canary jacket did not cover. It wasn’t “standing under a waterfall”, but it was totally bucket list worthy.

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Stand Behind Niagara Falls on the Canada Side

12 thoughts on “Stand Behind Niagara Falls on the Canada Side”

  1. I want to go back to the falls and introduce Gav to the various ways you can experience them :-) I’ve only been to the Canadian side, so I want to include the American side next time.

  2. This is on my list too! I grew up on the East Coast and am sad to say I’ve never been to the Falls. Hope to change that soon!

  3. There are higher waterfalls than Niagara Falls, sure. But the width and incredible volume of the waterfall that straddles the border of Canada and the US is a bucket-list-worthy sight to behold. And when it comes to actually doing that beholding, there are almost as many options for travelers as there are gallons of rushing water careening over the cliffs.


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