Niagara

Inasmuch as winter is not the ideal time for a Toronto vs Montreal comparison, there is one tourist destination in which the weather worked to my advantage.

Surely not Niagara Falls, as the title of this post suggests, you say? Yes, Niagara Falls. That is, if your intent is to actually see the geologic marvel that are the falls. I was able to capture the stunning images and video below primarily because the crowd at the overlook was only 1-2 tourists deep. At the height of summer, I likely would’ve needed a selfie stick just to figure out which tourist attraction I was at.

As it turns out, within a short drive of the depressingly flat city of Toronto, there is a spectacular hydrogeological formation that, even at less than 50% of its natural capacity, is quite something to behold.

Formed as the glaciers receded at the end of the last Ice Age, the falls are the result of the Niagara river draining lake Erie into Lake Ontario. the largest of the 3 waterfalls, the Horshoe falls are bisected by the Canada-US border and governed by a special treaty, the 1950 Niagara Treaty and the International Niagara Board of Control (IJC). Water flow is controlled by the International Hydroelectric Dam further upstream. Flow is halved at night and during low tourist season. Nevertheless, it is quite impressive when you can get up close enough to see the beautiful teal water glide over the precipice.

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