The Canadians sure know how to treat a packet of oatmeal.
The Niagara Falls are pipped by Victoria Falls in Africa for both height and width, though not flow volume, despite hefty diversions in the Niagara River for hydro-electricity. However, they did make it on to CBC’s 2007 list of ‘Seven Wonders of Canada’. They are now also officially on the “Fearfully Thrilling Places to Sit Due to Their Somewhat Precarious Nature” list of Mr Porridge, Member of the Order of Good Cheer. The falls sneak in ahead of Bath’s open-top tour bus , the harbour front at Robin Hood’s Bay and the Joch Pass in Switzerland.
Americans get two falls and two islands.
Canadians get one fall and one tiny island set back from the edge. It’s a classic case of ‘less is more’… and ‘more is more’.
from adrenalin-stirringly close to the top;
from behind the veil;
and from outside near the base.
In a rare interview, given after his visit, the member was asked what he found most impressive about the falls. “The curve at the top. It’s the final moment of normalcy, of naïve ignorance, before mayhem. ”
The Niagara River does two right-angle turns – at the falls and at Niagara Whirlpool. This spot has taken lives too.
A few sips of the famous icewine (grapes picked when frozen) at a vineyard on the return journey amplified the feeling of general benevolence so much a trademark of Mr Porridge, OGC.