Published: August 13th 2010August 13th 2010
The American Falls are on the U.S. side of the Niagara River.
The trip to the park where I was staying in Lockport, New York ran very close to the Erie Canal and, as the name suggests, a section of the locks system is close by.
My first day however, was ear-marked for Niagara Falls. I knew I wanted to take a ride on the "Maid of the Mist" and see as much of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls as I could. What a treat. Niagara is right up there with Crater Lake as one of the most exciting places I have visited.
I picked up a flyer for a 15 mile trip down the Erie Canal and took that opportunity too. Another great experience. The purpose of the canal was to link New York with the undeveloped land to the west. The canal links the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and is 363 miles long; a series of locks used to raise barges 565’ in elevation, today it is mostly used by recreational boaters. Started in 1817 and opened in 1825, a lot of new immigrants worked on the canal digging out with shovels, building locks and aqueducts. Considering the terrain, labor intensive work, and weeks during
It was so hard to get a frontage photo, the spray from both falls was pretty strong.
the winters when little or no digging could go on, it was completed remarkably quickly.
There are more photos below