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  1. Taking a trip on the famous Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls

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    Taking a trip on the famous Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls

    Oct132010

    One of the most popular things to do here in Niagara Falls is to take a trip on the famous Maid of the Mist. These boats take you right up close to both the American and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

    So close, in fact, that before you get on the boats you’re given a giant blue rain poncho to put on because travelling through the mist being drummed up by the Falls is like travelling through a raincloud.

    Standing at the side of the boat and getting hit by the cold spray was an experience I won’t be forgetting in a while. However, the absolutely amazing views you get of the Falls are totally worth the soaking.

    I still can’t get over the sheer volume of water that flows over the Falls and just how quickly it moves. Apparently, over 100,000 cubic feet of water flows over the Falls every second, and that’s only half of the volume that should be flowing over. The rest has been diverted by Canada and the US for hydroelectric power.

    On the Maid of the Mist trip, you hear plenty of interesting facts like that, as well as some info about daredevils who have gone over the Falls in barrels (rather them than me), and plenty more. The Maid of the Mist boat trips have been running since the late 1840s and really are an institution in Niagara Falls. If you’re in town I’d highly recommend checking it out.

    Tomorrow, I leave ACBB Hostel before dawn to start making my way back to Dublin via Toronto and Chicago. It’s been a really productive and enjoyable few weeks here in Canada. This is such a diverse country with so many different things to see and do and I’m really glad I’ve had the opportunity to visit. I’ll definitely be returning.

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