Whirlpool Bridge on Niagara River

Niagara River Bridge
This is the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge on the Niagara River – I am revisiting photos I took from our trip last summer to Niagara Falls. The Whirlpool Bridge is about a mile from the falls.

Niagara Whirlpool Bridge
The Whirlpool Bridge crosses the international border between the United States and Canada. You can learn more here about the Whirlpool Bridge and the earlier suspension bridge it replaced (the world’s first working railway suspension bridge).

jet boats on the Niagara River
Here’s a jet boat one can take on the Niagara River. We just stood high on the cliff above and took photos.

For more bridges, visit San Francisco Bay Daily Photo:
bay bridge

Niagara Falls Sunrise

niagara falls sunrise
Niagara Falls at sunrise: it is the last round of Summer Stock Sunday for the season, so I’m adding one of my favorite photos of the summer. This shows the Horseshoe Falls, photo taken from the Canadian side. You can see more water photos of Niagara Falls and some nature photos, too.

We are going apple picking later today – maybe I’ll get some nice photos to share from our trip.

What was your favorite part of this summer?

Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls

niagara falls, rainbow bridge from the american side
Rainbow Bridge by Niagara Falls with a corner of American Falls

Rainbow Bridge spans the Niagara River, connecting the American and the Canadian side. We crossed over the bridge a few times; the above shot was taken by the American Falls.

rainbow on rainbow bridge
Rainbow on Rainbow Bridge

And we did see a rainbow on Rainbow Bridge while waiting for Canadian customs. There used to be a bridge here called Honeymoon Bridge, but it collapsed in January 1938, related to a problematic ice floe.

rainbow bridge, Canada
In the above shot you can see more of the Canadian side, including a large red sign that says “inn.” There was a large variety of inns and hotels on the Canadian side. The green structure in the front of the bridge is an observatory on the United States side.

niagara falls rainbow bridge
Update: I added one more photo of the Rainbow Bridge; this one is taken from the Canadian side, and you can see the whole bridge in the distance. The building in the foreground (one can see the roofs) is the Canadian visitor center for the Horseshoe Falls.

For more bridges, visit:
bay bridge

There is a special blessing for seeing a rainbow, about remembering the covenant. My sons said it as we waited for customs.

Waters of Niagara Falls

Horseshoe Falls, Canadian Side
Horseshoe Falls, Canadian Side

There are two large waterfalls at Niagara: the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls. Right next to the American Falls is a thin waterfall called Bridal Veil Falls.

American Falls at Niagara Falls
American Falls at Niagara Falls

A great way to see the falls is to take a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat. You can get on one of these boat rides from either the American or the Canadian side. It is quite popular, and you wear a plastic rain coat and stand for the whole trip.

maid of the mist
Maid of the Mist

Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls, Canadian Side

The Canadian side is the touristy side. There is plenty to do and movies about Niagara to see, but you might want to watch your credit card. If you want the less expensive tour, stay on the U.S. side.

niagara falls, American Falls
From the top of the Ferris Wheel on the Canadian side, we could see the American Falls, the smaller Bridal Veil Falls to the right, and two Maid of the Mist boats.

Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls, taken from the Ferris Wheel

And here you can see the whole horseshoe shape of Horseshoe Falls, taken from on top of the Ferris Wheel.

I’ll save my Cave of the Winds photos for another post: that was my favorite attraction at Niagara Falls. It was my daughter’s least favorite; I think she got scared of the powerful waters.

For more watery photos, visit:
Watery Wednesday

Rainbow Bridge at Dusk

Niagara Falls, Canadian Side, Rainbow Bridge at Dusk
Niagara Falls, Canadian Side, Rainbow Bridge at Dusk

We just came back from a visit to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. See photos of the falls.

This early evening shot of the Rainbow Bridge that crosses from the U.S. to Canada shows a piece of the urban gardens and nightlights of the Canadian shore in the foreground. The American side is more rustic, as it is preserved as a state forest. We really did see a rainbow on the bridge as we waited at customs on our first day.

As this is straight of my camera, it is perfect for:
Straight Out of the Camera Sunday