- Horseshoe Falls
The Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls, is a
waterfallon the Niagara River, located mostly on the Canadian side of the border with the United States. It is located between Terrapin Pointon Goat Island in New York State, and Table Rock on the Ontarioside of the falls.
The name is derived from its curving, horseshoe-shaped crest that is 671 meters (2,200 ft) in width. At the center of the Horseshoe Falls the water is about 3 meters (10 ft) deep. It passes over the crest at a speed of about 32 km/h (20 mph). The falls is 53 meters (173 ft) high, has an average crest elevation of 152 meters (500 ft) and faces northwards. The depth of the river at the base of the falls is actually higher than the falls itself, estimated at 56 metres (184 ft).
The Horseshoe Falls is considered to be the most impressive of the three falls that make up
Niagara Falls. Approximately 90% of the water of the Niagara Riverflows over Horseshoe Falls, while the other 10% flows over the American Falls.
The falls produce a large amount of mist, which occasionally renders viewing them difficult. The amount of natural mist has been reduced since the early 20th century by the diversion of most of the water from the Niagara River for
hydroelectricity. The Horseshoe Falls is observable at a direct angle from the Canadian side, and at a steep angle on the U.S. side on Goat Island. The " Maid of the Mist" boat offers tours which approach the base of the falls.
Niagara Scowhas rested approximately 700 metres from the edge of the falls since it was caught against a rock shoal in 1918, and a plaque today informs tourists of the history of the small shipwreck that has sat perched just above the falls for nearly a century without being dislodged.
In October 2007, the Horseshoe Falls, lying almost fully within Canadian territory, were featured in a Disney produced video titled "Welcome: Portraits of America", made for the
United States Department of Stateand Department of Homeland Security to promote United States tourism. [ [http://www.thestar.com/News/article/271316 Associated Press; "Toronto Star": U.S. annexes Canadian landmark in tourism video; October 28, 2007] ] There was a controversy surrounding the film because instead of showing just the American falls and Bridal Veil Falls, they instead focused on Canada's Horseshoe Falls.
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