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Panoramic Niagara!

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Queenston Heights

Queenston Heights

Panoramic photography is a technique that creates images with elongated fields of view using a craft called “photo stitching.” Photo stitching computer software combines multiple photographs with overlapping fields of view to produce a longer, wider view or panorama.

Given our region’s many beautiful vistas, we thought you might enjoy our panoramic Niagara!

Niagara-on-the-Lake Sparkles!

Often called ‘the most beautiful small town in Canada’, Niagara-on-the-Lake is also one of its oldest.  The first capital of Upper Canada, this charming tourist favourite is filled with elegant shops, charming hotels and lovely, well-tended gardens.  Come and stroll Queen Street, take in one of the world-class performances at the Shaw Festival Theatres or treat yourself to a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.  Visit one of the many nearby fruit stands or wander down to the waterfront and sit awhile in the charming gazebo overlooking Lake Ontario.  You’ll soon see why NOTL is the jewel of the Niagara Peninsula.

Niagara River Panoramic

Niagara River Panoramic

Royal Queen's Park Panoramic

Royal Queen’s Park Panoramic

Prince of Wales Panoramic

Prince of Wales Panoramic

Falls Facts

Thousands of tourists spent the last official weekend of summer gazing at Niagara Falls.  We may live just down the road but…how many of us know these fascinating facts about our favourite falls?

• There are actually three falls – the American Falls  (between Prospect Point and Luna Island); the Bridal Veil Falls (between Luna Island and Goat Island) and the Canadian or Horseshoe Falls (between Goat Island and Table Rock).

• According to the U.S.G.S. (United States Geological Survey) of Niagara Falls, almost a third of the Canadian Falls actually lies in the U.S.

• The Niagara River is deepest just below the Falls where its depth equals the height of the Falls above– 52 meters.

• Niagara isn’t the highest falls in the world – in fact, there are 500 that exceed it. Venezuela’s Angel Falls is tallest at 979 meters.  We’re very impressive in terms of water volume, however, with 168,000 cubic m (6 million cubic ft) flowing over the brink every minute during peak hours.  Many of the tallest falls in the world have very little water flow.

• You don’t want to go for a swim above the Falls where the rapids reach speeds of 40 km/hr but you’ll find the fastest water at the Falls themselves, where speeds of 68 km/hr have been recorded.  Just below the Falls, in the Whirlpool Rapids, speeds of 48 km/hr aren’t uncommon.

•  Niagara Falls is on the move!  In 12,500 years, it’s moved backward by seven miles and is the world’s fastest moving waterfall.

•  Better get here quickly!  At the current erosion rate, in 50,000 years Niagara Falls will have moved all the way back to Lake Erie and will be nothing but a river!

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Sky Wheel

Niagara Falls Sky Wheel

Escape to St. John’s or Short Hills

Whether you’re a keen fisherman on the hunt for trout, or a birdwatcher hoping to check a few song birds and pond ducks off your life-list, St. John’s is the place to head.  Tucked into the valley of the Twelve Mile Creek, deep in the Niagara Escarpment, this tranquil spot offers a number of great hiking trails (some of which have wheelchair and stroller accessibility) including the Tulip Tree, Sassafras, Horseshoe, and St. Johns Ridge Trails. Bring your hiking boots and wander past ‘old growth’ trees and the Niagara Peninsula’s largest stand of tulip trees.

If you’d like to catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer, coyote, or meadow vole in their natural habitat or perhaps just sit and enjoy the silence under a sweet chestnut or tulip-tree, head for Short Hills Provincial Park, on the southern edge of the Niagara Escarpment. Hike the rolling hills and valleys, go horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking or just stroll along the banks of the Twelve Mile Creek – this is the ideal spot for the city weary visitor looking for escape.  You’ll find several waterfalls and six trails, including the Bruce Trail.

Short Hills Panoramic

Short Hills Panoramic

St Johns Conservation Panoramic

St Johns Conservation Panoramic

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The Author

Liz Fleming, Managing Editor of NaturallyinNiagara.ca, is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly travel gear column for The Toronto Star as well as regular travel features for The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Magazine and CAA Travel. She’s currently a featured commentator on the Astral Media radio stations in southern Ontario, providing daily travel ‘minutes’ and is the editor of WO, the White Oaks Magazine.

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