Niagara Whirpool, Niagara Power Plant, Fort Niagara, Lake Ontario

Niagara Whirlpool.

After a long drive to Buffalo, we were itching to get out and see what the area had to offer. The Whirlpool was really awe-inspiring – you perhaps have to see and hear it moving to get a proper impression of it’s massive power.

There were numerous large birds of prey circling overhead and, not for the first time, I regretted the lack of my superzoom camera.

Whirlpool Rapids.

Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel unaided, died here attempting to swim across the Whirlpool. Foolhardy doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Niagara pano.
Cable Car over the Niagara Whirlpool.
Hydro plant visitor centre.

The visitor centre at the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant had all sorts of interactive demonstrations, quizzes and games. It was a big hit with the younger members of the party. I enjoyed the history of power production in the area and of the rivalry between Edison and Teslar over AC and DC supply.

Two hydro plants – Canadian and American.

I think this was the day we ate lunch at an amazing cafe right by the river which served enormous sandwiches.

We were packing a lot in and by the time we got to Fort Niagara it was already quite late in the day. We did a whirlwind tour of the museum, but didn’t have time for the film, which young M assured us was a great loss.

Never mind, the fort itself was fascinating.

A Tower at Fort Niagara.

I’m always a sucker for any kind of battlements and was particularly taken with the top of these roofed towers.

Tower view.
Another view from the tower.
River Niagara flowing into Lake Ontario.

I assume the man on the left is dressed as a member of one of the local native American peoples. An Iroquois?

The man on the right was demonstrating the loading and firing of a musket. I think his uniform is French. His talk was entertaining and informative. The main thing I remember is the huge weight of wool he told us was in his uniform. He must have been sweltering. It was hot.

A Red Coat.
Inside the Trading Post.
A barrack.
The chapel.
Lake Ontario. If you squint, Toronto is just about visible behind the sailing dinghy.
Another tower.
More cannons.
Nesting swallows.
Another tower view.
Fort Niagara Lighthouse.

The fort was closing as we left. Just one last thing to squeeze in…

Lake Ontario paddle.
A huge Cricket in the Prof’s garden.
Niagara Whirpool, Niagara Power Plant, Fort Niagara, Lake Ontario

5 thoughts on “Niagara Whirpool, Niagara Power Plant, Fort Niagara, Lake Ontario

  1. Bringing back those memories! Even at the young age I was when I first visited the rapids and whirlpool I remember thinking exactly the same thing about Captain Webb, what an idiot. The power of the falls and the river is something I’ll never forget. Don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere else quite like it. I loved Fort Niagara as well.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I’ve ‘done’ two American Forts now – Niagara and Washington, beside the Potomac. I think in both cases the location is a big part of the appeal. Really fascinating and very different from anything you might see at home.

  2. We had a whirlwind to Niagara in late May, many years ago. The falls were still partly frozen and huge chunks of ice were floating downstream. A quite unbelievable sight for this Aussie. We enjoyed the museum showing the various means of going over the falls and an Imax presentation of the same.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      We missed the museum somehow. Still frozen late in May! You’ve prompted me to search for some winter photos of the falls and they look amazing – although I shouldn’t want to get a soaking in winter!

      1. Helen Dobbin says:

        Hello there in the chilly UK. I went looking for photos to refresh my memory and decided to share these and my spiders! Our visit was actually 29 April 1996 but as you can see the falls are still very frozen.

        [image: Niagara American2.jpeg] [image: Niagara Ice.jpeg] [image: IMG_8194.jpeg]

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