A Gorge-ous River

February 21, 2021

The Niagara River Gorge is a must-see if you ever visit Niagara Falls. The Whitewater Walk is a trail that runs parallel to the river below the falls and it provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most dangerous stretches of white water in the world. This is where the power of the mighty falls is unleashed as it makes its way toward Lake Ontario, generating rapids of more than 30 kilometres per hour.

The gorge is an 11-kilometre stretch running from Niagara Falls northward. The Class VI rapids, currently off-limits to paddlers, are some of the most extreme in the world. A commercial rafting venture in 1976 attempted to take passengers through the rapids but on the 12th run the raft flipped and four people drowned. Today, the only watercraft allowed are the rugged jet boats, and even they aren’t powerful enough to plow very far upstream through these mighty rapids.

On a hot summer day in 2019 we did the Whitewater Walk with my brother, Chris, and his wife Jeanine. We stopped at one of the observation decks that bring you almost face to face with the treacherous waters, and spent a fair bit of time, and took a large number of photos, trying to capture that moment when the undulating mountains of water clash and erupt, sending plumes of water high into the air. I think we managed to capture that precise moment with these photos.

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