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One of the few winter vacations we ever took in Canada saw us driving to Lake Huron in March, 1977 to visit a Canadian couple we had first met in Zambia. We decided to return home by way of New York state, giving us a chance to visit world famous Niagara Falls. This set of waterfalls is located on the Niagara escarpment between Ontario and New York, and serves as the outlet for four of the five Great Lakes as they drain into the fifth lake (Ontario) before it flows into the St. Lawrence River and then the Atlantic Ocean. The 5 Great Lakes are the largest group of fresh water lakes on Earth, containing 1/5th of the all the fresh surface water on the planet. It was very interesting to visit in winter when Niagara was partially frozen and it was also nice not to be overrun by hordes of tourists!
I have also visited two other world famous waterfalls - Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe border) and Iguazu Falls (Brazil/Argentina border), so I decided to do a 'scientific' comparison after visiting Iguazu:
A data-base on all of the major waterfalls in the world rates them on a number of factors. Being an engineer, I did a little summary of their statistics for the Big Three: Niagara, Iguazu and Victoria. If you rate them by height it is Victoria (107-m) in first place, Iguazu (82-m) and Niagara (51-m). Width places the rankings as Iguazu (2.7-km), Victoria (1.7-km) and Niagara (1.2-km). Going for Average Waterflow sees Niagara in first (212 cubic-ft./sec), Iguazu (62 cfs) and Victoria (38 cfs). The final factor of Maximum Waterflow gives the nod to Iguazu (452 cfs), followed by Niagara (292 cfs) and then Victoria (250 cfs). If you then tally the points up on a 1, 2, 3 ranking basis, Iguazu comes out as the Most Impressive Waterfalls in the World with a combined total of 6 points (lowest number wins). Victoria and Niagara tied at 9 points each, but I would give the nod to Victoria because of it's better natural landscape due to far less obvious human intrusions (well, I may have been influenced by our Honeymoon there!).
Directions: Almost directly south of Toronto (across Lake Ontario) on the Ontario/New York border
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