Went for a bit of an adventure down the Niagara River edge!! Gorgeous, powerful river with a great influence on Canadian history. Marvel at the relentless power and beauty of nature and see how the deep and narrow Great Gorge was created. Trillions of gallons of water are forced into this accelerating trough - the sight will take your breath away!
The enormous energy of Niagara Falls has long been recognized as a potential source of power. The first known effort to harness the waters was in 1759, when Daniel Joncaire built a small canal above the falls to power his sawmill. Augustus and Peter Porter purchased this area and all of American Falls in 1805 from the New York state government, and enlarged the original canal to provide hydraulic power for their gristmill and tannery. In 1853, the Niagara Falls Hydraulic Power and Mining Company was chartered, which eventually constructed the canals which would be used to generate electricity. In 1881, under the leadership of Jacob Schoellkopf, Niagara River's first hydroelectric generating station was built. The water fell 86 feet (26 m) and generated direct current electricity, which ran the machinery of local mills and lit up some of the village streets.
THE WHIRLPOOL RAPIDS
The Niagara River is part of the Great Lakes drainage systen which extends westward to the Manitoba Border in Canada and Northern Minnesota in the United States. Approximately 5664 M 3/Sec (200,000 cubic feet per second) of water enters the Niagara River from Lake Erie, of this amount, one half, 2832 M 3/Sec (100,000 CFS) is diverted for Electric power generation the remaining half, 2832 3/Sec (100,000 CFS) flows through this gorge. The depth of the river here is estimated to be 10.7 M (35 Feet) and the water reaches a speed of 35.4 KM (22 MPH) during the rapid descent of the river here 15.8 M in less than 1.6 KM (52 Feet in less than a mile).
Check out the White Water Walk Page, it was well worth the $12 to go. Elevator down and a nice boardwalk along the river. It is sometime to see!!