Ontario Waterfalls (Canada)
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Ontario Waterfalls were largely overshadowed by the one-and-only Niagara Falls
, but it turned out that the geology that gave rise to the Granddaddy of Waterfalls in North America also yielded a bit of a waterfall bonanza in this Canadian province. So for that reason, in order to better manage the quantity of waterfalls in this province, we've grouped the waterfalls into the following subregions - Hamilton
, and Thunder Bay
. We expect to get a few more waterfall sightings in the province with return visits, but that's all we've got to show for so far.
The Hamilton area is part of the Niagara Escarpment around Lake Ontario. The fortunate geology for the city of Hamilton (once the City of Steel and now re-branded as the City of Waterfalls) made this place somewhat of a waterfall mecca. A funny thing about this aspect of the city was that apparently the City of Waterfalls moniker hadn't really caught on as a border patrol officer at Niagara Falls openly questioned why we would even want to visit Hamilton. I guess shaking off its industrial heritage is easier said than done. In any case, Julie and I did indeed see numerous waterfalls here, and it turned out to only be a very small fraction of what they have here. Some of the notable waterfalls in this subregion include Webster's Falls
and Albion Falls
As for the Ottawa subregion, we managed to spot a couple of urban waterfalls near Canada's capital of Ottawa itself. The cool thing was that both of the waterfalls we spotted here were actually quite close to the main part of the city, especially Rideau Falls
Then for the Thunder Bay subregion, we managed to see the awesome Kakabeka Falls
, which was minutes to the west of Thunder Bay on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The other waterfalls we've seen in the vicinity were closer to the international border with the USA.
Finally, with waterfall fatigue becoming quite easy to achieve (especially in the Hamilton area), we also drove a little further east along the shores of Lake Ontario to Toronto, which was Canada's largest and most metropolitan city. There, we mixed things up a bit by checking out its Chinatown, the CN Tower, and even enjoying a nice little family outing at Toronto Island where we were able to look back at the city's gorgeous skyline.
Indeed, our sampling of waterfalls in Ontario merely scratched the surface of what could be done here. And we hope that with more visits to this section of the country, we'll be able to sample more of what the Nature here has to offer.
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