I read a bit about the Cave of the Winds before my trip to Niagara but I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The name I thought seemed a little misleading because I knew there wasn’t really a Niagara Cave. And almost everywhere around the falls was windy. I didn’t really get the excitement of the Cave of the Winds Niagara Falls. When I was tight on time, I was tempted to cut it out of the itinerary, but I am really glad I didn’t.
The Cave of the Winds is the best way to get close to the falls on the American side. There are actually three main waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls: the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. Both the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are in the US, while the Horseshoe Falls is in Canada. The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are separated by Luna Island. The Bridal Veil Falls are impressive but significantly smaller than the other falls.
When we took the Hornblower cruise, I saw all the people wearing their yellow ponchos and realized that was the Cave of the Winds. You climb up scaffolding that goes right to the base of the Bridal Falls. The weather conditions created by the falls are so intense that they have to rebuild the scaffolding each year. (more…)