The Niagara Whirlpool

One of the attractions that I don’t see much-advertised about  in the Niagara region is the Niagara Whirlpool.In itself is a beautiful place and is as much part of the wonderous Niagara River as the Falls themselves.

In this particular spot the River  makes a 90 degree turn. As a result the torrent of water abruptly changes direction and creates a natural Whirlpool.

The Whirlpool has a depth of 38 m or 120 ft. As with all whirlpools, the water circulates in a counterclockwise direction.

However, when water levels are lowered by diversion of the river to the hydro-electric dams, the Whirlpool starts to move in a clockwise direction.

For this time period, the Niagara Whirlpool isn’t technically a Whirlpool. This phenomenon takes place from about November 1 to April 1.

(I guess this must be the favourite place to visit by all the Physics out there.)

If you want some more adventure you can always go on a jet boat tour on the rapids where the  Niagara Whirlpool  is formed or cross the Whirlpool high above  transported through the air in an antique cable car.

The Aero car was designed by a Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo and has been in operation since 1916. t is also known as the Spanish car.

The picture above was taken in January ( a  non-whirlpool month), but here are some pictures from September.

Hope you enjoy.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sharon rose
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 15:49:48

    Hi there-such stunning photos and thanks for sharing this, it looks totally awesome and so spectacular!!


  2. Sher
    Feb 08, 2010 @ 16:49:57

    You do know I’ve been reading Everything you’ve been posting on Niagra LOL! You’ve been a ton of help! Thanks:)


  3. Kari
    Feb 09, 2010 @ 02:13:47

    Okay, the cable car is totally giving me the heebie-jeebies. I’m not terribly afraid of heights, but that just gets me. Ack! There’s a similar antique cable car that’s *not* in operation near one of our local waterfalls, only much lower, and it still makes me feel nervous to look at it.

    Your photos are gorgeous as always, though.

    Too bad about the shoes not shipping to Canada! However, the Nicole brand is available on Amazon, since Amazon owns Endless – will Amazon ship to Canada?

    Washington D.C. is actually the part of the US that is getting a ton of snow right now. I’m across the country, in Washington state/Seattle area, and we’ve had a wonderfully mild winter. (Thank goodness!)


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