The Niagara Gorge runs for about 11 kilometres (~6.8 miles) along the Canada/United States border. On the Canadian side, there are a few trails along the gorge that allow hikers to get reasonably close to the Niagara River. One of those trails leads to the Niagara Whirlpool. This article shares a few photographs captured during a recent hike on this trail.
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The trail to the Niagara Whirlpool begins with a rough stairway that helps hikers navigate their way down to the forest floor.
As you reach the forest floor the trail begins and threads its way along a steep, treed valley.
Some care needs to be taken on the undulating portions of the trail as you will need to travel on a very rough, rock strewn pathway. During the fall these rocks are covered with leaves which can be quite slippery when wet.
Much of the trail is an easy-to-navigate foot path.
There are a number of image opportunities along the route including a tribute to a fallen Canadian soldier.
You’ll also find some interesting details along the way.
I captured a number of images along the route with my camera held close to ground level. This allowed me to incorporate rocks and trees from a more intimate angle.
As you reach closer to the Niagara River the pathway has some steep sections requiring more care. You also may find that there is a bit more breeze, necessitating somewhat faster shutter speeds.
Once you reach the shoreline of the Niagara Whirlpool you may be treated to one of the jet boats roaring by. If you have a telephoto lens with you some dramatic images are possible.
After doing the return hike you’ll be greeted by over 60 steep steps taking you back up to the parking lot located on the Niagara Parkway.
All photographs were captured hand-held in available light using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All images for this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.
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