The Horseshoe Falls is the largest of the three large waterfalls that make the grand Niagara Falls. The Horseshoe Falls is located on the Ontario side of the Falls. With an elevation of 500 feet, the Horseshoe Falls is 173 feet high. With a width of 2200 feet, it is said that about 90% of the Niagara River flows over and down the Horseshoe Falls. During the day, approximately 600,000 gallons per second flows over the Horseshoe Falls.
Some of the best views of the Horseshoe Falls are at the Niagara Parkway just south of the Rainbow Bridge, the Skylon Tower, and at Table Rock. Table Rock is often wet from the water drops from the Horseshoe Falls. Often at night, Horseshoe Falls are lit up in multiple colored lights.
The Horseshoe Falls are named for the horseshoe shape crest of the falls. To experience the strength of Horseshoe Falls, visitors can take a boat tour that approaches the base of the falls. This boat tour is called the Maid of the Mist and is a great deal of fun. Caution on the Maid of the Mist: you will get extremely wet. They will even give you a poncho!