Niagara River - on the border between the U.S. and Canada
Would you cross the 550 metres (1800 feet) between the two sides of this gorge in...
Whirlpool Aerocar dangling over the Niagara River
this antique gondola operating here since 1916? If you would, you are a far braver person than I am! I'm sure the brochure is correct that it's a thrilling 10-minute ride, but I am, unfortunately, very afraid of heights. The six sturdy cables that carry the car do not assuage my fears even though I know the aerocar has been updated three times since it was installed.
The reason other people take the aerocar trip is to see...
the whirlpool below, which spins counterclockwise at the end of a rapids where the gorge abruptly turns 90° into a narrow channel.
FYI: To take these photos, I stood on terra firma on the American side of the gorge, from where I could see the whirlpool well enough, thank you.
And here's a bit of trivia: between approximately November 1 and April 1 when water is diverted from the river to hydro-electric dams, the whirlpool swirls in a clockwise direction.
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