Canadian world capital of waterfalls

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Niagara Falls, perhaps, the most visited waterfall in the world, but the real world capital of waterfalls is located 80 kilometers to the west - in the Canadian city of Hamilton (Hamilton). Located in the center of the most industrially developed countries of the region, Hamilton is also a place of great natural beauty, and its most famous natural feature are waterfalls.

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Falls Webster (Webster's falls), the most popular Hamilton Falls. Photo: paul blca / Flickr

Hamilton can be seen over a hundred waterfalls - this is the largest number of waterfalls for cities of this size. Such an abundance of waterfalls explains the location of the city along the Niagara Escarpment (Niagara Escarpment), the arc-shaped ridge that crosses the middle of the city and runs from New York through Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. Any river, a tributary of the river or stream, flowing down to the Great Lakes (Great Lakes) of the Niagara Escarpment, falls into one or more waterfalls.

Typical of a large industrial city, based on the production of steel, Hamilton falls almost did not attract the attention of half a million inhabitants until 2008, when Chris Eklund, (Chris Ecklund), a native of Hamilton, founded the "City Waterfalls" ( "City of Waterfalls"), a non-profit project, aimed at promoting urban waterfalls. Local residents were aware of some of the largest waterfalls, and visited them on weekends to swim in the swimming areas or hold a picnic, but no one knew about the true extent of water array Hamilton. Even today, no one can say the exact number of waterfalls in Hamilton. Chris Eklund website lists some 130 waterfalls, but some sources claim that the number could exceed 150. This uncertainty may be due to the fact that only 50-60 waterfalls are active throughout the year, so the number can vary depending on the time of year. In addition, some waterfalls are private property and could not be taken into account when calculating. Moreover, many waterfalls in central Hamilton gradually disappear as population growth and construction.

Hamilton no rivers, so the size of the city of waterfalls not even be compared to Niagara. Hamilton Falls - medium-sized and fairly quiet, and a great variety. Here you can see cascades, waterfalls tape (narrow stream of water flowing from a great height), the classic waterfall (where the height and width of the drop-down flow of water are almost identical) and shtoroobraznye waterfalls (very wide stream of water flowing from a low altitude).

The most picturesque waterfall in Hamilton - a waterfall Webster (Webster's Falls). The highest is the waterfall Tyus (Tew's Falls) (41 m) and the lowest - Little Falls Davis (Little Davis Falls), the height of which is only 3 meters.

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Webster Falls. Photo: Hamilton Conservation Authority / Flickr

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Waterfall Albion (Albion Falls). Photo: Tom Flemming / Flickr

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Waterfall Albion (Albion Falls). Photo: Joe deSousa / Flickr

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Upper Falls Princess (Upper Princess Fall). Photo: Joe deSousa / Flickr

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Waterfall Sherman (Sherman falls). Photo: Gregory Roberts / Flickr

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Waterfall Sherman. Photo: John Piercy / Flickr

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Waterfall Tyus (Tews falls). Photo: John Piercy / Flickr

Canadian world capital of waterfalls

Waterfall Tiffany (Tiffany Falls). Photo: John Piercy / Flickr