The pièce de résistance of Niagara Falls is the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Every second, more than 680,000 gallons plummet over the 2,700 foot wide, U-shaped crest. That wall of water is about 90% of Niagara Falls’ flow rate. After the vertical drop of 167 feet, the aquamarine water swirls violently below a cloud of mist. Under the rainbow is the Maid of the Mist. The boat transports guests from Rainbow Bridge, past the American and Bridal Veil Falls and up close to Horseshoe Falls. The 20 minute excursion has been popular for over 170 years. The first vessel with this name was launched in 1846 as a ferry between the two countries. Since then, there have been ten ships with this name. Notice the passengers all wearing blue ponchos. This designate they originated in the United States.