Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls that have an average water flow rate of 85,000 cubic feet per second. The peak rate, which usually occurs around late spring or early summer, can be as high as 225,000 cubic feet of water per second. This marvel of nature is located along the border of Canada and the United States between Ontario and New York state. During the nineteenth century, Niagara Falls became a popular tourist attraction, and it continues to draw large crowds today. This has encouraged people to perform the following seven truly outrageous stunts at the falls.
Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken—Climbers
Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken were the first climbers to scale the falls in human history. The climb was approximately 170 feet (51 metres) and was completed in January 2015 during a cold North American winter that allowed some of the falls to freeze over. Due to the volume of water that passes through Niagara Falls, it is rare for the water to completely freeze, which is why the stunt was so perilous. Gadd and Hueniken completed the stunt, which was monitored and planned very carefully, in just under one hour. The video footage of the climb is stunning to watch as it allows people to see the falls freely flowing right beside the climbers on the frozen water.
An aerialist is someone who performs acrobatics, either on a trapeze or tightrope, usually at a great height. Erendira Wallenda performed her Guinness World Record-breaking stunt (breaking her husband's record) in June 2017. It involved hanging by her teeth and toes from an acrobatic hoop dangling from a helicopter that was over 300 feet (90 metres) above Niagara Falls. While suspended above the falls, Wallenda used the hoop to perform an elegant acrobatics routine to music. Due to weather conditions, this stunt was admittedly harder than anticipated for Wallenda, who has been performing stunts since the age of five. However, she still described the stunt as “a beautiful and amazing experience."