A large volume of water is not innately interesting. A fifth of the world’s freshwater thundering over a massive 53 meter (174 foot) cliff to a rocky basin below, however, is nothing short of spectacular. That describes the Horseshoe Falls, a.k.a. the Canadian Falls, where approximately 90% of the Niagara River flows. And while viewing it from the top is amazing enough, a visit to the base of the falls–where you can feel the awesome power of 2,800 cubic meters of water crashing down every second–is an experience of a lifetime. So on your next family day in Toronto, take the easy two-hour car or bus ride to Niagara Falls for a Journey Behind the Falls tour. As the name suggests, this adrenaline-fueled adventure not only takes you to the base of the falls, it actually takes you behind the 790 meter (2,600 foot) curtain of water, giving you the ultimate insider’s perspective on this natural wonder. Hold the little ones’ hands as you wind through underground tunnels to an exclusive observation deck, then take the elevator down to the foot of the falls. It’s one thing to look down over the falls, but quite another to feel the wind and spray blast you in the face with a sound so loud you can barely speak over it. Naturally, you’ll want plenty of pictures to remember this heroic moment, but consider splurging on a waterproof camera first–a force this powerful is impossible to control. Journey Behind the Falls is open year-round, so you and your family can experience it over and over again. However, the uber-fashionable souvenir rain ponchos are only available in the spring and summer months.