December 3, 2022
Double rainbow over Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls marks the border between New York and Ontario, Canada, while American Falls is on the American side of the border, and Canadian Falls is on the Canadian side.


One of New York State’s most popular tourist attractions, it also serves as one of the region’s main energy sources. Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls: the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls, all of which draw their water from the Great Lakes.


The river is estimated to be 12,000 years old. The wonder of the falls has fascinated many over the millennia and has led the more daring to ‘conquer’ it with a variety of structures from wooden barrels to boats.


Originally, up to 25 billion liters of water flowed through the falls every hour. Today, the volume is regulated by the Canadian and US governments, slowing down erosion. In addition, some of the water is diverted to provide electricity for the United States and Canada, making Niagara Falls the largest source of electricity in the world today.


Niagara Falls is a favorite destination for honeymooners, and for good reason. Marilyn Monroe, who starred in the 1953 film Niagara, played a honeymooner in a scene filmed in the picturesque landscape. Millions of tourists have visited the falls in the summer months in the wake of the actress’s rise to fame. And its popularity has only grown since then.


Electricity generated from the flow of water at Sir Adam Beck 1-2 power station on Niagara Falls serves the electrical needs of southern Ontario and western New York.

Aerial view of Niagara waterfall in the Summer
Aerial view of Niagara waterfall in the Summer


A tightrope walker named Blondin crossed Niagara Falls several times in the mid-1800s. The most spectacular was the stunt in which Blondin carried Harry Colcord, his 148-pound manager, across on his back on August 19, 1859.


The illumination of Niagara Falls at night makes a visit to Niagara a spectacular event at any time of day.


The word Niagara comes from the word “onguiaahra”, meaning “thunderous noise”.


Niagara Falls was the symbol of America and the New World until 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was erected. Visitors from all over the world made Niagara a must-see on their visit to the USA.


In March 1848, the famous Niagara Falls were flooded when the Niagara River was temporarily blocked at its mouth at Fort Erie, Ontario.