Sunday , 25 February 2024

My Trip to Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – ONTARIO, CANADA Jacek Zarzycki

Horseshoe Falls: No, Niagara Falls is not the tallest waterfall in the world. But Niagara Falls does have the world’s highest flow rate. There have been 5 tightrope walks over Niagara Fall: be careful!

Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest State Park in America.

Rainbow bridge, the AmericanBridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls as seen from the Skylon Tower in 2016
(Erwin Meier)

Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls at the southern end of Niagara River Gorge, spanning the border between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the United States.

The American Falls are located on the American side of the border, and the Canadian or Horseshoe Falls located on the Canadian side.

Canadian Falls straddles the international border of the two countries. The smaller American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls lie within the United States.

The features that became Niagara Falls were created by the Wisconsin glaciation about 10,000 years ago. It is estimated that 12,000 years ago when the falls were formed, the edge of the falls was as much as seven miles further down river than it is today. Until the 1950s, when the flow of water began to be controlled, the brink of the falls moved backward an estimated three feet every year because of erosion.

You will receive protection from the water around the boats.

Native Americans living in the Niagara region were most likely the first people to behold the power of Niagara Falls. The first European to document the area was a French priest, Father Louis Hennepin. During a 1678 expedition, he was overwhelmed by the size and significance of Niagara Falls. When he returned to France, Hennepin published an account of his travels in “A New Discovery.” The book brought Niagara Falls to the attention of the western world for the first time and inspired further exploration of the region.

The Frenchman Samuel de Champlain visited the area as early as 1604 during his exploration of Canada. He reported spectacular waterfalls in his journals. 

Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother, Jerome, honeymooned with his American bride at the Falls. According to the lure of Niagara Falls history, he is credited with starting Niagara Falls’ honeymoon tradition.

Not only are the Falls themselves powerful, but the City of Niagara was the birthplace of hydroelectric power! In 1896, Nikola Tesla developed the alternating current system, which allowed for the transmission of power generated along the Niagara River to homes and businesses.

After the First World War, tourism boomed as automobiles made getting to the falls much easier. In the 20th century there were largely efforts to harness the energy of the falls for hydroelectric power.

Among the Niagara Falls attractions you can visit one during your vacation, the Skylon Tower Observation Deck is the best. A trip to the top of this legendary attraction combines an exhilarating 52-second ride with the awe of seeing Niagara from 775 feet above the mighty Falls. The moment you hop aboard one of our “Yellow Bug” glass-enclosed exterior elevators and glide smoothly to the top, you’ll agree the Skylon Tower is the highlight of your visit.

From our indoor and outdoor Observation Decks, you’ll marvel at once-in-a-lifetime views of the mighty Niagara Falls, the Great Gorge, the Niagara wine district, the dazzling cityscape below, and the Toronto and Buffalo skylines. From this highest vantage point in Niagara, you’ll see up to 80 miles (125 km) of Canada and the U.S. At night you will marvel at the illumination of the Falls, the city lights far below, and seasonal Falls fireworks. The experience is rated as one of the top things to do when visiting Niagara Falls.

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