Niagara Falls Wonders: Photogallery & Tourist Guide


In touring Niagara Falls the imaginative person, if he listens carefully, may still hear above the thunder the crack of muskets, the roar of ancient cannon, the. vows of lovers, the terrifying cry of the red man or the whispered prayers of the early missionaries come to redeem the children of the Iroquois. In no other spot of America has the stream of life been more varied or colorful. We tread the path of empire and conquest.

History around Niagara Falls

First people around the Falls

Native American tribes

Indian wars

The Legend of the Maid of Mist

The Discovery of Niagara Falls

The First French Explorers

British Gain Control of Niagara

Early settlers

The War of 1812

Canadian side: Table Rock, Whirpool, Marineland, Clifton Hill, Niagara-on-the-Lake 


Trip along the Niagara river (American side): Prospect Point, Grey Friar, Goat Island, Cave of the Winds, Terrapin Point, the Three Sister Islands 


Attractions: Marineland, Butterfly Conservatory, Casinos, Clifton Hill, IMAX Theatre, Fireworks

Fifteen millions or more people who visit the Falls of Niagara annually, only a few return home after having fully viewed the cataract from every possible vantage point. Much of its grandeur and beauty remain unseen, either through the impatience of the visitor or because of the lack of sufficient guidance. Niagara fully rewards only those who seek out its inspiring beauties and who stop to view them with the slow eye of the artist or the measured contemplation of the true seeker of sights.


Niagara Attractions   Spring Blossom   Niagara-on-the-Lake   Clifton Hill   Niagara Parks   Maid of the Mist


Natural Wonders   Fireworks and illumination   Niagara History    Fort Erie    Winter in Niagara 

Niagara Daredevils   Fort Niagara - USA   Niagara Flowers   Niagara Glen   War of 1812   Botanical Garden

Niagara Falls isnít the highest waterfall. But, for sheer size and volume of water, it canít be beat. Four Great Lakes drain through the Niagara River and spill over Niagara Falls. The volume of water varies depending on the season and how much water is being diverted through power plants, but 700,000 gallons per second is not unusual for summer.

There are actually three waterfalls at Niagara Falls, forming a giant arc across the Niagara gorge. The widest, at 2,200 feet, is Horseshoe Falls, forming the border between Canada and the US. Its plunge basin is deeper than the height of the waterfall you can view. In Niagara Reservation State Park, between Goat Island and Luna Island sits a narrow strand of falls called Bridal Veil Falls. Between Luna Island and mainland US is the 1,060-feet wide American Falls.

It is hard to believe that such a simple thing as water, one of the most basic of elements, can create such a wonder and attract people from around the world. Niagara Fels has been visited by kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, movie stars, the rich and the famous, and by millions of other people Ė all seeking a view of this water falling over a cliff.
It is not water in itself, however, nor the height of its fall, that makes Niagara Falls so spectacular. Instead, it is the immense quantity of water. The only one water falls in the wourld, Victoria Falls in Africa, carries more water.
The rain that falls in the drainage basin of the four upper Great Lakes, a vast geographic area encompassing a large fraction of the interior of North America, collects in the lakes and eventually funnels through the nohow Niagara River on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Water that is now foaming over the Falls may have fallen years ago somewhere in the rugged wilderness of north-west Ontario, or on the dairy lmds of Wisconsin, or the industrial cities of Illinois.

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