Introduction and Brief History of the Niagara Falls
The Niagra falls is one of the greatest falls of the world with a massive volume of water flowing through it. When the Falls is during peak flow the amount of water going through it is equal to 150,000 U.S. Gallons or 567,811 Liters per second.
The history of the Niagara waterfall starts during the last ice age around 18,000 years ago. After the ice melted to form the great lakes, there were two of the 4 massive Great Lakes, the Lake Eerie and further down Lake Ontario and the Niagra river connected both of them.
A Brief Look at The Constituent Waterbodies of NiagaraFalls
The niagarafalls is not one specific waterfall but the combination of three waterfalls. They are the Horseshoe Falls that is on the border between US and Canada, the American Falls and the smaller Bridal Falls both of which are located entirely in the USA.
The height at the highest point of the falls is 176 feet or 53.6 meters. However, the water from the niagara waterfall makes a smaller jump as there are rocks at the base which reduces the height to around 70 feet or 21.3 meters.
The Falls attract nearly 30 million visitors from across the world every year and is one of the most breathtaking natural creations to grace Mother Earth. While it has found its place in many history and geography books for its immense significance, none of them can describe the beauty and magnificence of admiring it in person.
The Best Niagara Falls Tours
There are quite a few Niagra falls tours that one can go on depending on their budget and which country there are experiencing the falls from. There are various Niagara Falls activities that one can partake in we will highlight a few of them here.
1. Maid of the Mist Boat Tour
This is one of the premier options if you want to visit the Falls during the day. It is a guided boat tour through the falls that one can experience the Niagara waterfall in its true state of beauty.
2. Cave of the Winds
Another one of the very special tours that one can avail in this region, is the Cave of the Winds which is accessible by elevators from Goat Island on the US side of things.
3. Niagra Scenic Trolley
This is a guided tour of the American Falls and is one of the best ways to watch the Falls from a different angle than the rest. For people who are willing to invest a bit more money into it. there are helicopter as well as hot air balloon rides available as well.
4. Queen Victoria Park Trip
One of the best niagara parks in the region we find this one exclusive to the Canadian side of the Niagra Waterfalls-the Queen Victoria Park. The Canadian side also has several watch towers the two most famous of which are the Skylon and Minolta towers respectively.
Other than this there are several casinos in the niagara region. The Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel on the US side and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara on the Canadian side are the ones most famous and nearest to the location.
As far as niagara falls hotels are considered, there are several in the near vicinity that are easily acessible and booked via any modern app like Trivago.
The Niagra Falls has had a storied history one that is often mired with tragedy and bravery. While even as far back as 1912, visitors were allowed to walk on the Falls when it froze over essentially creating an ice bridge across the two banks. However, after a tragedy in 1912 when the ice broke and 3 tourists lost their lives, this tradition of making merriment on the ice was put to a halt.
As far as commercial usage goes, the power from the Niagara waterfall is used to generate a lot of hydel power for both the US as well as Canada. Several stunts have been performed across the Falls as well as a few films have been shot on location as well. The beauty of the Falls attracts men and women from all walks of life to this Natural Wonder!
Summing it up in the words of Nik Wallenda one of the men who have braved the Niagrafalls and beaten it,
It’s Niagara Falls. It’s one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. Who wouldn’t want to walk across it?