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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

 

 

Location: Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, NY  Map

Tel. (716) 282 8992

Height: 167 ft (51 m)

Visitor Center

8am- 10pm summer

8am- 6pm winter

Official site

Cave of the Winds

mid- May- Labor Day: 9am- 10pm Sun- Thu, 9am- 11pm Fri- Sat

Labor Day- Oct: 9am- 8:30pm Sun- Thu, 9am- 10pm Fri- Sat

 

Maid of the Mist Ride

Prospect Park

10am- 8pm seasonal

 

 

 

Description of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the World. Niagara Falls is situated on the border between United States and Canada. You can view majestic cascades of Niagara Falls from the Prospect Point Observation Tower (240 feet or 73 meters high) or take a closer look of the base by taking an elevator ride of Cave of the Winds. You can also rent a boat ride on a Maid of the Mist and take a look at both series of cascades, one American and a Horseshoe Basin on the Canadian side. The falls are particularly beautiful at night. Electricity generated by Niagara Power Project illuminates the waters of the fall.

 

Humans tried to conquer Niagara Falls since at least the 30's of the 19th century. Various dare devils went over a cliff, hidden in the barrel, others walked the tightrope stretched across the abyss. Those who survived often were hit by a hefty fine, others perished in turbulent waters and sharp rock of the Niagara Falls.

 

 

 

The international boundary runs approximately through the middle of the Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three. Despite this, the Horseshoe Falls are often called the "Canadian Falls". The American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the two islands are in the USA. See the individual city articles Niagara Falls (Ontario) and Niagara Falls (New York) for local listings for each side.

With four to six million cubic feet (168,000 m³) of water falling every minute, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, based on its exceptionally-high flow rate and a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. Renowned for their beauty, they serve as a huge source of hydroelectric power and are well illuminated at night.

Niagara serves as gateway to attractions in the surrounding Niagara Region, including wineries and the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

There are two road bridges at Niagara Falls, plus one at Lewiston-Queenston and one in Buffalo; these four crossings are usually very busy as they serve Toronto.

By motorcar, Niagara is a relatively easy day trip from Toronto (75 miles, 121 km) or Buffalo (17 miles, 27 km). By rail, it was one of the few places where a bridge could carry a locomotive across the Canadian border during the Underground Railroad era of the 1850s; Amtrak/VIA still use Niagara as a rail border crossing for passengers from New York City on the "Maple Leaf" to Toronto. "GO" commuter trains on the Oshawa-Toronto-Hamilton "Lakeshore" mainline are extended to Niagara on weekends in high season, but do not cross the border.

 

 

 

 

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