Sunday, June 17, 2007

Niagara falls

This is one travel destination for which we had been waiting for months together.

History of Niagara falls -
Niagara Falls are a set of massive waterfalls located on the Niagara River in eastern North America, on the border between Ontario, Canada and New York State.
While not exceptionally high, Niagara Falls is very wide. With more than 6 million cubic feet (168,000 m³) of water falling over the crestline every minute in high flow, and almost 4 million cubic feet (110,000 m³) on average, it is the most powerful waterfall in North America.

Niagara Falls is renowned both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power for Ontario and New York. Preserving this natural wonder from commercial over-development, while allowing for the needs of the area's people, has been a challenging project for environmental preservationists since the 1800s. A popular tourist site for over a century, the Falls are shared between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York.

Nothing is more thrilling than to watch Niagara falls roaring infront of you. Ferry services like "Maid of the Mist" does exactly this. It takes you close to the falls. Raincoats are provided to keep you safe from loads of mist and water that falls on you when you go closer.

It was a 182 Kms, a 3 hours dirve for us. Here is a google road map that we used to reach Niagara.

Satellite view of Niagara falls

View a live camera on Niagara falls

Niagara looks equally bright and lit up in the night (check out the schedule on their site) with colorful lights. To add more to the beauty you can see wonderful fireworks display on friday and sunday nights at 10 PM. Check the schedule on their site as the timings vary throughout the year. Its another not to miss event in Niagara.

Some interesting facts about Niagara falls
  • The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher.
  • Niagara falls is 12,000 yrs old.
  • Every year over 12 million tourists visit Niagara.
  • Marilyn Monroe starrer "Niagara" was filmed in Niagara Falls in 1952.
  • In 1960, Roger Woodward was the boy who had survived a descent over the Falls after a boating accident above the Falls.
  • Niagara Falls Ontario Canada is known as the Honeymoon Capital of the world.
  • Until 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was erected, the Falls at Niagara were the symbol of America and the New World.
  • Visitors from all over the world targeted Niagara as a must-see during a visit to North America.

    To conclude,
    We had a wonderful time in Niagara. Its a must visit place if you happen to visit north american continent.
  • 1 comment:

    Hank Freid said...

    It is really nice, amazing information. Thanks for providing such a lovely information it is the perfect place to visit