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Many people around the world think Niagara Falls is the name of a single Waterfall. But Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls in the Niagara River that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States of America.
From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are
- The Horseshoe Falls
- The American Falls
- The Bridal Veil Falls (more…)
There are two different cities with the same name Niagara Falls, one in Ontario, Canada and another in New York, United States of America.
The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side. The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls lie entirely on the American side. These falls are located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.
The Horseshoe Falls drop about 188 feet (57 meters), while the height of the American Falls varies between 70 feet and 100 feet (21meters and 30 meters) because of the presence of giant boulders at its base.
The Niagara Falls is very wide. The larger Horseshoe Falls are about 2,600 feet (790 meters) wide, while the American Falls are 1,060 feet (320 meters) wide.
There is a saying that in Canada you can see the Falls but in New York you can feel the Falls, referring to the “Cave of the Winds”.
Niagara Falls attractions on Canadian side
Queen Victoria Park on the Canadian side is the main area for viewing the falls. The park extends from the brink of the Canadian Falls to the Rainbow Bridge.
The following are the attractions of Niagara Falls on Ontario, Canada:
- Queen Victoria Park
- Journey Behind the Falls
- Hornblower Niagara Boat Cruise
- Cliffon Hill
- Imax Niagara Theatre
- Skylon Tower Observation deck
- Niagara Skywheel
- White Water Walk
- Whirlpool Aero Car
Niagara Falls attractions on New York side
Prospect Point Park and Goat Island are the two locations on New York side for viewing the falls and together are called the Niagara Reservation State Park.
The following are the attractions of Niagara Falls on New York, United States of America:
- Prospect Point
- Maid of the Mist
- Goat Island
- Cave of the Winds
- Three Sisters Islands
- Terrapin Point
- Niagara Welcome Center
- Rainbow Helicopters
- Niagara Discovery Center
- Niagara Falls Aquarium
- Seneca Niagara Casino
When sun goes down staying at Niagara Falls Canada has a lot more to offer when compared to Niagara Falls NY.
To walk from one side of the Horseshoe Falls to the other via the Rainbow Bridge is 4 km / 2.5 miles (8 km / 5 miles roundtrip) and that is a long walk. Tourists are advised to plan the itinerary before coming such as where to stay, number of days stay, the order of attractions to be visited etc.
Both the Niagara Falls U.S.A and Niagara Falls Canada Parks departments offer a transit system which stops at the major attractions in their respective countries.
The Niagara Falls attracts 12 million to 14 million visitors a year.
Location of Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York.
The Niagara River serves as an international border between the USA and Canada.
Climate at Niagara Falls
Winters are cold, with a January high of −0.4 °C (31.3 °F) and a low of −7.8 °C (18.0 °F). However, temperatures above 0 °C (32.0 °F) are common during winter.
The average annual snowfall is 154 centimeters (61 in), in which it can receive lake effect snow from both lakes Erie and Ontario.
Summers are warm to hot, with a July high of 27.4 °C (81.3 °F) and a low of 17 °C (62.6 °F).
The average annual rainfall is 970.2 millimeters (38 in), which is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year.
Favorite time /Best time / when to visit Niagara Falls
The best weather in Niagara typically occurs from mid May until mid September. Our peak season is during the months of July and August. The first few weeks of September are very nice if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the warm temperatures.
Niagara Falls visiting hours
There is no holiday or closing for this tourist attraction. Niagara Falls is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Entry Fees to visit Niagara Falls
The parks are free and open to the public 365 days a year. Parking charges is applicable for your vehicles during the busier months of May through September. Entrance fees are also applicable for some attractions.
Hotels, Spas and Restaurants near Niagara Falls
Will visiting tourist places alone fulfill our tour? A Big No. A fine stay in a good hotel, tasting the local famous foods and having a mind and body relaxation in a Spa will fulfill our entire tour goal. Hotel, Spa and Restaurant exists at Niagara Falls Ontario and New York. Plan your trip. Happy tour wishes from GlobalTouristSpots Team.