Niagara Falls is a popular tourist destination in America and Canada. Millions of tourists visit the gigantic waterfalls and wonder at its beauty. Let us know some interesting facts about Niagara Falls.
The American Falls, Canadian Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are collectively known as the Niagara waterfalls. Tourists can marvel at the beauty of the waterfalls by booking a Niagara falls ferry ride,which takes them close to the thundering falls.
The Niagara Falls attract approximately, twelve million tourists every year, who come from distant places around the world to view the majestic beauty of the gigantic waterfalls.
The word Niagara, originated from the Iroquois Indian word” Onguiaahra”, which means “the strait”.
Tourists can view the awesome beauty of the Niagara Waterfall bathed in different shades of color, during the evenings. The waterfalls are illuminated with spotlights which enhance their beauty. Tourists can hire a Niagara falls ferry ride, to see the falls up close and enjoy their beauty.
Twenty percent of the fresh water in the world is contained in the great lakes, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior and Lake Erie, located above the Niagara Falls.All the outflow from these lakes reaches the Niagara River and Cascades into the Niagara waterfalls. The water then travels for fifteen miles and reaches Lake Ontario.
On March 29th 1848, the flow of water in Niagara Falls completely stopped because of an ice jam in the Niagara River. This is the only time, in recorded history, when the flow stopped in both the waterfalls. People walked out to the river and collected artefacts from the riverbed.
A sixty three year old school teacher was the first person, to go over the falls in a barrel and survive.
The mighty amount of water cascading from the river into the falls makes tremendous noise when it lands at the bottom.
The water in the river freezes and forms an “ice bridge” during the winters. Visitors were allowed to walk on this ice bridge and have a view of the waterfalls from below. But this stopped in 1912, when the ice bridge broke and three tourists lost their lives.
Plan a trip to the gorgeous fall and enjoy a close encounter with the majestic Canadian Falls by booking a Niagara falls ferry ride, with reputed cruise companies at Niagara.