Niagara Falls, ON

Overview

Established in 1892, Niagara Falls is shared by both Ontario and New York, each laying claim to half of this area. Three waterfalls – Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls – comprise Niagara Falls, which stands at 165 feet tall. Aboard the Hornblower Guardian, get up close and personal with the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. This jet-boat brings you as near to powerful mists of the falls as possible and is an exhilarating experience.

Things To Do

Journey through Niagara

Disembark and then board your deluxe motor coach for an exciting adventure to the majestic falls and fertile vineyards of the countryside. Enjoy an exhilarating excursion on the famous Maid of the Mist and come within feet of the Horseshoe Falls and its misty spray. You will stop at the most picturesque spots and then continue on to one of the Niagara's famous wine vineyards for a delicious tasting of the local wines and foods of the region.

This activity is available on the following cruises:

History

In geological time, Niagara Falls is quite young. The formation of the falls began at the end of the Ice Age. Large torrents of water were released from the melting ice, draining into what is now the Niagara River. Some 12,000 years ago, the water plunged over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a cliff at what is now Lewiston, New York. The force of the water wore away the rock layers and Niagara Falls moved upstream, eventually reaching its present location.

Native Americans living in the Niagara region were most likely the first people to behold the power of Niagara Falls. The first European to document the area was a French priest, Father Louis Hennepin. During a 1678 expedition, he was overwhelmed by the size and significance of Niagara Falls. When he returned to France, Hennepin published an account of his travels in “A New Discovery.” The book brought Niagara Falls to the attention of the western world for the first time and inspired further exploration of the region.

The 20th century was a pivotal time for the famous Niagara Falls region, when it became a hub of cultural tourist activity. Although the waterfalls provide a strong center for this interest, the town that surrounds the falls is intriguing in itself, with local vineyards, natural wonders and more.

Learn More

Key Facts:

  • Twenty percent of the world’s freshwater lies in the Great Lakes, and most flows over Niagara Falls.
  • The Pearl Mist takes you to the Canadian side of the falls, which is generally regarded as the superior side to visit.
  • In the evenings, intense spotlights bathe the falls with different shades of color.
  • The first person to go over the Falls in a barrel and survive was a  63-year-old female schoolteacher.

http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/ – Home of the official Niagara Falls Visitors Guide.