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Niagara Falls Facts

The Canadian Horseshoe Falls is the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It got its name from its shape, which is similar to a horseshoe. The length of its brink is 2,600 feet and its height is 167 feet. The volume of the water that passes through this falls per second is 600,000 gallons. A third of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is situated in US territory, according to the US Geological Survey.

 

Overview of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, which is about 12, 000 years old, has two sides that belong to two different countries, namely, Canada and the United States of America. The side on Ontario, Canada, carries approximately nine times more water than that of New York, USA .; the two sides of the falls fork from the Niagara River. The cities adjacent to both sides of the falls are two prosperous port cities which feature historical museums, casinos, factories, shopping malls, conservatories, national parks and botanical gardens. This is why Niagara Falls, regardless of which side they are seen from, is always a popular tourist destination not only for Americans and Canadians, but for foreigners as well.

List of Interesting Facts about Niagara Falls

The American Falls, which is the name given to the US side of Niagara Falls, has a volume of water that carries 150,000 gallons per second. Its height is 176 feet while the length of its brink is 1,060 feet. The amount of water that passes through the American falls varies during the day and different times of the year. The flow of water is affected by the intake of two hydroelectric power plants upstream.The US side of Niagara Falls has two falls which are separated by Luna Island, which is just a small piece of land. The larger falls is known as the American Falls, while the smaller one is called Bridal Veil Falls.

The Canadian Horseshoe Falls is the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It got its name from its shape, which is similar to a horseshoe. The length of its brink is 2,600 feet and its height is 167 feet. The volume of the water that passes through this falls per second is 600,000 gallons. A third of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is situated in US territory, according to the US Geological Survey.

“Niagara” came from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra”, which means “the strait”. Most of the water that flows through the Niagara River and into Niagara Falls come from the Great Lakes which is the source of 20% of the world's freshwater.

Additional interesting facts about Niagara Falls are the number of activities engaged in by a lot of people who call themselves daredevils, whether they perform stunts professionally or not, at the Falls. Some have pulled great feats of physical endurance, balance and bravery for all to see. One of the most famous acts performed at Niagara Falls was the high wire tightrope act, which was done across the river. There were even people who went over the falls inside a barrel and survived! Even some scenes from various movies have also been filmed with the Niagara Falls in the background, making moviegoers from all over the world appreciate its beauty.

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Although I live in Canada, I have never been to Niagara Falls. It sounds great!

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