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Fun Facts about Niagara Falls

The Things You Didn’t Know About Niagara Falls

The majesty of Niagara Falls is something that’s difficult to describe in words and no picture does justice to its extreme beauty. The three falls- The Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls and The Bridal Veil Falls- overlap the border between Canada and the United States and have become one of the most popular and iconic destinations for both countries. On one side of The Falls is the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario and on the other is the city of Niagara Falls, New York.

Three falls, two cities, one world famous attraction.

If you’re planning a visit to Niagara Falls, be sure to learn all of the fun facts about The Falls and the cities that are fortunate enough to call them their home. Here are a few crazy facts you may not hear.

11 Fun Facts about Niagara Falls

  1. It’s the BIGGEST waterfall in North America BUT not in the world: Approximately 3,160 tons of water flow over the Falls every second, working out to about 660 tons over the American and Bridal Veil falls and 2,500 tons at Horseshoe Falls. That’s A LOT of water!! Niagara Falls is the largest waterfall in North America in terms of both width and volume, but there are nearly 500 waterfalls around the world that are higher, such as the 1600-foot Ribbon Fall in Yosemite.
  2. ALL of The Great Lakes Connect to Niagara Falls: Three of the Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, and Michigan) drain into Lake Erie, which in turn drains into the Niagara River. The River then plummets into Lake Ontario via the Falls.
  3. The Falls Produces a lot of Electricity: The first hydroelectric station was built on the Niagara River in 1881, and by 1896 the plant was able to transmit electricity 26 miles away to Buffalo.
  4. The Falls are Young Pups, Geologically: Yes, you read that right! The same glacial forces that created the Great Lakes more than 12,000 years ago created the Niagara River and the many features that eventually made up the Falls. Melting glacial ice emptied into the Niagara River, cut across the topography, and gouged out the falls. As geographic wonders go, the falls are still in their infancy. The Appalachians began forming around 500 million years ago while parts of Mammoth Cave are 10 million years old.
  5. A 63 Year Old Woman Was the First Person to Plunge Over the Falls: Over the years around 15 daredevils have attempted the dangerous plummet over the Falls, many in homemade barrels. But the first to attempt it was 63-year-old widow Annie Edson Taylor. Desperately poor, Taylor visited the Falls in 1901, then attempted to become rich and famous by going over Horseshoe Falls in a barrel she designed herself. Horseshoe Falls was a smart choice—the American Falls feature a shorter drop, but the trip would be considerably more dangerous, as the basin is littered with enormous boulders. On October 24, 1901, at about 4 p.m., the barrel was set adrift in the Niagara River and went over the falls 20 minutes later. Although she survived the plunge, Taylor cautioned “Don’t try it” to other potential daredevils, and she never made the fortune she dreamed of!
  6. Hollywood LOVES Niagara Falls: In 1953 Marilyn Monroe starred in Niagara with Joseph Cotten portraying a couple honeymooning at the Niagara Falls! The Falls provided the setting for the opening of 1980’s Superman II, and Jim and Pam were married on the Maid of the Mist in a 2009 episode of The Office. Niagara Falls has also been featured in these popular Hollywood films: Camille(2007), Pirates of The Caribbean: At World’s End(2007), and Tammy(2014).
  7. Don’t Forget These Short But Sweet Facts About Niagara

  8. Roughly 90 percent of the fish that plummet over the falls, survive.
  9. Niagara Falls is one of the most popular Honeymoon Destinations, and has been for over 200 years!
  10. The average household would need roughly 7.5 years to use the amount of waters that flows over the falls in one second.
  11. Niagara Falls rate of erosion is approximately 3 to 4 inches every ten years.
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  13. 30 million people visit Niagara Falls each year. You could be one of them!
  14. Plan your Niagara Falls Getaway Today

    Niagara Falls is certainly a bucket list attraction for most, and we hope it’s yours too! Plan your trip in Niagara quick as we have one last wacky fact for you: Scientists believe the Falls will be fully eroded in 50,000 years. We invite you to stay with us at The Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls. We are a boutique style hotel providing luxurious accommodations with the BEST view of the Niagara Falls. Stay with us and not only will you be a short trip down the Incline Railway to capture the beauty from the brink of the falls, you will also be able to enjoy it from the comfort of your Fallsview Room. Book your stay with us today!

    Posted on March 6, 2017

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