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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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Niagara Falls Overview

Niagara Falls, located on the international border between Canada and the United States, is more than a world-class destination; it’s a natural wonder and a true miracle of nature. It has long been known as a place for honeymooners, for nature lovers, for poets, and for adventure and thrill seekers This amazing place offers diverse activities for all ages, an exciting nightlife, an unmatched gourmet scene, wonderful wines and some of the best shopping around. Attractions at Niagara Falls can be described as both unique and exhilarating.

It’s important to understand what makes Niagara Falls such a natural wonder. Going back 12,000 years ago, the Falls were eleven kilometers downstream from their current location. Until the beginning of the 1950s, the Falls wore down at a rate of roughly one meter per year. Since that time, major water diversions have spread the flow in a more even way, slowing down the rate of erosion at the Falls. One of these important diversions includes the Sir Adam Beck’s energy generating station, on the Canadian side of the border.

One of Niagara Falls’ attractions allows you to take a close look at the Falls’ fury. You can appreciate another important phenomenon, the fact that the gorge turns unexpectedly counterclockwise and the river escapes through the gorge’s smallest channel. This is an amazing site to see; bring the camera!

The Canadian Falls, once described as “horseshoe shaped” are approximately 52 meters in height with a crestline 675 meters wide. The depth of the river at the base of the Falls is actually higher than the Falls itself.

Niagara Falls is a place to be visited any time throughout the year.
Winter however, is a special time, as one hundred varieties of water birds are said to grace the river with their presence. During very cold seasons, the clinging spray of the Falls covers the surrounding trees and rocks creating unique shapes. When the sun goes down, the Falls are lit in the colors of the rainbow, creating the most memorable spectacle.

Activities and attractions include everything from visits to important museums that relate the history of the Falls, to exciting boat tours and behind the Falls experiences. However, the magnificent waters are not the only gift of nature in this region; at Bird Kingdom and Butterfly Conservatory, visitors can appreciate the ecological richness of Niagara Falls.

All the activities are sure to leave travelers hungry, and Niagara Falls boasts excellent restaurants. One thing is for sure, Falls view dining will leave you speechless. The cuisine in this area is impressive, with an array of continental flavors and the best wines from the Niagara region. There is an abundance of romantic spots as well as family oriented eateries, pubs and grills.

More than souvenirs, visitors can find everything from nature shops to themed boutiques and beautiful shopping centers. Serious shoppers can delight in the bargains found at the factory outlets.

Niagara Falls, a wonder of nature, can turn out to be the best vacation you ever take.
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