Niagara Falls Tourism
Niagara Falls is a large waterfall on the Niagara River, straddling the international border separating the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The falls are 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York, 75 miles (120 km) south-southeast of Toronto, Ontario, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York Niagara Falls consists of two major sections separated by Goat Island: Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side and American Falls on the border of the United States. Bridal Veil Falls is also smaller located on the American side, separated from the main falls by Luna Island.
Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara escarpment on the way to the Atlantic Although not very high, Niagara Falls is very wide. More than six million cubic feet (168,000 mÂ³) of water falling on top of the line every minute in high flow, and almost 4 million cubic feet (110,000 mÂ³) on average. This is the most powerful waterfall in North America Niagara Falls are renowned both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Managing the balance between recreational, commercial, and industrial uses has been a challenge for the servants who fall since 1800-an.Puncak number of visitors in this tourist place in summer, when the Niagara Falls attraction well into the afternoon and evening. From the Canadian side, floodlights illuminate both sides of the falls for several hours after dark (until midnight).
Number of visitors in 2008 expected to reach 20 million and in 2009, the annual rate is expected to top 28 million tourists a year. The oldest and most famous tourist attraction at Niagara Falls is a cruise ship Maid of the Mist, named for an ancient Indian myth Ongiara, which has been carrying passengers into the whirlpools beneath the Falls since 1846. Cruise ships operate from boat docks on both sides of the waterfall.