Niagara Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North America and the rest of the world. The city of Niagara is part of Canada and the United States and is famous of its spectacular view of the Falls, natural scenery, great restaurants and many family fun to-dos. This article is going to give the top 10 interesting facts about Niagara Falls.
More than One Fall
Niagara Falls is not one, but a few different waterfalls. The names of the falls are: Canadian Shoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veils Falls.
Second Largest in Size
Although Niagara Falls does not belong to the list of top 10 tallest falls in the world, nonetheless, because of its massive width, it is the second large fall on earth.
A Natural Border
The Niagara Falls is considered an international border. It separates Canada on the north side from the US on the south side.
Niagara Falls Water Flow Rate
Astonishingly, each minute there is enough water flowing over the falls to fill 68 Olympic sized pools.
Natural erosion causes the falls to drop 1 foot each year. It is said in 50,000 years Niagara Falls will no longer exist.
Origin of Niagara Name
One popular theory suggests that the name Niagara was driven from a local native community named “Niagagarega” residing in the area.
A World Record
The world’s first suspension bridge was built over Niagara Falls in 1848.
Time Niagara Falls Started to Flow
Although most of North America was buried under thick ice, Niagara Falls started at the beginning of the ice age 12,000 years ago when the great fresh water lakes were formed from melting glaciers.
Tightrope Walks Over Niagara
Many people have passed over the Niagara Falls over a tightrope. Jean Francois Gravelet, also known as “Blondin” started the tradition in 1859. In total the Niagara Falls were home to tightrope crossings a total of 18 different times, including Maria Speterina (the only woman) who walked over the Falls on a tightrope from the U.S. to Canada in 1876.
A Personal Record
The first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel and survived was a 63 year old school teacher named Annie Taylor, who performed the dangerous task in 1901.