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Niagara Falls

Listed under Waterfalls in Buffalo, United States.

  • Photo of Niagara Falls
  • Photo of Niagara Falls
  • The Maid of the Mist approaching Horseshoe Falls
  • Niagara is the most voluminous and powerful falls on the planet
  • The American Falls with Horseshoe Falls beyond
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Along with Victoria Falls, the Niagara Falls is the most famous waterfall in the world. There are three falls that make up Niagra Falls: the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the US side, and Horseshoe Falls in Canada. The Niagara River dumps over c 85,000 cubic feet per second down the Niagra Falls. Short, at just 51m, it's impressive for its width of 1.2km.

Written by  waterfallboy.

Other expert and press reviews

“Canada's Side of the Falls: Ice wine and butterflies”

By Louise Southerden for The Sydney Morning Herald First Published October 11, 2009 One of the newest attractions on the Canadian side of the falls is Niagara's Fury, a cinematic experience with effects, at the newly renovated Table Rock Centre, next t… Read more...

Written by press. Continue reading on smh.com.au

“Journey behind the Falls”

Many waterfalls, great and small, have a breezy space behind the sheet of falling water called a “Cave of the Winds," sometimes regarded in legend as the dwelling place of a thunder god. The problem with these tourist attractions is that the owners… Read more...

Written by  Greg Brick.

“American Beauties”

If you don't mind getting wet, take a ride on Maid of the Mist or go on a Cave of the Winds trip, where you take an elevator to view the falls from the bottom. You'll also get a look at Bridal Veil Falls, where rainbows are visible day and night. Read more...

Written by press. ABC News 13 July 2006

“Excerpt from ' The Complete Guide to: The Niagra Falls.'”

By Harriet O'Brien for The Independent First published June 23, 2007 Niagara Falls are breathtaking. Nothing quite prepares you for the drama of the spectacle, complete with spray, roar and sheer force of water. And, as an added wow-factor, on a fine … Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Independent

“Excerpt from 'Falling for the Falls'”

First published November 2, 2002 ...It's accepted wisdom that the Canadian falls are more impressive, since they are wider (750 metres compared with America's 350 metres) and have more water (about 90 per cent of the total flow) and because the view fr… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Sydney Morning Herald

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

we are going in oct does the maid of the mist still run then old question which side

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In October it runs between 9:45 and 4:45 from the Canadian side and on the American side it runs between 10:00 and 5:00. It runs from both sides.

When going to Niagara Falls, choose Canada!

There is no doubt that Niagara Falls is a must-see. Yet, if you have a choice between the American side or the Canadian side when you stay there, choose the Canadian. Although the American side offers the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds, the Canadian side offers more attractions and overall appears more welcoming.

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Thanks for the suggestion! What attractions does it offer?

The Canadian side has Clifton Hill which offers numerous family attractions like Marine Land (a marine theme park), mini-golf and a midway in addition to a vibrant nightlife for young adults. There's also things to do for adults including two casinos, numerous wineries and the annual Shaw Theatre Festival that happens every summer.

Maid Of The Mist also leaves from the Canadian side. You also can take helicopter rides and go behind the falls from Canada.

Sounds cool! I assume the Maid of the Mist is a boat?

Niagara Falls is almost a cliche but it more than lives up to all the hype.

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I couldn't agree more! How ever many photos you see it's still more exciting when you actually get there. It must be all the movement and roaring noise!

Quite a nice day out...

Ok so its incredibly tacky, but even the flashing lights and naffness can't take away from the sight of the falls. Amazing.

It has the wow factor

WE VISITED NIAGRA fALLS IN NOVEMBER 07 AND HAD A FABULOUS TIME. THE SCENERY IS BEAUTIFUL ESPECIALLY SEEING IT FROM THE HELICOPTER, AND THE AMOUT OF WATER GOING OVER THE FALLS IS AMAZING. WE ARE GLAD WE VISITED SUCH A STUNNING PLACE.

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