History & Culture

Niagara Falls is one of the Top 3 Largest Waterfalls in the world

The top 3 largest waterfalls in the world refer to Iguassu Falls which is at the junction of Brazil and Argentina, Victoria Falls which is at the junction of eastern Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as Niagara Falls which is at the junction of United States and Canada. The three falls in terms of width, size, flow rate far exceeds that of other waterfalls, and all of them are transnational … Read more »

Niagara Falls Erosion – How much does Niagara Falls erode each year ?

Accurate surveys of erosion of the Falls of Niagara began in 1842. From 1842 to 1905, the average rate of erosion of the Horseshoe Falls was 1.16 meters (3.8 feet) per year. From 1906 to 1927, this rate of erosion was reduced to .70 meters (2.3 feet) per year. This reduction coincided with the large quantity of water being diverted for hydro-electric generation. Today, through increased water diversion and anti-erosion … Read more »

Niagara Power Generating Quick Facts: Do they shut off Niagara Falls at night?

During the tourist season (April 1st to Oct 31st) by agreement of the Canadian/American Governments, the water flowing over the Falls is maintained at 100,000 cubic feet per second. This level of water flow is what 12 million visitors come to see each year. In order to provide this level of water flow over the Falls, Ontario Hydro and the New York Power Authority can only draw a reduced amount … Read more »

Niagara Falls Daredevils – How many people have gone over the Falls in a barrel?

The information source is from an article written by George Seibel prepared April 23rd 1986. Mr. Seibel was at the time a historian for the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario and the historian for the Niagara Parks Commission. The article was entitled “A List Of Daredevils 1829 to 1985 Abridged”. Between 1901 and 1985, ten people went over the Falls in a ball, barrel or rig. Seven were successful while … Read more »