Things You Probably Don’t Know About Niagara Falls

by Chris Channing

Everyone knows the Niagara Falls, located in Ontario, Canada. But not everyone knows the long history, fun facts, and interesting things that surround the impressive dual waterfall. Even as far back as the 1800's, all sorts of curious onlookers observed these magnificent waterfalls as a true natural inspiration in life.

Niagara Falls is actually more than just a tourist attraction- it's a source of power for neighboring communities. Hydroelectric energy is obtained by turbines that move based on the flow of the current. This in turn gives power to surrounding communities- all based on the sheer power of nature! The source of energy is less beneficial in winter months, where water flow can be decreased by a good extent.

Just like any other natural phenomenon, the Niagara Falls has attracted a lot of attention from the thrill seekers of the world. Old attempts at gaining thrill would include going over the falls in something as primitive as a barrel. Others have even reportedly survived a direct fall from the falls, although severe injuries were concluded upon rescue. More safe stunts have been recorded, but it should be noted all are illegal.

The Niagara Falls are situated between the Canada and United States sides, in which the waterfalls can be seen from both sides. Oddly enough, both sides have seen a large rise in commercialism. All types of hotels and restaurants are now decorating the skylines, which has actually had an impact on how the wind and mist from the Niagara Falls moves around the area. This is just one example of how human interference has changed the surrounding area.

One of the neat things about winter is that every year the Niagara Falls start to freeze over. The Niagara Falls never completely freeze over in most cases, but this has been documented to happen nonetheless. Huge sheets of ice build up that are considered safe to walk over, but due to dangers of the ice breaking up in warmer seasons, this is strictly prohibited. Much like the daredevils, fines or even arrests may be made for violators.

Despite all that has happened to the Niagara Falls, it seems like the waterfalls are here to stay. Even natural forces such as erosion have been circumvented to ensure the rivers stay the same as they are today. Whereas erosion would usually make the waterfalls less impressive, constructive work was done to make the riverbeds strong and more resistant to water currents.

In Conclusion

It can be a load of fun to travel to see the Niagara Falls. For those who live far away from the waterfalls, try saving up some money and speaking to a travel agent for more information on getting to see this remarkable wonder in person.

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