The word “Niagara” comes from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” which means “the strait” Niagara Falls encompasses three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the U.S state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario, forming the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. Perhaps the first person to go over the fall in a barrel and survive was a 63 year old female schoolteacher. Annie Taylor, the school teacher, loaded herself and her cat in a barrel, perhaps in search of fame and fortune, and descended over the falls in 1901.However, the Falls are thrive with stories of battles and daredevils that make up for an amazing history.
The three Falls that makeup the Niagara include; the Bridal Veil Falls, the American Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. The American Falls is completely on the American side unlike the much larger Horseshoe Falls that lie in part on the Canadian side as well as the American side. View of the American Falls can be achieved from a steep angle on the American side as well as from the bank of the river, and on Luna Island and Goat Island. The American Falls’ estimated water flow comes to just 10% f the Niagara Falls total water flow. The Horseshoe Falls are located 99% in Ontario, Canada, with the rest lying in New York State, United States of America. Bridal Veils Fall, on the other hand is the smallest of the three falls and is located on the U.S side, with Luna Island separating it from the American Falls and Goat Island separating it from the Horseshoe Falls. There is an attraction, the Cave of the Winds, which allows visitors to walk up to the base of the Bridal Veils Falls for a better view.
Of special interest while at the fall is the ride aboard the famed “Maid of the Mist” boat. The exciting boat transports passengers from the calm waters on either the Canadian or American side to get a breathtaking view of the Falls, in close ranges. The passengers get covered in mist and spray as they near the heart of the falls, leaving them with a feel of what the daredevils to the falls must have felt.
Niagara Falls is dubbed the Honeymoon Capital of the World as it sees a number of honeymoons arranged each year. Its first documented use as a honeymoon spot was when Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia chose the Falls as a honeymoon spot in 1801. Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother followed in her footsteps in 1804 paving way for the honeymoon tradition to the area to follow.
Visitors to the fall are fascinated by the magnificent flow of water as it splashes down the falls, with an illumination in the evening hours; the Falls come to a different kind of life when intense spotlights bathe the falls with different shades of color.
The Falls continue in their formation, and only time will tell what beauty they will bring to visitors. For now, it is the destined location for over 30 million people annually, who come to stare in amazement at the beautiful falls and take memorable pictures of their time there