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Niagara Falls

While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide.

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular sites in the world. Located between the Province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the United States, the falls consist of three mighty waterfalls - Horseshoe Falls (also known as the Canadian Falls), American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls - which span the international border. Most famous is Horseshoe Falls, which has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America with a vertical drop of more than 50 m. Over 170,000 m3 of water surges over its crest every minute during peak tourist hours.

Niagara Falls is nestled between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York, 27 km from Buffalo and 69 km from Toronto. The Falls were formed when the glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation and the Great Lakes carved a path over the Niagara Escarpment, eventually leading to the Atlantic Ocean. The Falls are wide, if not exceptionally high, and the view of them from the American or Canadian side of the border is extraordinary.

Not only a source of astounding beauty, Niagara Falls is also a major source of hydroelectric power. Since the 19th century, the Falls has had to balance recreational, commercial and industrial uses, and has become renowned as one of the best tourist attractions in the world. Make sure to take some time to experience the majesty of nature when visiting this remarkable place.

Niagara Falls, three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States

Location: New York, Ontario

Height: 51 m

Width: 790 m


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