Where Is Niagara Falls?

You may be surprised but a lot of people ask where is Niagara Falls!

Growing up in Canada, I always knew it was in Canada, but I never knew that the United States borders Niagara Falls as well.

In other words, Niagara Falls is in Canada as well as in the United States.

But where Exactly is it? I’ll tell you in a sec.

But first, What is Niagara Falls?

Niagara Falls is actually 3 waterfalls and not just one. All 3 waterfalls combined is called Niagara Falls. This water fall is also a border between Canada and the United States.

The three waterfalls are called Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls.

The Bridal Veil Falls is the smallest of the three and is located on the American side. The American Falls is also located on the American side (not surprisingly), and the Horseshoe Falls is located mostly on the Canadian side.

In my opinion, Horseshoe Falls is the most spectacular of the three Falls.

Where is Niagara Falls located?

According to Wikipedia, Niagara Falls is located 17 miles northwest of Buffalo New York, and 75 miles south west of Toronto, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls Ontario and Niagara Falls New York.

A map of Niagara Falls Location

Google Maps of Niagara Falls

Close cities to Niagara Falls include Toronto, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York.

Some cool facts about Niagara Falls

  • The Niagara River is about 36 miles long. It’s not very deep, but it is extremely wide
  • Water from Niagara Falls come from streams and rivers that empty into the Great Lakes.
  • Niagara Falls was formed in the last ice age around 18 000 years ago. The nice started to move southward and it began to carve out the basins of the great lakes.
  • The water from Niagara Falls is used for many purposes, including drinking, hydro electric power, and recreational use like fishing and boating.
  • Fish travel down the falls!
  • People travel down the falls. The first person to every go over the falls was a 63 year old teacher named Annie Taylor, who went down the falls in a barrel of all things.
  • Scientists estimate that Niagara Falls will disappear in around 50 000 years because of erosion.

Here’s some more cool info about Niagara Falls:

A little bit of history of the Falls from Niagara Falls Live: By the way, I highly recommend you check them out if you want to see what the Falls looks like from the top, and learn more about the history of the Falls.

The Niagara Peninsula became free of the ice about 12,500 years ago. As the ice retreated northward, its meltwaters began to flow down through what became Lake Erie, the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, down to the St. Lawrence River, and, finally, down to the sea. There were originally 5 spillways from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Eventually these were reduced to one, the original Niagara Falls, at Queenston-Lewiston. From here the Falls began its steady erosion through the bedrock.

However, about 10,500 years ago, through an interplay of geological effects including alternating retreats and re-advances of the ice, and rebounding of the land when released from the intense pressure of the ice (isostatic rebound), this process was interrupted. The glacial meltwaters were rerouted through northern Ontario, bypassing the southern route. For the next 5,000 years Lake Erie remained only half the size of today, the Niagara River was reduced to about 10% of its current flow, and a much-reduced Falls stalled in the area of the Niagara Glen.

This is probably my favorite video of Niagara Falls. Its absolutely stunning. It shows you the sheer power and magnitude of the Falls. To think people actually go down these Falls is mind blowing.

Thinking about visiting Niagara Falls? Here are some awesome links to get you started:

Niagara Parks – Things to do in Niagara Falls, hotels, shopping, restaurants, and info on just about everything related to Niagara Falls

Niagara USA – More tourism stuff for visitors of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Canada – Tourism for Niagara Falls for Canadians

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