I will be at Niagara Falls this weekend to do a chess event. Even though I have been to Niagara Falls before, I am anxious to be there again. It is truly a magnificent creation of nature.


Formation of the Falls
Although the Falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old, the story of their formation can be traced back hundreds of millions of years into the past. (read more)

The Great Lakes System
The Niagara River isn’t really a “river” in the strictest sense of the word. It is actually a strait – a relatively narrow body of water that connects tow larger bodies (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario).
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A Brief History
While it is not certain how long there have been people living in the Niagara area, estimates usually range between 5000 and 8000 years. Little is known about the earliest inhabitants of the region, but later residents have left a rich and exciting history.
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The Maid of Mist
This is a version of a story that is told by the people of the Six Nations. The “standard” Maid of the Mist story that is commonly told in Niagara today is not actually a Native American story at all. (read more)

The Niagara Reservation – A Historical Perspective
Spurred on by that rallying cry, a fiercely dedicated group of 19th century Americans freed Niagara Falls from the clutches of vulgar commercialism, and returned it to a natural state.
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The Niagara Reservation – Today
More than one hundred years after the formation of the Niagara Reservation, the influence of Frederick Law Olmsted continue to be felt. (read more)


American Falls
Height 180 ft (56 m)Width 1060 ft (320 m)
Volume of flow 10% of total

Horseshoe Falls
Height 170 ft (54m) Width 2200 ft (675m)
Volume of flow 90% of total

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