Niagara Falls Vacation Tips

Where To Stay And What To See

A View Of The American Falls
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While Niagara Falls has been a vacationing hotspot in subject of many photos for decades, many people don't realize that the falls actually have three distinct names. On the New York site is American Falls (sometimes called Rainbow Falls) and the smaller waterfall called Bridal Veil Falls and on the Canadian side is the familiar horseshoe shaped waterfall called Horseshoe Falls.

The falls were formed by the recession of glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. The newly formed great lakes sent water through the Niagara escarpment on its way to the Atlantic Ocean and, although Niagara Falls and American Falls, is not really that tall it is very wide and with more than 6,000,000 ft. of water rushing over it every minute it is the most powerful waterfall in North America.

Originally, the falls were near where Queenston Ontario and Lewiston New York are now but erosion over the years has caused them to retreat several miles to the south to their present location. Slightly upstream from the Folsom solves goat Island causes the river to split its course which results in the separation of the American Falls and Canadian Falls.

While modern engineering has tried to slow the erosion and movement of the falls they will eventually recede upstream enough to drain Lake Erie whose bottom is higher than actual bottom of the falls. Engineers are working to slow this rate of erosion, however, you really can't fight mother nature!

The American Falls are 1060 feet wide and 70 feet tall and the bottom is a jumble of chunks of rock which women left there by a huge rock slide in 1954. Since the water comes from Lake Erie, the amount of water going over the Falls is directly related to the elevation of water in the lake. Usually you the most amount of water is flowing during late spring and early summer.

You can get the best view of the American Falls from the Canadian side along the Niagara Parkway. On the American side, you can go out to the brink of the falls onLuna Island and Prospect Point.