Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. Apart from viewing the thundering natural wonder that is Niagara Falls, this area offers many attractions that are educational and enjoyable for visitors of all ages from all around the world. A few of the choices include:
Fort George will recount the history of how this strategically positioned fort was temporarily taken over by the American Army in the War of 1812.
Laura Secord Homestead here costumed interpreters will tell the tale of how a young women warned the British troops of an impending American invasion.
Queenston Heights is the site of a fateful battle fought during the War of 1812 and is where Major-General Isaac Brock lost his life.
Brock Monument honours his memory in this magnificent garden setting, and is the perfect place for a memorable picnic lunch.
Floral Clock the Ontario Hydro’s clock which is completely covered in flowers and keeps perfect time. There are over 1600 plants on display. This clock is photographed nearly as often as the falls and was constructed in 1950.
Butterfly Conservatory here over 2,000 live butterflies from around the world living in a tropical rain forest environment.
Niagara Bird Kingdom is the world’s largest indoor free flying aviary. This natural setting contains a diverse collection of over 500 exotic birds representing 80 species.
Sir Adam Beck Generating Station a guided tour of this station is a wonderful example of a natural, non polluting and reliable power source that works in harmony with the beauty of Niagara.
Journey Behind the Falls descends through the bedrock and allows students to take a walk on the observation decks to witness the incredible power of the water crashing down from an entirely different perspective.
Horseshoe Falls which is the largest of the three large waterfalls that make the grand Niagara Falls. With a width of 2200 feet, it is said that about 90% of the Niagara River flows over and down these falls.
Hornblower Boat Tour is where students tour to the very base of the Falls, where students can view this magnificent wonder from a truly different perspective.
No visit to Niagara Falls would be complete without a walk down Clifton Hill. In this carnival-like atmosphere are museums like Guinness World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Louis Tussauds Waxworks. The 4-D Theatre will make all hang on to their seats, and take the audience to places they never thought they’d see.
Niagara Falls Imax Theatre covers the history of the Niagara Region from the early natives to the present. Tightrope walks and seeing someone go over the Falls in a barrel are impressive sights.
Daredevil Gallery Museum not only has on display the historical artifacts that survived the plunge (five of their passengers did not), but each comes with the exciting stories of those who challenged the mighty Falls, as well as vintage photography of the actual events and general Niagara Falls fun facts.
Welland Canal Locks here students can actually view the operation of the locks through which ocean going and Great Lake
As the daylight departs The Niagara Falls Illumination transforms the raging water into a moving portrait lit with all the colours of the rainbow for an image that will not soon be forgotten.