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Niagara Falls Local History

The area of Niagara Falls was settled early and was vigorously active in the formative years of Canada. The town of Niagara Falls was originally called Elgin until 1856 when it became known as Clifton after merging with that community. It wasn't until 1881 that the name was changed to Niagara Falls the name comes from the word 'onguiaahra' meaning 'thundering noise'. The Falls themselves are over 12,000 years old.

During the War of 1812 one of the bloodiest battles took place in Lundy's Lane between American and British soldiers. This happened on 25 July 1814 when 7500 Americans and Canadians fought for a total of six hours. At the end of the battle 1,000 soldiers were left for dead or were wounded.

It was declared a city in 1904 and is home to one of the best natural wonders of the world. Niagara Falls has continued to grow both commercially and culturally due to the flourishing tourist industry, it has about 12 million visitors a year. Niagara also serves as a major electricity source for Ontario. This is one of the busiest and most popular visitors' spots in Canada and is steeped in history. Many newly-weds consider it to be the only place to go for their honeymoon.

Niagara Falls Attractions

Top Attractions

Niagara Falls Go early in the morning to see the Canadian Falls as they are awe-inspiring or late afternoon to see the rainbow which shines through the mist. At night the American Falls are lit up with coloured lights and the sight is breathtaking.

Maid Of The Mist Boat Tours This 30-minute boat ride is very popular and takes tourists into the churning waters of the American side of the Falls. It then passes the Rock of Ages and into the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. Staying dry is not an option so be prepared to get very wet. Hooded raincoats are provided if you forget your own.

Historic Fort Erie - 350 Lakeshore Rd. - Fort Erie This fort which was captured by the Americans in July 1814 is a reconstruction of the original. The original having been blown up when the British later besieged the fort and the Americans retreated to Buffalo. The guards on sentry duty are in period costumes; they fire cannons and give displays of drill and musket practice. Open from the first Saturday in May to mid-September from 10am to 6pm. Entry Adults $4.55 - Children 6-16 $2.80 Children under 5 free.

Great Gorge Adventure - 4330 River Rd. Take a stroll along the scenic route on the boardwalk to the Great Gorge Rapids, where this huge torrent of water rushes through the narrow channel at about 35kmph (22mph). Entry Adults US$4 Children 6-12 US$2 - Children under 5 Free

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Niagara Falls Shopping

There is an amazing array of shops to choose from in Niagara Falls anything from toys to curio shops. Here are just some that might interest a visitor to Niagara Falls.

Fun Factory Here you will definitely find something unique especially if you are looking for fun gift ideas. They have a large range of games and toys for all ages.

Clifton Gate Store - Friendly staff will assist you in finding specialty treats for your friend and family. They also have a large selection of ice cream, candyfloss, Canadian souvenirs and film.

Niagara Duty Free Shop Open seven days a week and offering anything from liquor to crystal, something is sure to attract your attention. They also offer a 50% discount on brand name merchandise which makes shopping all the more attractive.

Hershey's World of Chocolate For the chocolate lover come to Hershey's World of Chocolate. You are bound to find something special as they offer collectors items, unique glassware, vintage tins and jars and of course chocolate and candies.

Niagara Falls Activities

MarineLand Portage Rd Keep the children amused by taking them to the aquarium. The aquarium features performances by killer whales, dolphins and sea lions. They huge observation tanks where kier whales can be seen up close. The children are also entertained by feeding the deer at the small wildlife display. Marineland also offers theme-park rides. Entry is US$23 Adults Children 5-9 US$20 Children 4 and under Free

The Fun House The only fun house in Niagara is for children young and old. Walk along the moving floors or play in the rolling barrels. See how crazy you look in the mirror room. See what hides behind the mystery doors. The fun House is open all year round.

Journey Behind the Falls This is an adventure in itself, it is thrilling and awesome. To see the falls from the other side you will have to go down in an elevator for some 150 ft. then walk a short tunnel to the observation decks all the time being deafened by the thunder of the water.

Niagara Falls Parks & Gardens

Queen Victoria's Park The Park is close to the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and is really a royal garden setting. The parks vast acres of gardens bloom abundantly from early Spring to late Fall.

Niagraga Falls Bird Aviary The bird aviary boasts over 300 tropical birds from all around the world. There are observational exhibits plus free flying birds. The park offers guided tours and a Cafe, gift shop and an Indonesian Java House.

Botanical Gardens The gardens are situated on one hundred acres of ground and offer the most beautiful gardens. Take a self-guided tour and visit the rock, herb and vegetable gardens and the splendid arboretum.

Niagara Falls Restaurants and Bars

Niagara Falls Restaurants

Betty's Restaurant & Tavern This family restaurant is a favourite with the locals and has hearty food at very good prices. They serve fish and chips, roast beef, burgers and sandwiches. There are also delicious home-baked pies. They also serve breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices.

Happy Wanderer Specialising in German fare this restaurant's warm hospitality puts a diner quickly at ease. Try a schnitzel of which there is a full selection. They also cater for lunch with omelettes, cold platters, sandwiches and burgers and of course there is Black Forest cake and apple strudel.

Niagara Grand Dinner Theatre Niagara River Parkway This is the perfect place to bring family and friends. They serve upmarket meals which will satisfy even the most difficult of eaters.

Niagara Falls Bars & Clubs

Al Mac's Bar and Grill Ferry Street - Can be found in the very heart of Niagara Falls and features live entertainment nightly. They are open all year round and have a children's menu. They also serve down-home cooking with a breakfast buffet until 12.30pm.

Applebee's Neighbourhood Grill & Bar Can be found at Day's Inn. The atmosphere is relaxing and they serve lunch and dinner at great value. They are open from 7am to 12am and have all the favourites you love.

Beer Garden Clifton Hill The garden offers live adult entertainment and is Niagara's largest karaoke patio bar. The entertainment is nightly from May to October. Enjoy good food, have fun and great laughs.

Sports Zone Bar and Games Clifton Hill The Zone Bar offers a lively atmosphere where the visitor will be able to go bowling. They also offer sports games and interactive games plus a huge bar and patio. You can even watch the games on their large TV screen.

Niagara Falls children's activities

MarineLand Portage Rd Keep the children amused by taking them to the aquarium. The aquarium features performances by killer whales, dolphins and sea lions. They huge observation tanks where kier whales can be seen up close. The children are also entertained by feeding the deer at the small wildlife display. Marineland also offers theme-park rides. Entry is US$23 Adults Children 5-9 US$20 Children 4 and under Free

The Fun House The only fun house in Niagara is for children young and old. Walk along the moving floors or play in the rolling barrels. See how crazy you look in the mirror room. See what hides behind the mystery doors. The fun House is open all year round.

Journey Behind the Falls This is an adventure in itself, it is thrilling and awesome. To see the falls from the other side you will have to go down in an elevator for some 150 ft. then walk a short tunnel to the observation decks all the time being deafened by the thunder of the water.

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