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Niagara Falls Frequently Asked Questions

The city of Niagara Falls welcomes approximately 12 million visitors yearly. So as you can imagine, with this many travellers visiting each year, there are a lot of questions asked. As a traveller to a new city or country, many things are new and foreign to us, especially if we’re travelling to a new country we’ve never been to before.

Here is our "Top Ten Niagara Falls Frequently Asked Questions" List 

1. When does Niagara Falls turn off?

Niagara Falls has a constant flow of water.  In fact, the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, is 180 feet (57 meters) high, with 6 million cubic feet (168,000 cubic meters) of water flowing over the brink of the Falls every minute during peak daytime tourist hours (that is about a million bathtubs full of water every minute!).

2. Do I have to pay to visit Niagara Falls?

There are three different Falls that make up Niagara Falls: The American Falls, The Bridal Veil Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. As long as you are viewing them from the Canadian side, there is no cost to view all three natural wonders. However, if you are parking by the Falls, there will be a cost for parking (prices vary).

3. How old is Niagara Falls? Niagara Falls is rich in history. The Niagara Peninsula is approximately 12,500 years old (and so the history books tell us)

4. How was Niagara Falls created?

Niagara Falls was created when melting glaciers formed massive fresh-water lakes, called the Great Lakes. One of lakes, Lake Erie ran downhill toward another, Lake Ontario. The rushing waters carved out a river in their descent and at one point passed over a steep cliff like formation, the Niagara Escarpment. From the original Falls going over the Niagara Escarpment, the water began to wear its way back up the river. The path that is left is known today as the Niagara Gorge, a deeply-cut and very scenic river path.

5. Where does the water from Niagara Falls come from?

The water flows from streams and rivers that empty into the Great Lakes, from Lake Superior down through Niagara to Lake Ontario, then into the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean. Water always flows down to the sea, and the land slopes downward through the Great Lakes Basin from west to east, but the Niagara River actually flows north.

6. Does Niagara Falls Freeze over in the Winter?

The flow of water was stopped completely over both Falls on March 29th, 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time this has occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed.

7. What time does the border close?

The Canadian/United States border crossing never closes. It is open 24 hours, year-round.

8. What is the address of the Falls?

There is no official address for Niagara Falls. It’s a natural wonder of the world. However, if you enter 6650 Niagara Parkway (River Rd) Niagara Falls, ON L2G 0L0 in your GPS, this address will bring you right beside the Horseshoe Falls.

9. Does Niagara Falls generate electricity?

Niagara Falls serves as a major source of electricity for Ontario. Hydro electricity generated in Niagara Falls at the Sir Adam Beck 1 and Sir Adam Beck 2 power stations from redirected waterflow serves the electrical needs of Southern Ontario and Western New York.

9. How cold does it get in Niagara Falls?

In the winter, the daily high temperatures in December, January and February range from 2° to -0.9° degrees Celsius (36° to 30° degrees Fahrenheit). Nightly temperatures range from -4.5° to -8.2° degrees Celsius (24° to 17° degrees Fahrenheit).

There are just a few of the Niagara Falls frequently asked questions. Please visit this our Hotel Policies page for frequently asked questions about the hotel.

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Sources: NiagaraFalls.ca, NiagaraParks.com, NiagaraFallsTourism.com, NiagaraFallsLive.com