Niagara Falls is located on the Niagara River, on the border between Ontario, Canada and New York State in the USA. Niagara Falls is about 130 km south of Toronto via the QEW Queen Elizabeth Way (70 km away by air), and about 25 miles north of Buffalo, NY.
The Niagara Region has populations on both the Canada & US sides of the Niagara River. On the Canadian side, Niagara Falls, Ontario has a population of 82,000 while the Niagara Regional Municipality (which includes Niagara on the Lake, St Catherines & Welland) has a population of 427,000 (2006).
On the US side, Niagara Falls, New York has a population of 55,000 and Niagara Falls County has a population of 218,000. But it is close to the city of Buffalo, which is across the river from Fort Erie, which is the second largest city in New York state, with a population of 292,000 and 1,254 in the urban area (2000 census).
Niagara's name originates from the Neutral Indian name "Ongniaahra" meaning "Thunder of Waters", the noise these towering waterfalls make, as water drains from the Upper Great Lakes via the Niagara River. This location was a meeting and trading place for the First Nations, the early explorers, and for both Canada and the United States in recent history. This locale has been fought over in several wars, most recently the War of 1812, and has a rich history.
Niagara Falls's weather ranges dramatically over the seasons. In the summer, it hot & sticky (the humidity comes from the Gulf of Mexico, not Lake Ontario as is commonly believed) with warm nights, and in the winter it is cold, with snow lasting from end of November until mid-April. Winter snowstorms can come quickly and often bury cars overnight (locals consider any snowfall under a foot a "dusting"). Spring comes quickly as the snowdrifts melt and tulips pop up into bloom. In the fall, as nights get longer, the leaves turn into a brilliant range of colours, as sap returns to the roots with declining overnight temperatures.
The major industries in Niagara Falls reflects are tourism & agriculture, reflecting its position location as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World" and on the fertile and temperate Niagara Penninsula. There are also large casinos on both sides of the Niagara River. The area has been popular with tourists ever since the mid-1800s when railways and mid-1900s with the arrive of the Interstate Highway system.
The large drop of the Falls led to the construction of hydro-electric generating facilities in the area over a century ago, which made the use of electric-power possible for the areas homes, businesses and factories. Half the water of the Niagara River is now used for power generation, bypassing the Falls by way of a series of canals and aqueducts on both sides of the border.
The manufacturing sector is also strong, reflecting St Catharine's accessibility on the Welland Canal portion of the St Lawrence Seaway, a well as the region's proximity to Buffalo, New York. The manufacturing ranges from automotive to fabricated metals and chemicals, as well as the associated distribution and logistics sectors.
On the US side, there is significant manufacturing, much of it due to its proximity to the massive hydro-electric power generation near the Falls. This included steel, aluminum and chemicals (Niagara Falls, NY is home to the infamous "Love Canal"), though their decline has moved the Niagara Falls & Buffalo economy to move to a mix of industrial, light manufacturing, high technology, banking and services companies.
The Niagara Region covers the area between the Niagara River and Hamilton, and covers a number of large communities like Niagara Falls, and St Catherines, and several smaller communities like Niagara on the Lake, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Thorold, Welland, and Grimsby. These communities are nestled in prime Niagara Peninsula farmland and wineries, which support a strong food processing & manufacturing sector.
St Catharines (pop. 131,000) is the geographic and industrial hub of the Niagara Region, with Thorold (pop. 18,000) and Welland (pop 50,000) to the south. The industrial lands adjoining the current (and relatively straight) route of the Welland Canal. The original route of the Welland Canal has been converted to scenic parklands, and on Lake Ontario, Port Dalhousie has become a very scenic residential neighbourhood in St Catharines, and popular tourist attraction.
Nearby Niagara on the Lake is the historical and theatrical hub of the area, as home to the world famous Shaw Festival each summer. The region has popular beaches on both lake Ontario and on Lake Erie.
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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Nestled in the heart of Nagara Galls, bordering most attractions, near the falls, short walk to Falls, Clifton Hill, Casino Niagara, the Maid of The Mist, dining and shopping. First class service and staff.
Newly renovated 10 storey hotel with 258 rooms including luxurious whirlpool, fireplace, presidential and 2-room family suites.Minutes from Niagara Falls, the Fallsview Casino, Casino Niagara, Clifton Hill and major Niagara Falls events.
indoor and outdoor pools, a whirlpool and sauna. free high-speed, wireless Internet access and convenient proximity to the world-famous Niagara Falls.
Williams Gate B&B offers two private suite accommodations in Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, with all the conveniences of a bed and breakfast. Comfort and privacy at its best.
Niagara's newest boutique inn, one of the most stunning heritage properties in Niagara. Open daily for dinner from 5pm.Serving Lunch on the deck and patio 12-3
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Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Sparrow Lakes Golf Club is a spectacular, well-groomed 36 hole facility that provides a fair challenge for players of all ages and playing abilities. The newer HERON 18 was designed by Rene Muylaert and is the par 72 championship course.
Your Great Wolf Lodge adventure begins in our massive, 84-degree indoor water park with over 100,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones.
A panorama of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline., The Winery Retail Shop is located in a restored 1885 post-and-eam barn, offers tastings of our premium VQA wines and a guided tour of our modern winery facilities.
Founded in 1999, EastDell Estates sits on 65 picturesque acres of the Beamsville Bench along the Niagara West Wine Route. Tour the winemaking facility, and sample (and shop for) EastDell's award-winning wines at the Bench Bistro
Established for over 40 years, enjoy superb greens and fantastic fairways, it is one of the best-conditioned courses you will ever play. Prevailing winds sweep across the course, with its wide variety of holes is challenging yet enjoyable f
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