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Explore the History of One of Canada’s Most Visited Cities

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Fact 1

The movie ‘Niagara’ was filmed in Niagara falls starring Hollywood starlet, Marilyn Monroe, in 1953. The Crowne Hotel in Niagara Falls received much attention when Marilyn stayed in the city while filming the movie.

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Fact 2

Throughout the years, the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario has welcomed many celebrities including: King George VI, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry, Brad Pitt, Katy Perry and many more.

Fact 3

On June 15, 2012, tightrope walker, Nik Wallenda successfully walked across Niagara Falls from Niagara Falls, New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Fact 4

Nik Wallenda’s wife, Erendira Wallenda, just recently soared over the Falls in June of 2017 hanging by her teeth from a helicopter!

Fact 5

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940-1945), Sir Winston Churchill once called the Niagara Parkway, ‘the prettiest Sunday drive in the world.’

Fact 6

From 2014 to 2017, Hornblower Niagara Cruises has welcomed dignitaries and celebrities alike. This list includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Matthew McConaughey, Kate Moss, Ryan Seacrest, Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, the 17th Karmapa, Adam Sandler, and many more.

Fact 7

The population of Niagara Falls taken by the Canadian Census in 2016 was 88,071 residents.

Fact 8

Niagara Falls covers an area of 212 sq. km. (81.9 sq. mi.)

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Fact 9

The first person to document Niagara Falls was a French priest, Father Louis Hennepin. During an expedition in 1678 he reported the natural wonder and its size and significance.

Fact 10

The Niagara Parkway was formally known as the Niagara Boulevard and historically known as Niagara Road. The road is 55 km (33 m) in length and connects Fort Erie, Ontario to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Fact 11

The Niagara Region is home to over 100 wineries making it an incredible wine and culinary destination.

Fact 12

Winter in Niagara Falls, Canada can reach temperatures of -25 C (-13 F) which causes the water to freeze along the rock walls of the Falls creating 30 to 40 foot tall massive ice boulders.

Fact 13

Niagara Falls was first named the ‘Honeymoon Capital’ when Jerome Bonaparte, the youngest brother of Napoleon, visited the city with his newly wed wife for their honeymoon. Their visit to the city inspired newly wed couples to choose the city as their honeymoon destination.

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Fact 14

The Minolta Tower known today as the ‘the Tower Hotel’ stands at 99 m (325 ft) above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Fact 15

Niagara Falls, Ontario has two hydroelectric stations located in Queenston, Ontario. Sir Adam Beck I and Sir Adam Beck II together produce 1,997 megawatts (2,678,000 hp). Sir Adam Beck Station I contains 10 generators and Sir Adam Beck Station II has 16 generators.

Fact 16

Niagara Falls offers an international border crossings from Canada to the United States. The Rainbow Bridge connects Niagara Falls, Canada to Niagara Falls, New York and has four lanes, two for crossing in each side.

Fact 17

One of Niagara’s tallest attractions is the Niagara Skywheel located on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Skywheel stands at 53 m (173 ft). The ride is 8-12 minutes and offers one-of-a-kind aerial views of the Falls.

Fact 18

Niagara Falls, Canada welcomes approximately 12 million visitors annually.

Fact 19

Each winter, the Winter festival of Lights operates in Niagara Falls, Canada. The 10 weeks festival lights up the city with vibrant lights and colours creating a magical look and feel.

Fact 20

Visitors often ask ‘If Niagara Falls actually turns off at night?’ During the height of the tourism season (April-September) the water that is controlled by the New York and Ontario Hydro Power Electric Stations hold excess water overnight in giant reservoirs. The water over the Falls never stops flowing 24 hours a day!

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