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Overview of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

The city is dominated by the Niagara Falls waterfalls on the Niagara River connecting Lake Ontario and Erie. The natural spectacle brings in hundreds of thousands of tourists to the city a year. The city has built a tourist area surrounding the falls to increase the city`s appeal as a vacation destination and prolong stay times.

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  • Population: 78,815 (2001)
  • Latitude: 43.083852° N
  • Longitude: -79.09996° E
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Niagara Falls, Ontario

The Niagara Falls area has seen continuous settlement since the 17th century, first by the Iroquois and then by Europeans who were drawn to the immense falls. Louis Hennepin, a French priest, is regarded as the first European to visit the area in the 1670s. Tourism started in the early 19th century and has been a vital part of the local economy since that time.

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Niagara Falls's Demographics

Between 1996 to 2001, the population of the city grew by 2.5%, lower than the provincial and national average. Many retirees move to Niagara Falls. The number of those under 14 years of age is 18.1 per cent while those over 65 constitute 17 per cent. The city has also done a good job of attracting immigrants into the area. The Top five ethnic origins in Niagara Falls are English: 29.3%, Italian: 19.7%, Scottish: 17.8%, Irish: 14.3%, and French: 11.1%.

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Niagara Falls's Climate

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Education in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls is served by the District School Board of Niagara and Niagara Catholic District School Board, which includes quite a few elementary and secondary schools. Niagara College's main campus is also located in Niagara Falls.

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Transportation around Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Transit supplies the city with 10 bus routes that deliver passengers to various areas throughout Niagara Falls. Several taxi companies also server the Niagara Falls area and VIA rail as a station in the city as well.

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Tourism and Attractions of Niagara Falls

Tourist attractions include viewing and observation based activities like the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls and the Skylon Tower observation deck. Other attractions include the Clifton Hill tourist area, casinos Casino Niagara and the Fallsview Casino, natural attractions like the Niagara Gorge. As well as the obvious attractions of the falls, Niagara Falls markets itself as a honeymoon destination and is self-proclaimed as the honeymoon capital of the world. With many excellent accommodations and restaurants to enjoy Niagara Falls is a great place to vacation. It is a more popular destination than Niagara Falls, New York, in part due to the better view of the falls from the Canadian side.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Niagara Falls
  • Thorold
  • Thorold South
  • Allanburg
  • St. David's
  • Queenston
  • Montrose
  • Fraser
  • Chippawa
  • Power Glen
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Niagara on the Lake

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Geography of Niagara Falls, Ontario

The depth of the Niagara River below the falls is 180 feet and as deep as Niagara Gorge walls are high. The massive volume of water that rapidly flows over the 'Horseshoe' Falls causes the waters of the river to appear green in colour. The Canada Niagara Falls began flowing over 12,000 years ago, following the end of the last ice age and resulting glacial retreat.

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Niagara Falls's Government

The Niagara Falls City Council is governed by a Mayor and eight Alderman. The Council meets every second Monday.

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Niagara Falls's Economy and Industry

With a plentiful and inexpensive source of hydroelectric power via the waterfalls, many electro-chemical and electro-metallurgical industries located here in the early to mid-20th century. Tourism has tightened its grip as the city`s most important economic engine. In the mid-1990s the Ontario government introduced legal wagering to the local economy with Casino Niagara. The late-1990s witnessed an economic boom as numerous luxury hotels and tourist attractions were built.

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Niagara Falls's Culture and Significant Events

Niagara Falls hosts many festivals throughout the year, one of the most popular being the Festival of Lights--Canada's largest lights festival. The night is illuminated with over 2 million sparkling lights and over 100 animated lighting displays.

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Sports in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Media of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls media is dominated by The Niagara Falls Review, a daily newspaper with current information on local and world news and Niagara this week, another local informative newspaper. Popular local radio stations include Wild 101F and The River 101.5 FM.

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