Niagara Falls straddles the international border between Canada and the United States. To be more specific it is between the province of Ontario, Canada and the state of New York, USA. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.
There are three waterfalls, the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.
The Horseshoe Falls border the United States (New York State) and Canada (Province of Ontario). The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are both in the United States.
The International boundary line was drawn through the Horseshoe Falls in 1819, but the boundary has been disputed due to the erosion and construction on Goat Island.
The Falls are located on the Niagara River, which drains both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
The Falls have a vertical drop of more than 165 feet. When taken into account, all three of the Falls, have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.
Here are a few things to do when visiting Niagara Falls.
- Maid of the Mist
- Niagara Gorge Trail
- Skylon Tower Observation Deck. This is on the Canadian Side of the Falls.
If you are visiting on the Canadian side of the Falls you can take the Maid of the Mist boat ride and you will want to have an evening meal in the Skylon Tower and enjoy the Falls all lit up.