Largest Waterfalls In North America

Updated: Jul 4, 2019

Niagara Falls, more specifically, is the name of three waterfalls - the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Canadian side of Niagara Falls located between Goat Island and Table Rock is known as the Horseshoe Falls. With the highest flow rate and beauty, Horseshoe Niagara Falls becomes a holiday spot for millions of people every year.

Welcome to Niagara Falls ! Canadian side

Look, a Traveller Butterfly walking by the falls :)

Some facts

The Height of Canadian Falls 170 ft (52 metres)

  • Niagara River divides into two - the West Channel and East Channel

  • The west channel known as the Canadian or Chippawa Channel (length 17.7 km & width 610 to 1220 m)

  • The east channel known as the American or Tonawanda Channel (length 24 km & width 460 to 610 m) carries only 40% of the total river flow

  • The estimated flow rate of Horseshoe Falls is 168,000 cubic metres

  • The Canadian side of the Falls was first called as "horseshoe" in 1721

  • The Height of Canadian Falls 170 ft (52 metres)

It is estimated that around 30 million people visit Niagara Falls every year, not only to see Niagara Falls but also to tour the world famous wineries within the Niagara-on-the-Lake region.

The Winter Festival of Lights transforms Niagara Falls into a winter fairy tale.

The Winter Festival of Lights was founded 35 years ago by The Ontario Power Generation and is the premier illumination festival in North America. It is also Canada’s largest illumination festival, attracting over 1.5 million visitors annually.

There are all sorts of fantastic things to do and see in Niagara Falls — but most visitors would not put navigating through huge crowds on their list of vacation top memories. In fact, the thought of long lines, endless waits for food, restrooms, and pictures peppered with unknown’ faces are enough to cause some would-be travelers to say “thanks, but no thanks” to a trip to Niagara Falls.

Tips To Avoid The Crowds in Niagara Falls

1) Come at the right time

Plan your visit during the winter months. Even though the Falls themselves are beautiful in a different way, there is still a lot to do here. You may like to visit in the summer, so you experience the Maid of the Mist and see the falls in their glory. Nonetheless, you don’t have to explore on the weekends, or during major holidays, such as Victoria Day (July 1), July 4, and Labor Day weekend (for American visitors.) By avoiding those times, you can enjoy less crowded attractions. The benefits of shoulder-season travel are considerable: lighter crowds and more for your money.

2) Prepare Ahead

Waiting in line to purchase tickets to major attractions can waste plenty of time during vacations — and it’s no different in Niagara Falls. So, it is best to get your tickets in advance. Do your research before you leave home and decide which attractions are “must see,” and then buy tickets in advance. The Hornblower cruises allow you to choose a time for your tickets; therefore, you can buy in advance and save plenty of time to experience more of what Niagara Falls has to offer.

3) Start Early

Plan to be up early and ready to start exploring by breakfast; not only will you be able to see several attractions before the crowds build, but you’ll also have a better chance of getting some great photos of the falls without other people in them. Reserve a hotel as close to the falls as possible to save on drive time and get out there early.

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