Fun Facts about Niagara Falls

Fun Facts about Niagara Falls are everywhere in the city.  It is so enjoyable to discover them.  Come with me as we take a tour of some of my favorites.  Maybe you know some already, but I can guarantee you there will be some new ones.

Did you know that you are almost guaranteed to see a rainbow in Niagara Falls Canada?

Niagara Falls Rainbow

Best time to see it:  On a clear day you should be able to see a rainbow at Niagara Falls, from about noon until the sun sets on the Canadian Side.

Cost: Free

Why is there a rainbow at Niagara Falls?  When the sun shines through the mist, it creates a rainbow as the water droplets reflect the light, thus making a rainbow.  Fun Facts about Niagara Falls are everywhere.

Even in the winter, rainbows are present a lot of the time.  The picture below was taken on a very cold February afternoon. 

Rainbow Niagara Falls in February

Did you ever wonder what this boat was doing near the brink of the Horseshoe Falls?

boat stuck on niagara falls

Best time to see it:  During the day Cost:  Free

The boat that can be seen near the brink of the Horseshoe Falls has been there since 1918. It is called the Old Scow(barge). On August 6, 1918 the scow, occupied by two men, was being towed up river when it got stuck on a sandbar. This cause the tow rope to snap and the powerless barge was quickly swept downstream towards the falls. Only 600 metres or 2500ft from the brink of the falls the barge was grounded on a rock shoal. The two men on board, knowing that they were stranded, worked at further securing the barge by moving the rock on board to the front. Within 24 hours the two of them were able to move 50 tons of rock by hand. They were eventually rescued by “Red” Hill a Niagara Falls Daredevil. After the rescue there were talks of rescuing the valuable ship, but because of the dangerous position, it was decided upon to leave it be. They figured it would dislodge that year in the winter ice. Remember that was back in 1918!  Fun facts about Niagara Falls live on as it is still there today!

Niagara Falls boatPlaque where boat is stranded in the Niagara River

Last time I was down staring at the falls I was in amazement that the barge could stay perched on those rocks while water rushes past. On November 5, 2019 during a storm the boat stuck on Niagara Falls actually moved 160' down river.  The combination of the rusting scow and the strong winds caused it to blow closer to the falls.  But it got caught up again and is still resting near the brink.  What a sight it would be when it eventually goes over the falls.

That would be a fact I could add to this fun facts about Niagara Falls page.  I hope I will be there to see it.

boat on Niagara Falls

There are plenty of other fun facts about Niagara Falls...Did you know that Niagara Falls once froze?

Did you know that fish go over the Falls?

Cave of the Winds Niagara Falls

Best time to see it:  During the day.   Although you will just have to take my word for it, unless something extraordinary happens.

Cost: Free 

Did you know that a man was hit by a fish going over the Falls on a Cave of the Winds tour?

A number of years ago a tourist was hit by a salmon while walking on the Cave of the Winds boardwalk.   He was not hurt but was able to take the fish home with him as a memento.  

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Do fish go over the falls

Yes!  All the time and 90% of them survive.  It is unlikely that you will see one jump out of the falls because of the volume of water rushing by them.  It has been said that fish go over the waterfall like it is an elevator and the white foam at the bottom cushions their fall.   

The pool at the foot of the falls is over 150 feet deep, so although they may be a little stunned, minutes later they can continue their journey uninjured.  Why do you think you see so many seagulls at the bottom of the falls waiting for their dazed lunch?

The American and Bridal Falls are more dangerous for the fish as the bottom is covered with talus (rocks).

Fun Facts about Niagara Falls are everywhere.

Did you know that they turn down the water on Niagara Falls?

Niagara falls hydro dam

Best time to see it:  Between 8pm-6am (June to August) or all day November to April

Cost:  Free, you just need to use your ears

This is a fact about Niagara Falls that even I did not know, but it is true.  

During the day in tourist season (June to August) they let the water flow over the falls at 28,317,000 litres/second and in the evening and the off season (November to April) they reduce the amount by half.  Why?

The hydro gates are before the falls so if they reduce the flow going over the falls they are able to force more water into the hydro generation plants therefore creating more power.

Of course tourists flock to Niagara Falls to see it in all its glory, so to keep the tourists happy they keep the volume of water up during the busy times.

It is amazing though, you really can hear the difference.

If you get a chance, go down to Niagara Falls during tourist season and observe the thunderous noise; with the mist rising at an incredible rate, drenching everything around it.  Now do the same at night or in the off season, it is astonishing to hear the difference.  I think the biggest difference is in the winter when the mist is rising so slow because of the cold!  Ever thought about visiting Niagara Falls in Winter?  Check out these pics, you will want to make the trip.

It turns into fun facts about Niagara Falls even when you are talking about water.

Did you know that Niagara Falls most famous dare devil was Charles Blondin?

Charles Blondin crossing Niagara Falls on a bike

You would have had to have been born years ago to see Charles Blondin live in person, but his history is amazing.  He crossed the falls many times back in the mid 1800's.  He did it on bike or wheelbarrow.  He did it so many times he would hang upside down half way across in front of huge crowds to their cries and amazement.  He had quite an extraordinary career.  This picture was taken of a statue built in his honor over Victoria Ave in Niagara Falls.

Best time to see it: The imax Theater Niagara Falls is a great place to take in the history of the Daredevils, including Charles Blondin.  

Cost:  The Imax theater beside the Skylon Tower has a great display of daredevils who went over the fall.  The museum is quite informative, we really enjoyed our time there.  it would be worth the trip.

The City of Niagara Falls made it illegal to do any more stunts involving Niagara Falls Canada, but... on June 15, 2012, they agreed to have Nik Wallenda walk the brink of the falls on a high wire.  Wallenda had to wear a harness but he made it, all the way across!  We watched it live on tv that night as it was crazy down at Niagara Falls to watch Nik Wallenda.  

iMax Niagara Falls

Did you know that the Falls have moved 7 mile?  Niagara Falls history has some astounding facts about Niagara Falls.

Maid of the Mist boat tour

Did you know that the Maid of the Mist is the oldest commercial tourist attraction?

First started in 1846, it has taken millions of tourists for a close up look at Niagara Falls.  Staring in 2014, the Maid of the Mist only operates from the American side of the Falls.  Hornblower Niagara Cruises is the only Niagara Falls boat ride on the Canadian side.  It is so much fun to see the falls this way.  It is an absolute must!

Best time to ride:  Hornblower Cruises and Maid of the Mist are both open from April to October, weather depending.

Cost:  Ticket prices vary from the American side to the Canadian side, best to check their websites.  Maid of the Mist and Hornblower Cruises.

Hornblower Cruise Niagara Falls

Kids, listen to this fun fact about Niagara Falls...Did you know that the amount of water going over the falls could fill up 50 Olympic sized swimming pools in one minute?  Think this fact is amazing, find out more amazing fun facts about Niagara Falls for kids.

Did you know that two men parachuted off the Skylon Tower?

Skylon Tower Niagara Falls Canada

On June 21, 1985, two men parachuted from the top of the observation deck of the Skylon Tower Niagara Falls to the ground below.  

Thankfully no one was injured, but it became popular for a while, as thrill seekers came to follow this sport known as base jumping.

Best time to see it:  Well, base jumping is not only dangerous, it is illegal, so hopefully you will never see it.  But if you want a spectacular view of the falls, the observation deck on the top of the Skylon Tower is a great place to go.  Around the observation deck up the Tower you will find move fun facts about Niagara Falls.  

Cost:  Prices vary to go up the Skylon Tower Niagara Falls, but it is around $15.00 and you will learn even more facts about Niagara Falls while riding to the top.

Did you know that Marilyn Monroe stayed in Niagara Falls?

Marilyn Monroe stayed at the Brock Plaza Hotel Niagara Falls (which is now called the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls), during her filming of the movie "Niagara" in 1953.  If you wander through the Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby you will find more pictures and other fun facts about Niagara Falls. 

Did you know that there was a man named Hermit of Niagara?

facts about niagara fallsGoat Island located between the Horseshoe and American Falls

There was a man named Francis Abbott named Hermit of Niagara that wanted to live on Goat Island - the piece of land located between the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian Falls) and the American Falls.  He wrote a letter to Peter Porter (the owner at the time of Goat Island) asking if he could live there.  The letter he received in reply denied him permission, but that didn't stop him.  In 1829 Francis moved onto Goat Island and lived there for 3 years.  This hermit only left the island for necessities.  He would entertain tourists by performing balancing acts on the wooden pier leading to Terrapin Tower (a long since removed viewing station on Goat Island).  Unfortunately he died of drowning while trying to bathe.  He went over the American Falls.  He was only 27.

Did you know this fun fact about Niagara Falls, that it is known as the Honeymoon capital of the world?

If you honeymoon in Niagara Falls Canada, you can get a "Honeymoon Certificate" signed by the mayor of Niagara Falls.  Looking for your certificate?

Best time to honeymoon in Niagara Falls:  That all depends on your budget as the cheapest time would be the offseason from November till April, but if you are not worried about price, there is lots of options out there.  Things book up quickly so it is best to plan ahead. 

I do hope you had fun learning some facts about Niagara Falls.  Don't forget to subscribe to my free monthly  newsletter to hear more fun facts and tips and tricks for Niagara Falls Canada.

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