Fun Facts about Niagara Falls

Refresh your memory, or discover new, exciting, and funny facts about Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls Rainbow

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

    Best time to see it: From about noon until the sun sets on the Canadian side.  Cost: Free – Be sure to bring your camera as you discover Niagara Falls.

boat stuck on niagara falls

Did you ever wonder what this boat was doing near the brink of the Horseshoe 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 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, and this fun fact about Niagara Falls lives on as it is still there today!

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 fun fact about Niagara Falls, that I would love to see it.

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

Cave of Winds

Did you know that fish go over the Falls?

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

Cost: $11 to visit the Cave of the Winds where one man got struck by a fish.

Man hit by fish going over Falls
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.  What a funny fact about Niagara Falls!
Fish swim over the falls 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 after there descent, minutes later they continue the journey down the river uninjured. 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.

Niagara falls hydro dam

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

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

This is a fact about Niagara Falls that even I did not know, but it's true. During the day in tourist season (June to August) they let the water flow over the falls at 28,317,000 liters/second and in the evening and the off season (November to April) they reduce the amount of water flowing over the falls 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 tourist flock to Niagara Falls to see it in all its glory, so to keep the tourist happy they keep the volume up during the busy times.
It is amazing though, when you are down in the falls with the reduced amount of water flowing over how quiet it is.
If you can, go down to Niagara Falls during tourist season and observe the thunderous noise Niagara Falls produces; with the mist rising at an incredible rate, drenching everything around it. Now do the same in the off season or at night, it is neat to be able to hear the difference. Now that is a fun fact about Niagara Falls.

Charles Blondin crossing Niagara Falls on bike

Did you know that Niagara Falls most famous dare devil was Charles Blondin, who made walks on a tight rope above the Falls?  Maybe these facts about Niagara Falls should be rewritten to include Nik Wallenda?

Best time to see it: 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.  One catch is he had to wear a harness, he made it and now goes down in history.   Charles Blondin does have a statue over Victoria Avenue near the top of Clifton Hill.
Cost: The Imax beside the Skylon Tower has a great display of Daredevils who went over the Falls.  The museum has some more great facts about Niagara Falls and its Daredevils.

Did you know that the Falls have moved 7 miles?  Niagara Falls history is just as interesting as facts about Niagara Falls.

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

First started in 1846, it has taken million of tourists for a close up look of the falls.  **Starting 2014, the Maid of the Mist is only operating from the American side of the Falls.  Hornblower Niagara Cruises is the only one from the Canadian side.  I have yet to ride on one of their tours, but will let you know when I do.

Best time to ride it:  It is open from about April to October

Cost: approx. $20 per adult.  Kids are cheaper

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 more amazing facts about Niagara Falls.

Skylon Tower

Did you know that 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 but 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 Niagara Falls is a great place to go.  Around the Tower you will find more facts about Niagara Falls.

Cost: approx $12.95 to go up to the Skylon Tower Niagara Falls observation deck. You will learn even more facts about Niagara Falls while riding to the top.

Did you know that Marilyn Monroe stayed at the Brock Plaza Niagara Falls which is now called the Crowne Plaza Hotel during her filming of the movie “Niagara” in 1953?

If you wander through the Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby you will find more pictures with other fun facts about Niagara Falls.

facts about niagara falls

Did you know that there was a man named the Hermit of Niagara?
Francis Abbott, Hermit of Niagara, wrote a letter to Peter Porter(the owner at that time of Goat Island) asking if he could live on Goat Island. The letter he received in reply denied him permission but that did not stop him. In 1829 Francis moved onto Goat Island and lived there for 3 years. He left the island to go into town for his necessities, but other than that he lived as a hermit. 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 know as the Honeymoon capital of the World? If you honeymoon in Niagara Falls Canada you get a "Honeymoon Certificate signed by the mayor of Niagara Falls.  Best time to honeymoon in Niagara Falls: That all depends on you, but things book up quickly, so it is best to plan ahead. There are lots of heart shaped bathtubs just ask when you book the hotel.

I hope you had fun learning some fun facts about Niagara Falls.  Please contact me and let me know other fun facts you would like to see on my page.

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