History of Tourism

Niagara Falls has been a leading international tourist attraction for 200 years, influencing the development of tourism and nature conservation in North America.

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A History of Tourism

Niagara Falls has captured the hearts and attention of millions of visitors yearly. Experiencing Niagara Falls, the Niagara River and the Niagara Gorge is a journey worth taking over and over again, all seasons of the year.


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Together, the Niagara River and Lake Ontario are home to an extraordinary freshwater eco-system providing sportsmen with a world-class fishing experience.


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The daredevils of Niagara are the most intriguing and mysterious figures in the region's history. Whether on a tight rope or in a barrel, these figures drew crowds of thousands who watched in wonder at their daring feats.


Did you know?

In 2012 Nik Wallenda became the first person to cross the Niagara Falls by tightrope in 116 years. He did so after receiving permission from both the Canadian and United States governments, although he was required to carry his passport and present it on entry to the Canadian side of the falls.

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