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Traveling to Niagara Falls By Norman Heslop

October 15, 2011

Niagara Falls, which lies along the international border of New York State and Ontario, Canada, has long been a hotspot for tourists. Honeymooners frequently visit the massive waterfalls, often taking a ride on the Maid of the Mist, a famous boat tour that has existed for over 100 years.

 

Apart from being a romantic sight, Niagara Falls provides hydroelectricity to much of New York and Canada. In 1961, Niagara Falls was the largest source of hydroelectricity in the Western world, and to this day it remains the largest provider of its type in the New York area. The Niagara River provides approximately 1,500,000 gallons of water per second on average. In 1950, both the United States and Canada signed a treaty that limited the amount of water that could be diverted from the falls for hydroelectric purposes. The intent of this treaty was to conserve the falls for future use. As a result, throughout the day from April through October, at least half of the available water must be present at and flowing over the falls. At other times, the nearby power plants may use up to three-fourths of the available water.

 

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Travelers to Niagara Falls will be greeted with a choice of numerous hotels, resorts, and campgrounds. There is even a state park on the U.S. side, which sometimes offers free guided hikes through the Niagara Gorge. On the Canadian side, there are a series of parks and recreational areas surrounding Niagara Falls, including a butterfly conservatory, a botanical garden, and the serene Queen Victoria Park.

 

About the Author: Norman Heslop, who loves to travel, counts Niagara Falls as one of his favorite places to visit. Another favorite destination for water-lover Norman Heslop is the Caribbean coast of Mexico.

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