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Niagara Falls (/naɪˈæɡrə/, Cayuga: Gahnawehtaˀ or Tgahnawęhtaˀ is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.



From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side and the American Falls entirely on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also located on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island. The international boundary line was originally drawn through Horseshoe Falls in 1819, but the boundary has long been in dispute due to natural erosion and construction.

Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by vertical height and also by flow rate. The falls are located 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York and 75 miles (121 km) south-southeast of Toronto, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York.

Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. More than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow,and almost four million cubic feet (110,000 m3) on average.


The Niagara Falls are renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Managing the balance between recreational, commercial, and industrial uses has been a challenge for the stewards of the falls since the 19th century.

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City of Niagara Falls Contact Numbers

City Hall: 905-356-7521 or 1-877-999-7521
Administrator’s Office 5101
Mayor’s Office – 4202
Building Services – 4350
Business Development – 5000
Clerk’s Services – 4272
Finance – 4306/4313
Human Resources – 4317
Information Systems – 4018
Legal – 4240
Municipal Works – 4211
Recreation and Culture – 3330
Planning – 4234
Service Centre – 6200
Transportation Services – 5200
Small Business Centre – 5004
Direct Telephone Numbers:
Niagara Falls Transit 905-356-1179
Fire Department – 905-356-1321
Fairview Cemetery – 905-354-4721
Niagara Falls Public Library – 905-356-8080
Chippawa Arena – 905-295-6554
Coronation Recreation Centre – 905-356-6493
Municipal Works Service Centre – 905-356-1355
Lundy’s Lane Cemetery – 905-354-8476
Niagara Falls History Museum – 905-358-5082
F.H. Leslie Pool – 905-356-6217
Prince Charles Pool – 905-354-8104
Niagara Falls Lions Club Pool – 905-358-5385
Mitchelson Park Pool – 905-358-9850
W.A. (Buck) Hinsberger Pool – 905-295-7063
Willoughby Historical Museum – 905-295-4036
Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. – 905-356-2681


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