Canada facts & history
Canada is located on the northern part of north
America and second largest country of the world, bounded
by the U.S.A. mainland, U.S.A. Alaska and the Arctic,
Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Made up of the federation of ten provinces of Alberta,
British, Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland,
Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec,
Saskatchewan and the territories of the Northwest and
Richly endowed by natural beauty and many resources.
Economically being a leading industrial power and very
interdependent on the neighbouring U.S.A.
The Federal Capital is Ottawa.
English and French are the official languages.
Niagara Falls City in south-eastern Ontario, Canada,
a port on the Niagara River opposite Niagara Falls,
New York, US.
Niagara Falls is one of the spectacular natural wonders
of North America, about halfway between Lakes Erie and
Ontario on the Niagara River forming part of the Canadian
and United States border.
The city is a major tourist centre, and is part of the
Queen Victoria Park, a 79 hectares of land near the
Horseshoe Falls and a major source of electricity for
Founded in the early 1800s on the site of a former trading
post and fort and used to be called Elgin.
In 1759, the British captured the region.
In 1856 the township merged with Clifton and was renamed
to Niagara Falls in 1881.
The name Niagara comes from the Iroquois Indian word
Onguiaahra, meaning the strait.
A large hydroelectric power station was built in the
In 1904 was incorporated as a city.
In 1963 the city merged with Stamford township.
The main economic activities for the city and the nearby
district are mainly tourism and the production of electricity,
chemicals, silverware, metal goods, processed food,
machinery, abrasives, and alcoholic beverages.
The city is connected to the US side of the falls by
several bridges, including the Rainbow and Whirlpool
The main attractions besides the spectacular cataracts
include Queen Victoria Park, adjacent to the Canadian
Falls, which contains the Oakes Garden Theatre, Niagara
Falls Museum one of the oldest museums in North America,
featuring displays of art and historical materials,
the historical museum at Lundy's Lane, site of a brutal
battle between American and British forces in 1814,
which includes exhibits on local history, Marineland,
with an aquatic theatre and a game farm, and the Niagara
International Centre, which contains Skylon, a tall
tower with an observation deck overlooking the falls.
Mount Carmel College and the Niagara Parks School of
Horticulture are here.
Population is about 80,000.
I visited Canada a couple of times during April
First I flew to Vancouver.
A few days later I went by bus to Seattle and other
U.S. cities, to return later to see Toronto.
After thoroughly exploring Toronto I went by train to
the Canadian Niagara Falls.
Hui Chin and I arrived in the early hours
of the morning by bus from Buffalo.
We joined a sightseeing tour straight away.
The tour included a major sightseeing mainly on the
Canadian side and a trip on the "Maid of the Mist" boat
going to the bottom of the falls, pretty near under
Got thoroughly wet!
Even though we were issued plastic raincoat before boarding.
Hands on experience!
A multicultural and multimedia experience!
I will explain these reckless over-statements.
It was a brilliant sunny day, the wind was covering
half the Canadian Niagara Falls city with mist from
There were many, many people from many, many different
countries, screaming in many tongues in excitement as
we got drenched by buckets full of water, despite the
sunny day and protective clothing.
There were hundreds of rainbow all around us.
Noah must have experienced something similar I suppose.
Great viewing we have had from the Minolta Tower.
Although I have been here before, this time it was much
We had a very good time, mainly on the Canadian side,
where the view is superior.
Hui Chin and I were visiting the Iguazu Falls only 2-3
weeks before our visit to the Niagara Falls.
My opinion is....?!?!
I'm not sure.
The jury is still out on this.
On second thought, I would say probably the Iguazu Falls.
Bigger. Wider. Deeper.
What nearly 5 km of it?!
Yeh, I think Iguazu will take the cake, and the gold
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