Half of Niagara Falls is in the USA and half is in Canada. The Canadian side of the falls is much bigger than the US side.
The equivalent of over 1 million bathtubs of water flow over the falls every minute (no matter how dirty you get, you would need to have 34 baths a day for 80 years to have a million baths...imagine how wrinkly you would be!)
In 1960, there was ‘The Miracle of the Falls’ when a seven year old boy fell out of a canoe and was swept over the falls. He survived without any injuries although he probably got into a lot of trouble when he got home.
‘Niagara’ comes from the indigenous Iroquois people’s word "onguiaahra" which means "a thundering noise."
In 1969, the whole river was stopped from flowing so scientists could have a closer look at the falls and fix the crumbling bits.
Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls began flowing 12,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. When it first formed, the falls were 11 kilometres (7 miles) further down the river, but erosion over thousands of years has moved the falls further upstream. This continues today with the falls moving back around 1.33 metres (4 feet) a year.
How long is the Niagara River?
About the country
Long before the British and the French arrived, Canada was home to an indigenous collection of people known as the First Nations. They covered all of Canada from the endless plains through the centre of Canada, the woodlands of south Canada, the coastal regions and right up to the freezing Arctic (these particular Arctic people are known as the Inuit (in days gone by they were referred to as Eskimos but this term is now considered derogatory, so keep that in mind when getting the step count up in Canada).
All of the First Nations were, and are, a hardy people who became very efficient at using the environment to survive. From farming in the south to highly proficient woodland hunters and arctic survival experts in the north, the First Nations of Canada have a fascinating history dating back for tens of thousands of yea