The spectacular Niagara Falls we see today has a history that is as interesting as the popularity of the falls today. It all began 18,000 years ago, during the Ice Age. All those thousands of years back, ice of 2-3 inch thickness covered southern Ontario. But over the years, the ice began to melt and formed large glaciers that traveled south toward the Great Lakes Basin and the main part of it was the Niagara River. As the ice went on melting and huge quantities of water was released into the basins, nature formed the Niagara Falls, as a testimony of its power over humanity.

There has been plenty of research done on the formation of the Niagara Falls, and scientists came to the conclusion that the formation took place about 12,000 years ago, which is also when the first humans set foot in the Niagara region.

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Experts are of the opinion that the basins in the region became ice-free about 12,500 years ago. When the ice started retreating north, the water that was formed began flowing down creating several famous tourist destinations of today, such as the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, St. Laurence River, Lake Erie and then flowed into the sea.

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The land in those days was totally different from what it is today, but there is proof that showed there humans began inhabiting the place by then. Historians named the nomadic hunters who were the first inhabitants in Niagara, the Clovis people. The European explorers arrived much later towards the 17th century. History suggests that a tribe called the Iroquois also lived there around that time.

The name came to be “Niagara” based on the Iroquois Indian word, “Onguiaahra,” which means the “strait.” However, in spite of the beauty it is associated with, the Niagara region was not a great area to live in peace and harmony during the early years, due to the inter-tribal rivalry and the European invasion. Today, the Niagara Falls has come to be known as one of the most beautiful places and tourists to the place increase by the year, giving the tourist industry a boost unlike any other.

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In spite of the heavy intrusion by man, the Niagara region maintains its utmost dignity and shows man that he cannot conquer Nature. At least two people lost their lives here trying to conquer Niagara’s forces. There is no way the water that is coming at great speed over the falls can be controlled even with the most modern techniques.

But the water’s speed and volume is today used to provide power, through the hydroelectric power stations now constructed in the region. These power plants are situation near the basins, so that the water that falls down can be used. The water quantities are huge and they are channeled through underground pipes into factories where it is used to produce electricity.

The Niagara Falls region is a haven for tourists and summer evenings dance with a beauty that mesmerizes man, as the different shades of color and light envelop the Niagara Falls, creating a most beautiful spectacle.

Majestic Niagara FallsDevjeetTour GuideThe spectacular Niagara Falls we see today has a history that is as interesting as the popularity of the falls today. It all began 18,000 years ago, during the Ice Age. All those thousands of years back, ice of 2-3 inch thickness covered southern Ontario. But over the years,...