Date last updated: October 17, 2014



Butler's Rangers Floral Tribute - Queenston Heights Park

Butler's Rangers Floral Tribute
Queenston Heights Park





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Welcome to Thunder Alley, a comprehensive web site about Niagara Falls.

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The Niagara Frontier has a remarkably rich heritage of International and natural history that has forever shaped our lives and future in peace and harmony.

Experience and learn about the best of the sights, sounds, attractions and accommodations that Niagara Falls has to offer.   

Did you ever wonder how old is Niagara Falls? How big is Niagara Falls? or how tall is Niagara Falls?

View the beautiful sights of nature's own masterpiece carved into the landscape by wind, ice and water over 12,000 years along the 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the Niagara River Gorge.

Hear the incessant roaring Thunder of Niagara and experience the awesome sights and feelings as 100,000 cubic feet of water per second rush over the edge of the Falls as waters from the Upper Great Lakes Basin empties over the 170 foot high precipice.

Visit Ontario's Niagara Parks and New York State's Reservation Park at Niagara Falls. See the Horseshoe Falls , the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Walk amongst one of the finest and oldest parks in the world. Enjoy the balance of nature which has been preserved, protected and maintained by Canadians and Americans peacefully sharing the beauty and grandeur of the Falls of Niagara with International flavour. It is truly one of the most beautiful parklands in North America.

Niagara Falls is a treasure of natural and man made jewels that must be seen. Visit the many exciting and daring sites and attractions which highlight & compliment the very best Niagara Falls has to offer. These amazing sights and sounds can only be fully appreciated in person.

Aside from the natural wonder of the Falls themselves - the twin Cities of Niagara Falls boasts a large array of attractions for all ages.  Visitors can enjoy the many museums, amusement parks, gardens and parklands.  As well as learn about the various daredevils that have braved the challenge.  Or, for those that feel lucky - Niagara Falls is home to three Casinos.


Thunder Alley provides up-to-date information on  directions, parking, attractions, bridges and hydroelectric power.


For International visitors, learn about the Customs Regulations that visitors should know about entering or exiting the Canadian/USA border.

Whether planning a vacation, a honeymoon, or interested in learning about the history & facts of the Falls of Niagara, find all this information here at your finger tips.

All this and much more is just a click away.

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The famous Doring Band of Troy, 40 pieces strong, delighted a large gathering of Falls Street residents and visitors last night with a concert in front of the Clifton Hotel. This band is one of the most famous musical organizations in New York State, the winner of numerous prizes in competition with the best bands in the country. At the Elks convention in Buffalo, the Doring band was awarded 1st prize.

Considerable local interest attaches to the visit of the band to the city, not alone because of the excellence of the music that it produces, but because the band has a proud distinction of being the only musical organization that ever competed with the music of the tumbling waters of Niagara.

In 1865 this band visited Niagara Falls, and at the suggestion of some poetic spirit, every last member of the organization donned rubber suits, covered their instruments, and descended to the cave of the winds. There, in the presence of the waterfall, the bands men discoursed melodies in unison with the cataract. Major S. M. N. Whitney remembers the occasion very well but there are few other residents of the city that had the pleasure of hearing the odd concert.


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