October 3rd 2014























Date last updated: January 9, 2023



Peter Gordon passed away on Sunday January 8th 2023 in Niagara Falls. He was 91 years of age and had been one of the light-masters for the Niagara Falls International Illumination Board. He worked at the illumination building overlooking the Falls of Niagara for over 50 years before his retirement in 2015.

Peter was one of the two artists who painted the largest and most famous canvass in the world with the colours of the rainbow - Niagara Falls on a nightly basis

Rest in Peace my Friend



Niagara Falls Park & River RailwayNiagara Falls Park & River Railway

Mass Transit - early 1900's
Niagara Falls Park & River Railway
Courtesy of Deborah Milan Brudvig











Queen Victoria Place Restaurant

Queen Victoria Restaurant
Niagara Parks


Terrapin Point - Niagara Falls State Park

Terrapin Point
Horseshoe Falls

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

dedicated to education, history & tourism

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 and attractions 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.

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 Niagara Falls Web Cams

Niagara Falls Earth Cam

 Lake Erie Ice Boom




Partially Frozen Bridal veil Falls

Night Illumination of American Falls

Illumination of American Falls












1918 Bowmans Ravine Depth Measurements

1918 Bowman's Ravine Topographic Chart
(before the hydro canal project)
Courtesy of Scott Ensminger and Ontario Power Generation




1913 Upper Niagara River Depth Measurements

1913 Upper Niagara River Depth Chart
US Army Corps of Engineers






1842-1875 1.2-1.3 metres per year
3.9-4.2 feet per year
Gilbert, 1907
International Joint Commission, 1953
1875-1905 1.3-2.0 metres per year
4.2-6.5 feet per year
Gilbert, 1907
International Joint Commission, 1953
1905-1927 0.98 metres per year
3.2 feet per year
International Joint Commission, 1953
1927-1950 0.67 metres per year
2.19 feet per year
International Joint Commission, 1953
1950-2000 0.1 metres per year
0.32 feet per year
Tinkler, 1993,1994
Modern Era 0.1 metres per year
0.32 feet per year
Tinkler, 1993,1994
500 y-1905 0.098 metres per year
0.32 feet per year
Gilbert, 1907
Modern Era 0.01 metres per year
0.032 feet per year
Tinkler, 1993,1994

The decrease in the recession rate of the Horseshoe Falls is related to the reduction of the river discharge over the Falls because of water diversion upriver for hydro generation and the increase in the waterfall lip length, whereas that of the American Falls is solely due to the reduction in water flow volume.





The History of the Stranded Scow - 100th Anniversary



Remembering the Workmen - Queenston - Chippawa Power Project


The Illumination of Niagara Falls


Breaking Ice - A History of Ice Breaking on the Niagara River





Yesterday at Niagara Falls - Stories from the past



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