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Date last updated: February 26, 2018



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

dedicated to education, history & tourism

a history & pictorial

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.

Begin your journey now by clicking on any of the subjects listed in the navigator above and/or the attractions highlighted below.

If you can not find the information you are seeking or require additional information,  Email inquiries are encouraged. (see below)

The contents of this site, including all photographs, images and text are for personal, educational or public/government non-commercial purposes only.

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Niagara Parks




Frequently Asked Questions



 Niagara Falls Web Cams

Niagara Falls Earth Cam

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Remembering the Workmen - Queenston - Chippawa Power Project

100th Anniversary of Beginning of Queenston-Chippawa Canal Project



Niagara Falls
Hydrology Quick Facts



The greatest flow rate of water in the Niagara River is at the Cascade Rapids (above the Falls), the Horseshoe Falls, the Whirlpool Rapids and the Devils' Hole Rapids.


The Cascade Rapids above the Horseshoe Falls has a velocity of 18.5 - 35.4 km/h (11.5 mph to 22 mph) or 17 - 22 ft/sec.


The water velocity at the Canadian edge of Horseshoe Falls flows at a rate of 8 -12 ft/sec (6 - 8 mph).

The water velocity at the American edge of the Horseshoe Falls at Goat Island flows at 6 - 8 ft/sec (4 - 6 mph)


water velocity is 48.3 km/h (30 mph) or 44 feet per second (13.4 metres per second)


Devils' Hole Rapids has a water velocity of 35 km/h (21.7 mph) or 31.8 feet per second (11.5 metres per second)


The Horseshoe Falls has an accepted height of 53.6 metres (176 feet). The water falls at a velocity of 58.7 mph (94.4 km/h) or  86.2 feet per second (26.27 m/s). The water accomplishes this freefall in 3.56 seconds




The Illumination of Niagara Falls


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



Crash & Burn - The Ed Methot Story





Yesterday at Niagara Falls - Stories from the past



If you have any questions of a current or historical nature about the
Niagara Falls area, have any suggestions, corrections or to report broken links please feel free to e-mail Rick at

An attempt is made to answer all emails. Depending on the degree of difficulty and/or time constraints, some responses may be delayed.
Questions of a genealogical nature may not be answered as a result of
 time constraints.


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