Date last updated: February 26, 2015



American Falls encased in ice - February 20th 2015

American Falls encased in ice but NOT FROZEN SOLID - February 20th 2015 : Temperature -15 Celsius


The Colours of Winter
American Falls
February 23rd 2015
Temperature -21 Celsius





Attraction Prices




New Year's Eve Party
in Queen Victoria Park Attendance Skewed





Returning the Niagara Queen 2 to the river following repairs

Lifting OPG's
Niagara Queen 2
into Niagara River following repairs
Dec. 3rd 2014

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.

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Winter At The Falls
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Sheraton On The Falls
Falls Cam

Sheraton On The Falls
Bridge Cam

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Winter At The Falls
Queen Victoria Park
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Remembering the Workmen - Queenston - Chippawa Power Project







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



Crash & Burn - The Ed Methot Story





The Illumination of Niagara Falls




Yesterday at Niagara Falls - Stories from the past
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Conduit Flooding Began

December 31st 1960


A significant milestone was reached on the Niagara Power Project on December 31st 1960 when the intake gates on the upper river were open for the first time to let water flow through the twin conduits. 

By January 6th 1961 water in the forebay of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant at Lewiston had reached a depth of 66 feet, the normal operating depth. Water in the open canal between the Reservoir Pump Generating Plant and the Moses Plant reached a depth of 54 feet. The open canal slopes down into the forebay. 

When filling of the waterways began on December 31st, water was entering the West conduit at about 450 cubic feet of water per second. The conduit gate was gradually raised to permit the flow to increase to 2,000 cubic feet per second. Wide open, the twin conduits can take 83,000 cubic feet per second.



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