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Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls

If you’ve been to Niagara Falls, we’re sure that you have great memories of this majestic waterfall and its nearly incomprehensible amount of water cascading over cliffs that makes this one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the world. However if you haven’t had a chance to make it out to Niagara Falls, then this is the perfect time to do so. With summer coming up and the kids on break from school, this is a great time to book a Niagara Falls tour. Here are some interesting facts about this fantastic tour destination:

• Niagara Falls is the oldest state park in the US, established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation. It was the first part of a line of reservations that eventually became the cornerstone to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

• Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect of Niagara Falls State Park, also designed Central Park in NYC.

• 3,150 tons of water flows over the falls every second. This accounts for 75,750 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls.

• The water that flows over Niagara Falls flows at 32 feet per second over the falls, hitting the base of the falls with 280 tons of force at the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 2,509 tons of force at the Horseshoe Falls.

• Niagara Falls generates more than four million kilowatts of electricity, which is shared by the United States and Canada.

• Four out of five of the Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River before emptying into Lake Ontario. These four Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.

• 140 out of the 400 acres that make up Niagara Falls State Park, are underwater.

• The first person in recorded history to see and describe Niagara Falls at length, was Father Louis Hennepin, a French priest who accompanied LaSalle on his expedition to the Niagara region in 1678.

• In 1885, a horse-drawn carriage ride around the falls would have cost $1 per hour (a tour of Niagara Falls costs a little more today).

• On January 27, 11938, the Upper Steel Arch Bridge, known locally as the Honeymoon Bridge, collapsed under pressure from the build-up of ice in the gorge below the falls. The bridge had been closed for several days in anticipation of the eventual collapse.

• Although Niagara’s Falls are about 12,000 years old, the actual formation can be traced back millions of years.

• The flow of water actually stopped for a few hours over two of the falls on March 29, 1848, because of an ice jam in the upper river. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped sufficiently to allow people to walk out over the riverbed and recover artifacts that people were able to walk out and recover artifacts that had long been covered by the flowing water.

• The name “Niagara” comes from the Native American tribe that once occupied the region, the tribe was referred to as “Ongniaahra” by the Iroquois Nation that they were a part of.

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May 20, 2010 Posted by | America, Travel & Tourism | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Kind of Insurance For Visitors to Canada is Appropriate

It’s no wonder that people want to visit Canada. There are many who travel to there for different reasons. You don’t want to be without insurance if you are in another country.
Canada is a beautiful country. With that being said, you want to go to have a fun time even if you are going there for business. Part of ensuring That this happens is to make sure that you are well prepared for whatever might happen if you are traveling. That is why traveler’s insurance is offered. Here are samples of what kind of insurance for visitors to Canada are needed.

With that being said, you want to go to have a fun time even if you are going there for business. That is why traveler’s insurance is offered. Here are samples of what kind of protection for visitors to Canada health insurance are needed.

The first type that is recommended is to have medical care insurance. Sometimes, insurance that you have at home won’t cover you when you travel abroad. When you have medical insurance and you need medical care, this will ensure that you are taken care of. If you thought that medical care costs a lot in your country, it costs more in other countries. However, it will not cover the ambulance if you are taken by ambulance.

Another type goes along with this as this is coverage for if you are taken in an ambulance or other travel methods when you need medical care as we have just mentioned, the basic medical insurance won’t cover this. It can happen to anyone. It has happened to many. Be sure to have this insurance so you aren’t billed an amazing amount.

Next, be sure that you are covered for medical expenses if you are sent home due to the illness or injury you have sustained. You might laugh or shrug this off saying that it won’t happen to you, yet there are many that this has happened to. Be sure that you aren’t one of them. Planning in part is making sure you are prepared for anything that comes up.

Something else that you should consider is if your items are stolen. How many of us have had that happened when we were on our own soil and so forth? That can happen anywhere. Make sure that it’s not something that you have to cover the cost for and that you aren’t dishing out money to cover. Get the insurance on it. You’ll thank us if something has happened.

Another thing that should be insured against is if the trip gets canceled. The costs you have to pay when you don’t cancel the trip but someone else cancels it for one reason or another can be quite a bit of money. You shouldn’t have to front this money if it’s not your fault. That is why there is insurance for this if this happens.

Last of all, you might have to use a rental car. After all, you have to be able to get around. There is insurance for that. This insurance will cover the costs for those who have an accident or if for some reason the car is damaged. Something else that it will cover is the cost of the car if the car is stolen.

When you have this, you can ensure that you will have a good time. This is only for when you are overseas or in another country. Other than that, you are on your own when you are on your own soil. Make sure you have the coverage that you need. Give yourself a peace of mind. You’ll be happy when or if something happens and you are accurately prepared for it.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | America, Canada, Travel & Tourism, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment