Niagara Falls Information aboout the community
Here are some basic facts about Niagara Falls:
LocationThe city is located on the Niagara River, on the border between Ontario, Canada and New York State in the USA. Niagara Falls is about 130 km south of Toronto via the QEW Queen Elizabeth Way (70 km away by air), and about 25 miles north of Bufalo, NY. The city is at 43 degrees 15 minutes North latitude and 79 degrees 04 min. West longitude, and lies 618 feet above sea level. We are in Eastern standard time, the same as Toronto and New York, and 6 hours earlier than western Europe.
NameNiagara originates from the Neutral Indian name "Ongniaahra" meaning "Thunder of Waters".
PopulationThe Niagara Falls area has populations on both the Canada & US sides of the Niagara River. Niagara Falls, Ontario (the city) has a population of 79,000 while the Niagara Regional Municipality (which includes St Catharines & Welland) has a population of 410,000. Niagara Falls, New York has a population of 55,000 and Niagara Falls County has a population of 218,000.
Ontario is the most populous of Canada's provinces, and was one of the original provinces in Canada's Confederation in 1867. Ontario has 11 million residents in its 1,100,000 square kilometres (413,000 sq miles).
New York state was one of England's first 13 American colonies, which collectively achieved independence from Britain in 1783. New York's capital is Albany, and largest city is New York City, both on the Hudson River, and the state has a total population of 18,976,000 in its 47,214 sq miles (122,277 sq km)
IndustriesThe major industries in Niagara Falls reflects are tourism & agriculture, reflecting its position location as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World" and on the fertile and temperate Niagara Penninsula.
WeatherIt boasts an average of 2,059 hours of sunshine annually but because of its northern climate can expect snow in any month with an "R" in it.. Average temperature in January is -13°C .. Summer is hot and humid warm and dry with average temperatures of 18°C. Average annual rainfall is 861 mm (about 34 inches), and average monthly summer rainfall is less than 83 cm (3 inches), with September being the wettest month. In the summer time, you can generally expect hot and sunny weather, with occasional precipitation. In the fall and spring time, expect cooler weather and cloud. The winters are typical of northern Canada, being both continuous and generally cold. Travellers should wear sweaters in fall, and appropriate warm coats and boots in the winter.
The average daily temperatures for Niagara Falls are:
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An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
Niagara Falls's weather ranges dramatically over the seasons. In the summer, it hot & sticky (the humidity comes from the Gulf of Mexico, not Lake Ontario as is commonly believed) with warm nights, and in the winter it is cold, with snow lasting from end of November until mid-April. Winter snowstorms can come quickly and often bury cars overnight (locals consider any snowfall under a foot a "dusting"). Spring comes quickly as the snowdrifts melt and tulips pop up into bloom. In the fall, as nights get longer, the leaves turn into a brilliant range of colours, as sap returns to the roots with declining overnight temperatures.