Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Falls, New York, Niagara Region & Niagara Frontier City Information
Here are some basic facts about Niagara Falls:
The 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.
Niagara originates from the Neutral Indian name "Ongniaahra" meaning "Thunder of Waters".
The 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.
The 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.
It 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.
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.
Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will be 50% higher the GST & tax), with 20% (about double the GST & tax) for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.