Niagara Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in North America found on the international border between Canada and the United States. It is the most famous group of waterfalls in the world and an important tourist attraction both in the province of Ontario and the state of New York.
Out of three falls that form the Niagara Falls, only the first, named the Horseshoe Falls, is located on the Canadian side, whereas the other two, namely, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, are located on the American side. The Horseshoe Falls is the largest of the three.
The Falls are located on the Niagara River that connects Lake Erie with Lake Ontario (the international border runs through the middle of the river). The view over the Falls is generally considered to be better from the Canadian side, as all three waterfalls can be observed from the distance and one up close.
The town Niagara Falls derives numerous benefits from the Falls, not only touristic, but also power-related: thanks to the highest flow rate in the world, the Falls provide Ontario with an important source of hydroelectric power. However, for most visitors of the Falls the main purpose of the visit is recreational: Niagara Falls attracts over 25 million tourists annually, mostly in summer, but wintertime gets its fair share of visitors as well.
In Ontario, the nearby town called Niagara on the Lake is the heart of the Niagara wine country, attracting wine lovers from Canada and the United States. Countless wineries offer wine tours and tastings year-round, with themed winter icewine tastings and summer bicycle tours being especially popular.