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Lake Ontario – North America

The name of Lake Ontario has originated from the Iroquoian language which means “Lake of Shining Waters”. Historical records tell us that the first nation that arrived in the area came 7000 year ago. Today the lake is considered among the five great lakes currently existing in North America. Geographically the three sides of the lake i: e the north, southwest and west is surrounded by Ontario which is a province of Canada. The rest of the two sides of the Lake i: e the south and east is surrounded by the famous New York State. Today the lake is a source of great benefit to the local residents as the main source of drinking water in Ontario is the Lake. About 9 million people living their lives in Ontario and New York are able to get clean water from the Lake Ontario.

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Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is among the five Great Lakes from North America. Lake Ontario is surrounded has three sides in Canada and southwest by Ontario, Canada while on the south and east it has American state of New York. Ontario is Canadian province having highest population and the lake was named after this province, the name means “Lake of Shining Waters”. Primary inlet of this lake is the Niagara River coming from Lake Erie. Lake Ontario is the last part in the Great Lakes chain, serving as the outlet to Atlantic Ocean through the St. Lawrence River. Today, the lake is the home as well source for drinking water for 9 million people who live in Ontario, Canada as well as New York State in USA.

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Lake Erie

Lake Erie location is very interesting as US/Canadian border passes through the lake. This way it is touching four of the U.S. states; namely Michigan and Ohio then Pennsylvania and New York. Towards the Canadian side, it touches Province of Ontario. It is such a big water mass that cannot be missed on a map. By surface area Lake Erie is the 4th largest lake of the five Great Lakes in USA. This is 13th largest lake in the world by surface area. Its location is towards southernmost area and it is the shallowest of all lakes among the Great Lakes in terms of volume. Read More

Niagara Falls Famous Native America Show

United States has a population called Native Americans who are considered as the people who used tolive in the now ‘American Lands’ before Columbus discovered America. This population was a mix of different and distinct tribes ethnic groups and bands. Many of such groups still survive and live today as sovereign nations. The term ‘Native American’ is used to refer to these people but those people identify themselves as “Indians” and sometimes as “American Indians”. Their younger population however call themselves as ‘Indigenous’. What they should be called is actually a controversial subject calling for technical debates. Newspapers, however coined the term “Native American” for them while Native Hawaiians are not included in that term. Same holds true for ‘Native Alaskan Natives” too.

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Jet Boat Ride Niagara Falls

Why Niagara Falls?
All the water from the Great Lakes is collected by the Niagara River which is around 20% of the fresh water in the world. For the past 12,000 years, the tumultuous currents of the tremendously powerful Niagara Falls have sculptured out a 7-mile (11km) canyon like area on the lower Niagara. Huge amounts of water flow over the Falls every second and is flattened upon entering the narrow gorge that creates the whitewater playground.

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The spirit of the mist show

The spectacular Falls and the beautiful scenery of the Niagara River and its gorge are the greatest attractions of the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. The sightseeing, tours and illuminations focus on the mist, the remarkable curtain of water vapor produced by the power of an enormous volume of falling water that is one of the chief features of the Falls. The mist also figures prominently in the ancient history of the native inhabitants of the region, and the story of the Indian maiden who came to live behind the Falls and who protected the people of the Neutral Nations is told in several ways at the Niagara attractions.

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The Maid of the Mist Boat Ride

How the Falls boat rides began
Seven generations of boats named Maid of the Mist have served visitors to Niagara Falls for almost 170 years. The vessels, first steamboats and now diesel-powered, have outlasted business reverses, panics and depressions, Civil War and two world conflicts, and continue to provide poncho-wearing visitors with an often wet but always exhilarating sightseeing adventure around the base of the greatest waterfalls in the world. The iconic Niagara Falls experience has been enjoyed by millions of families, lovers and honeymooners and visiting royalty and heads of governments.

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The skylon Tower

How the Tower was built
The Skylon Tower is one of the most recognizable attractions of the Niagara Falls area, but is also important because it was one of the first high-rise towers with a revolving restaurant, which are now widely distributed around the world, and was one of the first proving grounds for the construction methods that would allow the tallest buildings in the world to be erected. Although now surrounded by and integrated into a large tourist area thoroughly of the late 20th and early 21st century, the Skylon Tower still conveys a sense of the 1960s and 1970s, a time of great excitement in the tourism and high-rise construction industries.

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Niagara Falls Illuminations

Lights over Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls represents one of the most spectacular sights in North America, and in fact in the world. The spectacle is even more remarkable at night, when the cascading waters are lit by various colors and styles of light, and frequently by fireworks as well. Illumination of the Falls began in 1860, when English electrical engineer Robert W. Blackwell proposed to celebrate a visit to the Falls by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, with Bengal lights, signal flares used for illumination and communication and particularly important in sea rescue.

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The Citadelle of Quebec

Three Hundred Years of History
The Citadelle of Quebec City describes itself as “a fortress, a regiment, a museum”. It is an active Canadian military installation, the official residence in Quebec of the Governor-General of Canada and of Queen Elizabeth II in her capacity as Queen of Canada, part of the Fortifications of Quebec National Historical Site and the museum of the 22nd Royal Canadian regiment, the only French-language regiment in the Canadian Forces. More than 200,000 people visit the citadel and its fortifications annually, and Quebec is one of only two cities in North America still surrounded by fortifications, the other being Campeche, Mexico.

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