Niagara Falls 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 Buffalo, NY.
The Niagara Region has populations on both the Canada & US sides of the Niagara River. On the Canadian side, Niagara Falls, Ontario has a population of 82,000 while the Niagara Regional Municipality (which includes Niagara on the Lake, St Catherines & Welland) has a population of 427,000 (2006).
On the US side, Niagara Falls, New York has a population of 55,000 and Niagara Falls County has a population of 218,000. But it is close to the city of Buffalo, which is across the river from Fort Erie, which is the second largest city in New York state, with a population of 292,000 and 1,254 in the urban area (2000 census).
Niagara's name originates from the Neutral Indian name "Ongniaahra" meaning "Thunder of Waters", the noise these towering waterfalls make, as water drains from the Upper Great Lakes via the Niagara River. This location was a meeting and trading place for the First Nations, the early explorers, and for both Canada and the United States in recent history. This locale has been fought over in several wars, most recently the War of 1812, and has a rich history.
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.
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. There are also large casinos on both sides of the Niagara River. The area has been popular with tourists ever since the mid-1800s when railways and mid-1900s with the arrive of the Interstate Highway system.
The large drop of the Falls led to the construction of hydro-electric generating facilities in the area over a century ago, which made the use of electric-power possible for the areas homes, businesses and factories. Half the water of the Niagara River is now used for power generation, bypassing the Falls by way of a series of canals and aqueducts on both sides of the border.
The manufacturing sector is also strong, reflecting St Catharine's accessibility on the Welland Canal portion of the St Lawrence Seaway, a well as the region's proximity to Buffalo, New York. The manufacturing ranges from automotive to fabricated metals and chemicals, as well as the associated distribution and logistics sectors.
On the US side, there is significant manufacturing, much of it due to its proximity to the massive hydro-electric power generation near the Falls. This included steel, aluminum and chemicals (Niagara Falls, NY is home to the infamous "Love Canal"), though their decline has moved the Niagara Falls & Buffalo economy to move to a mix of industrial, light manufacturing, high technology, banking and services companies.
The Niagara Region covers the area between the Niagara River and Hamilton, and covers a number of large communities like Niagara Falls, and St Catherines, and several smaller communities like Niagara on the Lake, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Thorold, Welland, and Grimsby. These communities are nestled in prime Niagara Peninsula farmland and wineries, which support a strong food processing & manufacturing sector.
St Catharines (pop. 131,000) is the geographic and industrial hub of the Niagara Region, with Thorold (pop. 18,000) and Welland (pop 50,000) to the south. The industrial lands adjoining the current (and relatively straight) route of the Welland Canal. The original route of the Welland Canal has been converted to scenic parklands, and on Lake Ontario, Port Dalhousie has become a very scenic residential neighbourhood in St Catharines, and popular tourist attraction.
Nearby Niagara on the Lake is the historical and theatrical hub of the area, as home to the world famous Shaw Festival each summer. The region has popular beaches on both lake Ontario and on Lake Erie.
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Here are some of the Niagara Falls Home & Condo builders listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
Schneider Homes is your local expert for custom home building in the Niagara Region. As a locally-owned and operated home builder, we custom build traditional and modern homes crafted to your exacting specifications.
Here are some of the Niagara Falls realtors with knowledge of suitable homes available in the neighbourhood you want, listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
Revel Realty is located in the Niagara Region, based in Niagara Falls / Fonthill; Real Estate listings for buying and selling your home or property.
Sales Representative for Royal Lepage Niagara, specializing in the marketing, listing and selling of new and resale homes
Not your average agent...Real Estate Investor, Renovator, and a Realtor with over 10 years working in the industry and helping people to make real estate enjoyable. Stephanie is a proficient marketer providing outstanding results for her clients.
Here are some of the Niagara Falls mortgage lending and mortgage broker companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
With 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry, we bring you the Choice, Convenience & Counsel. We provide customized solutions to get YOU the Right Mortgage!
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Niagara Mortgage Centre - Your Niagara Region, St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake Mortgage Broker of Choice. Specializing in Mortgage Refinancing and Mortgages for First Time Home Buyers.
Here are some of the Niagara Falls moving & storage companies listed in the Moving In Canada directory:
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Will Move You provides Moving, Deliveries, Dumpruns and Labour Services throught the Niagara Region and the surronding areas.
Johnson Moving has been established as "Niagara's Moving Company" since 1967.
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Here are some of the great neighbourhoods you can move to in & around Niagara Falls
ON: Welland has a mild climate without extremes in temperature or precipitation throughout the year, just twenty minutes from Niagara Falls. Welland has an ethnicly diverse population, with a significant French-speaking population.
ON: The Town of Fort Erie is located along the Northeastern shore of Lake Erie at the Southern mouth of the Niagara River. Small town flavour with big city amenities from Buffalo, New York just 10 minutes across the International Peace Bridge.
ON: St Catharines is midway between Hamilton and Niagara Falls along the western edge of the Welland Canal. It is well serviced by retailers, by 3 hospitals, the QEW, and the area^s airport.
ON: Port Colborne is the Lake Erie gateway to the Welland Ship Canal. Port Colborne has extensive industrial lands at the mouth ot the Welland Canal and to the north of Main Street, providing employment in the community.
ON: The City of Thorold is on the Welland Canal (with twinned Flight Locks), just south of St. Catharines. Thorold has excellent highway access with the QEW.
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