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World famous Niagara Falls has some 16+ million visitors standing in awe of this exciting spectacle every year. Formed 12 million years ago when the Great Lakes were formed, they inspire, excite and provide true wonderment for visitors. One of the questions that you hear being asked by almost everyone, “where does all that water come from?”

The answer to that question is, the Great Lakes, or more correctly 4 of the Great Lakes. Four of these lakes are above Niagara Falls, thus the water flows down to Niagara, over the Falls and into the fifth lake, Lake Ontario. The first four are Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie. These Great Lakes make up the largest body of fresh water on earth, accounting for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet with 6 guadrillion gallons housed in the lakes.

Like fishing? The Great Lakes are well known for their fishing for many species. In fact, you can read up about fishing on the Great Lakes with out page here.

The water has been flowing over Niagara Falls for 12 million years and is replenished by rain, and rivers that feed into the lakes and melting snow. Still, with all that, only 1% or 2% of the water has left the lakes in all that time. That means that most of the water in the Great Lakes is still ancient water from the melting of the ice age millions of years ago.

The water flows to Lake Ontario where it flows north and east past Montreal Quebec and through the province of Quebec via the St. Lawrence River. From there it enters the North Atlantic Ocean.

A few more facts to tell your friends:

• 84% of North Americas surface fresh water is in the Lakes.

• About 21% of the entire world’s supply of surface fresh water is in the Lakes.

• The Great Lakes encompass large parts of both Canada and the United States.

• Around 30 million people, or 10% of the U.S. population resides around the Lakes.

• More than 30% of the Canadian population, about 11 million live around the Lakes.

You can learn more interesting facts in our Niagara Falls statistics page here.

Here’s an excellent book for the visitor coming to, or even for those who have visited Niagara before. Simply called “Niagara Falls” it’s a complete coverage of both the American and Canadian sides, plus worthwhile day trips including Niagara-on-the-Lake, Buffalo, and wine country. You’ll see full-color photos and detailed maps throughout and strategic itineraries for any season, curated for romantic getaways, budget traveling, family trips, and more.

The highlights of Niagara Falls and off-beat ideas for making the most of your trip: Including stand at the brink of Horseshoe Falls, taking in views of the thunderous cascades. Take a thrilling Zipline above the Niagara River, or get an inside look at the Falls from a tunnel dug into the gorge walls. Embark on an unforgettable boat tour, voyaging past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, into the misty, broiling waters beneath the Horseshoe Falls. How about hopping on board in the evening to catch a fireworks show too!.

Stroll downtown Buffalo, or sip your way through wine country. Hike through beech tree forests, ride the towering SkyWheel, and enjoy a romantic dinner over sunset views of the falls.

Honest advice from Buffalo native and Niagara Falls tour guide Joel Dombrowski on when to go, what to pack, where to eat, and where to stay, from campsites and motels to luxurious inns. Essential information on getting there and getting around, crossing the US-Canada border, weather, wildlife, and safety. Plus travel tips for seniors and visitors with disabilities. With Moon’s expert advice, diverse activities, and local insight, you can experience Niagara Falls your way.

You can get your copy and more information by clicking on this link Moon Niagara Falls: Including the Canadian & U.S. Sides (Travel Guide).