Difference between Niagara Falls NY (USA) and Niagara Falls Canada

Key Difference: Niagara Falls are the waterfalls located on the Niagara River. They comprise of three waterfalls: The American Falls and Bridal Veil  located in the United States of America and the ‘Horseshoe’ Falls that are geographically located on the Canadian side of the border. Thus, there is no difference between Niagara Falls NY (USA) and Niagara Falls Canada in context to waterfalls. However, Niagara Falls (U.S.A.) may be used to refer to the American Falls and Bridal Veil, whereas Niagara Falls, Canada may be used for the Horseshoe Falls. Niagara Falls is also the name of two cities, one is situated in the U.S.A. and the other is situated in the Canada.

Niagara Falls consists of three separate waterfalls. Two of the waterfalls are situated in the United States and one is located in Canada (American falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe falls). The Bridal Veil is the smallest among them. American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are separated by a small piece of land called Luna Island. These Falls were formed due to the melting of glaciers. The rushing waters carved out a river in their descent and at one location passed over a steep cliff type structure. Man-made attractions of Niagara Falls include Maid of the Mist, Table Rock Scenic Tunnels, Spanish Aero Car, Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, Marine land, Casino Niagara, IMAX Theatre, and the new Butterfly Conservatory.

Niagara Falls may also refer to a name of a city. One of the city named as Niagara Falls is situated in the Niagara County, New York. Similarly, a city named as Niagara Falls in also present on the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario, Canada.

 

Niagara Falls, Ontario is just 130 kilometers away from Toronto by road. A humid continental type of climate is experienced in the city. The hydroelectric power, that is generated by the waterfalls, paved the path for many electro-chemical and electro-metallurgical industries that started emerging in early to mid-20th century. Niagara Falls, U.S.A. has also flourished due to cheap and an enormous source of power. The city was legally formed on March 17, 1892 from the villages of Manchester and Suspension Bridge, which were parts of the Town of Niagara.

Comparison between Niagara Falls NY (U.S.A.)  and Niagara Falls Canada as a waterfall:

 

Niagara Falls NY (U.S.A.)

Niagara Falls Canada

Origin of the name

Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “The Strait”.

Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “The Strait”.

Location

United States of America-Canada Border (The American Falls and Bridal Veil in the United States of America)

Horseshoe Falls is a part of Niagara falls in Ontario, Canada.

Elevation (feet)

70 to 100

175

Width of crest line

The American Falls and Bridal Veil have a total crest line of about 1,100 ft.

Horseshoe Falls has a crest line of about 2,200 ft.

Number of drops

3 (2 of which falls in U.S.A.)

3 (1of which falls in Canada)

Age (approx.)

Nearly 12,000 years

Nearly 12,000 years

UNESCO World Heritage Site

No

No

Waterfalls

The American Falls and Bridal Veil in the United States of America and the ‘Horseshoe’ Falls in Canada.

Horseshoe Falls is a part of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada.

 

Comparison between Niagara Falls NY (USA)  and Niagara Falls Canada as a city:

 

Niagara Falls NY (U.S.A.)

Niagara Falls Canada

Waterfalls

A city in the Niagara county, New York, United States of America

A city on the Niagara river in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Area

43.51 km²

209.7 km²

Coordinates

43°6′N 79°1′W

43°07′N 79°04′W

Population

City- 50,193

Urban- 976,703

Metro- 1254,066 (2010 census)

City- 82,997

Urban- 308,596

Metro- 390,317 (2011 census)

Time Zone

Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

EDT (UTC-4)

 

EST (UTC−5)

EDT (UTC−4)

Area Code(s)

716

905, 289, 365

Images Courtesy: blogs.usfca.edu, wikipedia.org

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