History of Tourism

Niagara Falls has been a leading international tourist attraction for 200 years, influencing the development of tourism and nature conservation in North America.

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A History of Tourism

Niagara Falls has captured the hearts and attention of millions of visitors yearly. Experiencing Niagara Falls, the Niagara River and the Niagara Gorge is a journey worth taking over and over again, all seasons of the year.


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Together, the Niagara River and Lake Ontario are home to an extraordinary freshwater eco-system providing sportsmen with a world-class fishing experience.


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The daredevils of Niagara are the most intriguing and mysterious figures in the region's history. Whether on a tight rope or in a barrel, these figures drew crowds of thousands who watched in wonder at their daring feats.


Did you know?

A now famous book was written about Lewiston's role in the Underground Railroad, called Freedom Crossing, by Margaret Goff Clark, and is read by thousands of grade school students across the United States every year.  The Freedom Crossing Monument commemorates the Underground Railroad movement in Lewiston and was dedicated on October 14, 2009.

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