The Niagara River is a 'National Wonder' that stretched around 56km through Niagara Falls from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. This natural outlet is the greatest source of waterfalls and power generating stations in the region. More than 168,000 cubic meters (6 million cubic feet) of water go over the Crestline of the Falls every minute during peak daytime tourist hours. It is difficult to determine the depth of the water at the Crestline due to various flows and conditions of the river.
Originally the name "Niagara" was derived from the word "Onguiaahra" and a later version "Ongiara". Both are Indian words generally interpreted as "The Straight", although the romantic "Thunder of Waters" is also sometimes given.
The Niagara River Recreational Trail
The Niagara River Recreation Trail is 53 kilometers paved path that extends from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls through Queenston onto Niagara on the Lake. The Niagara River Trail was designed and intended for walkers, cyclists, runners and other non-motorized uses. Enjoy the beautiful Niagara River Recreation Trail by walking, running, on a bicycle or even on wheelchair. Admission to Niagara River Recreation Trail is Free.
Niagara River Fishing Spots
Niagara River is also one of the top fishing spots in Canada for steelhead, lake trout, walleye, etc. Considering the best spots for Niagara River fishing, there are two distinct fisheries - the Lower and Upper Niagara River. The lower part of Niagara River extends from the Devil's Hole to the Niagara Bar is a perfect spot for salmon, sturgeon and steelhead fishing. Some of the best places for lower Niagara fishing are - Artpark in Lewiston, Lewiston Landing Waterfront Park, Fort Niagara State Park, Joseph Davis State Park etc. Bird Island Pier, The Riverwalk, Fishermen's Park, Gratwick Riverside Park, Griffon Park Shore, Niagara Reservation State Park are some of the popular Upper Niagara River fishing spots.
The water of the river is used for drinking, recreational purposes like boating, swimming and fishing, hydro-power generation and for industrial needs.