Canada’s Niagara Falls has to be one of the most recognizable waterfalls in the entire world. Every year, tourists from around the globe flock to the shores of the famous falls to view the cascades. Some tourists even take a boat ride, so that they can get up close and personal with this magnificent natural wonder. However, in 1969 there was almost no water to be found, and the story behind why Niagara Falls almost ran dry is pretty astounding. Keep scrolling to find out why Niagara Falls went from a deluge to a trickle for almost half a year.
It’s All In A Name
While Niagara Falls is known as a tourist destination now, it used to hold a special place in the hearts of the First Peoples of Canada.
During the colonial period in which France and the British Empire established various colonies in what is now Canada, there were a variety of indigenous bands that had access to the falls. The Iroquois were one of these, and the name of the falls is said to come from their native word for “the strait.”