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Every night, the Niagara Falls are lit for a few hours from the Canadian side using several banks of high intensity xenon arc bulbs. The light show features a variety of colors as well as pure white. As I stood on the American side, it was really amazing to see the lights shining across the river some
The falls were first illuminated in 1860 using 600 Bengal lights for the Prince of Wales. This was very inefficient and dangerous. Later, in 1879 electricity was introduced and various private groups tried to keep the falls lit for tourism purposes. It wasn't until 1925 that an official government office was created to light the falls continuously. It was called the "Niagara Falls Illumination Board" and it still exists today.
The Illumination Board was set up to "finance, operate and maintain a new, permanent illumination system" and included in its board members are representatives from the City of Niagara Falls in New York, the City of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada, the State of New York, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Ontario Power Generation and the Niagara Parks Commission.
Since the creation of the Illumination Board in 1925 Niagara Falls has stayed continually lit up at night except for during special circumstances like WW II when the falls could have been a bombing target to knock out the hydroelectric power generation and to conserve electricity for the war effort. Since WW II Niagara Falls has been lit every night except during periods of peak electric demand which mainly occurred in the years right after the war.
If you visit Niagara Falls - be sure to check out the area at night. Better yet, stay somewhere where you can see the falls from your room. The light show is incredible.
This was shot with a Canon 7d and 15-85 lens using a Vanguard Tripod.