Niagara Falls, Ontario (2001 population 78,815) is a city on the Niagara River, in the Golden Horseshoe region. It lies across the river from Niagara Falls, New York, and was incorporated on June 12, 1903.
The city is dominated by the Niagara Falls waterfalls on the Niagara River connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The natural spectacle brings in hundreds of thousands of tourists to the city yearly. The city has built a tourist area surrounding the falls to increase the city's appeal as a vacation destination and prolong stay times. These attractions include viewing and observation based activities like the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls and the Skylon Tower observation deck. Other attractions include the Clifton Hill tourist area, casinos Casino Niagara and the Fallsview Casino, natural attractions like the Niagara Gorge, as well as historic sites from the War of 1812.