Virtual Field Trip: Niagara Falls

Ready to travel? To virtually explore the world? Join us on an adventure to Niagara Falls!

Niagara Falls is a grouping of three large waterfalls that straddles the border between the United States and Canada. Roughly six million cubic feet of water move every minute from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. In addition to being a beautiful tourist location, the falls are a source of hydroelectric power. Learn more on today’s adventure!

Below is the process step-by-step, along with additional activities and library resources.



Step-by-Step Instructions

Google Niagara Falls. Click on the map view.

Zoom in close to the site, pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop in the Niagara River.

Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore the site. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the area.


Guided Activities

The falls are a source of hydroelectric power. Learn about hydroelectric power in this video from Green Mountain Energy.

The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission is responsible for maintaining the three bridges connecting Canada and United States over the Niagara River. The bridges include the Rainbow Bridge, Whirlpool Bridge, and the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. What types of bridges are these three? Learn more about types of bridges from PBS and check out the bridge challenge at the bottom of the page.

Waterfalls occur all around the world and are a result of water from a stream flowing over a cliff’s edge into another pool of water. Can you create a model of a waterfall by using playdoh, clay, blue paper, and other supplies around the house? Share your models with the Library by tagging us on social media. 


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Field Trip to Niagara Falls by Geronimo Stilton

Where is Niagara Falls? by Megan Stine

The Wild Water Mystery at Niagara Falls by Carole Marsh

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