Archive | Journey to Niagara Falls, Newlywed Capital
Newlyweds on their honeymoon in Niagara Falls in 1967
For decades, Niagara Falls was a popular honeymoon destination for newlyweds. Our archival footage tells us why the place has been awarded the title “Honeymoon Capital of the World”.
“We got married on Saturday morning and had heard a lot about Niagara Falls. By the way, my sister came here for her honeymoon. They gave us good advice, told us that the site was enchanting, that there were a lot of people. What we saw, by the way.
— New bride in 1967
Niagara Falls is located in Ontario and the United States on the Niagara River that separates Lake Ontario from Lake Erie.
Native people called them Onguiaahra Falls, which means “thunder of water”. The European explorers who discovered them in 1678 kept the name, because the sound produced by the enormous amount of water flowing from the falls, the largest in the world, was similar to that of thunder.
Every second, two million eight hundred thousand liters of water flow from Niagara Falls.
There are the American Falls, straighter and narrower, and the Canadian Falls, in the shape of a horseshoe. Erosion quickly shaped the falls, which were not shaped like a horseshoe when explorers discovered them.
On Canada express of October 13, 1967, journalist Gérard Gravel takes us on a tour of Niagara Falls.
Gérard Gravel paints a portrait of the tourist region of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Historical reminder of the discovery of the falls and related incidents.
Niagara Falls is one of the busiest tourist spots in North America. 54 meters high, the falls impress the many visitors.
Many young couples come here to spend their honeymoon. Several attractions are also offered to newlyweds.
The first recorded honeymoon would be that of Theodosia Burr, the daughter of the American Vice-President Aaron Burr, in 1801. Will follow in 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte's youngest brother, French Prince Jérôme Bonaparte, who travels there following his controversial marriage to a wealthy American heiress, Elizabeth Patterson.
During the 1980s, approximately 12 million tourists visited the falls each year.
Journalist James Bamber goes to meet the tourists at Niagara Falls. The program is hosted by Louise Arcand.
Journalist James Bamber goes there for the Téléjournalon August 10, 1983 to gather some impressions from tourists and newlyweds.
A couple from the Drummondville area, the Fortins, came to spend their honeymoon there.
Everything is wonderful, it's very, very beautiful, says Ms. Fortin. Are we talking about Niagara Falls here? asks the tongue-in-cheek journalist, who makes the couple laugh.
James Bamber then tells us about the city of the falls, the glitzy Niagara Falls.
“Next to Niagara Falls is the city of Niagara Falls, and that's not necessarily good news. The city is weird, it's a mess. She does, as the English say: very very busy. But for newlyweds, sleeping in one city or another, sleeping or not, is irrelevant. »
—James Bamber, 1983
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