What do you look for when visiting the Niagara Falls? Do you think about having a great weather for you to view it in? Or, if you are visiting in winter, for things to be just that little bit colder so that you could find the Falls frozen?

While Niagara Falls has its own beauty to cherish at all times, it is its history that makes it even more enriching.

Niagara Falls City, located in Ontario, has a low population density and a great history to talk about.

While Native Americans were the initial residents of Niagara Falls City, Europeans settled there in the seventeenth century.

The arrival of the Europeans

Frenchman Robert de la Salle was the first European to come to this City, who arrived with Louis Hennepin, who was a Belgian priest.

Europeans came up with an efficient infrastructure that enabled them to do their businesses effectively, and they harnessed the power of the falls to get electricity.

With electricity, businessmen and scientists started arriving, taking advantage of the natural electric power.

The rise and fall of Niagara Falls City

The city had many industries towards the end of 19th century. They were using the power they were getting from Niagara River. They would produce abrasives, petrochemicals, and metallurgical products.

Many of the people who were working there were immigrants, and the city had even claimed the title of ‘Honeymoon Capital’ in the first half of the 20th century. However, as homes began to grow old, and more businesses meant no place to park, the tourist trade declined. It is this declining number of tourists that hurt the city’s economy the most.

And during the reign of Mayor Lackey in 1960, the city witnessed its fall. While Lackey wanted to make the popular Niagara Falls even more popular, his policies like pedestrian malls meant that businesses had to shift from the then downtown. Improper planning meant that ugly overpasses were built which further added to the woes of all.

As a result, businesses and influential families went to live out of the town and at suburbs. The population went down, and more people re-located when they lost their jobs as industries closed down.

In the year 2000, the city had 55,593 people. Their Mayor’s name was Paul A. Dyster and their City Administrator’s name was Nicholas A. Melson.

Niagara Falls City today

The city has a good few bridges which connect it to the other surrounding towns, and while it may not be the honeymoon capital as it was during the first half of the 1900’s, it still does hold a charm like no other. Plus, there are plans today to build everything from a wax museum to an indoor dinosaur-themed park by Disney. It would surely help bring back Niagara Falls City to its previous glory days.

Tourists have a good many options to shop and dine before they head to the falls, and with the beauty on offer, they surely do not mind!

The Niagara Falls City, located in Canada, is a district that is federal electoral. It has been presented since 1953 in Canada’s Commons. Back in 2011, the city had a population of around 82,997, which was just a meager 1% growth compared to the last counting in 2006.

While a population of below 100,000 might show just how sparsely populated the region is, it wasn’t so always. In fact, in one of our earlier articles we discussed just how Niagara Falls City flourished during the early part of the 19th century, even being referred to as the Honeymoon Capital of the world. And while a lot has changed since then, it still remains the favorite for tourists all over the world.

About the district

The district was created back in 1952 and was the first elections took place in 1953. 2015 was the last year when elections were held.

In 1952, the first demarcation was made, in townships of Willoughby, Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, and Stamford. The others were Chippewa, and the Niagara Falls City and Bertie.

In 1966 though, the list of townships that came under the list went in for a revision, with the exclusion of Chippewa, Fort Erie’s town and Stamford and Crystal Beach.

Additional changes were made in 1976, and the only one that were left on the list was the Niagara’s town that was on the lake and Niagara Falls city. In 1996 again, a part of Thorold City was added.

Politics issues

Today, 20% of the municipal politicians of Niagara are women.

Niagara has 4 Members of Provincial Parliament and 4 Members of Parliament.

However, the percentages of women who are councilors have gone down compared to previous elections. In the year 2010, the winners in elections for the council were nine men versгs three women.

While people of Niagara are embracing women leadership, more women need to come out and contest so that there can be equality in the council.

The competition for the positions of Regional Councils has also been tough. There was a time when only four women were elected, against as many as thirty-one men.

Even today, there are fewer women contesting for the political positions in Niagara compared to men. It needs to change, and there needs to be more women participation, and that can happen only when we see that their responsibilities are not holding them back.

What makes the city special?

In spite of a population less than 100,000, the city does have a lot to offer.

Queen Victoria Park

If you are looking to do more in the city, there is the Queen Victoria Park, just beside the falls. If you are visiting during the winter, don’t forget to make way for the annual Winter Festival of Lights. Additionally, the Historical Museum at Lindy’s Lane is a must visit as well. Then, there is Marineland, a zoo and theme park meant for all ages.

Plus, there are several golf courses for you to try out as well. Which of these are you planning to visit first?