Charles Dickens Visits Niagara Falls

Charles Dickens Visits Niagara Falls

During a North American tour in 1842, English novelist Charles Dickens, with his wife Kate and her maid Anne, visited both the Canadian and American side of Niagara Falls.

After leaving Cleveland, they crossed Lake Erie to Buffalo and travelled by train down the U.S. side of the Niagara River to Niagara Falls, N.Y. After a brief visit there, they crossed the Niagara River by boat just below the Falls to the Canadian side where they checked in at the Clifton Hotel at the foot of Ferry Road (now Clifton Hill).

The next day they visited Table Rock, where Dickens was stunned by the beauty of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. He wrote, “Niagara was at once stamped upon my heart, an image of beauty, to remain there, changeless and indelible for years to come.”

You, too, can be awed at any time of the year by the beauty and wonder of Niagara Falls.

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