Honeymoon Capital of the World
Honeymooning in Niagara Falls dates all the way back to June of 1801. Joseph Alston and his newlywed wife Theodosia, who was the daughter of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr, travelled from Albany, New York to Niagara Falls for a trip that they had named their “Bridal Tour.”
Soon, following their example, two other high-society newlyweds visited Niagara Falls: Jerome Bonaparte (A younger brother of Napoleon) and his Baltimore bride Elizabeth Patterson in 1804. And thus the new social custom, honeymooning at Niagara Falls, was born. At first, it was limited to the wealthy, but before long, railways were bringing honeymooners to Niagara Falls on a daily basis. Honeymooning here became so popular, it was the song of the year in 1841: My Niagara Falls Honeymoon.
Fast forward to the 20th century, photographs and video became much more relevant in society and the beauty of Niagara Falls could easily be seen by those a world away - broadening the honeymoon locale's appeal. This along with the Marilyn Monroe classic film Niagara that surrounded a newlywed couple celebrating their honeymoon at Niagara Falls, further cemented the city's title as Honeymoon Capital of the World.
Niagara Falls Honeymoon Certificate
Earning this worldly title has led to the establishment of the Niagara Falls Honeymoon (and Anniversary) Certificate program. Any couple that decides to spend their honeymoon or anniversary in Niagara Falls is eligible to receive this free certificate - a tradition that has been ongoing for more than 60 years. Each certificate is signed by the mayor of the city. You can pick up yours at the Niagara Falls Ontario Tourism Information Centre located at 5355 Stanley Avenue.