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Lighting up the Falls goes way, way back

The colourful lights that are being used to accentuate the Falls every night through the end of February are rooted in more than 140 years of tradition.

It was during an 1860 visit by the Prince of Wales that the custom of lighting up the waterfalls got its start. In honour of the prince’s visit, more than 200 multi-coloured lights were placed along the banks above and below the American Falls, as well as along the road down the bank of the Canadian side of the gorge and behind the Horseshoe Falls.

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has been making sure visitors can see the natural beauty of the falls at night with the help of dazzling light displays ever since 1925.

A stay in one of the Crowne Plaza Fallsview’s Superior Fallsview King rooms guarantees guests a spectacular view of the nightly light show, which will bathe the falls in the colours of the rainbow until the end of February.