There is no better time to stop and appreciate that we live in Niagara than the month of February, when Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and many couples flock to Niagara Falls, the Honeymoon Capital of the World! But did you ever wonder how Niagara Falls earned such a prestigious and internationally-recognized title?
The first recorded honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls dates back to 1802 when Theodosia Burr (daughter of then US Vice-President Aaron Burr) visited the falls with husband Joseph Alston. It is also said that Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother Jerome visited Niagara with his bride in the early 1800s. These high-profile visits were the start of a trend, and with the addition of railway lines and the opening of the Erie Canal (which made Niagara much more accessible to visitors), more and more couples began visiting Niagara Falls for their honeymoon. Already in the early 1900s the phrase “Honeymoon Capital of the World” was being used in advertisements and brochures designed to encourage more people to visit Niagara, and the phrase is still used today.
More than 200 years after the first honeymooners came to Niagara Falls, the city continues to be featured on prestigious top 10 lists for the best places in the world to visit for your honeymoon, and many couples are now choosing to tie the knot in Niagara as well. With spectacular attractions like the Maid of the Mist, helicopter rides over the falls, the Sky Wheel observation Ferris Wheel, world-class shows, and ample opportunities for memorable romantic walks and dinners, it is no wonder that Niagara Falls remains a top destination for newlyweds from across the globe.
For those of us lucky enough to live here, it is easy to forget that every year people from all around the globe choose to dedicate a great deal of their time and money just to come to Niagara. What a place to call home!