Three Sisters Island, Niagara Falls

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The Three Sisters Islands are islands which lie off the south shoreline of Goat Island. The islands are part of Niagara Falls, New York.

Accessible from Goat Island, the Three Sisters Islands are located just beyond the Canada/U.S. border in Niagara Falls, New York. The islands are named after Celinda, Angelina, and Asenath Whitney (all three of whom are buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, NY), daughters of General Parkhurst Whitney of Niagara Falls, New York. General Whitney (also buried in Oakwood Cemetery), was one of the more prominent early settlers of Niagara Falls, New York. The General moved to Niagara Falls, N.Y. in 1810 and is best known as the founder and operator of the Cataract House Hotel located near the upper rapids just above the falls. General Whitney's daughters are believed to be the first settlers to have trekked to the three small islands.

Before European settlers arrived in North America, Iroquois shamans made sacrifices of food and gifts on the islands and communed with He-No (Mighty Thunderer), the spirit who dwells in the mist-enshrouded cave at the base of the falls. Modern day psychics believe any one can hear the voices of the spirits if they listen carefully while visiting the Three Sisters Islands. Each island supports a variety of microhabitats and has its own floristic character. The Three Sisters Islands are connected by bridges, allowing pedestrians to walk to all three for grand views of the raging rapids in the Niagara River right before its descent over the Horseshoe Falls.
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  • The tour guide on the trolley said this part of the park is often said to be the most romantic. I can definitely see that. It's kind of tucked away from the main part of the falls and there are...  more »
  • Three Sisters Island was an interesting look at the Niagara River, just upriver from the falls. Great views as you walk across paths and bridges to get to this little island. Plenty of things to see.....  more »
  • Never miss this place. What an amazing view before all the waters fall at horseshoe. I have never seen that much water in a pre fall area. This place is wheelchair accessible. Their is also a bathroom nearby.
  • One of the most amazing places you'll ever see!! Just the shear amount of clear, fresh water going by these little islands every second is mind-blowing and mesmerizing! Very beautiful and easy to get a great view of rushing water and intense rapids. And, to think people have been silly enough to want to ride through this in barrels?!
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