A Picture Book of Niagara Falls


160 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps
ISBN 0-7710-1214-4
DDC 917.13'39




Reviewed by Wesley B. Turner

Wesley B. Turner is an associate professor of history at Brock
University and author of The War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won
and The Military in the Niagara Peninsula.


The title says it all. The information in this book is presented in
staccato fashion—short bursts with sudden shifts from one topic to
another. These changes seem to have no logical pattern; for example, in
Part 4, commercialization of the Falls is followed by “ravages of
nature” and by winter views. This is a book to be savored for its
visuals, not its words. The illustrations range from drawings and
paintings to amateur and professional photographs of people, events, and
scenery. There are historical drawings and photographs (including a
hand-colored aquatint print, a daguerreotype, an albumen print, and
Notman portraits) as well as modern photos. Whether black-and-white or
color, the reproductions are superb.


Berton, Pierre., “A Picture Book of Niagara Falls,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed January 21, 2022, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/13704.