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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.Before you head to Niagara Falls, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Niagara Falls tour itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Niagara Falls has to offer, including Three Sisters Island.
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.
Three Sisters Island reviews
This was a nice walk to this vantage point to view some of the rapids. I don't think we could see the actual falls from there. Nice, peaceful quiet area.
This was a nice walk to this vantage point to view some of the rapids. I don't think we could see the actual falls from there. Nice, peaceful quiet area. more »
almost didn't go, but had an extra day and decided to. Glad we did. it was a nice walk with beautiful sights. Please don't try and take pictures on the rocks ! people were trying and making me a...
almost didn't go, but had an extra day and decided to. Glad we did. it was a nice walk with beautiful sights. Please don't try and take pictures on the rocks ! people were trying and making me a... more »
What a beautiful piece of heaven. I could sit here and listen to the rush of the water all day long. I got lost in the sound. Truly magnificent. We also spent some time feeding the squirrels and the birds in the park. Make sure to pack a picnic lunch for yourself and the little creature that inhabit the park.
I could sit and take in the peace of this spot all day. Three Sisters is a peaceful tucked away little gem of an area. Great photo opportunities, especially beautiful in the fall with the leaves changing color.
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