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Tesla Statue: Canadian Side

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

Nikola Tesla is the only mad scientist with statues on both sides of Niagara Falls. Like so many other difficult truths at this border town, the Canadian statue is better than the American statue. Created by Canadian Les Drysdale, unveiled in 2006 on what would have been Tesla's 150th birthday, it stands on the exact spot where a photograph had been taken of Horseshoe Falls that Tesla later said inspired him to invent hydroelectric power. Bronze Tesla stands atop a giant AC motor (which he also invented) and looks like a movie star in a dapper tuxedo, long overcoat, and top hat. The statue captures him at the moment he supposedly invented alternating current by scratching a diagram into the dirt with the tip of his cane.

Also see: Tesla, Everyone's Favorite Mad Scientist

Tesla Statue: Canadian Side

Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Cross into Canada over the Rainbow Bridge. Once through customs, immediately turn right onto Hiram St., then right again onto River Rd/Hwy 27/Niagara Pkwy. Drive south for 1.5 miles, past the falls. Turn right at the light onto Fraser Hill, then right again into the parking lot. Drive as far to the north as you can, back along Niagara Pkwy, and park as close as you can to the north end. Then walk north a short distance to the statue, which overlooks the Parkway and Horseshoe Falls.
Winter: Pathways closed. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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