The two countries bordering the Great Lakes – Canada, and the United States – are all home to breathtaking natural wonders. Canada’s Niagara Falls is one of the most famous of these, drawing an estimated 8 million visitors every year. You can experience the Falls up close and personal by taking a helicopter ride, boarding the Maid of the Mist cruise ship, or joining a guided tour that will take you behind the Falls!
Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls that straddle the border between Canada and the United States. The Canadian side is called Horseshoe Falls and its American counterparts are the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Together, they are known as the Great Falls. The Falls are a very popular tourist attraction for good reason. Not only during the day but also at night, they have an impressive light show worth checking out. U.S. citizens visiting Niagara Falls in Canada will have to produce a valid U.S. passport, a passport card or an enhanced driver’s license at the Customs and Border Protection checkpoints upon their entry or return.
A trip to Niagara Falls is not complete without visiting the Canadian side. The Canadian side offers as many attractions as its American counterpart including the giant SkyWheel. The Niagara SkyWheel is a unique sightseeing opportunity, as it is one of Canada’s largest observation wheels. The SkyWheel towers over the Niagara Falls. It’s a fun way to get an aerial view of the falls and what it’s like to be on top of one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls.
To set your Niagara Falls adventure apart from the rest, take the plunge and descend into Niagara Gorge. You can go on a tour of the Niagara Falls by riding an elevator 175 feet deep into the gorge. Then you are fitted with a poncho and special shoes and walk over wooden pathways to get onto various observation decks. Follow a tour guide over a series of wooden walkways to the famous “Hurricane Deck” where you are stand just 20 feet from the raging waterfalls of Bridal Veil Falls. The catwalk and hurricane deck typically opens during the last week in May.
Start by descending to the Observation Tower, this is where you will experience the only panoramic view of all three Falls including the American, Bridal and Horseshoe Falls. See the raging currents. Hear the deafening thunder. And feel the refreshing mist of 600,000 gallons of water falling before your eyes every second. Experience it all aboard the iconic Maid of the Mist. Once you’ve boarded the Maid of the Mist, get ready for a boat tour that starts and ends on the American side, and crosses briefly into Canada when it takes you near to see the waterfalls. Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls, scenic boat tours began in 1846. Recently, two new vessels were launched for our visitors to enjoy. These catamaran-style boats offer the first zero-emission ride to and from the falls.