By Holly McElwee
When vacationing at Niagara Falls, the Canadian side is typically the biggest draw. It’s positioning gives tourists excellent views of both the American and the Canadian falls.
Hornblower Cruise. This is the Canadian equivalent of the Maid of the Mist tour. Don the red poncho before leaving dock because you WILL get wet! The first part of the cruise sails past the American Falls and then journeys down to the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This is where it gets choppy as the boat engines have to work against the pull of the water at the base of the falls. The boat itself is plenty big, and those folks on the top deck have the best views.
Journey Behind the Falls. Tunnels take visitors behind the falls where cut-out portals reveal the powerful rushing water from a unique vantage point. Informational signs line the tunnels to provide a wealth of information about the creation of the tunnels and other Niagara Falls lore. After exploring the tunnels, tourists can go to an outside viewing area at the edge of the falls. This is where ponchos are needed as most folks get wet from the spray and wind! The Journey Behind the Falls tour provides a exclusive experience into the fury and power of the falls.
Niagara’s Fury. Speaking of fury, this 4-D movie is thrilling and fun, especially when kids are part of the group. It starts with an animated movie that provides history of the creation of the falls. Then movie-goers move into a circular room which features a 360-degree screen. When the movie starts, water splashes and air blows to create a coordinated experience with the film. The wind, water, rain, and splashing waves make visitors feel they’re truly experiencing the fury of the falls. Yes, you will get wet, so another poncho is provided.
Whitewater Walk. This attraction is found down-river from the falls. Wooden walkways wind alongside the river and visitors take a self-guided tour as they view the Class 6 rapids in action. These rapids are some of the most violent in the world and are totally un-navigable by boat. It’s amazing to watch the water splash and tumble, and visitors have plenty of photo opportunities here. The falls are amazing, but the fury of this water also leaves spectators amazed.
Adventure Pass. Tourists who want to make an entire day out of their Canadian Niagara Falls experience may want to invest in the Adventure Pass. This saves 30% off single-attraction admissions. It includes admission to the Hornblower Cruise and the Journey Behind the Falls tours. It also gives pass holders the ability to ride the WeGo Bus for two days, which definitely saves time and energy from walking between attractions. Admission to the Niagara’s Fury 4-D movie and the Whitewater Walk are also included.
There’s plenty to do and see in Niagara Falls from the Canadian side, and many opportunities to get wet! In addition to these official Niagara Parks attractions, a plethora of other activities, dining, and hotel options await the discerning visitor. Start planning a trip at the official Niagara Falls website, http://www.niagaraparks.com/ .
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