Is the Maid of the Mist Niagara's best attraction? Join 'Your Insider in Niagara' in discovering what could likely be your most unforgettable Niagara vacation memory. It has been for millions since 1846. Don't forget to bring a camera.
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I went on the Maid of the Mist boat tour recently. It was during the week so there was only a 10 minute wait before boarding.
What a ride it turned out to be! The thundering water could clearly be heard from the ship's deck.
As the American and Bridal Vail Falls passed by, the falling water crashing on the rocks made for a good picture. Click.
The turbulent water could be felt onboard.
People were taking pictures. Click. And more pictures. Click. Click.
Strangers were asking strangers to take their picture with the Falls in the background. Then they would return the favor and took their turn doing the clicking. There was a definite feeling of excitement in the air.
Before we knew it, the Maid of the Mist was at the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and then things got really exciting. The deck was moving and rolling as the water swirled and churned below.
Partially sheltered by the deck above, I looked up and then further up. Through the heavy spray, I could make out the source of the water thundering over the brink right down upon us. There was water everywhere! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the supplied raincoat.
Everybody's face was wet. We couldn't get out of the spray. Didn't really want to either.
There was excitement in people's faces . And wonder too.
was taking pictures as fast as my camera let me. Every few shots the camera lens needed wiping. A hand over the front of the camera deflected some of the spray. It seemed to help.
There was a commeraderie developing from being in the same unique place at the same point in time. It was special . Talk about a photographer's dream.
I loved it! It was awesome! I am going back!
Definitely the #1 attraction that visitors should see besides the Falls themselves. Wait, it is the Falls, but from a very impressive new angle.
Maid of the Mist boat tours have been enjoyed by millions since 1846. Even very little ones.
It sails to the base of the American Falls. Then on to the Horseshoe Falls basin.
This is a memorable but drenching 1/2 hour thrill of a boat ride. Thank goodness, you are provided with a souvenir rain coat.
Hang on to the raincoat. It comes in real handy when you walk through the mist at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.
Niagara Falls, Canada - Maid of the Mist Landing at the bottom of Clifton Hill.
Niagara Falls, U.S.A. - At the entrance to the Observation Tower-
Canadian and U.S. landings are accessible for physically challenged persons.
The Maid of the Mist Tours run every 15 minutes from the Canadian and US side of the river.
The following is for departures from the Canadian docks only. Times and rates all subject to change.
kids 6 -12 $12.65
5 and under Free
kids 6 -12 $9.00
5 and under Free
Dates of Operation: CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON October 24. Opening date depends on ice conditions in the River, mid-April to mid-May.
Each day the last tickets are sold at the closing times shown:
Opening to May 15: 9:45am to 4:45pm (weekdays) & 9:45am to 5:45pm (weekends)
May 16-May 17: 9:45am to 7:45pm
May 18-May 22: 9:45am to 5:45pm
Saturday & Sunday May 23 & 24: 9:00am to 7:45pm
May 25: 9:00am to 5:45pm
May 26-June 19: 9:45am to 5:45pm (daily)
June 20-August 8: 9:00am to 7:45pm (daily)
August 9-August 28: 9:00am to 7:15pm (daily)
August 29 to September 6: 9:00am to 7:00pm (daily)
Monday September 7: 9:00am to 4:45pm
September 8 to October 3: 9:45am to 4:45pm (weekdays) & 9:45am to 5:45pm (weekends)
October 4 to October 24: 9:45am to 4:45pm (daily)
920 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ont.
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