Behind the Falls, Niagara Falls

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    If you want to get wet

    by solopes Updated Sep 26, 2012

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    That's the way to walk closer to the falls.

    We didn't do it (it must be fun, but time was short and we had to choose), since the Maid of the Mist, took us even closer, with less sacrifices, and gave us the chance to see the lines going up and down by the water, seeming a strange ritual.

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    A Journey well worth taking.

    by swissfondue Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    JOURNEY BEHIND THE FALLS.

    This attraction on the Canadian side allows you to traverse two tunnels near the bottom of the Horseshoe falls. Access to the tunnels is by elevators which descend 150 feet. It is not a claustrophobic experience as the tunnels are wide and well lit.

    One tunnel leads to an observation deck and the other takes you deep into the heart of the falls. The incredible roar of the falls from these viewing areas is quite surreal.

    While in the tunnels take a moment to read the information panels attached to the walls.

    You will learn some very interesting facts about the history of the falls and personal stories of bravery and foolishness.

    As with most attractions the exit is through a comprehensive gift shop showcasing both souvenirs and all things Canadian. If you are looking for a gift to take home, I can almost guarantee you will find it here.

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    Journey Behind the Falls

    by kris-t Updated Mar 8, 2011

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    Journey Behind the Falls visit will take 30 to 45 minutes.

    Open Year-round except December 25.

    In the spring and summer months you will receive a free souvenir rain poncho as protection from the mist of the Falls. Elevators descend 150 feet through bedrock to tunnels that lead to viewing portals behind the massive sheet of water, then on to the Upper and Lower Observation decks at the foot of the Falls.

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    CAD $12.50 Adults (13+ years), $7.50 Children (6 to 12 years)
    Children 5 and under are free all year

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    Journey Behind the Falls

    by Dabs Updated Aug 14, 2010

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    After taking the Maid of the Mist ride, we got a reservation for the Journey Behind the Falls at the kiosk and headed to Table Rock where this attraction is located. After you enter there is the cheesy photo opportunity in front of a picture of the Falls which we walked right past since we never buy, they hand you another poncho, yellow this time (we reused our Maid of the Mist ponchos), and you head to the elevators for a ride down closer to the base of the Falls.

    Down one hallway there are two portals where you can see the water rushing down, not as exciting as it sounds, you can't see much of anything except a small section of the water. You can then walk to two observation decks at the foot of the falls where you can get up close and personal with the Horseshoe Falls. While it was cool to be standing next to part of the Horseshoe Falls, it looked like the Cave of the Winds next to/under the American Falls on the US side was a better attraction than this one.

    The Journey Behind the Falls is one of four attractions on the Adventure Pass, the regular admission is $12.75 Adults, $8.35 kids 6-12, under 5 free.

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    Behind the Falls--wet and wild!

    by VeronicaG Updated Jun 16, 2008

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    Behind the Falls was another scheduled stop on our list of things to do, so the tour filled our needs perfectly! The shuttle took us to an area where we joined the other groups of people identically dressed in yellow slickers. We were the "yellow slicker people"--- most of us looking like demented yellow ducks.

    Looking beyond our silly appearance, this tour took us down a level where tunnels opened to a very close view of the Falls. Water sprayed everywhere and anywhere--the reason for the slickers! One of these platformed areas was tiered and permitted a very wet examination of the Falls. It was a hot day, so the sprinkling was welcome.

    There was a big crowd, but the line went quickly so don't be discouraged if you see hoards of people here!

    Hours vary with the season. Admission is $8 for Adults, $6 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

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    Journey Behind the Falls!

    by machomikemd Written Sep 27, 2007

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    The sound is like thunder, the sight awe-inspiring! Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara and stand in the mist where the mighty Horseshoe Falls tumbles from 13 stories above.

    Journey consists of an observation platform and series of tunnels near the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian shore of the Niagara River. The tunnels and platform can be reached by elevators from the street level entrance. The tour is unguided and visitors have the option of using radios to receive facts and information broadcast into the tunnels

    The two tunnels extend approximately 46 metres behind the waterfall and allow visitors to view water cascading in front of the open cave entrances. Earlier in the attraction's history visitors were permitted far closer to the portals' edge to view a perspective to the sides and below the falling water. Barricades now exist further back from the ledge at the end of the tunnels to ensure visitor safety.

    The observation deck provides a vantage point looking up with the falls to the right, allowing photographers a full view of the famous landmark. The deck is sprayed with water from the cascade so visitors are provided with plastic raincoats prior to their descent. you'll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down 13 stories to the basin below. Every second during summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the rim at 65 kilometers per hour.

    Prices: $12.00 Cad Adults (13+ years), $7.20 Cad Children (6 to 12 years); Children 5 and under are FREE!

    Hours of Operation Open year-round except December 25. All times subject to change. Last tickets sold 30 minutes prior to closing.
    Opens: 9 a.m.
    Closes:
    January to June: 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 7:30 p.m.weekends, 9:30 p.m. Holiday weekends.
    June to September: 8:30 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 p.m. weekends, 11:00 p.m. Holiday weekends.
    September to October: 8:00 p.m.
    November to December: 7:00 p.m.

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    Behind the Falls

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 17, 2007
    Observation platform near the Falls

    Unfortunately, because of the times of our arrival and departure, we were both late and too early to try Behind the Falls attraction; however, I think it will the number one on my list for the next trip to Niagara Falls.

    The Behind The Falls attraction is located in the Table Rock House Plaza beside the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. There is observation platform at the base of the fallls that can be reached by elevators and a network of tunnels.

    Two other tunnels provide a close-up view of the Falls from behind. The tunnels extend only 46 metres(150 feet) behind the waterfall.

    Website says that protective rain gear is included into cost of the journey.

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    The depth of tunnels

    by davesut Updated May 8, 2007

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    The best view 'Behind the Falls'
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    One of those 'must do' jobs. The trip behind the falls takes you through tunnels to see glimpses of the horseshoe falls, Canada side. The best bit was the view from the base of the falls.

    When it gets warner you can get to a lower observation platform but it was still covered in ice and therefore closed at Easter.

    The whole thing is closed in the depths of winter and the observation areas are undercover so no need for those souvenir rain coats

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    BEHIND THE FALLS

    by BerniShand Written Oct 23, 2006

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    You will need to wear the bright yellow cape you are given ! standing at the barrier watching the falls thundering down is a damp but exhilerating experience. You really get a feel for the force of the falls here, go outside onto the viewing platforms and watch a few million gallons of water hurtling towards you then follow the passage to stand behind the falls and watch a few million more gallons from the inside .... its wet, noisy and wonderful, dont miss it

    the Journey Behind the Falls is open every day
    October to May.........9am - 5.30pm
    June to September ......9am - 10.30pm

    Aduls .....$10
    Children [6-12 years] $6
    5 and under free

    if you buy the Niagara Falls and Great Gorge adventure pass admission is included

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    Wonder what it looks like when its raining???

    by CdnJane Written Apr 15, 2006

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    Since the Maid of the Mist wasn't yet operating, my friend really wanted to go under the falls. As a good friend, and travel companion, how could I refuse? I'd done it years before, and hadn't remember it as being all that special. You know, it was worth it. When I went under before we were given heavy raincoats and boots to put on. Now, we weren't even given a toss-away plastic coat. It was ok, you could get damp, but it wasn't necessary.

    What a feeling to know that overhead, and in front of you was all that water pouring down. You were constantly aware of the drone of the water.

    There were pictures throughout the tunnels with information about the falls - how far the falls had receeded over the years, the building of the tunnels, and other facts.

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    Go BEHIND the falls!

    by Martman Written Feb 4, 2006

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    My Aunt and Uncle. They look like ghosts here!

    Among the attractions, is a tunnel behind the falls. I have done it twice. This is not a cheap attraction. I am nevertheless not sorry that I did this. One really feels the sense of the power of water.

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    Journey Behind the Falls

    by cfuentesm Written Nov 22, 2005
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    Get ready to get wet. Cover yourself with a plastic poncho and journey behind the falls. Great views at the level of where the falls fall. Its difficult to take pictures because teh water gets hitting on you, but it is a lot of fun.

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    On a Clear Day, You Will See a Rainbow!

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Nov 19, 2005

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    Rainbow Over Niagara

    I don't know why Robert Goulet comes to mind here, but he does! Ok, all together now... On A Clear Day, Rise and Look Around You! Ahem... sorry about that! What I am pleased to say is that on a clear, sunny day the mist and sun combine to provide a beautiful rainbow over the Falls. I suppose this is depending on the position of the sun, where you are standing, and other consequential factors. All I know is that at this place and time on this day, we were treated to a most spectacular rainbow, the sight of which is most amazing for the color and prism-like affect adorning the sky! Ahhh... Rainbows above Niagara Falls!

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    Who's Rainbow is it?

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    Maybe it joins Canada & the US?

    Ok, I'm not trying to create an international incident, but remember me telling you that I think of the weirdest things? You remember, and you're still here? No comments about you then, but to those that missed it, you really should read more closely to protect yourself from bad influences!

    My weird thought of this picture was, what if a war broke out over the ownership of the rainbow? It does seems to touch both US and Canadian shores and who owns the water between? Maybe this has been previously discussed and some agreement reached to share the beauty and wonder of the colors as it does seem to link the two countries more elegently than the bridges connecting the two! Don't you think? Maybe I'm just weirding out again... Sigh...

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    A View to the American Falls

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    The Itty-Bitty American Falls

    I cannot truly say what the view is from this side of the Falls as I didn't cross the border into the US on this visit, but I can say that compared to the Canadian falls, the US falls do not seem so impressive. Also, I have been told that the US side is much more commercial (Big Surprise!) but again I can't speak to that. In defense of capitalism, I must also report that tourism and the money generated by it is an important part of any economy and Canada does it also, though I seem they do it very well here at the Falls.

    I don't know why exactly... Well, on second thought, maybe I do! What I am trying to say is that if I had turned away from the Falls and had taken a picture, you would have seen large hotels and casinos. But, the wonder and beauty of the Falls kept me completely and totally immersed in their power and visual addiction! With a view like this, who wants to see hotels and casinos?

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