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.
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.
The Journey Behind the Falls takes you, well, behind the falls. This attraction is not as fun as the Maid of the Mist but if you're in Niagara Falls and want to make the most of your visit, you'll surely enjoy walking along the tunnels and reading the information panels. And the nice thing about this attraction is that the observation deck takes you really close to the fall - close enough to get really wet! I thought tickets were a bit pricy ($10 for adults) but once again, you get to keep the lovely yellow poncho!
This tip looks like it will be about the weather, hahaha, but it will not! These two guys have just been 'Behind the Falls' and you get those rain jackets when you go here. During a rainy November day these rain jackets do come in handy while walking around at Niagara as well though ;-))
I've always wanted to go 'behind the falls' but never got a real good opportunity to do so. During summertime the line-up to go there was amazing; I think we had to wait about an hour. Too much for me! So I skipped that part and just looked at the falls from the normal viewpoints.
November and December didn't seem THE month to visit it either. I have to admit standing in the freezing cold mist of the falls during the winter months never appealed to me, brrrr cold! So I wisely decided to skip it again.
If you ever decide to go behind the Falls, do prepared of becoming soaking wet, and most likely get freezing cold during the winter.
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.
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.
CAD $12.50 Adults (13+ years), $7.50 Children (6 to 12 years)
Children 5 and under are free all year
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
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
Children [6-12 years] $6
5 and under free
if you buy the Niagara Falls and Great Gorge adventure pass admission is included
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.
I'm not sure if this is a must see activity. I've been to Niagara Falls a few times and I only recommending doing the Journey Behind the Falls once. It is really neat though to know that you're behind the falls and I hear at night its beautiful!
In 1889, the Niagara Parks Commission built a tunnel through the rock to produce a window behind the Falls. Visitors were taken through the tunnel by guides carrying lanterns. In 1951, an observation deck was added to give tourists a side view of the falls.
With the cost of admission you are given a one size fits all hooded rain poncho, pretty much a glorified garbage bag with openings. They take you down an elevator where an elevator conductor tells his blip about how fast the elevator is going, how much it can carry and what elevation you are at...blah blah.
The elevator opens and you have the option of going into the tunnels or onto the observation deck. Going on deck will give you great pictures of the falls, just don't forget to wipe off the lens once in a while. The tunnels open up to two separate portals and will give you a behind the look of the falls. The sound is quite loud. When you are done you an elevator will take you back up and you exit into the souvenir shop.
Be aware that it does get wet in the tunnels and on the deck.
5 & under --Free
Words cannot describe this experience. Knowing you are under the falls and being able to feel the pressure and hear the noise and then to finally see them from behind is an amazing experience. Just remember...when the line is long make your visit to the front short....then come back later when it isn't so crowded! And there's always the platform up top that allows you to view the falls up close from the side! That's a fun trip too!!
A great way to get up close and personal with the horseshoe falls. You take an elevator down below as you're putting on your "rain" gear. Head straight out for a closeup side view, or follow the portal back behind the falls to the two separate openings introducing you to the free falling water, on its 13 story fall..
It's hard to get pictures due to the spray.. I had a camera hidden behind my plastic raincoat, but sneaking it out for a picture without it getting wet I'd deem talent.
They say during the summer months, approximately 34 million gallons of water per minute fall, during the winter months it's 19 million gallon a minute.
There's much to see from the top, but try to get to the bottom also, just getting some boat trip, or by walking on the edge down. They look pretty different (a little blurry, I have to say, and wet), and even sound stronger than any other place. There you share the view with the (sea) gulls, and also with a thousand tourists more (also as wet as you :)
JOURNEY BEHIND THE FALLS Take an elevator ride down and then walk through a tunnel to reach an observation deck near the base of the falls.
It is open year round (hours vary as to season.Please check the website)
Admission is $7 and includes a yellow disposable raincoat.