Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls
Of all the tourist-trap activities in Niagara Falls, Ontario, this one is well worth doing. It's worth the CAD $15, it's worth the line-up (which moves at a reasonable speed), and it's worth getting soaked from the spray (the plastic ponchos do nothing). The boat starts upstream and the captain or somebody is giving running commentary over the speaker. Then as you get closer, he goes silent. The engine revs up and the boat grinds closer to the Falls. They tower over you in three directions. The noise is awesome. Then the captain pipes up, "Ladies and gentlemen...., this is Niagara Falls!" Cheesy, but extremely effective. It is a truly amazing experience, and I highly recommend it.
I loved the Maid of the Mist! It was one of the few "touristy" things I actually liked. My advice, though, is not to plan on going to a nice dinner afterward. My hair and make-up were a mess, even though I wore the free raincoat. If you're a girly-girl, plan on a few touch-ups afterward!
I was slightly disappointed. I guess I was expecting something extreme but it was just a ride... + ended up having my make-up all over the face. ;-)
Handkerchief is a MUST (to wipe your wet face after).
As was said earlier by others, try to stand at boat`s bow if you can - better view, better experience.
I did not have a water camera, just put my digital into a plastic Hefty bag and ended up having OK results.
On a sunny day I strongly recommend using sun glasses - the light reflected from the water is absolutely blinding.
PRICE: adults pay US $11.50; kids - US $6.75.
I have been to Niagara Falls close to a dozen times and it was not until my last vist I finally went on the 'Maid of the mist' . It's a real treat! We were one of the first to board the boat and went straight to the bow
FEAR FACTORY - one of the many commercial spots at the falls. I was impressed and yes, genuinely a little scared at times.
Take a historical ride aboard the world famous Maid of the Mist. Since 1846, millions of visitors have enjoyed the Maid of the Mist boat tours. The powerful diesel-engined boats take visitors to the base of the American Falls and then on to the basin of the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Water rushes all around as you "soak" in the excitement and feel the thunder of the Falls. It's a half hour thrill of a lifetime! Reusable, souvenir rain coats are provided with admission.
Trips run approximately every 15 minutes from the Canadian and U.S. sides of the river.
Open late April to late October, weather dependent.
Location: 5920 Niagara Parkway Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Maid of the Mist is not operated by The Niagara Parks Commission and is privately owned and operated.
For Recorded Info:
Admission: Adult $14.00, Child 6 to 12 years $8.60, 5 & under Free
Schedule: All times subject to change.
April to May 20: Weekdays 9:45am to 4:45pm Weekends 9:45am to 5:45pm
May 20 & 21: 9:45am to 7:45pm
May 22 to May 26: 9:45am to 5:45pm
May 27 & 28: 9:00am to 7:45 pm
May 29: 9:00am to 5:45pm
May 30 to June 17: 9:45am to 5:45pm
June 17 to Aug 8: 9:00am to 7:45pm
Aug 9 to Aug 28: 9:00am to 7:15pm
Aug 29 to Sept. 3: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Sept 4: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Sept 5 to Oct. 3: Weekdays 9:45am to 4:45pm, Weekends9:45am to 5:45pm
Oct 4 to Oct 24: 9:45am to 4:45pm
If you are visiting Niagara then I guess this is the thing that most people would do ,unless you :-
a) Are afraid of water
b) Are afraid of loud noise
c) Suffer from motion Sickness or
d) have any any sense of self preservation.
But seriously ,although it is a thoroughly touristy thing to do ,it is a great experience .You go right past the American Falls where you get real good views before getting up close and personal to the Canadian or Horseshoe Falls .This is where you go right into the falls and get tossed about and thoroughly soaked.We were on the lower deck and it was pretty hair raising ,but you can go on the upper deck where it must be even scarier .We went in early June and although it was busy there were no queues ,later in the season I imagine there would be lengthy waits in line.
We did the touristy thing, but it was fun! Getting close up to the Falls like that gave us some great views (and photos!). The boat ride is probably about half an hour altogether. We didn't have to wait long because of the frequent trips out (every 15 minutes) and capacity of the boat. Don't worry if you don't get a railing view, the view is just as good from the centre of the boat (top deck that is).
The Maid of Mist continues to Horseshoe Falls after passing American Falls. The tiny boat will slowly edge to the Maid of the Mist pool at the foot of the falls. The water here rushes around you, the sound of the falls is overwhelming, and the mist obscures everything. Be sure to be up on the upper deck, where the experience is a thrill of a lifetime. The Maid of the Mist takes you face to face with the falls and lets you feel their power more than any other tour/activity at the falls. Definitely not to be missed.
We took the maid of the mist boat tour and found it to be worth the money. They give you a thin plastic rain coat to wear. You will get wet so consider that when you go. I had a long sleeve jacket on and the sleeves were drenched when I got off. A water proof camera is a must if you plan on taking close-up pictures.
FANTASTIC. You can feel the falls under you, aroud you and in your ear. The water on the cheeks is great. The ride to a from the falls is magnificient. A MUST!!! $14 Ca. Per adult.
Just of the the falls: a big sign shows you where to go. Go in the morning. There is less people so there is no line up!
The trip on the Maid of the Mist is a must and it is an unforgettable ride. Again, you will get wet as the little boat gets really close to the falls. Admire them from down, and watch the crazy people walking up the falls.
I can only provide a perspective of the view of the "Maid of the Mist" from above as I didn't have the time to take the plunge as it were... So, I could only take a picture of the boat from above with attention given to the wet suits worn by the passengers. Simply looking at The Falls even from above gives some idea as to the power of the water and the mist created. Hence, the "Maid of the Mist" and the need for wet gear which I imagine doesn't even begin to be enough. I think you're pretty sure to be soaked on this excursion! So What? I'm sure the full sight of the power of The Falls would be worth it and you'll dry off sometime, right? Next trip here, I will do the boat! I will float, and I will get soaked!
The Maid of the Mist is a must do when you visit Niagara Falls. There are not even words to descibe how it feels to be so close to the bottom of the falls and to feel the power from them. Absolutly amazing!!
The Maid of the Mist started as a passenger ferry service but with the construction of the first International Suspension Bridge in 1848, the Maid of the Mist almost became obsolete. It was clear that these boats would have to be used as a tourist attraction to keep the company afloat!
You can get a boat on either side of the gorge and it is quite an experience. You get so close to Horseshoe Falls, you can almost touch them! Flattering blue trashbag like poncho provided with admission!
Adults - $13 CDN $11.50 USD
6-12 years - $8 CDN $6.75 USD
Operates from April through October weather permitting. Check the wesbite for information!
One of the best attractions at the Falls has to be the Maid of the Mist tour. It is one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America and began ferrying passengers across the Niagara River below the Falls in 1846.
On arrival, you are given a plastic raincoat (yours to keep!) and boarded onto one of several boats which will take you upstream past the American Falls on your left, to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. The view is amazing! The volume of water flowing over the top is incredible, and very loud.
Its a good idea to bring a change of clothes, as even with your fashionable new raincoat, you will be soaked.
2005 rates are $11.50 for adults and $6.75 for kids 6-12. Kids under 5 are free.