Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls
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
Another feature of our tour arranged through our Marriott Fallsview hotel, was the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Years ago when we visited the Falls, I was too afraid to venture out on the boat to see the Falls that close. This time however, with my husband and grandson in tow we decided this was something we wanted to do.
Our shuttle dropped us off and we joined a pulsing line of people wearing bright, blue rain slickers. We followed a walkway leading to the water and boarded the boat. People filled the two levels of our craft, jostling for the rail. We found places at the back of the boat and held on as we made our way to the Falls. First we passed the American side of the Falls where our guide pointed out Bridal Falls. Then we motored towards the larger Canadian Falls--a rainbow seemed to linger above the mist. It was beautiful!
The ride became windy and wet as the spray blew over us. It was amazing that we were actually this close to such a powerful creation! I was glad I did not miss it this time.
Hours of operation are April-October depending on the weather. Admission costs are $13.00 for Adults; $8 for children 6-12 and free for under 5.
If you only have time to do one thing at Niagara Falls, DO THIS! However, the tour only operates from late Arpil until late October! The cost is $13.00 per adult & $8.00 per child 6 - 12 & FREE 5 years & under.
The ride lasts for approx. 30 minutes and heads straight for the "drop zone" of the water thundering over the falls. The water rushes all around you as you are enveloped by the spray and you literally "soak" up the atmosphere and excitement .
I suggest you head straight for the front of the boat, pur your raincoat on (supplied) and get ready to be amazed!
TIP... Take your photos on the way up the river and then wrap your camera inside a plastic bag!!!
Check out the web site, (below) it is very informative.
You really should take the Maid of the Mist tour to get an up close view of the falls. make sure to pick up a water proof camera or 2 before you go on this tour because you don't want to bring your own unless you are crazy like me. I took mine and was cleaning the lens off after every shot I just kept it covered very well and gave the water proof one to Terry. This is a fun trip to take so don't miss the boat!
If there is one attraction you do while in Niagara Falls, this should be it! Everyone is going to ask if you went, so why disappoint them?
The Maid of the Mist ticket line is located across from the American Falls. You purchase your tickets, then make your way down a winding ramp to an elevator which will take you to the docking area where the boats are. You will be given a blue rain slicker, but you WILL get wet anyway. The line was not bad when we visited. We got right onto the boat without much of a wait at all. Once they pack you all on the Maid starts it's little journey. The captain gives a little commmentary of fun Falls facts while the boat ride takes you past the American Falls and right up to the Horseshoe Falls. We got a spot right at the front of the boat. We got soaking wet. The force of the wind with the mist blew my little rain slicker hood right off!
At the end of the boat tour there is a place to recycle your poncho if you do not wish to keep it as a souvenier
Adult Retail $13.00CA $11.50US
(6-12 years) $8.00CA $6.75US
5 and under
(Children accompanying parents only) No charge
Sure, you want to go see Niagara Falls and get a nice picture. As you look at these falls you cant help but get a sense of the incredible power behind these falls. A good way to get more up close and personal is to get a ride on the Maid of the Mist. You are equipped with ponchos and you told very strictly that your camera and all of you will get wet during the journey. Conveniently they do sell disposable cameras that are waterproof if you have an irresistible urge to have a picture of yourself taken (all wet) with the rushing falls right behind you.
Trips depart every 15 minutes and the journey takes about a half hour. Lines can be very long!
It was a LOT of fun though!
Think what you want about the other ways to watch the Falls (helicopter, hot air balloon, cable car) but the Maid of the Mist – or better: the Maids of the Mist, for they are now a whole series of boats departing from both the American and Canadian side – is the one mandatory way to watch the Falls. You can’t say you’ve been there until you have taken a ride on the fair maiden that will take you right into the vicinity of the attraction. “Ladies and Gentlemen, this *is* Niagara Falls!”
The Maid of the Mist departs every 15 minutes from 09:45 on. Tickets are CA$13.
The post card says you will feel a light mist while on the boat. I beg to differ. You WILL get wet and you WILL like it! I would recommend this as the #1 activity a person could and should do in Niagara. The boat takes you close enough to the American Falls to appreciate how enormous they really are. Then it takes you into the Horseshoe Falls area. At this point you are really in the falls, surrounded by them at three sides, and directly in the "mist". The sound of the crashing water is overwhelming and the water is exhilarating. If you do nothing else while in Niagara Falls, do this. It's a fun ride for kids and adults.
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 might of the falling water and the beauty of the Falls can only be realized at the base of the Falls from the top deck of a ferry.
The whole experience is best told by the pictures only.
Maid of the Mist is the name of the ferry that takes the passengers on deck closest to the Hosrseshoe and American Falls at the bottom of the gorge. Therefore, in essence, we can watch the Falls at their base unlike from the top of the gorge.
The entrance building to get to the Ferry is located 2 kms north of the Horseshoe Falls. The walk to this building can be time consuming, because we have to make our way through the crowd watching the Horseshoe Fall from the top of the gorge.
After buying the ticket, we descended into the gorge through a lift. Then we had a group photo taken of the entourage of 10 by the facilities and then walk through a covered path down to the Ferry itself. On the way we were handed raincoats according to various sizes (adults and children) that we had to wear before entering the ferry named Maid of the Mist.
Once the Maid reaches the American and then the Horseshoe Falls, it stays there for a while to let the passengers experience the Falls at a close range. However, this is a soaking wet experience.
In our case, the weather was really good and we thought that the Maid sailed too close to the Falls to enable us enjoy to the fullest.
Is the experience worth it? Absolutely yes was the consensus of our entourage.
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!
Get your rain gear on and board the MAID OF THE MIST. Feel the mist of the Falls spray your face - hear the rumble of the water and sense the vast power as the boat makes its way to the base of the American Falls. The boat then heads to the basin of the Horsehoe Falls.
We have been on the Maid of the Mist so many times. Everyone who comes to visit us has to see the Falls/ It's an awesome boat trip - one that I never tire of.
From the boat is the only way to know the true beauty of one of the world's natural wonders.
In operation since 1846, Maid of the Mist has both Canadian and American boarding points.
We nearly didn't bother with the Maid of the Mist as Rod didn't want to line up for it and he thought we'd seen the Falls from all angles. Luckily for him I am the "Holiday Gestapo" and made him come on with us as it was a brilliant experience to be at the bottom of the Falls. The boat nearly busts a gut trying to chug towards the Falls but the force of the water keeps pushing it away. Prepare to be soaked
Yes, it is truly a thrilling experience when you come to Canada and try the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls. It is amazing! The photos I posted here will give you an idea on what to expect.
Prices and Schedules
Niagara Falls, U.S.A. / At the entrance to the Observation Tower
Niagara Falls, Canada / Maid of the Mist Landing at the bottom of Clifton Hill
Canadian and U.S. landings are accessible for physically challenged persons.
2009 Rates : Retail Rates
Canada: Adult $14.50 Child (6-12 years old) $8.90
United States; Adult $13.50 Child (6-12 years old) $7.85
Please note that the last day of operation of the Maid of the Mist for 2009 season will be on October 24, 2009. For more detailed information, visit the web I provided below.
The Maid of the Mist has been in operation since 1846. For over 150 years now, visitors have embarked on the boats to get a close-up look of the falls. Don't be scared by the long line-ups, it goes by fairly quickly and it's totally worth the wait. Plus, tickets are only $13 for adults, which is surprising low for such a popular attraction. And don't forget that you get to keep the, well, not-so-cool blue poncho!