Friday, May 24, 2013

Maid of the Mist - Niagara Falls - both Canada and US sides

Every time we have out of town guests visiting, we take a trip to see the Niagara Falls. We live just an hour and a half away and the drive is beautiful.

No one visits Toronto without seeing the Falls. Nothing like seeing it in real life...even if you think it is just 'another waterfall how great can it be?'. Believe is more than just great..and the experience of taking the 'Maid of the Mist' boat, right up to the edge of the water is a real adrenaline high! You are given plastic coats so that you don't get that wet - and are taken on a breathtaking ride right up to the edge of the Falls. You pass the American Niagara Falls first and then the Canadian one (the Horseshoe shaped Falls). Check it out when you visit or if you live nearby and have never experienced the boat ride.

The Maid of the Mist is a boat tour of Niagara Falls. (The actual boats used are also named Maid of the Mist, followed by a different Roman numeral in each case.) The boat starts off at a calm part of the Niagara River, near the Rainbow Bridge, and takes its passengers past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, then into the dense mist of spray inside the curve of the Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. The tour is available starting from either the Canadian or American side of the river, returning to the starting point in each case.
The operation is run by the Maid of the Mist Steamship Company of Niagara Falls, Ontario, which has been owned by the Glynn family of Lewiston, New York, since 1971. The boats are registered in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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