By SHANNON KELLY
Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls (Photo: caruba)
The famous Maid of the Mist boat company, which has offered tours of Niagara Falls since 1846, was unsuccessful in renewing its lease with the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) this week, losing out to a U.S.-based boat tour company. (more…)
See all that the region has to offer, including the awe-inspiring natural world wonder that has royalty, celebrities, honeymooners and globetrotters all hankering for a view.
—By Viviane Kertész
Chariots of Fire Niagara Falls Tour offers a $60 round-trip excursion that includes visiting either the Maid of the Mist or the Skylon Tower, free time at the Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, picture stops, plus a complimentary tasting at Magnotta Cellars, returning to Toronto by 5 p.m.
Gray Line Niagara Tour operates several first-class sightseeing packages from $95 including a drive through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula, boarding the Maid of the Mist and a winery stopover in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Pricier options feature helicopter trips.
In operation since 1978, the Niagara Falls Day Tour lets you explore either Pillitteri Estates Winery or Reif Estate Winery, scenic stops for photos, a ticket to the Maid of the Mist and two free hours at the Falls for $69.
GET HERE YOURSELF
By train, hop aboard VIA Rail Canada from Toronto’s Union Station (65 Front St. W.). By car, take the Gardiner Expressway from downtown Toronto, which becomes the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) outside the city and stretches all the way to Niagara Falls.
Experience the Falls from high above or up close. —By Viviane Kertész
Get a bird's eye view of the Skylon Tower.
Little wonder that the panorama from Skylon Tower, the tallest lookout point from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, draws millions of visitors annually. This landmark 800 feet above it all entrances kids with a 52-second ride to the top, plus Legends of Niagara Falls, a way-cool 3-D/4-D movie. Waive the elevation fee by eating at the Revolving Dining Room that rotates 360 degrees every hour.
SOAK IN THE FUN
Don your (supplied) souvenir raingear and dodge the spray as the 80-foot-long Maid of the Mist boats you into the basin of the Falls. Operating since 1846, it’s North America’s oldest tourist attraction.