Looking for something to do on the Canadian-side of Niagara Falls off-the-beaten path and away from the touristy downtown? About fifteen minutes north along the Niagara River is the Niagara Whirlpool.
The natural whirlpool sits along the U.S.-Canadian border within the Niagara Gorge and is home to multiple surrounding parks and excursion opportunities. One such activity is the Whirlpool Aero Car.
Head across the whirlpool, turquoise water and gorge and back in an antique cable car suspended by six cables. The ride is approximate one kilometer, about twenty minutes long and you’ll be hundreds of feet up in the air.
Look straight ahead to see the beauty and shoreline of the Niagara River as it enters and exits the gorge. Before the return portion of the trip begins, you will suspended for a bit.
Glance down to see the natural phenomenon that was formed thousands of years ago. You might catch a jet boat or two taking people on a different excursion to get up close and personal.
The Whirlpool Aero Car is open mid-April through mid-November and is easily accessible via the Green Line on the WEGO bus system from the Falls. Parking is free.
Cost wise it is currently $13.95 for an adult, $9.10 for children, but you can get it for cheaper if your riding as part of the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass Nature.
Riding the Whirlpool Aero Car in Niagara Falls was a scenic and breathe-taking way to spend the afternoon. It is a recommended stop when in the area.
What other excursion opportunities would you suggest around Niagara Falls on either side of the border?
On the Canadian side of the Niagara River you’ll find tourists and their cameras up-and-down Niagara Falls Parkway capturing Horseshoe Falls, the biggest of three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls.
If you want to get really up close and personal though, checkout The Journey Behind the Falls. The video captured alongside the Horseshoe Falls on the lower observation deck during my most recent visit says it all. 🙂
Head inside the Table Rock Welcome Centre along the parkway to get started. You’ll go down 45 metres in an elevator to the tunnels leading to the upper and lower observation decks and the other two viewing points. The two observation decks sit alongside the 790 meter long Horseshoe Falls. You can watch as 2,271,247 liters of water per second fall right in front of you.
Besides the observation decks, you have the chance to go behind the Falls. The tunnel that goes behind goes about a third of the way into the Horseshoe Falls.
Checkout the posters along the tunnel walls to see historical pictures and get background information on the area, falls, tunnels and observation decks.
About half way down this tunnel and at the end you’ll come to the other two observation points where you’ll get to walk within 10 feet of the Falls. Checkout that water coming down.
One thing I like about Journey Behind the Falls versus the boat tours is that the tour is unguided. You can stay there as long as you want soaking in the atmosphere literally. 🙂 While on the decks you can watch the Hornblower Voyage To The Falls (Canadian side boat tour) and Made of the Mist (USA side boat tour) take turns going in-and-out of the Falls.
Some additional information:
- The summer time cost of a ticket at the gate is $15.95 and $10.95 for adults and children respectively.
- You can purchase in advance as part of the Adventure Pass Classic package.
- Tickets for just this tour can be purchased in advance online at viator.com. Rates will vary based on the exchange rate.
- The tour comes with a rain poncho which can be kept as a souvenir.
When looking to photograph large scenes like city skylines I’m always on the lookout for something to capture and view in the foreground to give it a more unique look. While walking along Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls on the Canadian side recently, I was capturing the different Falls by themselves straight on.
Being the beginning of Spring, flowers were popping up and being planted everywhere along the riverfront drag. I found my foreground object(s)! The scores of yellow daffodils made looking at and capturing the American and Bridal Veil Falls that much more scenic. It looks like the flowers are guarding the Falls.
Do you look for foreground objects when capturing a large scene? If so, what kinds of objects do you like best?
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