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Riding the Whirlpool Aero Car in Niagara Falls.

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.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

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.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

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.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

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.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

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.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

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.

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car adventure, Ontario, Canada

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?

Alaska: Rafting the Taiya River.

During our stop in Skagway, Alaska on an Alaskan Cruise, we went on a rafting excursion through Skagway Float Tours. They picked us up in a van at the cruise ship dock…

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

…and we went on a forty-five minute ride along Nahkuย Bay and the Dyeaย Valley, a lot of the time on a narrow dirt road. We went through what was once the Klondike Gold Rush town of Dyea.

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Along the way there was one eagle sighting after another.

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

We crossed over the Taiya River, our rafting destination.

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Once along the shoreline we put on waterproof boots and life preservers and we’re told the proper procedures to get in and out of the raft, as to not fall into the icy cold glacier water.

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

It was then time to get out on the open Taiya River. Our tour guide did the paddling as we mingled with him and the six others sharing this adventure. He shared lots of tidbits about Alaska and the area, seeing greenery, the open river, snow-capped mountains, glaciers and more along the way. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. ๐Ÿ™‚

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

About an hour later and a few miles downstream we reached the end point. We took a few minutes to stare at all the Alaskan beauty around us, while enjoying the snacks and Alaskan salmon they provided us.

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

The park bench and…

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

…raft were hanging out and soaking in the Alaskan beauty too!

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

It was time to head back out onto the open dirt Dyea Road and to Skagway.

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Skagway, Alaska, rafting, Taiya River, Inside Passage

Along the route was when I realized how far north we really were. It was only a short drive to the Yukon and Canada. On the way there we stopped for scenic and panoramic views of Skagway and the surrounding area. More on that in a future post. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a fun, memorable time hanging out on the Taiya River. Our tour guide was nice, giving us ideas on things to do back in Skagway. I would recommend checking out Skagway Float Tours and their Scenic River Float trip when looking for an excursion in the area.

What memorable excursions have you done when on a cruise? Any Alaskan adventures?