The tour lasts approximately 4 hours.
Appropriate for All Ages
Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
As soon as you cross the border into Ontario, your four-hour tour embarks on some of Niagara Falls' most exciting attractions. Take a ride aboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat to experience a view from the Niagara River, or head to the top of Skylon Tower for fantastic, panoramic views from their Observation Deck. See the beauty and grace of Niagara Falls from either of these fabulous locations, and then enjoy a unique adventure as you travel on a Journey Behind the Falls, letting you wander through the tunnels that were built in 1889 to observe the Falls from a different perspective.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Tour Stop at Howard Johnson's Hotel
Meet your tour at the Howard Johnson's Hotel at 454 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY. From here, your group will travel to the Canadian side of the border for the best sights and adventures at Ontario's Niagara Falls.
Includes Admission to Hornblower Niagara Cruises
If you take a daytime tour, you will take a Hornblower Niagara Cruise. Take the voyage to the Falls with Hornblower Niagara Cruises from the Canadian docks at the base of the Great Gorge. This cruise will take you past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and right up to the awesome power and amazing mist of the Horseshoe Falls. Rain gear is provided.
Includes Admission to Skylon Tower Observation Deck - Niagara Falls, ON
If you take an evening tour, you will journey to the top of the Skylon Tower Observation Deck. For an amazing aerial and panoramic view of the Niagara Falls and surrounding region, journey to the top of the Skylon Tower Observation Deck! The indoor and outdoor observation decks provide you with the highest vantage point in Niagara with the ability to see 8,000 square miles of Canada and the U.S.
Includes Admission to Journey Behind the Falls
At Journey Behind the Falls, you'll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world's fresh water crashing down to the basin below. You'll find Journey Behind the Falls at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, then take an elevator down through bedrock to tunnels leading one-third of the way behind the massive sheet of water. From there, you will be able to walk onto the Upper and Lower Observation Decks for fantastic views of the Falls. Rain gear will be provided.
Tour Stop at Table Rock
For the closest and most magnificent view of the Falls from the Canadian side, the group will head to Table Rock, a large shelf of rock that jutted out from the Canadian shore of Niagara Falls. This spot offers fantastic views of the Falls, perfect for photo opportunities.
Tour Stop at American Falls
Located on the United States side of the American-Canadian border, American Falls pumps 150,000 gallons of water per second over the crest of the cliff. The falls are noted for the collection of rocks at the base, as the water cascades 70 feet down onto the rocks, where it crashes another 100-plus feet to the river below.
Tour Stop at Bridal Veil Falls
Located next to the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is the third waterfall of the incredible Niagara Falls. The crest is 56 feet wide and has a direct fall of 78 feet that crashes onto the large rocks below, making the total drop 181 feet.
Tour Stop at Canadian Horseshoe Falls
As the largest and most impressive of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Falls is the image that usually comes to mind when mentioning this natural wonder. The water churns over the crest at speeds of about 20 miles per hour and has an average elevation of 500 feet.
Tour Stop at Lower Rapids
Less severe than the Upper Rapids, the Niagara River's Lower Rapids and whirlpools are too wild to navigate, but this area is popular with fishermen, offering them many opportunities for fishing from here to the mouth of the river at Lake Ontario.
Tour Stop at The Niagara Whirlpool
This natural whirlpool is situated right along the U.S.-Canadian border in the Niagara Gorge downstream from the Falls. Estimated at 4,200 years old, the whirlpool was formed by upstream erosion of the Niagara Escarpment by the river, and today, this whirlpool reaches a depth of 124 feet.
Tour Stop at Disaster Site of Schoellkopf Power Plant
The Schoellkopf Power Plant was destroyed as it fell from the gorge wall and collapsed into the river, killing one worker and costing an estimated $100 million in damages. The entire southern portion of the plant collapsed into the river below, and some debris was propelled to the Canadian side of the gorge.
Tour Stop at Botanical Gardens
Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a ten-minute drive north of the Niagara Falls. This beautiful garden setting is home to the Butterfly Conservatory and serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture.
Tour Stop at International Niagara Water Control Dam
Built in 1957, this huge hydroelectric plant modulates the river flow for better sightseeing during the daytime and generates power at night. Producing large amounts of energy for the area, this dam is an important engineering structure of the region.
Tour Stop at The Niagara Scow
Also known as the Old Scow or the Marooned Barge, this is the wreckage of a small scow from 1918, when two men came perilously close to plunging over the Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three waterfalls. Upstream of the Falls, the wreckage of the Niagara Scow is still visible today.
Tour Stop at Dufferin Islands
Home to the "Winter Festival of Lights" from November to January, Dufferin Islands is a popular tourist area covering ten acres. This quiet, secluded park is a paradise composed of several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths.
Tour Stop at The Illumination Lights
Originally proposed in the summer of 1860 to impress the Prince of Wales, these Illumination Lights, often called Battery of Lights, have continued to light up the Niagara Falls with beautiful colors for years. Now, Xenon lights shine on the Falls in the evening, lighting them up with beautiful colors.
Tour Stop at Oakes Garden Theatre
The Oakes Garden Theatre, as the entrance-way to Queen Victoria Park, is the key central area of Niagara Parks. Constructed in 1936, the central amphitheater is built along the contours of the landscape with a curved pergola overlooking the amphitheater.
Tour Stop at Sir Adam Beck Generating Stations
The natural, non-polluting power source of the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station has been powering the Falls since 1958. The stations are two hydroelectric generating stations in Niagara Falls that divert water from Niagara and Welland Rivers above Niagara Falls, then releasing it into the lower portion of the Niagara River.
Tour Stop at Floral Clock
One of the most photographed attractions in the area, the Floral Clock is a working clock with the face formed of flowers. While the face is maintained by Niagara Parks horticulture staff, the mechanism is kept in working order by Ontario Hydro, the organization that originally built the clock.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.
This unique tour lets you experience all of the beauty and history of the Falls from a variety of locations, giving you the full Canadian Niagara Falls experience!