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Exploring Niagara Falls By Boat

Discover The Wonder and Awe Of Niagara Falls

Discover The Stories Behind Niagara Falls

Explore Niagara Falls

Hornblower Niagara Cruises Boat leaving the Canadian Horseshoe Falls
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Located at the basin of the Niagara Gorge and west of Goat Island, Terrapin Point located on the Canadian side was a timbered walkway built in 1871 and was used as an entertainment observation deck for visitors to view the mighty Falls. After the observation deck was purposely destroyed in 1872, the wooden observation deck remained until the early 1900s when it was replaced with a steel walkway to view the Horseshoe Falls.

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The American falls is 181-feet high and has a crest elevation 508-feet wide. The Bridal Veil Falls is the smallest of the trio of thundering Falls that brings visitors to Niagara Falls Canada each year.

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Located between the upper Niagara rapids and the American Falls, Prospect Point offers a Visitors Centre and access to the Observation Deck that will  directs visitors to Maid of the Mist. The Observation deck is open year round and offers a marvelous view of the American and Bridal Veil Falls as well as the base of the Niagara Gorge.

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The Niagara Region is a four-season destination that offers many different wildlife and vegetation. From the clay-sand soils found in the vineyards, to the geological fossils found in the basin of the Falls, to the lush greenery during the Spring and Summer months, Niagara offers many finds whether you are visiting in the frigid Winter or in the heat of Summer

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Known today as, ‘Fun on the Hill’, Clifton Hill was land that was discovered by Captain Ogden Creighton in 1830. He named the entertainment on the hill after Clifton on the ‘Gorge of Avon’ in Bristol England. Today, Clifton Hill welcomes hundreds of visitors from around the world where they will find a street of restaurants, entertainment, attractions and family-friendly hotels.

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The 56 km river combines Lake Erie with Lake Ontario and forms part of the borders between the province of Ontario and New York State, in the United States. Due to the erosion the rocks along the shores of the river, it has since moved upstream from the last 12,000 years and will continue to move backwards throughout the years.

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Visitors are one step closer to experiencing the Falls up close and personal. Hornblower Niagara Cruises Ticket Plaza is located on the Niagara Parkway where one guests can redeem their tickets or purchase their boat tour and cruise tickets. The journey continues when you arrive at the Niagara Cruises Lower Landing area where you will exit from the land and explore the waters on board the boats.

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Hornblower Niagara Cruises
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The population on the island may be zero, but thousands of visitors flock to this mini island that sits on the Niagara River between the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the Bridal Veil (American Falls). The formation of the island was created during the recent retreat of the Falls as it was formed upstream through the Niagara Escarpment.

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In the early 19th century Table Rock was considered the only observation deck for tourists to view the Falls. Today, visitors can still have the bird’s eye view of the Falls. Now visitors can enjoy a variety of amenities including, shopping at souvenirs stores, an information centre, a selection of restaurants at a food court and public lavatories.

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Niagara Falls was formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age), and water from the newly formed Great Lakes carved a path through the Niagara Escarpment en route to the Atlantic Ocean. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls is very wide. More than six million cubic feet (168, 000 m3) of waterfalls over the crest line every minute in high flow, and almost four million cubic feet (110,000 m3) on average.

History of Niagara Falls
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Each year, millions of visitors flock to Niagara Falls to see, hear and learn about the famous Canadian destination. Known for its lucky horseshoe shape, the falls generate about 90% of the Niagara River that rushes over the mighty Falls. Standing at 170 ft. high and pushes 168,000 cubic centimetres of water per minute. The Canadian falls stands as the world’s widest and also has the most water sent over the falls in comparison to other waterfalls throughout the world making Niagara Falls, Canada as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Horseshoe Falls
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Niagara Falls states back 12,000 years ago as a part of the Ice Age era. The sedimentary rocks that forms along the steep Niagara Gorge walls and the base of the Falls are made from layers of mud, clay, sand and shells that form the colour and feel of the rocks. The erosion of the rocks also explain to the foam found within the waters in the Niagara Gorge.

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The Niagara River plummets to a 173-feet drop over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls to the base of the Niagara Gorge that continues to flow downwards to the Niagara River. The depth of the gorge is equivalent to the height of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls having it 173-feet deep below the Niagara River.

The Base of the Falls
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The Niagara Parkway is one of Ontario’s oldest and scenic roads. The 55-kilometer road runs south from Fort Erie, Ontario all the way through Niagara Falls and ending in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario also known as Canada’s Prettiest Town. Once known as the ‘Niagara Road, the paved way offers beautiful picturesque scenery of Canada’s floral landscape including the Floral Clock and many attractions including Hornblower Niagara Cruises.

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For 12,500 years, the world famous thundering Falls has merged the fresh waters of Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Each year, millions of international visitors travel to Niagara Falls to witness and experience the powerful Falls and its breath-taking geological landscape. Discover the history that dates back 18-million years ago and the geology and ecosystem surrounding the Niagara Gorge. 

THE EVOLUTION OF THE FALLS

Niagara Falls dates back 12,500 years to the last Ice Age giving the Niagara Region and its famous waterfalls an extensive history. Discover more about the native people to the land, who first discovered Niagara Falls and future of the Falls.

 

NIAGARA FALLS TODAY

Known as the ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World’, Niagara Falls is also known for welcoming many famous actors and entertainers and many film crews.  Not only is it home to the waterfalls but also the beginning of the Niagara Escarpment. Learn more about the people, geological wonder and entertainment that makes up Niagara Falls.

WHERE DOES ALL THIS WATER COME FROM?

What makes Niagara Falls unforgettable is not its height or width of the waterfalls but the amount of water that plummets over the crest line each minute. Discover where the water travels to, how the water is used and how much electricity it produces from it.

FACTS ABOUT HORNBLOWER NIAGARA CRUISES

Since officially opening to the public in 2014 we’ve expanded our attraction offering many new products and experiences. Learn more about what you will find when you visit us.

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