Getting Wet is the Best Way to Get the Full Niagara Falls Experience:
What is the Maid of the Mist?:
- The Maid of the Mist is a 20 minute ride on a double-decker boat that takes you as close up to Niagara Falls as you can get without swimming.
- The boat stops and lingers at the foot of the Falls, 170 feet (52 meters) below the brink.
- Be prepared to get wet; fortunately, disposable rain ponchos come with admission.
Where is the Maid of the Mist?:
- Maid of the Mist boat rides set sail from both the Canadian and American sides of Niagara Falls. The Canadian Maid of the Mist boarding dock is at the foot of Clifton Hill.
When Does the Maid of the Mist Operate?:
- Depending on weather conditions, the Maid of the Mist generally operates between April and October.
- The Maid of the Mist leaves about every 15 - 20 mins between 7:45 am and 4:45 - 7:45pm, depending on the time of season.
- See Maid of the Mist website for more specific time and departure information.
How Do I Get Tickets for the Maid of the Mist and How Much Do They Cost?:
- Tickets for the Maid of the Mist are available at the foot of Clifton Hill at the entrance to the boarding dock. Admission to the Maid is also available as part of the Niagara Falls & Great Gorge Adventure Pass.
- Admission prices are Can$19.75 for adults, $12.65 for children 6-12 yrs old and free for kids under 5 (prices as of 2012). Other prices may apply for groups and tours.
Is the Maid of the Mist Accessible for Strollers and Wheelchairs?:
- Yes, all parts of the Maid of the Mist Tour are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
- Parents can leave strollers on shore before boarding the Maid of the Mist if they wish.
Parking for the Maid of the Mist:
- Parking is available at the south end of the Falls viewing area near McLeod Road, which is a 10 minute walk to the Maid of the Mist.
- We scored $5 parking at the Bird Aviary because it was not very busy.
- Parking at the Butterfly Conservatory is free, but a 10 min drive away. From the Butterfly Conservatory, take the People Mover, which will drive you around Niagara's attractions all day for a flat fee