Tours departing from Niagara Falls ON and Lewiston NY are 45 minutes (round trip). The tours all follow the same route and spend the same amount of time in the rapids!
From either departure point, we travel upriver (south) and into the Niagara Gorge. Once in the gorge, 175 ft walls ascend from above the water line. The boat makes its way into the famous Niagara Whirlpool and then we head back on down (north) through the Class V Devil’s Hole Rapids. You return to the same location from which you boarded as our tour is a round trip excursion.
Our trip is located down river from the falls, therefore it is impossible for our boats to go over the Falls. The closest our tour gets to the Falls is the Whirlpool, which is approximately one mile north. A good section of class six whitewater keeps us from going any further up river.
No, we do not see Niagara Falls on any of our tours. Our tours travel upriver into the Niagara Gorge, through the Class V Rapids at Devil’s Hole and up to the Niagara Whirlpool. The Whirlpool and Niagara Falls are separated by a stretch of Class VI rapids that are unnavigable (and illegal) to pass through.