Niagara City Cruises

Any visit to Niagara falls should include a tour on one of Niagara City Cruises. Get up close and personal (maybe even a little wet) with their Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour, the official and only boat tour in Niagara Falls, Canada. You’ll love every second of the 20 minute trip, including an audio guide sharing fun facts and figures along the way. Complimentary ponchos are available for all guests to keep dry on board. As the boat nears the Falls, head open air part of the watercraft for an immersive and mistier experience or keep your distance behind glass partitions for a drier view of the natural wonder. This boat trip is sure to be a lasting memory for anyone who visits Niagara Falls. 

Niagara City Cruises also offers the evening Falls Fireworks Cruise. This 40 minute trip gives you a unique vantage point at the base of the Horseshoe Falls to admire the city’s skyline, the dazzling fireworks and the Falls illumination. The Falls Fireworks is Canada’s longest running fireworks display and offers a visual delight every night of the summer months. The illumination of the Falls happens every single night of the year, and while it can be viewed from vistas or from many dining or accommodations throughout the city, heading out on the Falls Fireworks Cruise offers an unforgettable view of the nightly event. 

Timed ticketing and plenty of reservations make scheduling your tour a breeze. Purchase tickets ahead of time online or purchase them in person at any Niagara Parks ticketing window. To access the tours head to the Niagara City Cruises Funicular at the intersection of Niagara Parkway and River Road, located at the bottom of Clifton Hill. Tickets requiring wheelchair access must be purchased on-site at the Main Ticket Plaza on the Niagara Parkway.

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Hornblower boat cruise at base of Niagara Falls

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The Niagara City Cruises Funicular is an exciting beginning to your tour. The original funicular, named the Clifton Incline Railway, was opened in 1894 by the Niagara Parks and River Railway. The funicular had become non-operational for almost 30 years until Niagara City Cruises brought it back to life. From 2017 to 2019 the new state of the art funicular was constructed and installed along the Great Gorge wall. Visitors access the boarding area via the funicular which drops 185 feet (equivalent to a 19 story building) along the rock walls of the Niagara Gorge. Audio commentary accompanies the spectacular views of the Horseshoe and American Falls as you approach or depart the cruise boarding area. 

Stop at the Riverside Patio for a meal, a pre or post tour snack or celebratory beverage. Operated by Niagara City Cruises the restaurant is open for business during the sailing season. The outdoor patio offers exceptional views, live music, signature dishes and local Niagara wines and more. A perfect beginning or end to your Niagara City Cruises adventure.

Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls, with the Horseshoe Falls located in Canada and the American and Bridal Veil Falls located across the border in America. Both of the Niagara City Cruises signature tours offer exceptional views of the Horseshoe and American Falls as well as the Niagara Gorge. You can experience the thunderous beauty of this natural wonder of the world up close and personal via the tiered decks or opt for viewing behind the glass walls for a waterproof experience. The majority of the mist is encountered as the boat approaches Horseshoe Falls. The signature (and biodegradable) bright red ponchos help keep you dry while also doubling as an easy to pack and reusable souvenir. 

The crew is fully trained on safety protocols and each watercraft is certified by Transport Canada so you can be confident your safety is accounted for. Additionally, all of their watercraft are ADA compliant, so they are accessible to everyone. Hornblower Niagara Cruises also offers private charters, functions, or events aboard their Niagara Guardian 145-passenger capacity watercraft. 

There is ample parking nearby next to the WEGO Transit stop. Gain access to boarding at the Niagara City Cruises Ticket Plaza (5920 Niagara Parkway) or via the Funicular booth (intersection of Niagara Parkway and Clifton Hill). Niagara City Cruises' tours are a must-do when visiting the Niagara region.