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Jet Boat

This spring, there are two ways to get soaked in Niagara. No, not the kind of soaking that you might experience at the casino. Rather, View from Spanish Aero Car the kind wherein you get wet like that shower scene in the movie, Psycho. Just kidding, but yes, as with the vessels that run through the Welland Canal, both the Whirlpool Jet Boats and the Maid of the Mist boat rides are now back in action, the former offering a complete immersive operation in which one gets totally soaked no matter what protective gear worn and the latter, a gentler, misty experience with plastic ponchos keeping one relatively dry except for your face, and if you wear glasses, well, good luck unless you have windshield washers installed.

Maid of the Mist The Jet Boats started April 27, and their rides, including the Devil's Hole Class 5 rapids, are quite a thrill. I have experienced the ride twice, and recommend a warm, sunny day; otherwise, you will freeze on the way back. If you are crazy enough to bring a camera, it must be waterproof.

The Maid of the Mist began their operations way back in 1846, which makes it is North America's oldest attraction, even older than Mississauga's mayor Hazel McCallion! This is a more genteel ride that gets one close to the base of both cataracts that have attracted daredevils for many years.

Next season, the boats owned by Hornblower will operate from a new docking area on the U.S. side of the border. It's purported that a new boating operation will take over the Canadian docks formerly used by the "Maids." Perhaps we can enjoy some more War of 1812 encounters on the foaming water.

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