Getting Soaked At Niagara Falls

There are no end of ways to get soaked at Niagara Falls, of which the Maid of the Mist is undoubtedly the most famous. Last week I combined two of my personal favourites into one breath-taking, if sodden, day!

We began at Whirlpool Jetboat Tours in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Back in February, I wrote a post about the thrill of blasting through the Niagara River’s Class 5 rapids in a super-powerful Jetboat.

Doesn't that look like fun?

Doesn’t that look like fun?

A Jetboat heading towards Devil's Hole on the Niagara River

A Jetboat heading towards Devil’s Hole on the Niagara River

Yet as it turns out, I jumped the gun a little with that post. Because last week, with Rich’s family visiting from the UK, we returned to the jetboat… and this time we took a (waterproof) camera along for the ride for the first time.

Those ponchos aren't going to keep you dry, you know

Those ponchos aren’t going to keep you dry, you know

The Devil's Hole rapids, our playground for the morning

The Devil’s Hole rapids, our playground for the morning

Our first taster of what we’re in for today…

All through safely? Want to go again?

All through safely? Want to go again?

The full experience…

Racing up from Devil’s Hole into the Niagara Whirlpool, with a Hamilton turn at the end…

The Class 6 rapids between the Whirlpool and Niagara Falls - even a jetboat can't go in there!

The Class 6 rapids between the Whirlpool and Niagara Falls – even a jetboat can’t go in there!

One last time through Devil's Hole?

One last time through Devil’s Hole?

Absolutely soaked!

Absolutely soaked!

Although I think the views of Niagara Falls themselves are more complete from the Canadian side, my favourite attraction at the falls is actually on the American side. There’s no longer a cave at the Cave of the Winds. What there is, is the most amazing, up-close and personal view of a one of the worlds greatest waterfalls. In fact, you’re so close, you’re practically inside it! And even after the thrill of the jetboat earlier in the day, the Cave of the Winds still took our breath away!

View from the top of the American/Bridal Falls - We're going down there?

View from the top of the American/Bridal Falls – We’re going down there?

The Canadian Falls from the Cave of the Winds walkway

The Canadian Falls from the Cave of the Winds walkway

The Bridal Falls

The Bridal Falls

Fashionistas!

Fashionistas!

The raw power beneath the American Falls

The raw power beneath the American Falls

They have to take down most of these walkways during the winter, and reassemble them in spring - can't think why!

They have to take down most of these walkways during the winter, and reassemble them in spring – can’t think why!

You don't get much closer than this

You don’t get much closer than this

Power and beauty

Power and beauty

Rainbow beneath the American Falls

Rainbow beneath the American Falls

And again

And again

Wonder why it's called the Hurricane Deck?

Wonder why it’s called the Hurricane Deck?

Oh... that's why!!

Oh… that’s why!!

I was wrong before... you can get closer!

I was wrong before… you can get closer!

How's that for Gleaming?!

How’s that for Gleaming?!

Soaked again

Soaked again

I think you’ll agree, both these attractions represent a unique Flair of adventure on the Gleaming Niagara River!

This post was inspired by the photo themes Today Was a Good Day from Cheri of The Daily Post, Flare (OK, so I’m taking liberties by reading this as ‘Flair’ instead) from Paula of Lost in Translation, and Gleaming from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?

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23 Responses to Getting Soaked At Niagara Falls

  1. quarksire says:

    right on! very kewl 🙂 so much fun 🙂 yeahhhhhhhaaaaaa 🙂

  2. What a blast! I’ve been white water rafting and I’ve walked down to the bottom of the Falls as you did, but I’ve never done the boating at the Falls.

    janet

    • Jaspa says:

      You have to try it, Janet. Every time someone visits in the summer, we use it as an excuse to go again. I’ve been five times so far!

      • I initially went with my family on the Green River in Utah. Loved it, so the next summer, I went on a row-your-own on the Snake and Salmon in Idaho. Of course, there were guides, but there were two of us in each raft and we did our own rowing. Amazing! Haven’t been since then, though, and that was many, many years ago.

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  4. wonderful photos. Years ago we visited the Bush Gardens in Tampa where we went on a river ride. A panel at the entrance announced “This is a water attraction. You may get wet ….” and indeed we did, but not as wet as you did on this one. Good idea to take a waterproof camera, methinks.

    • Jaspa says:

      We took some photos with an iPhone at the Cave of the Winds, Carol, and even though it was the ‘drier’ of the two activities, there were times when I questioned our wisdom!

  5. Paula says:

    What a generously abundant and stunning gallery, Jaspa! Thank you for your flair 🙂

  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    That looks amazing! And the rainbow effects are wonderful.

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  9. arv! says:

    quite some adventure it must have been in jet ride?

  10. Jackie says:

    OK so I live in Toronto and while I have been to Niagara Falls several times I haven’t done the Maid of the Mist. Your photos are magnificent.

    • Jaspa says:

      The Maid of the Mist (or Hornblower Niagara Cruises, as it is now called on the Canadian side) is great, Jackie. But for a real thrill, you can’t beat the jetboat!

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