Maid of the Mist to return in 2012

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Maid of the Mist will return to the water for the 2012 season on both sides of the Niagara River Gorge the company that runs the boat tours said Tuesday.

    The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company said it would continue with the service in 2012 after talks with the Niagara Parks Commission regarding operational issues.

    The boat tours that ferry visitors to the foot of the Horseshoe falls from docks on both sides of the Niagara River were in jeopardy for 2012 after the NPC awarded a 30-year-lease for the services to Hornblower Canada, the Canadian arm of San Francisco-based Hornblower Cruises and Events.

    In a brief news release, Maid of the Mist said tour boats will go into the water on April 12 — three weeks ahead of last year, due to unseasonably warm temperatures and ice-free conditions on Lake Erie and the Niagara River.

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