As long as I can remember going to Niagara Falls, it included a trip on the Maid of the Mist. I can remember getting the smelly old Jackets from way back. You put it on, took the tour and put it back for others to use. In 2014 the era of the Maid of the Mist end, well at least in Niagara Falls Canada. James Glynn Owner of the Maid of the Mist never had to bid on running his business until last year and he lost. (In Canada). Governor Cuomo of New York State is trying to keep the Maid of the Mist in New York. Having lost the Canadian side, Glynn is now looking for a place on the American side to store his boats to keep his New York business alive. Glynn’s hopes center around the state-owned former Schoellkopf Power Plant.
You can check out a great article on the Niagara Falls Reporter website.