This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.
The other day I told my kids about the series I was putting together about the best of Niagara Falls, and asked what attraction we’ve been to that I should highlight. Without hesitation my daughter said, “Hornblower!”.
One of the biggest news stories in Niagara Falls in the last decade was the renewal of the Maid of the Mist contract with the Niagara Parks Commission, and then the subsequent uproar about how it was done. The end result was that the contract was opened to other companies, and it was ultimately award to Hornblower. They already had experience providing tours to Alcatraz, Statue of Liberty, and more.
Well, it seems to have been a great decision. Hornblower improved the platform at the river’s edge, brought in new boats, and is setting sales records each year. They are now going to improve the incline railway that goes down the hill.
I’ve been on the Hornblower tour a couple of times, but it appears I’ve never written about it (or at least I can’t find the blog postings). I’ll have to take another trip and write about it. For now, just trust me… if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, you should. It really is the best way to see the Falls!
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Last week I received the latest email newsletter from the Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel and Suites.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
It will be the earliest start to Niagara’s world-famous boat tour into the mighty falls. And it could also be the longest boat tour operating season ever, including a New Year’s Eve ride.
Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a third season, starting April 1.
General Manager Mory DiMaurizio said the season is scheduled to continue until at least Nov. 30, and it’s possible it may be extended to the end of the year.
“Our hopes are to extend the season, extend the stay, participate in the Winter Festival of Lights, perhaps even New Year’s Eve,” said DiMaurizio.
From a PRWeb press release:
Currently featured on Tripedition.com are tours to Niagara Falls from various cities throughout the East Coast, including Boston, New York, and others. Tripedition.com plans, arranges, and provides bus tours of numerous sightseeing locations throughout the United States and Canada.
Trips to Niagara Falls include the Thousand Islands Boat tour, American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.
I’ve waited for the “dust to settle” before posting more about the Maid of the Mist. There were lots of articles posted, but as usual, other than the local sites they were mostly Associated Press or Canadian Press articles. Here are a selection of good articles:
- Niagara This Week – New boat lease for NPC
- Bullet News Niagara – Hornblower at the helm of boat tours means $500 million for Niagara Parks Commission (includes video)
- Niagara Falls Review – New boat tour operator shows off its plans
- The Buffalo News – Officials seek to save falls boats on U.S. side
- WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo – Niagara Parks Commission Announces New Boat Tour Service Operator
- The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – Company plans to upgrade Niagara Falls boat tours
- The National Post – Niagara Falls’ ‘Maid of the Mist’ could soon stop iconic boat tours after 165 years
- The Toronto Star – Niagara Falls tour boat contract goes to U.S. company
- Canadian Press (via CTV News) – Maid of the Mist loses Niagara Falls tour contract
- Associated Press (via San Luis Obispo) – New Canadian operator for Niagara Falls tour boats
- Reuters – After 165 years, a new company to operate Niagara Falls boat