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.
I have to admit… I’m not much of a thrill seeker. I don’t mind a roller coaster every now and then, but I’m definitely not an adrenaline junkie. That’s why prior to my visit to Niagara Helicopters in the Fall of 2012, I was kind of afraid to go up. I wasn’t really worried about safety, but it was still kind of unnerving. My wife was even more afraid than I was, as she is afraid of heights.
Anyway, the 5 of us arranged to go up, and it was an amazing experience. My wife was still uncomfortable, and squeezed my thigh pretty tight as we were flying, but the rest of us loved it. It was a beautiful clear day, and so the view was tremendous. It seemed obvious to me at that point why people would spend the money on such a trip. It really was a memory that has stuck with me.
I won’t get into all of the details again, but you can read about our visit in the post I put up about our trip. It includes pictures as well as a video.
My trip to Niagara Helicopters in Fall 2012
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From the Niagara Gazette:
Nik Wallenda enjoyed a day-off in Niagara Falls on Monday, taking a jet boat and helicopter ride with family, friends and cast members of his Darien Lake show.
Along with performing at Darien Lake, he is also performing at the Erie County Fair on Sunday. I’m going on Saturday, so I will be missing it
From Digital Trends:
For his entry into a quadcopter video contest, YouTube user Questpact had the idea to strap a GoPro Hero 3 camera to his DJI Phantom flyer and send it high, and not so high, above Niagara Falls.
With most tourists opting for a good soaking via the Maid in the Mist boat ride instead of a helicopter experience over the falls, Questpact’s video goes some way to showing what the natural wonder looks like from an elevated position, as well as what you can do with a video camera and quadcopter when you put your mind to it – and yes, the results are pretty stunning.
The pictures/videos do look pretty amazing!
The Sun Media chain of newspapers recently had information about what do do in Niagara Falls. The list was put together by people at the Marriott Fallsview, but they do a decent job highlighting the “big” attractions. Some of them include:
- Whirlpool Jet Boats
- Niagara Helicopter
- Maid of the Mist
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Clifton Hill
Follow the link to see the whole list and the brief blurb about each one
From the London Free Press:
Nik Wallenda is set to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a wire in eight days, but first he has to figure out how he’s going to get the wire from one side of the Niagara River to the other.
The logistics of stringing the 550-metre wire from Goat Island in the U.S. to Table Rock in Canada are proving to be more difficult than Wallenda first thought.
To get the 18-tonne wire across the gorge, a guide line first has to be moved from one side to the other. The plan was originally to use a helicopter for the task.
But Niagara Helicopters has had to bow out because it wasn’t given enough time to get the paperwork it needed, said Anna Pierce, the company’s vice-president.
You can read more at:
- WGRZ Channel 2in Buffalo – Wallenda Walk: With Nine Days Left, New Questions Surface
Yesterday I received the latest email newsletter from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Many visitors to Niagara Falls say one of the best ways to view the city is from the air.
As such, Rob Roy Collins is looking forward to taking his first helicopter ride when he visits Niagara on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old’s trip, however, will be a little different than most flights.
The British daredevil will attempt to escape from a straitjacket while suspended by his ankles from a helicopter at Niagara Helicopters.
“I am very excited to come over to Niagara, I have visited before as a tourist and I loved it. I am just hoping the helicopter pilot will treat me to a trip over the falls,” he said in an e-mail to The Review.
Collins, who hails from northern England, will attempt the risky routine to promote the upcoming St. Catharines International Busker Festival.
From Business Link Niagara:
Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most recognized views in the world. But for the past 25 years, only one company has been world famous for offering breathtaking aerial tours of the mighty Niagara—Niagara Helicopters Limited. Located along the Niagara Parkway, Niagara Helicopters has had incredible success with thousands of satisfied customers over their two and a half decades in business.
Niagara Helicopters’ ongoing achievements can be traced back to the hard work and vision of company owner and chief pilot, Ruedi Hafen.
From the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle:
Up here, it becomes clear what helicopter pilot Ruedi Hafen has said on the ground: A helicopter offers a view of Niagara Falls like no other, and no one wants to leave without a picture, or 10.
It’s also obvious just how imposing the landscape really is with its foaming white cascades, steep and rocky escarpment and swirling green river and whirlpool.
Twenty-eight years at the controls of his fleet of sightseeing helicopters have given Hafen a unique perspective of the natural wonder straddling the United States and Canadian border. Perhaps more than anyone else, he has seen the good and the bad, from the happiest tourists drinking in the scenery, to the despondent who allow themselves to be swallowed by it.