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Maid of the Mist to Continue Operations at Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls, NY, USA and Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada /PRNewswire/ — The historic Maid of the Mist will return to the water for the 2012 season on both sides of the Niagara River Gorge, delivering its 166th year of thrilling tours to the base of the Horseshoe Falls.

Maid of the Mist officials have completed discussions with the Niagara Parks Commission regarding operational issues and have decided that the popular tours will go forward for 2012.

The boats will begin operating very early, 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. Maid of the Mist will welcome visitors to its Canadian and American landings, providing an up-close experience with Niagara Falls. 

The early opening will allow visitors to include the attraction in their April travel plans. Maid of the Mist has been providing celebrities, tourists and locals with a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for more than 160 years. This year’s early opening will allow even more people to enjoy the wonder that is Maid of the Mist.

Maid of the Mist boats serve customers from both sides of the U.S./Canada border. Operating safely since 1846 with wheelchair and stroller accessibility, Maid of the Mist has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

Visitors may board the Maid of the Mist boats at either the Canadian or American landing starting at 10 a.m. daily. Tours depart every 15 minutes and last approximately 30 minutes. Those crossing the border need to show a passport or trusted travel document, such as a NEXUS card or an enhanced driver’s license.

The first Maid of the Mist, a wooden-hulled, coal-fired steamboat, launched in 1846. Today, there are four all-steel diesel powered Maid of the Mist boats. Throughout the decades, presidents, kings, movie stars and countless other visitors have taken the world famous Maid of the Mist cruise of Niagara Falls. It is one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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