Feel the mist on your face, hear the rushing waters around you and get the closest you can to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders during a Journey Behind the Falls tour at Niagara Falls. If you love adventure and experiencing nature in all its glory, the Journey Behind the Falls tour is a must-do activity.
Run by the Niagara Parks Commission as one of its flagship tourism programs for the iconic Niagara Falls, the Journey Behind the Falls is the premier opportunity on the Canadian side of the border to delve into the heart of the iconic Niagara Falls region. For decades, the Journey Behind the Falls has provided a unique opportunity for tourists to get as close to Niagara Falls as safely able. For those wanting more than the vantage points provided around Niagara Gorge, the Journey Behind the Falls tour provides the best views and most mesmerising experience.
The Journey Behind the Falls tour is unguided and gives tourists the freedom to make their own way to the viewing points. The tour is safe for families and kids, and there are Niagara Parks Commission workers on-hand to ensure tourists are moving through and are protected throughout the tour. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring something to make sure your belongings are protected from spraying water.
Visitors are typically on the tour for about 30 to 45 minutes, which is enough time to get up close to this massive force of nature and get a sense of the weight of the water plummeting off the cliff facing of Niagara Gorge. Be prepared to get a little wet – this is a wild Niagara Falls adventure you’ll always remember.
Journey Behind the Falls takes place at Horseshoe Falls, a portion of Niagara Falls two-thirds within Canadian territory. The Horseshoe Falls are the largest section of the waterfall arrangement, with about 90 percent of the Niagara River flowing over this particular section of the cliff side.
Head to the Table Rock Welcome Centre, which is a major tourist hub itself overlooking the falls, to access the Journey Behind the Falls tour. You’ll head to the observation areas via a system of elevators and 130-year-old tunnels that takes visitors 125 feet underground. You’ll get a rain poncho before entering the tunnel, which protects against the spray from the massive amount of falling water visitors encounter at the observation decks. The rain ponchos make great souvenirs to take home, too.
When you take the Journey Behind the Falls tour, you’ll be immersed in nature like never before. See breathtaking views of Niagara Falls from behind and below via several observation areas in the tour. The first portals are one-third of the way behind the falls themselves and are cut through bedrock to offer an extremely natural view.
Further along, the subterranean path quickly opens up to take visitors behind the cascading flow of Horseshoe Falls, where water travels up to 65 kilometres per hour. The noise of the water plummeting 13 storeys is thunderous and awe-inspiring. A visit to the outdoor observation deck on the Journey Behind the Falls tour is unparalleled to anything else you can experience in Niagara Falls.
The Journey Behind the Falls tour is open all year-round, on weekdays and weekends, with restricted access in winter, when the lower observation deck is closed due to icy conditions.
Journey Behind the Falls is located at 6650 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Canada. Admission prices are $13CAD plus tax for children 6 to 12 years old, $19.95CAD plus tax for those 13 years old and older, and free for children 5 years old and younger. For a family-friendly activity to fit any budget, be sure to add the Journey Behind the Falls to your Niagara Falls itinerary.
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