The name "Maid of the Mist" originates from the Ongiara, the Indigenous people who inhabited the area long ago. The term "Maid of the Mist" refers to a legendary figure who is believed to have lived in the falls and guided the souls of departed warriors to the afterlife.
The boat tour begins with visitors boarding the Maid of the Mist at either the American or Canadian dock. The boats are specially designed to withstand the powerful currents and mist generated by the falls. Each boat can accommodate hundreds of passengers, who are provided with protective rain ponchos to shield them from the mist and spray.
As the tour begins, the boat glides along the Niagara River towards the Horseshoe Falls, the most famous and powerful of the falls. The Horseshoe Falls is located on the Canadian side and is a breathtaking sight to behold. The boat gets so close to the falls that passengers can feel the thunderous roar and experience the mist enveloping them.
The Maid of the Mist continues its journey, passing by the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. These falls are equally awe-inspiring and offer stunning views from the boat. The boat tour provides visitors with a unique perspective of the falls, allowing them to witness the raw power and beauty of nature up close.
Throughout the tour, knowledgeable guides provide interesting facts and historical information about the falls, adding depth to the experience. Visitors can also capture the beauty of the falls through photographs and videos.
The Maid of the Mist tour is available from late April to late October, as it is dependent on weather conditions. It is a must-see attraction for tourists visiting Niagara Falls, offering an unforgettable and immersive experience of one of the world's most iconic natural wonders.