Niagara City Cruises

Niagara City Cruises is Niagara Falls’ only boat tour that takes you right up to the mighty plummeting waterfalls. Complimentary ponchos are available for guests to keep dry on board, as the boat travels right into the mist so you’re bound to get a little wet. The Voyage to the Falls tour takes approximately 20 minutes and features an audio commentary sharing fun facts about the natural wonder. Other cruise options include the popular evening Falls Fireworks Cruise, a 40 minute trip to the base of the falls with great view of the city skyline, the summer fall fireworks display and the Falls Illumination.

Purchase tickets in advance online or in person at any of Niagara Parks ticketing windows. Start your tour at the Niagara City Cruises Funicular at the intersection of Niagara Parkway and River Road, located at the bottom of Clifton Hill. Tickets requiring wheelchair access must be purchased on-site at the Main Ticket Plaza on the Niagara Parkway.

For up-to-date information and details on Niagara City Cruises, we recommend you visit their website. For information about other places of interest to explore nearby, keep scrolling to see what Destination Ontario recommends. 

Hornblower boat cruise at base of Niagara Falls

Accessibility Features

Wheelchair accessible

Unobstructed path through public 
hallways that are wide enough to allow 
people using wheelchairs and other 
mobility devices to move easily through 
the building. 

Universal washroom

Separate, individual washroom with 
adequate manoeuvring room for mobility 
devices. Includes grab bars, transfer 
space, accessible door latch, accessible 
sink with knee clearance, easy-to-use 
faucets and adult change table. 

Support persons welcome

Support persons are welcome to provide 
services or assistance with 
communication, mobility, personal care, 
medical needs or access to facilities. 
Please check with the organization about 
entry fees, if applicable.

Service animals welcome

Service animal can be identified by visual 
indicators (guide dog or other animal 
wearing a vest/harness); or 
documentation available from a 
regulated health professional to confirm 
the animal is required due to a disability. 

Information available in alternative format

Accessible formats (e.g. for menus, 
brochures, etc) and communication 
supports are provided in a timely manner 
upon request at no extra charge in 
consultation with the person making the 

Elevator access

Elevator access to all public floors with 
adequate manoeuvring room to enter 
and exit the elevator.

Accessible washroom

An accessible washroom stall has 
adequate manoeuvring room for mobility 
devices. Includes grab bars, transfer 
space, accessible door latch, sink with 
knee clearance, and lever handles or 
automatic sensor faucets. 

Accessible drop-off location

Passenger drop-off is available by an 
accessible entrance. 

Accessible transportation

Accessible public transportation and/or 
accessible shuttle buses serve the site. 

Accessible seating

Reserved space with a clear view of the 
event/activity for someone who is seated, 
good sound quality, and adequate 
manoeuvring room for a mobility device.

Accessible entrances/exits

A sufficiently wide, hard surfaced, 
unobstructed path, no steps or equipped 
with ramp connecting to a public 
entrance or exit and identified by signage. 
Automatic door openers, adequate 
manoeuvring room in front of door.

More about Niagara City Cruises

The Niagara City Cruises tour actually begins on land at the Niagara Funicular. Originally opened in 1984 under the name Clifton Incline Railway, the funicular had been non-operational for almost 30 years until Niagara City Cruises brought it back to life in 2019. The new, stat- of-the-art funicular was reconstructed and installed along the Great Gorge wall. Visitors access the boarding area via the funicular which drops 56 metres (19 stories) along the rock wall of the Niagara Gorge, offering spectacular views of the falls.

Located in the boarding and disembarking area, Riverside Patio is a full service, seasonal restaurant and patio bar operated by Niagara City Cruises. It’s a great spot to start or end your Niagara City Cruise excursion.

Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls, with the Horseshoe Falls located on the Canadian side and the American and Bridal Veil Falls located across the border. Both of the Niagara City Cruises signature tours offer exceptional views of the Horseshoe and American Falls as well as the Niagara Gorge.

You can experience the thunderous beauty of this natural wonder of the world up close and personal via the tiered decks or opt for viewing behind the glass walls for a waterproof experience. The bright red and biodegradable ponchos help keep you dry while also doubling as an easy to pack and reusable raincoat. 

Niagara City Cruises staff and crew are fully trained on safety protocols and each watercraft is certified by Transport Canada. Additionally, the full fleet of watercraft is ADA compliant and fully accessible. Private charters, functions, or events aboard the Niagara Guardian 145 passenger capacity watercraft can be arranged.

Gain access to boarding at the Niagara City Cruises Ticket Plaza (5920 Niagara Parkway) or via the Funicular booth (intersection of Niagara Parkway and Clifton Hill). Ample parking is available next to the WEGO Transit stop.

Last updated: August 9, 2022

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