It’s getting to be that time of year again, back to school is fast approaching. And we’re all thinking the same thing, “Where did the summer go?” The time has flown by and now Labour day is just around the corner. But don’t fret, there is still time to enjoy the summer weather and get back into the school groove.
We want to help ease the way back to school and back to learning. These top 10 fun facts about Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Niagara Falls will get the kids thinking caps on and warm up their brains for September.
Top 10 Fun Facts about Hornblower Niagara Cruises
The most fun facts to learn more about Niagara Falls and Hornblower Niagara Cruises.
- There have been speculations as to who first discovered the natural wonder. Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer visited in 1604 during an exploration of Canada. Another is said to be Pehr Kalm, a Finnish – Swedish Naturalist who explored the land in the 18th century giving a scientific description. There was also Louis Hennepin, who observed the falls in 1677 earlier than Kalm.
- The rock surrounding Niagara Falls dates back 18,000 years and is made of erosion-resistant limestone and Lockport dolostone.
- When we christened our boats in 2014 it was the first ever multi boat christening in the Niagara Gorge.
- Six million cubic feet flow over the crest of the Falls each minute during peak daytime hours.
- Hornblower Niagara Cruises is on track to see over 2 million guests in the 2016 season. This will make us the single most visited attraction in Canada!
- Niagara Falls was created over 12,000 years ago when thick sheets of ice covered the Southern Niagara Region. When the ice broke and melted it formed a mass flow of water that rushed over the rocks.
- Our catamaran boats the Niagara Wonder and Niagara Thunder each have a capacity of 700 passengers.
- Our Niagara Guardian charter vessel has a capacity of 150 passengers.
- The Robert Moses Power Plant and the Sir Adam Beck Power Plant 1 and 2 together generate 2.4 million kilowatts of electricity, enough electricity to power 24 million 100-watt light bulbs.
- Niagara Falls is the highest flow rate waterfall in North America!
For even MORE fun facts check out our Fun Facts page.
There Is Still Some Summer Left!
Don’t worry, there is still time to get in one last summer vacation before going back to school. Niagara Falls, Canada is the perfect place to get in one last hoorah! And nothing celebrates the end of summer quite like seeing one of the world’s natural wonders in your own backyard.
Niagara Falls is located in Ontario, Canada. Approximately one and a half hours away from Toronto, Ontario. It is also just across the border from Niagara Falls, New York. Niagara Falls, Ontario sits between one international border crossing and two major international airports, one located in Buffalo, NY and another in Toronto, Ontario making it easy for guests from all over the world to visit.
Our attraction address is below:
5920 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2E 6X8
For full directions to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada see our Getting Here page.
Skip The Line, Get Your Tickets Online!
There isn’t much summer left, so don’t waste time standing in line to purchase tickets. Purchase tickets to Hornblower’s Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour, Falls Fireworks Cruise or Falls Illumination Cruise online in advance to skip possible lines at the ticket kiosks.
If you forgot to plan ahead, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Use our free wifi to purchase tickets online on our website on your smartphone and show the tickets right on your phone to board the boats. No printing necessary!
Can’t Make It This Summer? Visit Niagara Falls Canada In The Fall!
If you still can’t find the time to visit Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada this summer you’re not out of luck. Our operating season runs until November 30th, 2016. For help planning your fall visit see our Niagara Falls Vacation Planning page.
So there is still lots of time to get on our boats and experience the Falls in the fall! With the changing falls colours the Niagara Escarpment comes alive with reds, browns and yellows. All accentuating the beautiful blue water of the Niagara River.