The changing of the seasons is any environmentalists favourite time of year. And here in Niagara Falls, we can get spoiled with beautiful fall colours and cooler weather perfect for hitting the hiking trails.
If you are not lucky enough to live in the Niagara Region, you can still enjoy our beautiful microclimate. With the growth in ecotourism, you now have many options for environmentally friendly activities in Niagara.
One of the most exciting natural aspects to the Niagara Escarpment is, of course, Niagara Falls! And we are proud to not only be the only Canadian operator of boat tours into Niagara Falls but also striving to be the most environmentally friendly.
What is Ecotourism?
As a new branch of the tourism industry, many are still confused by what ecotourism is. By definition ecotourism is tourism that focuses on exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.
Here in the Niagara Region we have many incredible ecotourism attractions and reasons to visit.
Everything from taking in the native bird populations to exploring biodynamic, sustainable vineyards, we’ve got it all!
And if it’s eco-friendly photography opportunities you’re looking for, Niagara Falls is the star of the show. Getting up close and personal with the thundering wonder is an epic experience that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. We like to say it’s #BucketListApproved!
The Niagara Escarpment
The Niagara Escarpment is one of the world’s natural wonders and is recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This incredible 725-kilometre long escarpment was formed over 450 million years ago as a seabed.
Millions of years and many glacial activities resulted in creating the water flows and dramatic landforms of the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara Falls.
The Escarpment is also home to a large assortment of flora and fauna including:
- 36 species of reptiles and amphibians
- 53 species of mammals
- 90 species of fish
- more than 350 species of birds
Here at Hornblower, we have made environmental protection and preservation a priority. Our Respect Our Planet initiative is developed to protect and conserve the natural resources and ecosystems in which we operate. We are committed to preventing pollution, reducing waste, conserving water and energy, and educating our guests and employees on environmental stewardship. We also seek opportunities to innovate and partner with stakeholders that support our commitment to the environment, as well as vendors with green procurement and packaging.
Here are some of the things we are doing to help make our environmental impact positive.
- Our boats are built and designed to operate to the greenest of standards. We’ve done this by replacing old engines with new ultra-efficient engines that comply with ETA Tier 2 Clean Standard.
- We use a biodiesel and a carbon offset program for select boat cruises.
- We exclusively use environmentally friendly cleaning products throughout our facility.
Our Respect Our Planet policy is in compliance with three prestigious and internationally recognized ISO standards that include, Environmental Management System Standard, Occupational Health & Safety Management System, and Quality Management System Standard.
Learn more about the Hornblower Niagara Cruises Respect Our Planet policy here.
Directions To Niagara Falls
Now that you’ve learned all about why you should explore this ecotourism destination yourself, you need to know how to get here!
Hornblower Niagara Cruises is in Niagara Falls, 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.
Save the Environment, Go Paperless!
While you’re planning your environmentally friendly visit to Niagara Falls, help save some trees! Don’t waste paper printing your tickets to our attraction. We can scan tickets directly from your smartphone when you purchase online!
Get your tickets online now and get #InTheMist of this incredible ecotourism destination today!