As a kid we visited Niagara Falls almost every Summer, and as an Ontarian it is almost a must visit at least once a year. But it wasn’t until the last couple years that I have actually started to really appreciate the area. While the falls are the big draw there are quite a few other attractions that are fun to visit – including the White Water Walk.
After the water spills over the falls it makes it way down the Niagara river headed towards Lake Ontario. Just before it makes a right hand turn(at the Whirlpool) the gorge is reduced, which creates an incredible stretch of class 6 rapids. To make it easier to see Niagara Parks has added a main platform and two lookout points. The observation areas are joined by a boardwalk, which allows visitors to enjoy more of the view and a nice stroll.
Our adventure started with a quick trip down the vintage elevator and a stroll through a steel tunnel.
Once you exit the tunnel you will step onto the first observation area. Here you get an incredible view of the Whirlpool Bridge. This bridge is cool because it is a two level bridge that transports railway traffic on the top and vehicles on the bottom.
After you take in the beautiful view you can make your way down the boardwalk to the next lookout.
Here you can check out the rushing waters from one of two observation areas.
Just a short walk away there is a second area with more breathtaking views!
From 1895 to 1935 The Great Gorge train route ran along the side of the Niagara River. If you look carefully on the other side of the river you can still see the tracks that were once used to transport guests around the Niagara Parks area.
In total the Whirlpool Rapids run for four kilometers down the river. The White Water Walk, however, is a quick 1/4 mile walk that is appropriate for every member of the family.
If you are in the Niagara area I highly recommend visiting the white water walk. With its chiseled cliffs and scenic views the sight will most definitely take your breathe away!
- There is free parking in front of the entrance to the building, and also additional parking across the street if you are visiting on a busy day.
- This site is fully stroller and wheelchair accessible.
- Plan about 30-40 minutes to take in the site.
- The Whirlpool bridge beside the White Water Walk does connect to the United States, but is only for NEXUS pass holders. If you are looking to cross you will have to drive to the Rainbow bridge, just down from the falls, Erie Bridge or Lewiston.
- If you are visiting on a really hot day you may want to spend some extra time in the tunnel. It’s nice and cool and the perfect spot to ‘chill’ if you are overheating.
- Admission $10.95 Adult + tax(13+ years), $7.00Child + tax (6-12 years). Kids Under 5 are free!
We created a video of our visit. Please check it out!