Just as Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday this summer, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours will mark a significant milestone of its own, its 25th season taking passengers on action-packed rides through the whitewater of the Niagara River.
Whirlpool kicked off the season on Saturday, April 22. Offering jet boat rides a couple of weeks earlier than usual from its dock in Old Towne Niagara-on-the-Lake. Departures began on the U.S. side of the river in Lewiston, N. Y. on Saturday, April 29 and are set to begin from Niagara Falls on Sunday, June 25.
“This is a really big year for us,” said Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours president John Kinney. “With Canada’s 150th coming up, Niagara is expecting a very strong summer for tourism. We’re really excited to help thousands of visitors celebrate Canada’s big day with a splash.”
Over the past 25 years, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has grown steadily. They invested heavily in innovative technology as well as amenities to help adventure lovers experience the power of the Niagara River.
The company officially opened its doors to the public in 1992 with a single boat, taking passengers for thrilling white water rides from the mouth of the Niagara River in Niagara-on-the-Lake, through the Class 5 Devil’s Hole Rapids and to just below the incredibly powerful Niagara Whirlpool.
Twenty five seasons later, Whirlpool has a fleet of eight 50-passenger jet boats. They take passengers on adrenaline-filled trips from three departure locations. In the process, Whirlpool has earned a reputation as one of the top tourism attractions in the region. Last year, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation named Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours one of seven must-do tourism attractions as part of the Ontario Signature Experience Series.
Passengers can choose between two types of trips, wet or dry. Guests in open-topped jet boats are guaranteed to return to the dock soaking wet. Doused with gallons of water while their boat pilot powers them through the rapids at high speed and expertly spins them through the chop in a complete 360-degree turn. Passengers in the covered Jet Dome get the same thrill ride, minus the splash, and return as dry as they were at the outset.
Tours last approximately one hour. Along the way, tour leaders on the boats also give passengers highlights about the river’s geology and fascinating history. For more information, visit Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
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Transportation to and from the venue is not included. All guests have to be at least 40 inches tall. The wet jet leaves guests quite wet, so you would need to bring an extra change of clothes.