Niagara Jet Boats Back With a Splash


Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours is hitting the water to help passengers get their Niagara Falls visits off to a thrilling start.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake tour operator has launched its 23rd season, taking adventure-seeking visitors on jet boat rides from the mouth of the Niagara River through the Class 5 Devil’s Hole Rapids and to just below the incredibly powerful Niagara Whirlpool.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has a fleet of eight 54-passenger jet boats that take passengers on adrenalin-filled trips from three departure locations: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont. (via a shuttle bus from the Whirlpool Aero Car check-in to Queenston) and Lewiston, New York.

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 history.