Province/Territory: Ontario

Journey Behind the Falls

  • 13-storey drop
  • 100,000 cubic feet of water
  • 65 miles per hour

You don the complimentary rain poncho, step into the elevator and descend 46 m (150 ft) through bedrock to your destination below the rim of the gorge, right into the heart of Niagara Falls. The doors open to a tunnel. You follow it. A few steps later you are standing at the foot of the Falls behind a massive sheet of water. Over 2,800 cubic m (100,000 cubic ft.) of water plunges over the Horseshoe Falls every second, travelling 65 km (40 mi) per hour, free-falling more than 13 storeys before crashing down in the basin below. The sound is like a continuous thunder.

Why you should visit
  • Earn bragging rights among your family and friends; after all how many people do you know that can claim to have journeyed behind the falls.
  • Feel anticipation course through your body as you descend by elevator 150 feet down through the bedrock.
  • No matter how you try, your voice will be barely audible over the sound of the water thundering down.

Weather

  • Niagara Falls weather is comparable to that of cities like Montréal and New York in that it has four distinct seasons with changing weather conditions. Average temperatures: Winter -8°C to 3°C, Spring 1°C to 23°C, Summer 11°C to 26°C and Fall -6°C to 13°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Climate Normals Website.
Visitor information
  • Admission. Children under 5 are free.
  • Winter rates are reduced when the attraction's Lower Observation Deck must be closed due to ice conditions (date of rate change weather dependant).
  • Paid parking is available at the Falls Parking Lot, just across the street.
  • The Upper Observation Deck is wheelchair accessible via an elevator. Access to the The Lower Observation Deck is by stairs only.
When to go
Need to know
  • Located at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, in the Table Rock Welcome Centre.
  • The tour is unguided and visitors have the option of using radios to receive facts and information broadcast into the tunnels.
  • Make sure you wear your complimentary rain poncho—you will get wet!
  • July and August are the busiest months. To avoid long lines visit the attraction in the early morning or late afternoon.
Getting Here
  • Approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport.
  • For those driving from the United States, there are three border crossing bridges: Queenston Lewiston, the Rainbow Bridge and the Peace Bridge. Each one will bring you into the heart of the Niagara Region.
  • If you prefer not to drive; on weekends, starting at the end of June through to the beginning of September, you can take a GO Train from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
  • Bus service from Toronto to Niagara Falls is available via Greyhound Bus Lines.
  • View current highway conditions.