Once again, the thing I was dreading most about a vacation turned out to be a most epic experience. I’d connected with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours this spring and since we were headed that way on vacation, decided to take them up on their offer of being their guests and experiencing the thrill of a jet boat tour of the Niagara River rapids.
I started following them on social media and almost immediately starting wishing I could get out of it… I was terrified. The only things that kept me going were the fact that the Mr. and the Wee were both super excited for it, and the smiling faces of young and old who had taken the trip on the Whirlpool Jet Boat’s Facebook page. (Oh, and the fact that no one has died… yes, I checked – thanks anxiety!)
We checked in for our tour at the Floral Clock (grab a frozen banana from the gift shop when you are there, YUM), and then they had a bus drive us for about 5 minutes to their docks. There, we got suited up (it was super hot that day, so suiting up consisted of putting on a life jacket and swapping out our shoes for a pair of water shoes, both supplied), and boarded our Jet Boat. Since Chels is young, we were seated near the back of the boat, where the splash/motion is a bit less intense… but as you’ll see, it was certainly splashy enough. If we ever get to go again, I’m getting front row, baby! After a crazy fun tour of the river, gorge, rapids and whirlpool, it’s back to reality and after docking, you have plenty of time to get changed into dry clothes if you want (free lockers provided), and view/purchase photos and videos they take from your trip (we took our own GoPro, so the ones you see are mine, and not quite as fancy as theirs). Then, they bus you back to Floral Clock and you are on your way. Sad face.
And no need to be scared!
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Hours: 7 days a week, 8am-9pm
61 Melville St. P.O. #1215
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
115 South Water St.
Lewiston, New York, United States
The Floral Clock
Over the past 25 years, Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has grown steadily and invested heavily in innovative technology and 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 that take passengers on adrenalin-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.