Along the banks of the Niagara River on the White Water Walk.

Along the White Water Walk on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Photo © Jiuguang Wang, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike.

Following the Niagara Parkway north, you’ll find the White Water Walk (4330 Niagara Pkwy., 877/642-7275, 10am-4:30pm daily Apr.-mid-June and Sept.-mid-Oct., 9am-7:30pm mid-June-Aug., $11 adults, $7 children 6-12) about 1.5 miles past the Rainbow Bridge. The White Water Walk gives you the opportunity to safely stroll alongside the turbulent waters of the lower rapids without getting wet.

In this narrow part of the gorge, water surges at 30 miles per hour, slamming against giant rocks along the riverbed, creating constant waves ranging 9-15 feet high.After descending more than 200 feet in an elevator, you’ll walk along a quarter-mile stretch of the Niagara River’s edge, with some of the most awe-inspiring portions of the lower rapids. In this narrow part of the gorge, water surges at 30 miles per hour, slamming against giant rocks along the riverbed, creating constant waves ranging 9-15 feet high. This raging white water is the backdrop for a scene in the film Superman II, in which Lois Lane is saved by quick-thinking Clark Kent.

Stroll at your own pace on the White Water Walk, pausing to read the informative signs. The walkway is raised, providing a safe, child-friendly, and dry way to see the rapids. The boardwalk is wheelchair-accessible; however, two attached viewing platforms require the use of stairs. Most visitors complete the walk in 30 minutes, but photographers and others fascinated by the roar of white water could easily spend an hour here. This attraction is a WEGO stop (green line, White Water), but also allows free curbside parking along Niagara Parkway.


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Niagara Falls.