White Water Walk
About to experience Class 6 Compression Rapids.. Nearing the end of the White Water Walk Tunnel!
Downriver from the Maid of the Mist and the Journey Behind the Falls is another Niagara ‘Must-do’ Classic… the famous White Water Walk. In this attraction, tourists descend 230 feet in an elevator to a 240 foot-long tunnel which emerges into daylight directly beside the raging Niagara River. From there a 1000 foot-long boardwalk offers a great view of these incredible Class 6 rapids. You are invited to spend as little or as much time as you want beside the rapids… there are benches at the far end of the boardwalk to provide a place to relax and enjoy the scenery.
The view is incredible and is not something one sees everyday. The rapids are Class 6, meaning they are the largest and most treacherous to be found anywhere on earth. All the water over the falls is forced into a narrow channel within the gorge… this is just another way of saying it would be suicidal to engage in any boating activity, to say nothing of any swimming. As long as you stay out of the water, you will be amazed at the awesome power of the water which, only a few moments before, plunged over the brink of Niagara Falls.
Only a few sparse feet separate puddles along the bank from water that will sweep you away forever. Do not attempt to climb down from the boardwalk!
The speed of the water here is measured at 30 mph / 48 kph and gives the impression of a runaway freight train. The power of all that water is simply awesome!
These standing waves are immense and powerful. They’ll launch a kayak straight into the air! These rapids are perfectly safe however if you encounter them only from the boardwalk… sit and relax a while and take it all in. As long as ‘closing time’ is not approaching, there are no time limits for White Water Walk!
It is also a great way to get back to nature… you will see birds and other wildlife as you walk along the boardwalk, beneath trees that stretch a hundred feet or more above your head. The area beside the whirlpool rapid so is beautiful, and thanks to the boardwalk, its beauty is accessible!
Colorful tree snail on tree branch beside the walkway… not hard to find.. they’re everywhere in the gorge.
A Niagara Gorge resident enjoying some ‘Quality Time’ on a rock!
About the only caveats for this attraction are that the wooden boardwalk can get slippery after a good rain… and that on peak tourism days in the summer months you can expect a crowd (My advice for any Niagara Falls Attraction is to get there early, as the attraction opens.)