The Niagara White Water Walk offers visitors the chance to safely experience the world’s most dangerous rapids up close and personal.
Boiling with raw, natural power, the Niagara White Water Walk offers one of the few places in the world where you can experience the world’s most dangerous rapids firsthand.
Situated at the base of the world’s most powerful waterfall, the Horseshoe Falls, the White Water Walk in Niagara Falls allows visitors to take a leisurely stroll along a 350-metre boardwalk that kisses the edge of the Niagara River’s Class VI rapids.
For those who love to explore deeper into the city of Niagara, this experience offers an often-overlooked glimpse into one of the city’s best-kept secrets. This dramatic stop, just four kilometres downriver from the Horseshoe Falls offers epic thrills for all ages and ability levels.
One of the best hidden gems of the many Niagara Falls attractions, the Niagara Falls white water boardwalk descends 70-metres deep into the Niagara gorge. From there it’s a 70-metre walk through a tunnel to reach the wooden boardwalk and observation platforms.
At White Water Walk in Niagara Falls, you’ll ride an elevator down 70 meters, then walk along a tunnel that is 73 meters long. The Boardwalk beside the rapids is 305 metres (1,000 feet or 1/4 mile) and stairs lead to two observation areas at the edge of the River.
The Riverside Boardwalk extends 350-metres along the roaring rapids of the Whirlpool Rapids Gorge. The magical atmosphere takes you, to what seems to be, an entirely different world. Guests are surrounded on both sides by sheer, towering cliffs and plant life that is uncommon in this part of Ontario.
The Niagara Falls White Water boardwalk connects several viewpoints that offer breathtaking views of the Niagara Gorge. The gorge places over four hundred million years on display through the magnificent rock formations and sediment layers that are piled up over 182-metres high.
The boardwalks connect viewing platforms that reach out to the edge of the towering rapids that flow down the Niagara River at speeds of up to 48 kilometres per hour. There is simply no better place to experience these world-class waters safely.
The Niagara White Water Walk and all but two of the viewing platforms are wheelchair and stroller accessible, so if you’re visiting Niagara Falls with kids, this experience makes for an unforgettable visit.
Where Is The Niagara White Water Walk?
Run by Niagara Parks, the Niagara White Water Walk is located about four kilometres downriver from the Horseshoe Falls and Table Rock Restaurant, which is one of the best restaurants in Niagara Falls.
The entrance might be a bit difficult to see, but it does sit along the WEGO Niagara Falls bus route. The stop, which is just 400-metres upriver from the Whirlpool Bridge, is within easy access to the train and bus stations.
The stop is across from the popular Maple Leaf Place. This popular tourist stop, with its log-home style and unmistakeable giant moose out front, sells a range of popular Canadiana including fresh-made maple syrup, Indigenous-made crafts, and clothing.
The Niagara Falls White Water Walk is open seasonally from May till October. Ticket prices are $17 for adults (13+), $11.25 for children (6-12), and is free for those 5 and under. You can purchase tickets in advance on the Niagara Parks website.
Kevin Wagar is a founder and editor of Ultimate Ontario. He has been working in the travel media industry since 2015 when he founded his family travel website Wandering Wagars – Adventure Family Travel.
Over the years Kevin has developed a deep love for his home province of Ontario and aims to showcase the incredible experiences and amazing small businesses found within it.