Visit the Niagara Falls from the sky by taking a Niagara Helicopters trip.
There’s no shortage of methods to see the Niagara Falls. You can walk alongside them, take a boat right into the middle of them, walk in the caves behind them, and take a cable car over the Niagara Gorge. And that’s just for starters. But if you’re offered the opportunity to soar over them in the sky, who could resist? We couldn’t.
Niagara Helicopters is based on the Canadian side of the falls, outside of the main drag by the Fallsview area. It’s an easy drive up the Niagara Parkway and one of the few places in Niagara Parks where you don’t have to pay to park.
Helicopter flights leave regularly throughout the day, so you don’t need to book in advance. Just turn up and a helicopter is sure to be along soon. Standing outside to wait for your flight allows you to watch a helicopter fly in, adding to the excitement. When it’s time, there’s a quick photo of the group by the helicopter, before staff help you belt up. Then you’re off!
A taped commentary gives you some helpful background, but the view alone speaks volumes. The helicopter journey starts further along the Niagara River near the Whirlpool Aero Car. You fly over the Whirlpool Rapids and then over the Rainbow Bridge, which is one of the Canada/USA border crossings. Then you fly onwards, past the American Falls and then follow the curve of the Horseshoe Falls. Words can’t adequately describe the bird’s eye view of the Niagara Falls you get from the helicopter. Rainbows, mist plumes and charging, twinkling water is what it’s all about. It’s definitely a view you’ll never forget.
The flight lasts for a total of 12 minutes, which doesn’t sound like long, but it feels like a long time when you’re whizzing around in the sky with one of the world’s great wonders below. And if you’ve got the bug after one flight – which is almost inevitable – Niagara Helicopters also does wine tours and flights for special occasions, including ‘sky weddings’ and proposals.
It’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year, so there’s no better time to experience the Niagara Falls in all its glory. One thing is for certain, a Niagara Helicopters flight goes down in the memory books forever.
Website: Niagara Helicopters