The fall season is in full swing, and while that may mean the start of pumpkins, pies, and costumes, it also means the end of some of our favorite seasonal attractions. Canadian winters aren’t particularly suited to water rides, so even though Niagara Falls will continue to operate during the winter season, on October 24, 2013, the Maid of the Mist will be making its final journey of the year.
In celebration of another awesome year, here are some fun facts about Niagara Falls’ favorite boat ride:
- The world-famous Maid of the Mist was started more than 150 years ago– it first set sail in 1846, before there was any bridge across the US-Canadian border in the area. However, after the construction of the first Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, it needed to rebrand itself. So, by 1854, a new fancy boat had been built and it became a tourist traction.
- Since 1955, there have been a total of eight boats in the Maid of the Mist Fleet. They’re named Maid of the Mist I through VII. The eighth boat is a small tugboat called The Little Maid.
- In 1991, Princess Diana and her two young sons, William and Harry, rode the Maid during a visit to North America.
- The IMAX movie that shows on the Canadian side of the falls features a partial history of the boat ride, which was instrumental in making Niagara the tourist spot it is today.
- The “Maid of the Mist” refers to a character from the mythology of the local Native American tribe, the Ongiara.
There’s still time to enjoy a little slice of fun and history before winter smacks us with its worst. Weather permitting, the boat tours should resume in April 2014. TakeTours.com brings you the most popular Niagara Falls tours with departures from New York or Boston. Prices start at $108 per person and third one joins for free!