Cruise the Niagara River with Niagara Sunset Cruises. The Niagara Belle sails the scenic Lower Niagara river from the opening of the Niagara Gorge all the way to Lake Ontario. In this seven mile stretch of river flows all the water of the upper Great Lakes after it has tumbled over Niagara Falls and through the Niagara Gorge.
Niagara Sunset Cruises sails the river with departures from our Canadian dock in Queenston, ON, south of the whirlpool rapids. Sights along the way include historic Fort George and Fort Niagara, the picturesque town of Niagara on the Lake, beautiful riverside homes, and an unspoiled natural shoreline stretching from the Niagara Gorge all the way to Lake Ontario.
The Niagara River collects all the water from the Great Lakes which amounts to about 20% of the world's fresh water. Over the past 12,000 years, the turbulent currents of the immensely powerful Niagara Falls have carved out a 7-mile (11km) gorge on the lower Niagara. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water flow over the Falls every minute and as that water enters the narrow rock gorge, it is compressed into the rapids that create our whitewater playground.
Niagara Sunset Cruises is part of Whirlpool Jet Boats. Although commercial operations at Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours didn't begin until 1992, the origins of the company can be traced back over 35 years. Our experience in whitewater tours started in 1975 on the Ottawa River when Joe Kowalski, co-owner of our company, founded our parent company Wilderness Tours. Since 1974, Wilderness Tours has grown to be the premier whitewater resort in Canada and has taken over 1 million guests on the Ottawa River, the most popular whitewater river in the country. They also operate the popular urban rafting company, Ottawa City Rafting.
As the popularity of whitewater grew throughout the late 1970s rafting companies started to pop up on dozens of whitewater rivers in North America, however most of these rivers were located in remote areas far away from major population centers. The rapids located near big cities were either too mild to be exhilarating or so ferocious that commercial operations seemed impossible. The Lachine Rapids on the St. Lawrence River in Montreal and the Devil's Hole Rapids on the Niagara River possess this ferocious character.