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Canada Day Launch for Hornblower

An amazing Niagara Falls experience from Hornblower’s catamarans

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to launch its seventh season on the Niagara River on Canada Day (July 1, 2020).


The iconic Voyage to the Falls boat tour to the base of the thundering Niagara Falls is set to resume operation following the economic shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Niagara Region set to move to Stage 2 of the province’s re-opening plan June 19th, Hornblower is getting ready to once again provide its guests the most stunning view of Niagara Falls.


“It is safe sailing for everyone,” says Mory DiMaurizio, Vice-President and General Manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises. “We are excited to welcome guests back to Canada’s most memorable experience, but rest assured we are doing so with the health and safety of our guests and staff as our number one priority.”


Hornblower will be instituting a series of safety measures this season, including:


  • Timed ticketing and reduced guest capacity on the twin catamarans Niagara Thunder and Niagara Wonder.
  • All guests and crew members are required to wear face coverings or face masks when on the property and on-board the boats.
  • Guests will undergo a health screening, including temperature checks prior to being permitted on the property.
  • Increased cleaning frequency for high-contact areas as well as increased access to hand sanitizer stations throughout the property.
  • Best practices for physical distancing, including the use of floor markers, directional arrows, communication signage, installation of plexiglass at service counters and reduced guest capacity on the funicular, elevator and boats.
  • Crew Member health checks at the start of their shift, more frequent training for staff, ample access to personal protective equipment as well as increased hygiene, disinfection and sanitation practices.

The Voyage to the Falls boat tour will set sail every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. every day between July 1st and November 1st.

Mobile entry tickets are available for purchase online at or day-of tickets are available at the Hornblower Ticket Plaza or using Hornblower’s on-site Ticket Kiosks.


Follow Hornblower on Facebook and Instagram @niagaracruises.


About Hornblower Niagara Cruises:

Hornblower Niagara Cruises, the official and only Boat Tour operator for the Niagara Parks in Niagara Falls, Canada, is a subsidiary of the Hornblower Group, headquartered in San Francisco, California. The Hornblower Group has 40 years of delivering premier dining, entertainment and sightseeing experiences from east to west coast including ferry boat services to Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island National Monument of Immigration as well as Hornblower Cruises and Events, NYC Ferry, American Queen Steamboat Company, Victory Cruises Lines, Boston Harbor Cruises, Mariposa Cruises by Hornblower, Spirit Cruises, Odyssey Cruises, Potomac Riverboat Company, Seadog Cruises, Gananoque Boat Line, City Cruises in the United Kingdom and HMS Global Maritime.


In 2019, Hornblower Niagara Cruises was named “Best Water Adventure” and “Top Fan Choice” in North America by leading booking platform GetYourGuide and was recognized as a “Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer.” As Canada’s most memorable visitor experience, the Niagara Falls boat tour operation hosts millions of visitors a year, delivering amazing experiences to more than 12.5 million guests since launching in May 2014.

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