6 of the best Niagara Falls boat tours

by Paul Stafford  |  Published May 28, 2020

Niagara Falls, one of the greatest natural sights in both the USA and Canada, straddles the border between the two countries. Thanks to its popularity, there are plenty of tours particularly from Canada, with downtown Toronto located roughly 80 miles (130km) away. A boat ride usually forms part of any tour to one or more of the three famous waterfalls (Horseshoe Falls right on the border, and American and Bridal Veil falls located in the US; collectively Niagara Falls), with options departing from both the Canadian and USA sides of the frontier. Adding a boat component to your trip is a thrilling way to get up-close and personal to the raging torrents, and different types of boat are available from standard passenger ferries to jet boats. In all options, prepare to get wet!

Tours of Niagara Falls occasionally incorporate other sights along the way, including various landmarks in and around the border town, as well as visits to nearby wineries. However, for this list, focus is primarily on the best tours offering boat trips as a central facet of the itinerary. Each of the options listed below runs on a daily basis, unless specified otherwise. During the research we took a number of considerations on board, such as the price, duration of the trip, passenger comfort and the reviews of previous customers to bring you the top six Niagara Falls boat tours from either Canada or the USA.