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Maid of the Mist or Hornblower

Derry
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Maid of the Mist or Hornblower

Hi

We're making a day trip to see the Falls, spending one night in Niagara Falls (US side).

Our intention is to cross the border on foot (Rainbow Bridge) and take the boat trip on Hornblower on the Canadian side (I had understood that the view was better) and perhaps the Journey Behind the Falls experience.

However, some recent advice on this forum appears to rate the Maid of the Mist boat trip above the Canadian equivalent.

I just wondered if the views and general experience are better on the MOTM, or what is it that leads some people to agree that it's the better of the two?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Maid of the Mist or Hornblower

The only difference between the two is which side of the River they begin and the name. They both offer the exact same views. "Maid of the Mist" is the ORIGINAL proprietor. Hornblower is an outside company (from San Francisco I think) that got the rights to give the tour from the Canadian side of the River. Which would you rather tell people you took, the original Maid of the Mist, or Hornblower? I'd go with the Maid of the Mist!

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2. Re: Maid of the Mist or Hornblower

Hornblower boats are brand new, and have online booking, washrooms, concessions and interior viewing areas, all of which the MOTM does not. MOTM is slightly cheaper.

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3. Re: Maid of the Mist or Hornblower

MOTM is an awsome ride!!!!! Did not miss consessions, too busy watching the view!!!!!!

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4. Re: Maid of the Mist or Hornblower

When it comes down to it, for an identical 20 minute ride, it really doesn't matter which one.

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5. Re: Maid of the Mist or Hornblower

We stayed on the Ontario side a couple weeks ago and took the Hornblower cruise. It was great. Watching the boats from above they basically do the same thing. To me, the name of the boat matters little. What matters is the experience. Just do it!

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