If you were planning on visiting Ontario this summer and making a visit to Niagara Falls, you’ll be treated to trip on a brand new ride.
Governor of New York Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week that the Maids of the Mist boats that have navigated the waters of the Lower Niagara River since 1846, are being replaced with new electric vessels this summer.
Maids of the Mist is preparing to launch the first two new all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels constructed in the United States.
Later this year, the catamaran-style vessels, designed by Propulsion Data Services, will provide more than 1.6 million guests from around the world with an up-close view of Niagara Falls.
“It makes perfect sense for Maid of the Mist to be a world leader with the implementation of this green technology,” says Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn. “The new vessels will carry our guests to the base of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s largest sources of clean hydroelectric power.”
Maid of the Mist VI which was built in 1990, and Maid of the Mist VII which was built in 1997, will be removed from service when the new vessels begin operating.
While you may be riding in a new boat at the Falls come this summer, you’ll still be wearing the same ponchos.
Some things never change.