Hopping barrels over Niagara Falls is so old news. Now there’s a new adrenaline-inducing way to experience the most powerful waterfalls in North America: by zipline.
Situated on the Canadian side of the waterfalls that straddle the U.S./Canada border, WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls shoots riders 2,200 feet through the Niagara River Gorge, straight toward the face of Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three waterfalls that comprise Niagara Falls. The attraction opened this week to much fanfare.
MistRider (as it’s known locally) consists of four parallel ziplines. Although the far ends of the lines are a good mile or so from the falls, you’re practically guaranteed to feel mist in your face as you follow a guide down.
Add to this the fact that you’re zipping right toward the falls themselves, and the ride is sure to elicit some shrieks from even the most stoic zippers.
(We will not fault you if you close your eyes or if you pretend you’re Tris from Divergent.)
The zipline is part of WildPlay Element Parks at Niagara Falls, a family-friendly outdoor adventure theme park with outposts all over Canada. In addition to the zipline, this particular park boasts a ropes course that includes climbing, jumping, and swinging aerial games; and a loose-line leap (sort of like a bungee jump) that drops you from a platform 40 feet to the ground. There’s also a separate obstacle course designed just for kids, which has a much shorter zipline so the littles don’t feel left out.
Perhaps the only downside to these experiences: the age and weight limits. 1: Nobody under the age of seven can ride the zipline, do the loose-line leap, or run the ropes course. 2: You’ve got to weigh less than 300 pounds to do the zip and less than 285 to do the leap.
Provided you fulfill the requirements, admission for a single rider is $49.99. See you at the bottom.
Matt Villano is a freelance writer and editor based in Healdsburg, California. In nearly 20 years as a full-time freelancer, he has covered travel for publications including TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Sunset, Backpacker,Entrepreneur, and more. He contributes to theExpedia Viewfinder blog and writes a monthly food column for Islands magazine. Villano also serves on the board of the Family Travel Association and blogs about family travel at Wandering Pod. Learn more about him at Whalehead.com