There is more than one vessel and they operate from BOTH the Canadian side of the river and the American side. Access to the American side is via a lift that goes down inside that Green Tower which some people have asked me if that is a bridge under construction or part of a demolished bridge! Huh. That tower provides an observation platform to be able to see the American Falls from the USA side. Otherwise they would have to come to the Canadian side (which many do) after crossing the Rainbow Bridge and passing through Customs and Immigration each way.
Whilst walking along the Canadian walkway between the Horseshoe Falls and "Maid of the Mist" access, we came across a Native American in native dress. His son was following behind, also in native dress, playing as he went. One foot on the curb and one foot off etc. It doesn't matter how a child is dressed, they all play and folly in the same way, as young humans. His father was aware of me videoing and didn't mind. In fact, he kind of, acted for the camera with a smile. The photo quality isn't great as they are frames taken from the video.
On the Canadian side, once you purchase your tickets, you have a walk down a winding ramp for a short distance before entering a lift to take you the rest of the way down. The ramp might give you the initial impression that you have to walk all the way down and what would be worse all the way back up! But NO. There is the lift. (Elevators).
We didn't have to wait more than 25 minutes from being the first in line until the "Maid ...." pulled away from the dock.
Skyline on Canadian side and the Rainbow Bridge crossing the Canadian-USA border.
It is a whole new perspective seeing everything, let alone the falls, from down at river level and I hope my photos will help convey that perspective to you. Especially if your intending to visit this fabulous Tourist Destination.
I have now visited Niagara Falls in Winter (Christmas), then Summer (July) and now Spring (May). Now a "Falls" in Fall is required to balance it out, eh! Wouldn't it be nice if it was to show some Aussies the place!
These have been a couple of the major attractions, but there are others I haven't done yet. I would like to spend near a week here to travel to some of the neighbouring attractions like the Old Forts, The Welland Canal, The Whirlpool on the Niagara river etc. Others are the IMAX Theatre and the World's Largest Bird Aviary. In deciding to place a link here, I found one that I will be bookmarking myself!