Visiting the Canadian side of Niagara Falls? Put the Whirlpool Aero Car on your list – it’s not to be missed!
We visited Niagara Falls (and Toronto) for a few days over the Memorial Day weekend and, since we’ve been there before, I wanted to make sure we had new things to do this time around, and this Whirlpool Aero Car was one of the stops that made our list, and I’m glad it did.
I cannot properly express in words or photos how seriously amazing this is. I am honestly not a big fan of heights, but usually the opportunity for a photo opp will trump that fear, and this was no exception. That being said, as I approached the Aero Car to get on, I almost didn’t. It doesn’t look like much is holding you up over the water, and you are up really high, so I absolutely hesitated, but I ended up getting on.
When the Guide saw me hesitating, she reassured me that I would be fine. One of the things she said was that they only need two cables to carry the car over the water, and they actually had six cables, and everything had been replaced recently. I still moved very slowly and held on tightly, both to my phone and to the railing, but I’m so glad I didn’t let fear hold me back from this opportunity. In fact, I liked it so much that I debated momentarily, turning right around and paying to go on it again.
It was that amazing.
This antique cable car has been taking tourists over the Whirlpool River since 1916 and was originally designed by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo.
Given that the Aero Car is a touristy thing to do in a touristy town, it was a veritable bargain! It was $35/CAD for the three of us! The Aero Car operates daily from March through November, has a diesel engine with a hydraulic pump should there be a power failure, and a rescue car (which has never had to be used). As the Aero Car goes continuously all day, there wasn’t too long a wait when we got there, and we ended up getting on the next run.
Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car
3850 Niagara Parkway, L2E 3E8
Hungry for more to do in Niagara Falls?
On our first visit, we did the Journey Behind the Falls and it was so cool! I am always mesmerized by the water and could stay and watch it for hours.
Do not leave the area without having dinner in the clouds at the Skylon Tower.
A recap on our visit to Canada.
Bird Kingdom was a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Our first (and definitely legit) taste of poutine.