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WHITE WATER WALK NIAGARA FALLS

While white water rafting may not be on your agenda during your visit to Niagara Falls Canada, how about the next best thing?

Imagine the experience of walking next to the rushing waters of the Niagara Gorge as waves from the class 6 rapids crash and swirl in front of you at an average speed of 48 kilometers an hour (30 miles per hour).

The best part is that you’ll be standing safely on a sturdy boardwalk watching it all happen right in front of you!

WHAT IS THE WHITE WATER WALK?

The White Water Walk is a self-guided stroll along the Niagara River’s whitewater rapids.

You will first descend 70 metres (230 feet) by elevator down to the boardwalk where you’ll reach the base of the Niagara Gorge.

Upon exiting the elevator, you will find a well maintained boardwalk, approximately a quarter-mile long, ready to take you on a journey you’ll never forget.

Along the boardwalk are several viewing platforms that get you even closer to the Whirlpool Rapids, allowing for photos and videos of the incredible views.

You will feel the power and beauty of nature and the rush of the waves while being safely situated on the walkway.

Where else can you see rock formations that are over 400 million years old?

Averaging 4.6/5 with over 5600 Google reviews, this is not an attraction to be missed! (5,600+ Google reviews)

HOW MUCH DOES THE WHITE WATER WALK COST?

Tickets cost $19 per adult and $12.50 for kids 3-12 for the White Water Walk in 2024 (infants 2 and younger are free). Tickets can be purchased through Niagara Parks here.

Looking for a guided walking tour of Niagara Falls? Click here.

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HOW LONG IS THE WHITE WATER WALK?

Generally speaking, most people take about an hour to wander along the boardwalk; however, that certainly depends on how many times you stop to gasp at these awe inspiring surroundings.

Saunter, dawdle and amble your way along the Whirlpool Rapids at your own pace while capturing photos you can’t take anywhere else!

WHERE IS THE WHITE WATER WALK?

The White Water Walk is located at 4330 River Rd, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. Just 4 kilometers down river from the Falls.

WHITE WATER WALK PARKING

Some parking is available right on site. For a full list of other available parking lots, refer to: Parking Locations at Niagara Parks.

Not driving? The White Water Walk is roughly a 7 minute walk from the Niagara Falls Train Station and it’s also one of the stops of the WEGO transit system.

THE HISTORY OF WHITE WATER WALK

One of the coolest things to realize while exploring the White Water Walk is that you’ll actually be standing in the spot where the Falls once fell.

Thanks to around 4,200 years of natural erosion, Niagara Falls has cut its way up the Niagara River from the whirlpool to where it stands today.

In fact, it continues to erode by an estimated 1 foot each year, which is down from an estimated 1-1.5 metres per year over the previous 560 years. The erosion rate has been slowed in recent decades thanks to the 1950 Niagara Treaty which stipulates the amount of flow over the Falls at any given time, controlled by the International Control Dam.

To help add another unique way to experience the Niagara River and the power of Niagara Falls, the current boardwalk experience was built in 2005 and first opened to the public in 2006.

The White Water Walk is now one of the several world class attractions that brings millions of people to Niagara Falls Canada every year.

Walk Niagara Tours offers all-inclusive walking tours of Niagara Falls. Our tour guides lead groups 7 days a week between April and November.

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