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Helicopter ride over Niagara Falls from Canada

Niagara Falls straddles the border between Ontario, Canada, and New York, USA, thereby acting as a symbol of shared beauty.

Seeing Niagara Falls from an aerial angle is one of the most exciting experience one can have.

A helicopter ride over Niagara Falls from Canada brings you to witness the origin of the waterfall system and also its largest waterfall – Horseshoe Falls.

This article shares everything you must know before booking your helicopter tour over Niagara Falls, in Canada.

Why see Niagara Falls with a helicopter tour?

Niagara Falls bears witness to nature’s wonderful creations and epitomizes the force of nature.

A waterfall that is 335 meters (1100 feet) long can be best explored with a Niagara Falls helicopter tour as it is the only way to view more remote regions of this waterfall. 

A regular ground tour of the falls does not truly capture the essence of power and grandiosity of the Niagara Falls and also cannot match up to the perspective offered by a helicopter.

While the massive waterfall system’s roaring cascade is thrilling, flying above it adds another layer of adventure.

Water falling from a height creates clouds of milky foam at the bottom, which is as attractive as it gets.

The spectacle of the waterfall cradled in a crescent-shaped valley full of green vegetation is unlike any other.

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Why see Niagara Falls from Canada?

When you take the heli tour of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side, you can also see their origin in Lake Ontario.

The Canadian side provides a panoramic vista of all three falls: the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls.

80% of Horseshoe Falls comes on the Canadian side so you can get up close views when soaring above it.

This side also hosts the Niagara Parkway, which provides a picture-perfect backdrop of widespread greenery and intriguing cliffs against the falls.

One of the best ways to view the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is from the air, where several helicopter companies allow you to fly over well-known sites. 

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Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

Enjoy a thrilling 12-minute heli ride over Niagara Falls.

Be a spectator to the three waterfalls that makeup Niagara Falls—American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls—as well as Whirlpool Rapids.

Fly by the scenic route along the Niagara River.

Glide past locations like the Rainbow Bridge and Skylon Tower. 

The expert guide’s multilingual commentary gives you fascinating and educational details about the Falls.

This package is ideal for budget-conscious travelers.

The number of passengers: Up to 7 passengers. 

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Departure and end point: Niagara Falls Heliport, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 4B2, Canada. Get directions

Cost of the tour

Adult tickets (12+ years): CA$181
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): CA$117
Infant ticket (up to 2 years ): Free

Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure

Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure
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If you prefer a longer airtime within budget, this 20-minute tour can be a good choice.

Hover over Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Take in the sweeping views of the Falls, old sites, and wine country.

Aerial views of landmarks such as the Brock’s Monument National Historic Site and Sir Adam Beck Generating Station are bound to impress you.

The number of passengers: Up to 6 travelers

Timings: 9 am to 4 pm

Departure and end point: Niagara District Airport, 468 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada. Get directions

Cost of the tour

Adult tickets (11+ years): CA$280
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): CA$150

Heli tour of Niagara Falls in Canada + Skylon Tower Lunch

This 5-6 hours offers you a luxurious ride to the Niagara Fall.

Start your journey and view the tunnels beneath and behind the waterfalls from Niagara Falls. 

After gazing at the Waterfalls from the air, you can have another point of view from the Skylon Tower which overlooks the Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American Falls. 

Feast on delicious lunch at Skylon Tower’s Summit Suite.

You can get transportation from anywhere in Niagara Falls, Ontario (round-trip).

This tour is seasonal, operating from April to November only. In the winter months, the tour is replaced with admission to Niagara’s Fury and Butterfly Conservatory.

The number of passengers: Up to 7 travelers

Timings: 9 am

Departure and end point: Hotel pickup is available. Alternatively, you can meet at the departure location listed below.

5400 Robinson St, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7T8, Canada. Get directions.

Note: If you didn’t choose a hotel pickup, please be at least 15 minutes early for your tour in front of the IMAX Theater, facing the Skylon Tower. Only locations inside Niagara Falls, Canada, are available for pickups.

Cost of the tour

Adult tickets (13+ years): CA$509
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): CA$339
Infant ticket (up to 2 years ): CA$25

Niagara Falls Helicopter Ride and Boat Trip

This 5-hour heli-cruise combo is the most fulfilling and immersive way to explore the Niagara Falls.

On the Hornblower Niagara Cruise boat trip, witness the might of Niagara Falls up close (May-October).

For stunning bird’s-eye views, soar directly above the falls and the Whirlpool Rapids. 

The Summit Suite Buffet in Skylon Tower is a wonderful place to have lunch.

At the Brink of the Falls, explore the Falls up close and take amazing pictures.

Take advantage of the “Journey Behind the Falls” trip to see Horseshoe Falls from a different perspective.

This tour is seasonal, operating from April to November only. In the winter months, the tour is replaced with admission to Niagara’s Fury and Butterfly Conservatory.

The number of passengers: Up to 7 individuals

Timings: 9 am

Departure and end point: Hotel pickup available at any address on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. 

Tourists in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the American side of Niagara Falls don’t get the pickup facility. If you’re staying on the American side, you can schedule a pickup by walking across Rainbow Bridge (5 minutes).

Cost of the tour

Adult tickets (13+ years): CA$444
Child ticket (5 to 12 years): CA$319
Infant ticket (up to 4 years ): CA$29

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What to see on the Niagara Falls helicopter tour?

Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls are the three distinct parts of Niagara Falls. All of them are visible from the American side, but only Horseshoe Falls is visible on the Canadian side.

Downtown Niagara Falls includes the iconic Queen Street neighborhood, only a few minutes from the mighty Fall and just a few steps from the Niagara River.

Bridal Veil Falls is the most impressive free-falling fall in Colorado.

The Skylon Tower, which rises 236 meters (775 feet) above Niagara Falls’ base, provides breathtaking views of the American and Horseshoe Falls and the rest of the falls.

Whirlpool Aero Car travels between two points on the Canadian shore of the Niagara River. It is an aerial cable car that safely crosses the breathtaking Whirlpool.

Along with Niagara Falls, Queen Victoria Park also houses the Rainbow Bridge and Table Rock House.

The Niagara River’s east bank is home to Whirlpool State Park, where visitors can experience class V rapids and the full force of a natural whirlpool.

The best view of Sir Ada Beck II Generating Station is seen from the US side of the Niagara River.

From sunset to midnight, Rainbow Bridge is brightly illuminated throughout the main tower, the bottom half of the bridge girders, and the lower portion of the anchorage.

Restrictions strictly followed

Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable helicopter flights from Canada to Niagara Falls.

A minimum and a maximum of seven passengers are required on every tour. 

If the minimum number of passengers is not met, the tour will be canceled and subject to rescheduling or refund.

No pets are allowed onboard except service animals.

Some tours may not be wheelchair accessible.

These tours are not recommended for pregnant travelers.

A valid photo ID is required.

Flight times are approximate based on winds, weights, and conditions.

Seating arrangements may often be in the hands of the tour organizers for a safe and stable flight.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before your tour date. 

If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, a 100% percent cancellation fee is applicable.

No changes are allowed within 24 hours of the experience’s start time.

Helicopter tours require good weather. 

If the tour is canceled due to poor weather, you may be offered a different date or a full refund.

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