In the over fifty years since Niagara Helicopters Limited started business in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the company has continued to provide thrills for visitors from all over the world.
Today’s Niagara Helicopters is almost exclusively a sightseeing operation, augmented by charter flights, aerial surveillance, film and photography, external loads, and other specialty flying.
In its busiest months the company employs about 40 people, including 10 full- and part-time Pilots and 2 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. Last year the company flew over 100,000 passengers from all corners of the globe, on the regular 9 minute, 27 kilometers flightseeing tour over Niagara Falls.
I had never been in a helicppter in the past, but had always wanted to. You see this in the movies and it just looks amazing and a bit scary too. We arrived at Niagara Falls on Tuesday and on everyday we were there Niagara Helicopters was actually grounded due to visibility and rain, but on the last day, right before we were about to leave I decided to call and try one more time to see if by chance I might be able to get us on the helicopter for one last amazing view of the falls, and we struck gold.
The Niagara Helicopters site is a bit outside of town, but not a long drive and actually accessible also from the WEGO bus line as well. We drove there and when we got there we were the only ones there which was great! It took about 10-15 minutes to get the helicopter ready but once it was we were rounded up and we headed to our waiting helicopter.
J-Mom is not a big motion ride person so I knew she was worried, especially because it was quite windy on the day we went up, but the operators said that wind was not a problem for them and that it still should be a pretty calm ride. In going to the helicopter you always think you have to duck down to get into the helicopter itself, but that is not the case. You actually can walk right out, but hold onto your hat as it is noisy and windy. The people at Niagara Helicopters will take a number of pictures that they will offer to sell you at the end, and though we ended up not purchasing them, they were very well done!
The ground crew get you situated on the helicopter and you get in and you are quickly off. My eldest took shotgun next to the pilot to my dismay, but I still got some amazing shots on the flight and amazingly enough we found that the falls during this flight were completely clear and we were given the best view of them that we had been able to get from the entire time that we were here.
The ride was smooth. There were a few bumps and sways and you do get some turns when the helicopter banked that I think scared J-Mom a bit.
As we were going through our amazing ride I could tell that this was going to be amazing. You see, for all of the days that we were at Niagara Falls we really did not get many good pictures, as the weather was poor and the falls were always covered in fog and mist. On the last day during this flight the falls were completely clear. We were able to see everything and get some amazing pictures and video too! The thing that I loved about this, was that you could see everything as well as everything that led into the falls both on the American and Canadian sides.
I am SO glad that we took this flight as you get to experience the falls in a way that most would only wish. The flight could have been so much longer, and I know that I would have loved to have experienced even more time in the air, even though I know that J-Mom would not have appreciated this.
If you want to have an unforgettable experience over the Niagara Falls that you and your family/friends will never forget, taking a Niagara Helicopters ride will definitely do it. I know that both of my girls will never forget this experience and I am so glad that I was able to provide the experience for them!
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