Zip-lining over Niagara Falls

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where_is_niagara_fallsOver the last few years I have tried zip-lining over land, rivers and over a reserve with alligators and crocodiles eyeing me up as I flew over them.

I haven’t zip-lined over a waterfall going down 2,200 feet in one go. But I could soon.

Perhaps the most famous falls in the world – Niagara Falls on the US/Canadian border – will have a zip-line attraction which will open this spring.

Opening on the Niagara Parkway on the north side of the Whirlpool at Thompson Point, this will be the first activity of its sort in the area. Four high-speed, side-by-side lines will descend a distance of 670 metres (2,200 feet) from Grand View Marketplace into the Niagara Gorge below. With views of both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the new zip lines will allow visitors to experience and appreciate Niagara, the Gorge and Niagara Parks in a slightly different way compared to boarding the Maid of the Mist.

Created by the Canadian companies, WildPlay Element Parks and Niagara Adventure Excursions, and with the advice of the Niagara Parks Commission, the new adventure area will contain more than the zip-line. On the aerial adventure courses, guests ages five and older will discover nature-based fun as they navigate individual suspended obstacle challenges, which include zip lines, log ladders, rope swings, scrambling walls, hanging nets, spinning logs, wobbly bridges, tightropes, monkey bars, and more surprising games. The level of intensity, difficulty and height increases throughout the Kids, Classic, and Extreme courses.

The minimum age for people to use the zip-wire is 7 years of age but an adult should accompany the person. There are also the usual requirements about weight ranges, clothing and closed toed shoes but people who have zip-lined before will be aware of these.

Twelve million people visit Niagara Falls each year. The promoters are hoping that number will rise when the zip-line opens.

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