Part of our premium Niagara Falls tour includes sightseeing in one of the best-sights-to-see, the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids. This is a natural whirlpool formed along the Niagara River in Niagara Gorge. It is in-between the Canadian (Ontario) and US (New York) borders. The whirlpool goes as deep as 38 meters, or 125 feet. The average depth is 10.7 meters or 35 feet. The speed of the whirlpool water is approximately 35.4 km/hr or 22 mph. One hypotheses is that the whirlpool emerged 4,200 years ago. It normally spins in a counter-clockwise flow. This reverses however when a lot of water is diverted to the Hydro Power Stations.
The Whirlpool Aero Car, which is also known as the Spanish Aero Car, is located on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Passengers can ride it to get to the other side of the Niagara Whirlpool (as you can see in the above photo, you ride right above the Whirlpool Rapids). The car runs across a cable. The aero car was first introduced for use in 1916, and upgraded in 1961, 1967, and 1984. This passage by the Niagara Parks Commission in 1991 is located near the entrance:
NIAGARA SPANISH AERO CAR
Leonardo Torres Quevedo (1852 – 1936) was an ingenious Spanish engineer. Among his creations were algebraic machines, remote control devices, dirigibles and the world’s first computer. The Niagara Spanish Aero Car was designed by Leonardo Torres Quevedo and represented a new type of aerial cable way that he called “transbordador”. Officially opened on August 8, 1916, it is the only one of its kind in existence.
But it’s also safe! The Aero Car has many safety features including a rescue car. It is so safe however, that the rescue car has never even been used besides for training purposes (that is in about 100 years of operation).
The view includes the erratic rapids of the whirlpool, the beautiful nature surrounding the Niagara River and hikers/fisherman from both the Canadian and US side. For a full ride, the car goes across the US-Canada border 4 times.
Note* Due to time constraints there is no tour provider that offers the cable car ride, as it is not possible on a day tour. It is an incredible sightseeing stop offered as part of the Queen Tour Niagara Falls tour.