Niagara Gazette — Competition for passengers on sightseeing boats along the lower Niagara River will ramp up next month when the Niagara Belle, a new paddleboat, will begin offering dinner cruises.
The Belle is part of the fleet owned by the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, with docks at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and the Lewiston Landing. Company president John Kinney said earlier the picturesque paddleboat will accommodate parties up to 150 persons and dinner cruises for 50.
In a press release, Kinney stated that the cruises will begin July 18 on the Canadian side (at the site of the historic Navy Hall just below Fort George), with similar trips starting on the U.S. side in September. The boat will be available for weddings, corporate parties, dinners and sightseeing, a spokesman said.
A date has yet to be announced but sometime in the fall an open house is planned when residents from both sides of the river will have a chance to enjoy a free get-acquainted cruise.
Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of jet boat rides in the lower river.
Kinney’s Whirlpool Jet fleet continues to operate from its Canadian and U.S. docks while the new Niagara Adventure Jet, co-owned by Mike Fox and Chris Bohnenkamp, is running trips out of the Fox Boyz Marina, Youngstown. Both companies offer basically the same ride upriver as far as the Whirlpool.
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