The Niagara Parks Commission issued a statement on Wednesday thanking the Glynn family, operators of the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company Limited for its 41 years of dedicated service to the tourism community and visiting public in Niagara.
Thursday will be the Maid’s last day of operation on the Canadian side of the Niagara River, as the company concludes its operations for the winter season. In the spring of 2014, Hornblower Niagara Cruises is scheduled to begin providing boat tour service to the public on the Canadian side of the Niagara River.
In a statement, parks commission officials wrote:
"For more than a century, privately owned tour boats have operated from NPC lands in the Niagara Gorge, close to the base of Niagara Falls and since 1972, NPC has been pleased to work with the Glynn Family and representatives of the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company Limited, to build on what Niagara and Niagara Parks is all about; building memories and creating experiences that will last a lifetime."
Added NPC Chair Janice Thomson, “I would like to thank the owners of the Maid of the Mist for their thoughtful and dedicated operation of the boat tour service. We very much appreciate the contribution that they have made to Niagara Parks and to the overall tourism community here in Niagara.”
While Thursday marks the end of an era for Canada, Maid of the Mist officials have extended the season on this side of the border for two days.
Free rides will be offered to all Maid of the Mist passengers on Friday and Saturday. Friday's boat cruises will be held out of Niagara Falls State Park on the New York site of the border from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.