Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Maid of the Mist

Maid of the Mist
Maid of the Mist
May 9, 2005

The Maid of the Mist is a boat tour of Niagara Falls.  Each of the boats in the tour is named Maid of the Mist followed by a different Roman numeral.  It is North America's oldest tourist attraction.  The tour begins near the Rainbow Bridge in the Niagara River with boarding available from either the Canadian or American side of the river and ending at the same starting point.  The tour takes passengers pas the American and Bridal Veil Falls into the dense mist of spray in the curve of the Horseshoe Falls (pictured).

History of the Maid of the Mist
The first Maid of the Mist I (1846 - 1854) was launced in 1846 as a ferry service between the Canadian and American sides of the Niagara River.  It pre-dated the construction of the first Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge by two years.  When the bridge opened the ferry service lost business.  By 1854 a more luxurious Maid of the Mist was launched to become a tourist attraction instead.  The remaining Maid of the Mist boats are:
  • Maid of the Mist I (1854 - 1860) - double-stack steamboat ferry
  • Maid of the Mist I (1854 - 1860) - single-stack steamboat ferry
Both of these boats were sold to a Montreal firm in 1860 due to financial difficulties and the impending American Civil War.  A formal service was restored in 1895 and two new boats were constructed and launched under the new partnership, Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company.
  • Maid of the Mist I (1885 - 1955) - steam boat
  • Maid of the Mist II (1892 - 1955) - white oak steam boat
These boats burned in a pre-season accident on April 22, 1955.  Later that year two new boats were built and launched.  They are the same type and style of boat used today, constructed of steel and powered by diesel engines.
  • Maid of the Mist I (1955 - 1990)
  • Maid of the Mist II (1956 - 1983) - involved in the rescue of Roger Woodward, a 7 yr old boy who fell over the Falls wearing only a life jacket and the first to survive going over the Falls
  • Maid of the Mist III (1972 - 1997)
  • Maid of the Mist IV (1976 - present)
  • Maid of the Mist V (1983 - present)
  • Maid of the Mist VI (1990 - present)
  • Maid of the Mist VII (1997 - present) - twin of VI
  • The Little Maid - small tug-like vessel docked on Canadian side


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