Niagara City Cruises Will Open Early This Year Due To Mild Weather

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NEW YORK – Niagara City Cruises today announced that it's 2023 season would be a record year for the popular Niagara Falls boat trip, with the earliest opening date ever recorded.

Niagara City Cruises is a Canadian landmark that offers unforgettable experiences. It will open its 2023 season Thursday, March 16, running tours 10 am-4 pm EST.

Niagara City Cruises Announces 2023 Season with Its Earliest Opening Ever of Tours to The Iconic Falls, March 16.

"This is a historic event for boat tours to the base of Niagara Falls marking the earliest on record that Niagara City Cruises has ever operated, and going back before our time, there is no recorded opening of the Niagara Falls boat tours operating as early as March," says Mory DiMaurizio, Chief Operating Officer of City Cruises in Canada. "2023 is our comeback year, and we are excited to be able to welcome both locals and tourists alike to the iconic destination, and this year, be part of families March spring break to enjoy during their time here in the Niagara region."

One of Canada's most popular tourist attractions, the annual spring opening, heavily depends on the ice accumulation on Lake Erie during the winter. This year it has been very minimal. Although there were some snowstorms this winter and cold stretches, the overall conditions have been good.

Only 1% of Lake Erie's surface had ice, and the water temperature was above freezing at February's end. It has caused a rapid removal of the ice boom -- at the Niagara River, where Lake Erie empties into it -- to manage the amount of ice entering the River. This will reduce the risk of ice jams, which can cause property damage, and increase hydroelectricity generation.

For the opening of Niagara City Cruises, the key event is the removal of the ice boom. This usually happens in spring, but the ice boom was lifted on March 29 last year. However, due to the lack of ice on Lake Ontario this year, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Ontario Power Generation started removing the ice boom .

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