Niagara River Cruise & Schmooze


Get ready for a beautiful day of boating on the Lower Niagara River! Plan on arriving at the Youngstown Yacht Club by 1:30 to check in and meet your skipper and first mate. All Hospice guests are asked to park at St. Bernard's Church on Hinman Street and catch a ride down the hill on the free shuttle bus that has been generously donated over the years by Niagara Falls Coach Lines. If you haven't been on a sailboat or motor yacht before, don't panic! Our volunteer skippers have been navigating these waters for many years and are committed to making your day on the Niagara River a memorable one.

Once you depart from the village docks, where you go from there is up to you. Most of our guests choose to take a nice smooth ride up river to Lewiston, New York where they'll meet up with our live band floating downstream. Some guests prefer to raise the sails and head out onto Lake Ontario for a little different experience. Whatever you decide, you'll be sure to enjoy a great view along one of the most scenic waterways in the world!

There are many beautiful sights to see along the Lower Niagara River. On a clear day you can see the Toronto skyline as you depart from club docks. Fort Niagara is located at the mouth of the river across from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada. The United States Coast Guard patrols the surrounding area and is based out of Youngstown. A little farther up river you'll pass by historic Fort George along the Canadian shore. Stella Niagara Education Park looks like a huge castle rising above the treeline just before Joseph Davis State Park on the American shore. You'll also see the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge spanning the Niagara Gorge, Brock's Monument, Lewiston Landing, Artpark, and much more! Ask your skipper to point out the house with four cellars used to hide slaves in their quest for freedom on the Underground Railroad. This is truly one of the most historic areas in the history of the United States.

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