Thursday October 24th, 2013 is a historic day for Niagara Falls, Canada. Today is the last day of operation for Maid of the Mist after 167 years sailing from the Canadian falls. Hornblower Niagara Cruises will operate on the Canadian side of the gorge starting next spring after the Glynn family, Maid of the Mist owners since 1971 lost the rights.
The Maid lost its right to operate its attraction in Canada after the parks commission opened the bidding process following complaints from companies during negotiations to renew a contract with the Maid in 2009.
The Maid of the Mist company will still operate tours from the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. They are offering 2 days of free tours starting tomorrow to talk the support of the people of New York State.