Niagara Parks staff scale the rocks that have become loose during the winter to protect visitors from debris that may fall on the lower observation deck at the Journey Behind the Falls attraction.
‘Ice-jacking’ is the name of the process that loosens the rocks on the gorge face. Water captured in the crevasses of rocks freezes and thaws over long periods of time and creates loose rocks. Rocks are chiseled out and allowed to fall into the gorge creating a sloped fortification wall called a talus. The talus will be either removed or left in place upon completion, depending on where it lands.
Each spring, before the lower deck is re-opened, rock scaling is carried out and inspected by an independent geology firm. For the safety of visitors, the Journey Behind the Falls attraction may experience limited access during this time.
The Journey Behind the Falls attraction provides visitors with views of the Falls from behind and beside the base of the cascading Horseshoe Falls. Each winter, the lower observation deck of this attraction is closed to the public to ensure the safety of visitors from ice and rock falls.
NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.