One of Niagara Falls most popular attractions, The Whirlpool Aero Car, which passes over the Niagara Whirlpool, will undergo major renovations this winter. Plans are to replace of all six steel track cables that hold the car above the treacherous whirlpool. The Niagara Parks Commission, who own and operate the attraction, say this is part of their regular maintenance program. The interlocking steel cables, each 25 mm in diameter have a life expectancy of 35-30 years, depending on there usage.
The Whirlpool Aero Car is often called the Spanish Aero Car because it was built in Balboa, Spain in 1915. The car began operating over the Whirlpool on August 8th, 1916. It has a 100 percent safety record.
The car travels between two Canadian points and carries 35 standing passengers over a one-kilometre trip. The car does briefly pass over the United States but riders need no immigration clearance.
It’s expected to re-open in mid-April 2019.
The Whirlpool Aero Car is located four kilometres north of the Falls, just off the Niagara Parkway.