Whirlpool Aero Car

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Coordinates: 43°07′05″N 79°04′08″W / 43.11798°N 79.06877°W / 43.11798; -79.06877

Whirlpool Aero Car

Niagara Whirlpool with aerocar.JPG

City Niagara Falls, Ontario
Country Canada
Operated by Niagara Parks Commission
Type multi-cable aerial tramway
Vertical distance 250 feet (76 m)
Horizontal distance 1,770 feet (540 m)
Duration of one-way trip 10 minutes
Maximum speed 7.8 feet per second (2.4 m/s)
Number of cars 1 (plus 1 rescue car)
Passenger capacity 35 (4 on rescue car)
Daily round trips (passengers) ~21 (10am-5pm)
Began service August 8, 1916
Tramway manufacturer Niagara Spanish Aero Car Company Limited / Leonardo Torres Quevedo
Official website Whirlpool Aero Car

The Whirlpool Aero Car or Aero Car is a cable car located in Niagara Falls, Ontario that transports passengers over a section of the Niagara River referred to as the Niagara Whirlpool.

The system was designed by Spaniard Leonardo Torres Quevedo and upgraded since 1916 (1961, 1967 and 1984).[1]

The system uses one car that carries 35 standees over 1 kilometre trip.[2]

The car originally was open, but a roof has been added to all later designs.[3]

A four-person rescue car is available (a smaller white car stored at opposite end in an indoor area), but not used in regular service.[4]

Although the trip is on the Canadian side, it crosses over US side part way into the Whirlpool (about 500 feet (150 m) from the starting point and for about 200 feet (61 m)), but passengers do not require passport clearance.[5]

The car operates from 10am to 5pm from second week of March to first week of November. It is closed during most of the winter due to ice and snow.


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