New York

Iconic Niagara Falls & the Underground Railroad

Take in the beauty of Niagara Falls from both sides of the border as you learn about the importance of this region as a gateway to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
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Program No. 23498RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The 167-foot cascading falls of Niagara is an astounding beauty to behold — but the Niagara Suspension Bridge that once stood just two miles upriver was a far more beautiful sight for freedom seekers traveling north along the Underground Railroad. That bridge spanning from New York to Ontario across the Niagara River was their gateway to freedom. Take in the monumental beauty of Niagara Falls as you comprehend the monumental importance of Niagara as a gateway to freedom. Hear stories of the former slaves who traveled along the Underground Railroad to seek safety in Canada and the abolitionists who helped them get there.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
This program involves moderate walking on field trips, approximately 1 miles of walking per day. Boarding and disembarking coach buses.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit iconic stations along the Underground Railroad with a descendant of a former slave, and visit a heritage center to consider the lingering effects of slavery in modern-day America.
  • Take in the sparkling mist of Niagara Falls from both sides of the border, and enjoy panoramic views as the falls are illuminated after dark.
  • Enjoy a field trip to the Jackson Triggs Winery to learn about the process of making ice wine—and sample some yourself!
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