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Got your poncho? Boat rides below Niagara Falls starting early

Boat rides below Niagara Falls will start their seasons early this year.

The iconic Maid of the Mist will kick off its 131st consecutive season at 9 a.m. April 2, the company said.

The Maid’s average opening date, dating back to 1948, is May 8. Over the last 10 years, the average opening date has been April 22.

The Maid of the Mist operates on the American side of Niagara Falls out of Niagara Falls State Park.

On the Ontario side, Hornblower Cruises will open its season April 1, the company announced. It will be the earliest the company started operating since it opened in 2014. Maid of the Mist previously operated boat rides on both sides of the border.