by George Bailey   

What is one of Ontario’s earliest, if not, first police forces was founded 187 years ago on May 27th, 1887. When the then called, “Queen Victoria Niagara Falls Police Force” consisted of a Head Policeman who was paid $2.50 per day and a Park Policeman wh... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Parks employees have finished putting a new face on the world famous Floral Clock located along the Niagara Parkway north of the falls at Queenston. I was invited this past week to get into a bucket truck to take an aerial photograph of the clock... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Unofficially this long Canadian Holiday Victory Day Weekend is the unofficial beginning of the summer season in Canada. In Niagara Falls there are plenty of free activities for the whole family to enjoy. Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday... Read more...

by George Bailey   

The Niagara Falls History Museum will be presenting from May 14 to September 6, 2015 an exhibition of a series of framed artwork on Niagara Falls mounted chronologically. The exhibit will highlight the variety of avenues and mediums used over the centurie... Read more...

by George Bailey   

This popular show of seasonal Hydrangeas are now ablaze with colour at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse at 7145 Niagara Parkway above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Among this year’s features are enormous hanging baskets-some over five feet wide. In add... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I went for an early morning walk in the park near the falls and was pleasantly surprised to see most of the springtime flowers are in full bloom. As you enter Queen Victoria Park at the foot of Clifton Hill you’ll see yellow and white daffodils, multi co... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Hornblower Niagara Cruises are now operating, for its second season, daily sightseeing trips below the falls. Hornblower CEO, Terry MacRae said, “We had a fantastic first year with tremendous community and industry support. We look forward to another suc... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara’s popular Food and Wine Festival will be held this weekend at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. This year’s fifth festival will see the appearance of John Catucci, popular host of the television series, “You Gotta Eat Here.” Catuc... Read more...

by George Bailey   

The Niagara Parks will join with Forests Ontario, as part of a province-wide free community tree planting event this Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s aim is to plant 40,000 new trees and seedlings on over 1,300 hectares of park. Some of... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Want to know the time of day and don’t have a watch? Then a visit to the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens on the upper Niagara Parkway will help solve this problem. This is also the location of the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Sc... Read more...

by George Bailey   

The warm weather buzz is returning to Niagara Falls. On my fairly regular Sunday afternoon walk I noticed lots more people enjoying the early days of spring. I also saw the Horse and Buggy ride was up and operating. I’ve attached a few photos. One shows... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I think there are perhaps a few people who might have wondered what’s the purpose of the circular concrete building beside the Illumination Tower where the lights that light up the falls each evening is located. It was, at one time, the Surge Tank for the... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Falls Golf Courses Open for the Season Okay golfers, here’s what you’ve been waiting for the last five or so months. Niagara area golf courses are up and running for the 2015 season. The Niagara Parks have opened their popular Battlefield Golf C... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Some folks may not know the name but in the late 1800’s he was a “big Deal”. On one of my recent walks in Queen Victoria Park near the falls I came across a statue of Nikola Tesla. I remember when the statue was unveiled in July 2006 right across from th... Read more...

by George Bailey   

It was at about this time of the year in 1847 that a kite contest was held to help build the first bridge across the Niagara Gorge at Niagara. The reason for the contest was to get a 213 metre (700 foot) over the Whirlpool Rapids. There were no helicopter... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Now that it looks like spring has finally arrived here’s a few suggestions as to how to dust off the winter cob webs. Take a hike along one of the well-marked trails found in Dufferin islands just off the Niagara River above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.... Read more...

by George Bailey   

This past weekend at about midnight on March 29, 1848; Niagara residents accustomed to the flow of the river were awakened when the Niagara River ceased to flow. The reason-a strong south-west gale had pushed the ice fields in Lake Erie in motion. Million... Read more...

by George Bailey   

The gardens of The Niagara Parks Commission were recognized as the, “Garden Destination of the Year” at the North American Garden Tourism Conference held this week in Toronto .The award was presented by the Canadian Garden Council and is given only to org... Read more...