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August 15, 2018 by George Bailey

New Environmental Initiatives for Niagara Parkway

As steward to the environmental and cultural heritage all along the Niagara River Corridor, The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the advancement of several environmental initiatives. These initiatives, as well as Niag…
August 15, 2018 by George Bailey

A Brief History of the Falls Themselves

Today what we call Niagara Falls really consists of three falls: the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Ninety percent of the water flowing down the Niagara River goes over the Canadian Horseshoe…
August 13, 2018 by George Bailey

Access for All in Niagara

Great strides have been made in the past 20 years or so to make accessibility to those with a disability to visit Niagara Falls. I can remember the days when a curb was cut in a sidewalk to accommodate wheelchairs and that was about…
August 8, 2018 by George Bailey

Niagara Falls Before Photography

Before photography was invented in 1839, (It was called daguerreotype photography and it was the first photographic process to win favour in North America.) people relied on painters and writers to describe one of the most popular n…
August 7, 2018 by George Bailey

The Scow is Still Marooned after 100 Years

One hundred years ago on August 6, 1918, a steel copper bottomed sand scow (barge), with two deck hands aboard became grounded on a rock sandbar approximately in the Niagara River about 600 metres (a half-mile) upriver from the Cana…
August 2, 2018 by George Bailey

Niagara Falls WEGO’s A Big Hit

Niagara Falls state-of-the art bus transportation system seems to be a big hit with visitors. The transportation system, owned and operated by the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission, began operating on August 20t…
July 31, 2018 by George Bailey

New Niagara Novel

I happened to come this week across a new Niagara novel, Two Men, One River that takes readers back to 1918.  Bob Manson, the author and researcher, Tady Sackowski have constructed a detailed landscape as it really was back then. Th…
July 30, 2018 by George Bailey

Everything is now “Peachy” in Niagara

Niagara peaches are now ready for picking and eating. With the recent steady surge of rain and heat, these juicy peaches have arrived about two weeks earlier than usual. Sarah Marshall, manager of the Ontario Fruit Board says, “Moth…
July 26, 2018 by George Bailey

The Niagara Falls Moonbow

I read with interest an article in the Toronto Star this past Sunday about Niagara Falls Moonbow or as others call it, the Lunar Bow (Luna is Latin for moon). It was written by Ernest Sternberg, a professor of urban and regional pla…
July 24, 2018 by George Bailey

Niagara Towers

Towers overlooking Niagara Falls have been a big part of the falls since the mid 1800’s. Modern day towers began in 1962 when a promoter from Buffalo, New York succeeded in promoting an observation tower, 99 metres (325 feet) above…
July 19, 2018 by George Bailey

Time Travelling

I happened to be near the lower Whirlpool Rapids Commuter Bridge in Niagara Falls a few days ago and came across a scene from the past. A large film crew had cordoned off Zimmerman Avenue between Bridge Street and Park Street. They…
July 18, 2018 by George Bailey

Daredevils Over the Falls

Between October 24, 1901 and June 2,  2017, 16 different people, including two women, intentionally tried to “beat” Niagara by going over the falls in various types of barrels or devices. With the exception of one, all of these dare…
July 16, 2018 by George Bailey

Camping at the Falls in the 1920’s

For those visiting Niagara Falls there are a number of different types of overnight accommodations to choose from. Near the Falls you’ll find several high-rise name brand hotels in the Fallsview area that overlook the falls. Near th…
July 13, 2018 by George Bailey

Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture

Yesterday, I travelled 7.5 kilometres north of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls to a piece of heaven just off the Niagara Parkway. I’m referring too the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens at 2565 Niagara Parkway that were es…
July 12, 2018 by George Bailey

 Artists’ Guild Presents “Art in the Gardens”

The Parkway Artists’ Guild, a non-profit local association of both amateur and professional artists, will be hosting their annual “Art in the Gardens” event at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, Jul…
July 10, 2018 by George Bailey

The Sound of Niagara Falls

Writers who visited Niagara Falls in the 17th,18th and 19th century often wrote that they heard Niagara Falls before they saw them. Here’s just a few of the accounts. Father Louis Hennepin, who is said to be the first white person t…
July 9, 2018 by George Bailey

Niagara Falls Coolest Places

With temperatures reaching 30 Celsius, (86 Fahrenheit)  this past week and more of the same expected over the next month thought I’d mention some places you can be “cool” in Niagara. Here are a few spots along the Niagara River wher…
July 5, 2018 by George Bailey

Nik Wallenda Crosses Niagara Falls on a Wire

One of the bravest person I’ve ever known is Nik Wallenda. Why? He, just over 6 years ago on June 15,2012 at 10;16 P.M. crossed on a wire in front of the falls from the U.S. side of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls to the Canadian side…
July 3, 2018 by George Bailey

Niagara Falls and Honeymooners

Niagara Falls has been the traditional, ”Honeymoon Capital of the World” for the past 217 years. You see, it was when Niagara Falls first honeymooners, Theodosia and Joseph Alston, embarked from Albany N.Y. to the Falls in June of 1…
June 29, 2018 by George Bailey

The Niagara Parkway

The Niagara Parkway is a scenic drive running parallel to the Niagara River 55 km (34 mi) from Fort Erie in the south, to Niagara on the Lake in the north. The parkway is one of the oldest in Ontario. Construction of the Niagara Par…
June 26, 2018 by George Bailey

Tourism Pioneer Passes Away at 83

John Holer was only 25 when he moved from Slovenia to Niagara Falls and started an attraction that would grow into one of Niagara Falls' most famous attractions, known as Marineland. I can remember John Holer well. John was always a…
June 25, 2018 by George Bailey

Night Time Ziplining Now Happening

After dark ziplining rides are now being offered by WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls, during Falls Illumination - located near Queen Victoria Park. The MistRider Zipline opened in the summer of 2016 and includes four high-spe…
June 22, 2018 by George Bailey

Celebrate Canada Day All Weekend Long

Niagara Parks’ beloved outdoor Canada Day celebration returns to Queen Victoria Park, featuring live music from local artists, family-friendly activities, performers and an outdoor licensed barbeque area on the front lawn of Queen V…
June 22, 2018 by George Bailey

Will Niagara Falls Disappear Some Day?

Yes, but no need to worry. Scientists estimate the world's second largest waterfall will disappear into Lake Erie 23,000 years from now! That estimate is based on the fact that in the past 12,000 years the falls have moved south abo…
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