by George Bailey   

Despite their splendour, rainbows usually get, “second billing” next to the falls, especially to first time viewers of the falls. On any bright sunny day (they’ve been few and far between so far, this winter) you are guaranteed a rainbow if you stand in the right spot. When your back is to the sun,… Read More...

by George Bailey   

In the mid 1890’s, Nikola Tesla, a brilliant electrical engineer, developed a system of alternating current (AC) which enabled power from Niagara Falls to be transmitted great distances. The system was put into use on November 15,1896 when electric power was transmitted from Niagara Falls to… Read More...

by George Bailey   

As you enter Niagara Falls from the west along Highway 20 this roadway at Allanport Road (It’s just a half kilometres from theWelland Canal lift bridge) becomes Lundy’s Lane. From here it continues easterly to historic Main Street. Here it changes name again and becomes Ferry Street. When it… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Yes, they do. But fish have more luck in surviving the plunge than humans. They are better built to survive the plunge because they live in water all the time and are much more pliable and lighter than humans. At the bottom of the falls is a cushion of air bubbles that softens their fall. The body… Read More...

by George Bailey   

I took my 4-year-old grandson, Conor recently on a,” Saturday morning adventure” and travelled to the nearby Niagara District Airport to look at the planes and helicopters. While in the terminal, I struck up a conversation with Ian Goodwin who happened to be the president of Niagara Falls Air… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Just to the north of us on the on the mouth of Lake Ontario at the end of the Niagara Parkway is the pretty town of Niagara on the Lake. This past week the town received word that the travel sight Trivago has listed them as one of the top ten best value communities in Canada. I can remember in… Read More...

by George Bailey   

With temperatures in the -7 to -9 Celsius range, the trees and lampposts near the falls are now covered with the freezing mist generated by the falls. Bundle up warm in several layers of clothes and walk the area near Table Rock at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and you’ll see striking… Read More...

by George Bailey   

There should be a new $3-million Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze, 2,500-square-foot attraction opening on Clifton Hill between April and June of this year. The attraction is now being built by the Niagara Clifton Group on the site of the former Brick City attraction. The Niagara Clifton… Read More...

by George Bailey   

A local businessman, David vanVelzen has approached the City of Niagara Falls committee of adjustment to seek approval to build a multi-million-dollar attraction about the ill-fated Titanic. The attraction would be built on Centre Street where the former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena once stood.… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The Falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old. This is relatively young compared to other waterfalls in the world. Some are up to 2.5 million years old! Here’s the Coles Notes version of how our falls were formed. During the Glacial Epoch of the Earth’s history (500,000 to 2 million years ago,),… Read More...

by George Bailey   

One programs will see the enhancement of grasslands on Niagara Parks property in Chippawa to support grassland dependent species of birds. A second program is to implement coastal wetland restoration projects along the Niagara River. In collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources… Read More...

by George Bailey   

For the past 29 years’ attractions on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls have offered admission to Niagara Falls residents to their attractions for $1.00. This past Sunday ten attractions on the hill opened their doors to Niagara Falls residents for a loonie each with all proceeds going to Cystic… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Sometimes I forget we have fabulous entertainers who perform in the Avalon Theatre at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls year-round. The intimate 1,500-seat theatre at 6389 Fallsview Boulevard was opened in June of 2004. For example, this month scheduled to appear are Sha-Na-Na. My wife… Read More...

by George Bailey   

If you like thee green stuff rather than the white stuff a visit to the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse on the parkway just above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls might be in order for you. The staff is now busy replacing the Christmas display to the spring show that will run until Easter weekend Sunday… Read More...

by George Bailey   

With the extreme cold, we now have; Niagara grape growers have started to pick frozen grapes on the vine to produce this year’s crop of icewine. According to Wine Country Ontario Niagara produces some of the best icewines in the world. Temperatures have to be a sustained -8C before they are… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It’s interesting to read about Mark Twain’s visit to Niagara Falls in the 1860’s from Buffalo after arriving on a steam train. Twain wrote some kind things about Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls - Sketches Old and New published ten years after his visit. He said, “Niagara Falls is an enjoyable place… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Congratulations to Zack Schwartz, originally of Niagara Falls now living in New York City, for his impressive pre-production of a 96-minute feature family friendly film that tells about Twain’s first visit to Niagara. Shooting will continue in the spring. This film, augmented with a gorgeous… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Things were done quite a bit different when it came to clearing ice and snow from the sidewalks and roadway at Table Rock near the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in the 1920’s. Here’s a photograph taken on one of the coldest winter days in the 1920’s. Check the frozen mist on the lampposts… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It is believed Niagara is a derivative of the Iroquoian word ,”Onguiaahra” which was anglicized by missionaries. The name appears on maps as early as 1641.The generally accepted meaning is,”The Strait”.Some believe the name was derived from the narrow waterway connecting Lakes Erie and… Read More...

by George Bailey   

In 1935 the roar of Niagara Falls was heard worldwide when a microphone was placed at the furthermost portal tunnel in the attraction named Table Rock Scenic Tunnels (Today, known as the Journey Behind the Falls). The event was a Christmas broadcast by Canada’s CBC. You can still take this… Read More...