Blog posts by George Bailey

by George Bailey   

That’s what the lady, who is holding who I assume to be her husband, could be telling him as he peers over the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at Table Rock House in Niagara Falls, Canada. This is a reproduction from an 1888 newspaper. A parapet (stone wall) now protects this area from would… Read More...

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Whirlpool Jet Boats (there are five of them) begin their summer season on Saturday, April 22nd. The popular attraction, which operates out of docks along the lower Niagara River at Queenston, Ontario, just eleven kilometres north of the falls. The trip takes passengers on an exhilarating ride up… Read More...

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Here’s a lovely photograph of the American Falls, Luna Island and the Bridal Veil Falls taken from the balcony of Niagara Park’s Refectory Restaurant in the early 1930’s. This restaurant is now called Queen Victoria Place. Note, the free parking right at the edge of the sidewalk. You can see one of… Read More...

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A new attraction originally scheduled to open last year is now open on weekends. The new attraction called, Wildplay is located along the Niagara Parkway 5.7 kilometres north from the falls at a location called Thompsons Point. It’s at the far end of the Niagara Spanish Aero Car attraction. The… Read More...

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I took a ride along the Upper Niagara Parkway this past weekend towards Fort Erie and was rewarded with the first colourful flowers of the spring. The many trees along this magnificent ride are also starting to bud. Closer to the falls, white and yellow daffodils are everywhere and the tulips look… Read More...

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Most people in the 1930’s dressed in their, “Sunday’s Best” when they visited Niagara Falls. This photograph was taken at the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at Table Rock House in the summer of 1932.The Clifton Hill Hotel, destroyed by fire in December of 1932, is seen in the distance on the… Read More...

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The 34th annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls Ontario was brighter than ever with 1.33 million people taking in the festival from November 19, 2016 until January 31st of this year. Tina Myers, the events Executive Director said new records for donations were… Read More...

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A sightseeing bus carrying visitors from Toronto to the falls turns right past the Lafayette Hotel (1880-1933) towards the falls in this 1927 photograph. Look carefully (you’ll need a magnifying glass) and you will see a single room at the hotel cost $3.00 for the night! The tracks of the Great… Read More...

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This is a seasonal favourite for more than 70 years. The greenhouse is located in Niagara Falls at 7145 Niagara Parkway a short distance from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This years show consists of beautiful springtime blooms and an Easter display of chicks and bunnies. The display also features… Read More...

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Due to the milder weather, most of Niagara’s 20 or more golf courses are opening this week for the season. Niagara Parks has announced the historic Whirlpool Golf Course along the Lower Niagara Parkway and Battlefield Course at Legends along the Upper Niagara Parkway will open Friday, April… Read More...

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Over the next week or so I’ll blog a few historic photographs from my personal collection. Here’s one of a family viewing the Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the brink of Table Rock House in Niagara Falls. However, the young man on the right seems more interested in the photographer (still somewhat… Read More...

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The 7th Annual Greater Niagara Home and Garden Show happen this weekend at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls. Renovation and Building Expert Damon Bennett, who is featured on HGTV’s Homes Makes It Right, will be at the show along with dozens of other home and… Read More...

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If you like to participate in live theatre, then mark April 1 and 2 on your calendar. Live History, a theatre group, brings its latest venture to the restored 1850’s tavern museum at 6137 Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls on April 1 and 2. With participation from the audience the play helps solve the… Read More...

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Yes, just before midnight on March 29,1848, Niagara residents accustomed to the flow of theNiagara River were awakened when the Niagara River ceased to flow. The reason-a strong south-west wind pushed the ice in Lake Erie in motion. Millions of tones of ice became lodged at the mouth of the Niagara… Read More...

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The Niagara Falls Illumination Board will be switching off lights on the falls on Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. They are doing this to help raise awareness and support for action on the issue of climate change. Millions of individuals, cities and businesses will also be taking… Read More...

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If you have an invention or a business proposal to pitch mark Saturday, March 25th on your calendar. That’s the date you’ll be able to make a presentation to the producers of the popular Dragon’s Den CBC show. Auditions will b held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Auditions… Read More...

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One of the most awaited events in Niagara takes place on Friday, March 24th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Cuvee 2017-a celebration of excellence in Ontario winemaking happens at the centre that evening. Fifty Ontario VQA wineries and 12 culinary partners show, “their best”… Read More...

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Wow, what a difference a week makes. Last week at this time, we were seeing spring bulbs popping through the ground in the park near the falls. This week it’s a different story. Mother Nature has thrown us a curve and we now have as much as 60 centimetres (two feet) of snow, cold winds, and… Read More...

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At the foot of Clifton Hill just after you enterQueen Victoria Park you’ll see a large circular pond found inside large blocks of concrete. The pond is surrounded by a walkway and in the warmer month’s colourful flowers. This pond, built in 1856, is called the Zimmerman,” Fountain Pond”. It is the… Read More...

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There is no shortage of things for you and the whole family to do this March Break. Here’s just a few of them. See the Northern Owl exhibit at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. Open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There is an entry fee plus paid parking. Free outdoor raptor Display with… Read More...