Blog posts by George Bailey

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Look for a new Niagara Parks Visitor Guide soon! The folks at the NPC have announced they’ll be distributing a new 40 page visitor’s guide the middle of May. This is the first such guide published since the late 1990’s. Some of the items it will include a... Read more...

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Fort Erie,   Each December 23rd   for the past 29 years John Fulton has been playing Santa Claus. So what you say? Well, he’s a Santa like no other. You see, John Fulton AKA,”The Surfing Santa” has been sailing the frigid and sometimes frozen Niagara Rive... Read more...

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I bundled up in four layers of clothes this morning (- 12 Celsius) and headed to Queen Victoria Park near the falls to see what the water going over the falls looked like. A strong south west wind was sending water over the falls faster than usual creatin... Read more...

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In my library I have at least 30 books on Niagara Falls (Five of them written by myself).When I visited my local library a few days ago I came across one Niagara Falls book that I had never seen before. It was,”Niagara-Daredevils, Dangers and Extraordinar... Read more...

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If you ever wonder what Niagara Falls looks like at any time of the day it’s pretty easy. All you have to do is punch in “Falls Cam” on your computer or I phone.   There are several sights that provide 24 hour live coverage of both falls from various loca... Read more...

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This is an example of an early daguerreotype photograph taken in the early 1840’s.   The view is taken from Prospect Point on the U.S. side of the border at the edge of the American Falls.   It was usually the well-to-do, who could afford to travel, who v... Read more...

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The harvesting of Niagara’s “liquid gold in a bottle” has begun early this year due to the extremely cold temperatures we are currently experiencing in Niagara. Vineyard Estates Winery is one of the first to begin picking Vidal Icewine grapes this year.  ... Read more...

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I have just finished re-reading Dwight Whalen’s excellent little book entitled,”Lover’s Guide to Niagara” published in 1990.   There’s a section in his book where he writes about American playwright, Oscar Wilde’s visit to Niagara Falls in February 1892.... Read more...

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We know winter is not far behind when the 'birders' start to arrive in Niagara Falls to watch the annual migration of various types of birds to this area. I spotted a few birders this past weekend along the bank above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.   One o... Read more...

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With the weather turning colder and snow soon to arrive, look for an announcement in the next week or so that the annual Ice Boom that is placed across the mouth of the Niagara River at Lake Erie will soon be installed. The boom is installed by Ontario Po... Read more...

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In 1998 I published a small book called, “Marilyn Monroe and the Making of Niagara”. It had to do with the filming of the technicolour movie, “Niagara” in June of 1952.The book is no longer in print but I still get regular requests for copies of the book.... Read more...

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At the foot of Burning Spring Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a small little house made of boulder stone. Most people are unaware that this building was built in the early 1800’s of stone taken from the upper Niagara River during the building of the nea... Read more...

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Samuel Zimmerman-The Founder of Niagara Falls, Ontario   I’ve just finished reading a new book titled, “End of the Line” by Don McIver. This interesting book talks about a major train wreck in nearby Hamilton, Ontario. It also contains lots of facts about... Read more...

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Niagara’s Last,” Daredevil” Celebrates an Anniversary   It was ten years ago on October 20th, 2003 that Kirk Jones, a 40 year-year-old from Canton, Ohio jumped into the Niagara River and went over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at 12:45 pm wearing only his... Read more...

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Thursday, October 24th is a Historic Day in  Niagara Falls Canada   This is the very last day that historic Maid of the Mist Boats has launched below the Niagara Gorge in Niagara Falls, Canada. October 24th has been traditionally the day the operation clo... Read more...

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I learned at today’s Winter Festival of Lights Media Conference that Ontario Power Generation is the new three year sponsor of this spectacular winter light display. The festival now in its 31st year is now known as Ontario Power Generation Winter Festiva... Read more...

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In 1901 a health food enthusiast, Henry D. Perky in 1901 opened a plant like no other to be found in North America in nearby Niagara Falls, New York. Perky’s National Food Company produced in a five story, building referred to be the locals as “A Palace o... Read more...

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Many Niagarans may not be aware that a building that now occupies part of Niagara Falls Marineland at one time was the location of a “temporary” P.O.W. camp following the Second World War. Although you can find out about this in historic records I learned... Read more...

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Many years ago I purchased at a garage sale in Niagara Falls a box containing loads of old photos of the falls and other related printed material. This week I was looking at the contents again and came across two small booklets that I had missed seeing. T... Read more...

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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... Read more...

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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 e... Read more...

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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 sh... Read more...

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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 t... Read more...

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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... Read more...

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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.... Read more...

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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... Read more...

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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 wat... Read more...

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Bird-life is especially keen at this time of year in Niagara Falls. Birders tell me the Niagara River and the falls is a mecca for at least eighty-five different varieties of birds. There have been twenty different kinds of gulls spotted along the Niagara... Read more...

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Every once in a while I dig-out my collection of copies of historic Niagara Falls paintings. Attached is a drawing by August Kollner which he painted in 1850. What you see in this sketch is elegant ladies and gentlemen looking towards the American Falls.... Read more...

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I can remember clearly when Niagara Falls first casino-Casino Niagara opened on December 9th; 1996.It was the event of the year. The glamorous opening had all the remnants of a Hollywood Gala. The flashy casino was built on the site of the former Maple Le... Read more...

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No. About 50 other falls in the world are “taller”. The Angel Falls in Venezuela ranks first in height at 979 metres (3,212 feet) However, some of the tallest falls in the world have very little water flowing over them. What makes Niagara Falls so special... Read more...

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Hornblower Niagara Cruises to the falls in Niagara Falls Ontario ended its third season on the Niagara River this past weekend with a record of 2.2 million passengers. This was up from 1.8 million in 2015 and 1.6 million visitors in 2014, its first year o... Read more...

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That’s a bit of a lie. A wax figure of the U.S. President-Elect, Donald Trump will be arriving at the Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in Niagara Falls in the New Year. Another waxworks of The Donald has been on display at Ripley’... Read more...

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What an exciting evening it was for the two hundred or so that turned out for the official unveiling of the new digital lights that now light up Niagara Falls nightly. Members of the respective organizations that make up the Niagara Falls Illumination Boa... Read more...

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A new record will go into the Guiness World Record Museum in Niagara Falls on Clifton Hill. 49 year old Eddy McDonald (Fast Eddy) from nearby Hamilton Ontario broke the record, under the watchful eye of a Guiness official, for the most hop the fence yo-yo... Read more...

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The city of Niagara Falls has included in their 2017 budget $1.5 million worth of improvements along Lundy’s Lane. The plan is divided into three phases with a total cost of $5.6 million ( $1.5 million for phase one,$2 million for phase two and $2.1 milli... Read more...

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If you visit, the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse just off the Niagara Parkway above the falls in Niagara Falls you’ll be rewarded with hundreds of colourful Poinsettias and other floral arrangements that will delight the eyes. One highlight is a tree made... Read more...