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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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...

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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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One of Niagara Falls famous resident, John MacBain was honoured this past Friday by the City of Niagara Falls for his donations of $1 million dollars in 2006 to the MacBain Community Centre (named for his parents Al and Viola MacBain) and his 2010 pledge... Read more...

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You might want to bundle up warm and head with your family to the annual Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade this Saturday, November 19th. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and winds through the historic downtown of Niagara Falls. Crowds will line the streets of... Read more...

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I have to admit I hadn’t been to the Journey Behind the Falls attraction at the brink of Table Rock for the past few years. But this weekend, with my daughter Jennifer, we took a student from China, who was staying with my daughter, on a tour of Niagara F... Read more...

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I’ve just finished putting up a new Canadian Flag on my flagpole that sits in front of my home. Like hundreds of other private citizens and Niagara businesses I’ll be lowering the flag to half-mast this Friday, November 11, Remembrance Day (U.S. Veteran’s... Read more...

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The Niagara River is not a river at all, but a strait. It meanders 36 miles north from the eastern tip of Lake Erie to the west end of Lake Ontario, draining the overflow from four Great Lakes. Twenty-two miles downstream from Buffalo and Fort Erie the ri... Read more...

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It was on November 6, 1946 that the popular Niagara Parks Greenhouse (now known as the Floral Showhouse) was opened officially to the public. The old greenhouse, which was located across from the now abandoned Toronto Power Plant, was dismantled and the n... Read more...

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The City of Niagara Falls is moving ahead with phase two of streetscape revitalization along Victoria Ave. The first phase of this street revitalization began in early spring between Highway 420 and Clifton Hill. It should be completed by the early Decemb... Read more...

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I’ve just finished reading Steph Nielson’s new book, “Niagara’s Own Extraordinary Lives”. In her book she’s written brief biography’s about,”10 remarkable men and 10 exceptional women”. Some are well known, others, not so well known. For example, it was i... Read more...

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That’s right; you can be scared right out of your pants any day of the week at the Nightmares Fear Factory located at 5631 Victoria Avenue in Niagara Falls. This is the oldest haunted house attraction in North America. I can attest to the fact that this p... Read more...

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The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has announced that a $4 million revitalization program is now underway to enhance the illumination of the falls. Proposed upgrades include more than twice the current lighting levels of the falls, programmable lighting... Read more...

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It was 115 years ago that 63-year old; Annie Edson Taylor decided to celebrate her birthday on October 24th, 1901 by going over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on a similar day like today in a wooden barrel. She survived the trip sustaining only a minor inju... Read more...

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It was 13 years ago today on October 20th, 2003 that 40 year old Kirk Jones from Canton, Ohio attempted to end his life by jumping into the Upper Niagara River. Miraculously, wearing only his jacket and jeans he survived the plunge over the Canadian Horse... Read more...