Blog posts by George Bailey

by George Bailey

Niagara Falls annual Springlicious starts this Friday, May 26th and continues until 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28th.This is the 11th free festival held in the historic downtown of Niagara Falls. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy live entertainment (you can dance on the street), and different food from…

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The popular Shaw Festival in nearby Niagara on the Lake begins its 56th season this Thursday, May 25th. The season opens in the Festival Theatre with the play, Saint Joan directed by Shaw’s new artistic director, Tim Carroll. Several other plays will be performed in the Festival Theatre, the Court…

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Although Queen Victoria Park (the area between Clifton Hill and Dufferin Islands-154 acres) had been open to the public during extensive renovations in 1887 it was not until 1888 that an unofficial opening of the park took place by residents of Niagara who wanted to how their appreciation for the…

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Free fireworks over the falls begin Friday, May 19, at 10 p.m. The fireworks continue over this Holiday weekend with shows scheduled for Sunday, May 21, and Victoria Day, Monday, May 22, 2017. Canada’s longest-running fireworks resumes daily at 10 p.m. beginning Thursday, June 1st until Friday…

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If you’re on your Honeymoon in Niagara Falls did you know you can pick up a Honeymoon Certificate signed by Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati verifying you had your Honeymoon in Niagara? This certificate has been handed out by various mayors since the 1960’s. They can be picked up at the Ontario…

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If you’re a fan of the syndicated television show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” you’ll be pleased to learn the show is returning to Niagara Falls on Monday, June 5th to do two episodes of their morning show. Ryan Seacreast is the recently appointed co-host of this popular morning show. This marks the…

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The falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old The falls were formed when melting glaziers formed massive fresh-water lakes (The Great Lakes) one of which (Lake Erie) ran downhill toward another (Lake Ontario). The rushing waters carved out a strait (now known as the Niagara River in their…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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