Blog posts by George Bailey

by George Bailey

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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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I blogged recently about a Day Rainbow now here’s something about a Night Rainbow. There’s an island that separates the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls on the U.S. side of the border called Luna Island. Luna is Latin for moon. Under certain conditions, you could at one time see at night a…

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A popular event, the 4th Annual Lundy’s Lane Restaurant Week”, continues until Thursday, March 9th. Sixteen restaurants found along the, “lane” are offering two and three course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at incredible prices. Some will also feature live entertainment on the weekends. If…

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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,…

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The Niagara Parks Commission, in conjunction with the Royal Ontario Museum, is featuring a travel exhibit looking into the intriguing world of owls. The exhibition is found at the Niagara Parks Commission’s Butterfly Conservatory until April 17th.The conservatory is found at 2565 on the lower…

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One of Niagara Falls largest employers, The Niagara Parks Commission is holding a Job Fair this Saturday, Feb 25th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The fair takes place at Niagara College’s Niagara Falls campus at 5881 Dunn Street. Over 350 positions are available this year in the following areas:…

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It was in February of 1912 that Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge Stanton and Burrell Hecock, who was trying to save the Stanton’s, drowned when the ice bridge they were standing on started to break up carrying them to their death in the lower Whirlpool Rapids. Winters were colder then and ice bridges often…

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I took a walk near the falls this past Saturday and was pleasantly surprised to see lots of people. The reason…Nice weather with temperatures around 16C and also the fact Ontarians celebrate Family Day this Monday, Feb. 20th. It is also a holiday for U.S, citizens who are celebrating President’s…

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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,…

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