Blog posts by George Bailey

by George Bailey   

Many years ago, there was a high shelf of flat rock, just north of the present Table Rock area near the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It resembled a tabletop. In 1818 a piece measuring 13 x 20 metres (40x60 feet) fell into the river and an even larger piece 100 x 20 metres (40 x 60 feet)… Read More...

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Established in 1936 on 40 hectares (100 acres) of land adjacent to the Niagara Glen on the lower Niagara Parkway, this is the only known school of its kind in North America. From a total enrolment of 36 students ( this number changes at times) the school usually graduates 11 students each year, of… Read More...

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It was 1842 when English writer Charles Dickens with his wife, Kate, and maid Anne visited Niagara Falls. The 30-year old Dickens wrote, “When I felt how near I was to my creator I was standing, the first effect and enduring one-instant and lasting-of the tremendous spectacle of Peace. Peace of… Read More...

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The Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry Street is holding a free family-friendly event at the museum on Thursday, September 22 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. It will include art exhibits, live music, and hands-on interactive crafts and activities for all ages. Food from local restaurants and… Read More...

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Mory DiMaurizio, General Manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises is quoted in the local Niagara Falls Review newspaper as having, “a spectacular year”. He’s optimistic that things will continue this way until the two boats are taken out of the river for the season on November 30th.To date… Read More...

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I was out on my bike a few days ago and stopped off at the Niagara Falls Hostel (4549 Cataract Ave) at the foot of Bridge Street near the intersection of River Road. The hostel is about a half-hour walk from the falls. Salome Torres, owner and manager of the historic hostel (the building was built… Read More...

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About 700 participants are registered to take part in a day long Triathlon to be held in parts of Niagara this Sunday, September 18th. Participants will have to swim two kilometres, run 21.1 kilometres and bike 90 kilometres (I got tired just typing this sentence!) They will finish at Kingsbridge… Read More...

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One of the best kept secrets in Niagara Falls is the Fragrance Garden for the Visually Impaired found on the grounds outside the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. The showhouse is located about a five minute drive above the falls off the Niagara Parkway opposite the abandoned Toronto Power… Read More...

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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is being held in nearby Toronto until September 16th. Don’t be surprise to see some of the many Hollywood stars who are attending this festival arrive unannounced in Niagara Falls. In the past, I’ve been involved in escorting various actors around the… Read More...

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The 65th annual Niagara Wine Festival, which celebrates everything grape, begins this Saturday and continues throughout Niagara until Friday, September 30th. This now famous festival is a month long celebration of Niagara’s greatest bounty, agriculture and globally recognized achievement: WINE !… Read More...

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I was having a coffee in Timmies in Chippawa when I saw a number of customers head outside towards the nearby dock along the Chippawa Creek. I soon joined them and spotted a “guy whirling around in the sky “.He was attached by what I’ll call a tube throwing out a jet stream of water. He was… Read More...

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That’s the cute sign I saw in a Niagara Falls restaurant this week. Don’t laugh it could be true. The restaurant was near the Canadian end of the Rainbow Bridge. You see, in 1975 Elvis Presley preformed a concert in Niagara Falls, New York (our sister city) at the International Center. The center… Read More...

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Living in Niagara Falls I’ve always appreciated the many free things locals and visitors can do in this lovely city. Here are just a few. -go for a hike in the Niagara Glen Nature Area, or Dufferin Islands. -have a picnic along the Niagara Parkway. The tables and grills are even there to use free… Read More...

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Many people in Ontario believe that Algonquin Park is Ontario’s first provincial park. They’re wrong. Algonquin Park was established in 1893. Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission which runs along the Niagara River corridor between Fort Erie and Niagara on the Lake was established in 1885 with the… Read More...

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One of the largest Carillons in North America is found in Niagara Falls. The Rainbow Carillon Tower is located at the Canadian end of the international Rainbow Bridge near the falls. The 50.3 metre (165 feet) was built in 1947. The Carillon Tower has 55 cast bronze bells weighting 43 tons that hang… Read More...

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For the third season in a row the popular Onguiaahra Light and Sound Show returns to Queen Victoria Park near the falls on Friday, August 26th.Two family-friendly free shows will take place on August 26th as well as Monday, September 5th. There will be three sound and light shows each evening at… Read More...

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John Lewis Kraft ( J.L. Kraft ), who first patented a method of processing cheese in 1916,was born in 1875 in nearby Stevensville south of Niagara Falls. He died at the age of 79 in February 1953. He was one of 14 children born to the Krafft (correct spelling) family in this small Niagara hamlet.… Read More...

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I’ve been around the falls for the past 60 years and have never seen the huge crowds that we are now enjoying. Some will tell you it’s the strong American dollar that is keeping Canadians in Canada. For sure, this is definitely correct. The other reason is the warm weather that has dominated us for… Read More...

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First, I should tell you locals who live in the small village of Chippawa (officially part of Niagara Falls) call this Chippawa Creek (pronounced Crick). This river located on the Canadian side of the Niagara River once emptied into the Niagara River. However, in the 1920’s it was widened and… Read More...

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If you’re not already aware Niagara has some of the most spectacular sun sets in the world. Here’s a photograph I took at 8:30 p.m. as I travelled Portage Road north travelling up the hill in front of the Fallsview area. I stopped my car and pulled over to the side of the road and took out my… Read More...