Blog posts by George Bailey

by George Bailey   

That’s right, the magic of lights and winter starts this Saturday, November 19th at 5:45 p.m. in Queen Victoria Park at the foot of Murray Hill across from the American Falls. That’s when the ceremonial switch will be flipped turning on thousands of lights throughout the city of Niagara… 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 Queen, Armoury, Jepson and Victoria Avenue.… 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 Falls. It was a beautiful day and we decided… Read More...

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I was reminded this week as I looked out my window about two kilometres from the falls about how “old-timers” had forecasted Niagara Falls weather in the past. What I saw was a plume of mist shooting high in the sky. In addition to this the sound of the Niagara River crashing into the gorge at the… 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 Day) from sunrise to sunset to pay tribute… 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 river is split by Goat Island into two… 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 new greenhouse was built in the same… 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 December. The next phase will see the… 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 interesting to learn that 91 year medical… Read More...

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In addition to the Niagara Falls Fear Factory attraction ( the world’s most frightening experience in Niagara Falls which has been scaring, thrilling and challenging guests to survive for years!) on Victoria St near the top of Clifton Hill you’ll find more things to explore this Halloween in… 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 popular year-round attraction is a… 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 opportunities, and a broader, more robust… 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 injury to her head and became the first… Read More...

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As one of the original organizers and first Chairman of this annual lighting festival it gives me great pride to see how this Niagara Falls festival has grown since 1982. This year’s Ontario Power generation Winter Festival of Lights will feature even more lights then ever thanks to The Niagara… Read More...

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In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary next year The Canadian Garden Council have given The Niagara Parks Commission 30,000 tulip bulbs to create a 150th Celebration Promenade Garden within Queen Victoria Park along the promenade in front of the Niagara Parks Police Administration Building.… 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 Horseshoe Falls without a scratch. After his… Read More...

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At the Niagara Glen Nature Area 6.7 kilometres north of the falls you’ll be treated with some of the most brilliant colours of fall. Here’s a montage of some of the photographs I took this morning of the area. If you ride a vehicle to the Nature Centre parking is free until the… Read More...

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This self-financed agency of the Ontario government with its headquarters in Niagara Falls, Ontario are looking for suggestions from the public for long term ideas that will help shape its future visions. Two public information sessions are planned for the following dates and times. -Thursday,… Read More...

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I went for a walk this past weekend along the Niagara River Recreation Trail and discovered the leaves in the gorge at the whirlpool below the Niagara Spanish Aero Car are just starting to put on their autumn coat of multi colours .I suspect that this week will be the best time to see this… Read More...

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Over 15 internationally inspired restaurants on Niagara Falls Lundy’s Lane will have special lunch and dinner menus at reduced prices in the following week starting this Thursday. Here’s a small sample of some of the meals restaurants are offering. - Doc Magilligan's has Dinner (Dinner is pick… Read More...

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Learn the history of many of the famous and not so famous people buried in the historic Drummond Hill Cemetery in Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls History Museum are conducting once again this year guided evening tours of this historic cemetery found on the sight of the War of 1812’s Battle of… Read More...

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It’s won’t be the real Elvis but it will be several Elvis tribute artists who will be taking part in Niagara Falls Elvis Festival on the Victoria Day Weekend, May 19 to the 21st. At a recent Press Conference Vittoria Wikston, General Manager of the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls announced… Read More...

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Thanksgiving in Canada has been held since 1957 on the second Monday in October. It is a chance for families to get together over a harvest meal and give thanks for this harvest and other fortunes in the past year. For many, it is also a chance to take a short vacation before winter sets… Read More...