Blog posts by George Bailey

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…

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In the mid 1890’s, Nikola Tesla, a brilliant electrical engineer, developed a system of alternating current (AC) which enabled power from Niagara Falls to be transmitted great distances. The system was put into use on November 15,1896 when…

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As you enter Niagara Falls from the west along Highway 20 this roadway at Allanport Road (It’s just a half kilometres from theWelland Canal lift bridge) becomes Lundy’s Lane. From here it continues easterly to historic Main Street. Here…

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Yes, they do. But fish have more luck in surviving the plunge than humans. They are better built to survive the plunge because they live in water all the time and are much more pliable and lighter than humans. At the bottom of the falls is…

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I took my 4-year-old grandson, Conor recently on a,” Saturday morning adventure” and travelled to the nearby Niagara District Airport to look at the planes and helicopters. While in the terminal, I struck up a conversation with Ian Goodwin…

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Just to the north of us on the on the mouth of Lake Ontario at the end of the Niagara Parkway is the pretty town of Niagara on the Lake. This past week the town received word that the travel sight Trivago has listed them as one of the top…

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by George Bailey

As you enter Niagara Falls from the west along Highway 20 this roadway at Allanport Road (It’s just a half kilometres from the Welland Canal lift bridge) becomes Lundy’s Lane. From here, it continues easterly to historic Main Street. Here…

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by George Bailey

There should be a new $3-million Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze, 2,500-square-foot attraction opening on Clifton Hill between April and June of this year. The attraction is now being built by the Niagara Clifton Group on the site of…

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The Falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old. This is relatively young compared to other waterfalls in the world. Some are up to 2.5 million years old! Here’s the Coles Notes version of how our falls were formed. During the Glacial…

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One programs will see the enhancement of grasslands on Niagara Parks property in Chippawa to support grassland dependent species of birds. A second program is to implement coastal wetland restoration projects along the Niagara River. In…

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For the past 29 years’ attractions on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls have offered admission to Niagara Falls residents to their attractions for $1.00. This past Sunday ten attractions on the hill opened their doors to Niagara Falls…

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If you like thee green stuff rather than the white stuff a visit to the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse on the parkway just above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls might be in order for you. The staff is now busy replacing the Christmas display…

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With the extreme cold, we now have; Niagara grape growers have started to pick frozen grapes on the vine to produce this year’s crop of icewine. According to Wine Country Ontario Niagara produces some of the best icewines in the world.…

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It’s interesting to read about Mark Twain’s visit to Niagara Falls in the 1860’s from Buffalo after arriving on a steam train. Twain wrote some kind things about Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls - Sketches Old and New published ten years…

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Congratulations to Zack Schwartz, originally of Niagara Falls now living in New York City, for his impressive pre-production of a 96-minute feature family friendly film that tells about Twain’s first visit to Niagara. Shooting will…

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Things were done quite a bit different when it came to clearing ice and snow from the sidewalks and roadway at Table Rock near the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in the 1920’s. Here’s a photograph taken on one of the coldest winter…

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It is believed Niagara is a derivative of the Iroquoian word ,”Onguiaahra” which was anglicized by missionaries. The name appears on maps as early as 1641.The generally accepted meaning is,”The Strait”.Some believe the name was derived…

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