Blog posts by George Bailey

by George Bailey

Bird-life is especially keen at this time of year in Niagara Falls. Birders tell me the Niagara River and the falls is a mecca for at least eighty-five different varieties of birds. There have been twenty different kinds of gulls spotted along the Niagara River and the falls at Table Rock, along…

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Every once in a while I dig-out my collection of copies of historic Niagara Falls paintings. Attached is a drawing by August Kollner which he painted in 1850. What you see in this sketch is elegant ladies and gentlemen looking towards the American Falls. Perhaps they have come along the river…

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The Niagara Falls History Museum at 5820 Ferry Street opened this past weekend an exhibit of scrapbooks from the 1930’s and 40’s.The folks at the museum tell me the scrapbooks are filled with many items that depict what it was like living at that time. There are locks of hair, photographs,…

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I can remember clearly when Niagara Falls first casino-Casino Niagara opened on December 9th; 1996.It was the event of the year. The glamorous opening had all the remnants of a Hollywood Gala. The flashy casino was built on the site of the former Maple Leaf Village at the foot of Clifton…

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No. About 50 other falls in the world are “taller”. The Angel Falls in Venezuela ranks first in height at 979 metres (3,212 feet) However, some of the tallest falls in the world have very little water flowing over them. What makes Niagara Falls so special is its combined height and volume. The…

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Hornblower Niagara Cruises to the falls in Niagara Falls Ontario ended its third season on the Niagara River this past weekend with a record of 2.2 million passengers. This was up from 1.8 million in 2015 and 1.6 million visitors in 2014, its first year of operation. Mory DiMaurizio, general…

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That’s a bit of a lie. A wax figure of the U.S. President-Elect, Donald Trump will be arriving at the Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in Niagara Falls in the New Year. Another waxworks of The Donald has been on display at Ripley’s Odditorium in Orlando, Florida for the past few months .The figure is owned…

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What an exciting evening it was for the two hundred or so that turned out for the official unveiling of the new digital lights that now light up Niagara Falls nightly. Members of the respective organizations that make up the Niagara Falls Illumination Board were on hand to say a few words before…

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I plan on being at the falls this evening to view the enhanced lighting of the falls at 6:10 p.m. Members of the Niagara Falls Illumination Board have spent $4-million over the past few months in new technology to enhance the nightly lighting of the American, Bridal Veil and Canadian Horseshoe…

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A new record will go into the Guiness World Record Museum in Niagara Falls on Clifton Hill. 49 year old Eddy McDonald (Fast Eddy) from nearby Hamilton Ontario broke the record, under the watchful eye of a Guiness official, for the most hop the fence yo-yo tricks in one minute. On his second…

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The city of Niagara Falls has included in their 2017 budget $1.5 million worth of improvements along Lundy’s Lane. The plan is divided into three phases with a total cost of $5.6 million ( $1.5 million for phase one,$2 million for phase two and $2.1 million for phase three) over a five-to-10 year…

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Exciting News for Canadian music lovers, the Niagara Falls Canada New Year's Eve concert lineup announcement has been made! This year includes the great Canadian talents of the Sam Roberts Band, Serena Ryder and High Valley. Starting at 8:00pm, local band James Blonde will kick off the exciting…

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by George Bailey

If you visit, the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse just off the Niagara Parkway above the falls in Niagara Falls you’ll be rewarded with hundreds of colourful Poinsettias and other floral arrangements that will delight the eyes. One highlight is a tree made entirely out of poinsettias. In addition to…

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by George Bailey

A new record will go into the Guiness World Record Museum in Niagara Falls on Clifton Hill. 49 year old Eddy McDonald (Fast Eddy) from nearby Hamilton Ontario broke the record, under the watchful eye of a Guiness official, for the most hop the fence yo-yo tricks in one minute. On his second…

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One of Niagara Falls famous resident, John MacBain was honoured this past Friday by the City of Niagara Falls for his donations of $1 million dollars in 2006 to the MacBain Community Centre (named for his parents Al and Viola MacBain) and his 2010 pledge of $750,000 to the Family and Children’s…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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