Blog posts by George Bailey

by George Bailey   

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...

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Getting to and from Toronto to Niagara Falls will be quicker come Thursday, September 15th. That’s when a new daily airline service begins from the Niagara District Airport to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The trip will take about 14 minutes and the cost will be $85.00 one way or $150.00… Read More...

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Drummond Road in Niagara Falls will be transformed into one of the largest slip n’slides in the world this Saturday, August 13th. The busy street will be closed between Lundy’s Lane and Prospect Street to accommodate a 305 metre (1,000 foot-long) three-lane Urban Slide. Participants must be 1.2… Read More...

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-The Niagara Falls Beer Festival takes place in the historic downtown of Niagara Falls .There will be 40 microbreweries and plenty of food trucks. This event is free. -Also, taking place on historic Queen Street downtown Niagara Falls is the Motorcycle Shoe and Shine. Bikers get to show off their… Read More...

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Because the falls have to be bypassed, large ships that ply Lakes Erie and Ontario do so by means of the Welland Canal. The first Welland Canal was built in 1829. Construction of today’s fourth Welland Canal began in 1913 but did not officially open until August 1932.Construction stopped for many… Read More...

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It was on August 8th, 1916 that the Niagara Spanish Aero Car, also known as the Whirlpool Aero Car in Niagara Falls opened officially to the public .Since then millions of tourists have had a birds-eye view of the treacherous whirlpool as they are glided across the whirlpool on six cables of the… Read More...

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I thought you might enjoy looking at a few historic images taken of the falls. The falls was first photographed in 1840 by Hugh Pattinson of England. The original copies of these photographs can be found in the library at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Read More...

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Food Network Canada has declared Jakes Chip Wagon, which has been a downtown Niagara Falls icon since 1945, as one of the top chip wagons in Canada. The wagon was first started by the parents of one of the current owners, Amy Heibert. Today she and her husband Jake have been serving up fresh hand… Read More...

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The speed of the Niagara River varies from location to location. At the southern end of the river, water flows approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles) per hour as it passes under the Peace Bridge at Fort Erie. Just above the falls in the Upper Rapids the speed of the water can reach 68 kilometres (41… Read More...

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At various times the lower Niagara River Whirlpool (it’s where you find the Whirlpool Aero Car) 5.7 kilometres downriver from the falls is a whirlpool in name only. When the Niagara River is flowing at its normal volume, water rushes into the pool and is carried past the river outlet on the right.… Read More...

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Officially opened yesterday, the new WildPlay MistRider Zipline ride that descends 670-metres (2,200 feet) into the lower Niagara Gorge near the falls is a great success. Operators of the ride say they are averaging 500-600 riders a day. The cost of the minute ride is anywhere from 50 to 60… Read More...

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For the 12th consecutive year the Fallsview Casino Hotel in Niagara Falls has been awarded by the Canadian and American Automobile Associations a Four Diamond Award Rating. Less than six percent of the 28,000 hotels approved by CAA/AAA receive this award. In addition to this two Niagara Falls… Read More...

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The crest line of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls measures approximately 670 metres wide (2,200 feet),the American Falls about 260 metres (850 feet) and the Bridal Veil Falls about 15 metres (50 feet).The crest line of Luna Island (that’s the Island that separates the American and Bridal Veil Falls is… Read More...

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The Niagara River Recreation Trail, located parallel to the Niagara River, travels some 53 kilometres (33 miles) between these two great lakes and the communities of Fort Erie and Niagara on the Lake passing through Niagara Falls. This trail is part of a larger trail system that includes The Trans… Read More...

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The Niagara Parks Commission announced it’s much anticipated, Mist Rider Zip Line Attraction opens Friday, July 15th. Staff has already tested the zipline attraction that descends from the Grand View Marketplace at the foot of Clifton Hill some 670 metres (2,200 feet) into the gorge near the… Read More...

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If you like live music (it’s also free) make you way to the historic downtown of Niagara Falls on Sunday, July 17th. From 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. there will be 46 bands performing at Taps Brewhouse, 4680 Queen Street. This will be the second Livestock Music Festival held at this location. While… Read More...

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It was 56 years ago on July 9th that a seven year old boy as a result of an accident went over The Canadian Horseshoe Falls wearing only a life-jacket survived the plunge with only minor scratches. At the same time, his teenage sister was miraculously rescued by two tourists who plucked her out of… Read More...

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Looking for something to do on Friday evening, then head to the Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry Street ,Friday, July 8th.From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. There will be an event titled, Shake Rattle and Roll a 50’s Sock Hop and Cruise Night. You’ll be able to dance to the music of Little Peter… Read More...