Blog posts by George Bailey

by George Bailey   

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...

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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...