Official Tourism Blog

August 25, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Light and Sound Show Returns

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.…
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August 23, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Famous Cheesemaker J. L. Kraft was Born in Niagara

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…
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August 22, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Experiences Record Crowds this Year

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.…
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August 18, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Tragically Hip Show to be Aired in Queen Victoria Park near the Falls

The Niagara Parks Commission plan to air the CBC’s broadcast of, “The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration” on two large screens set up in the park. This free concert is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th. The public is…
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August 17, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Welland River Above the Falls

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…
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August 15, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara’s Sky Was on Fire Last Night

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…
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August 15, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

New Air Service to Niagara is Announced

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…
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August 12, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

One More Event to Take in This Weekend

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…
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August 11, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

A Few Things to Do in Niagara this Weekend.

-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…
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August 10, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

100th Anniversary of the Niagara Spanish Aero Car is Celebrated.

Dignitaries gathered today, Monday, July 8th at this Niagara Parks attraction…The Niagara Spanish Aero Car (often referred to as the Whirlpool Aero Car) to recognize the 100th birthday of this popular attraction. The Aero car ride was…
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August 10, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

How Do Ships By-Pass the Falls?

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…
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August 4, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Whirlpool Aero Car Attraction is 100 Years Old

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…
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August 3, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Story about the Abandoned Barge (Scow) Above the Falls

It was on Tuesday afternoon, August 6th, 1918 that the scow, now abandoned in the Niagara River a half-mile up river from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, was engaged in a dredging operation in the fast currents on the American side of the…
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August 2, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

A Few Historic Photographs of Niagara Falls.

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…
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August 2, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Jakes Chip Wagon is One of Canada’s Best

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.…
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July 27, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

How Fast Does the Niagara River Flow?

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…
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July 25, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Niagara River Whirlpool

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…
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July 21, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Zipline a BIG Success

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.…
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July 19, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Congrats to Fallsview Casino Hotel

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…
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July 18, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

How Big are the Falls?

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…
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July 14, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Bike, Walk, Run between Lakes Erie and Ontario

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…
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July 13, 2016 byExpedia

Relax, Eat, Explore in Niagara Falls

Feeling the spray of cool water across your face and poncho from aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises may be the highlight of your trip to Niagara Falls, but then again—it may be just the beginning. Niagara has more to offer than its famous…
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July 11, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

New Niagara Falls Attraction Opens July 15th

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…
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July 6, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Livestock 2016

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…
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