by George Bailey   

One of Canada’s prestigious galas takes place at The Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls on Friday, January 15th. I’ve attended this event many times in the past and can tell you it’s always a highlight of my year. If you haven’t been before you can expect incredible culinary experiences,… Read More...

by George Bailey   

With temperatures, dropping to below -8 C Niagara’s annual ice wine grape harvest has now began. Icewine is made by leaving grapes on the vine when the cold hits. The grapes then dehydrate as the water inside them freezes, leaving a sugary nectar that is extracted. Because of a warmer December… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It doesn’t come as a surprise to those in tourism but 2015 was perhaps the best in a decade for tourism in Niagara Falls. Falls Mayor Jim Diodati says good weather, and the depreciated Canadian dollar has kept more Canadian in Canada and brought more Americans to Canada as the main reasons. Another… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Big changes are taking place on part of Clifton Hill. HOCO Entertainment and Resorts plan to build a new go cart coaster track in the area that once was the location of the Park Motor Hotel for 60 years. The hotel has recently been demolished. This will be the new signature piece for this part of… Read More...

by George Bailey   

With temperatures dropping to minus 10 Celsius, ice has started to accumulate around the rocks at the base of the falls. This makes for great photography opportunities. Be sure to bundle up warm in layers of clothing. Here’s a montage photos I took on a very cold morning at about 7 a.m. Read More...

by George Bailey   

Official Niagara Falls Ontario and Niagara Parks Commission historian, Sherman Zavitz has written another book on Niagara Falls entitled, “It Seemed As If 100 Men Were Pounding on My Head”. The book consists of a collection of 45 stories published over the past number of years by the Niagara Falls… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was 84 years ago that one of Niagara Falls most historic hotels, the Clifton Hotel was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Eve, December 31,1932.The six-storey hotel, built at a cost of a half-million dollars in 1905 was located at the foot of Clifton Hill where the outdoor Oakes Garden Theatre is… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Latest reports I hear from the tourist community is that 2015 was an excellent year for visitors. A big reason is the influx of visitors from the United States. The strong U.S. dollar compared to the Canadian dollar is one of the main reasons why business is upbeat. A customer survey tells us that… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Some of you may know that Samuel Clemens ,also known as Mark Twain, lived and worked in the Niagara area between 1869 -71 as part owner and editor of the Buffalo Express. During his time here, he visited Niagara Falls Ontario and wrote a short story called Niagara about his visit and the people he… Read More...

by George Bailey   

A friend of mine Guy Demers, a Niagara area photographer, was contacted by a Mike Norkus from Pittsburgh to arrange to have him take a few photographs at the falls as he proposed to his girlfriend Kellie Moorcroft. It was to be a surprise. When all the details were worked out Guy, with camera in… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Have you ever heard of Niagara Spar? I have on my desk beside me a chunk of this spar. This rock at one time was taken in large quantities in the mid eighteen hundreds from below and behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls .Entrepreneurs labeled the rock, “Petrified Mist” or “Niagara Spar” and they… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Here’s something a little bit different that caught my eye. There’ll be live music at the Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry Street, on Friday evening, December 4th between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Peter Shea Music Quintet will keep things swinging accompanied by some of the Niagara Lindy… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The Niagara Parks are holding a, “Hoot for the Holidays Sky-Hunter Owl Exhibit” at their Butterfly Conservatory each Saturday now until January 2, 2016 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. David and Kim Gibson and their two twin daughters Sarah and Kailey will educate the public about the habitats of these… Read More...

by George Bailey   

One of the new features in this year’s Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights are the laser light shows that take place on Lundy’s Lane. Every Friday and Saturday there are three 15-minute laser light shows starting at6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. On Sunday’s there are two shows at 6… Read More...

by George Bailey   

I can remember what seems like not to many years ago hearing Niagara Falls musician Tim Hicks playing his guitar and singing at many of the local bars. Well things have changed for Tim. Tim Hicks as John Law in the Niagara Falls Review wrote, “These Niagara bars are where Tim Hicks-future country… Read More...

by George Bailey   

In addition to all the lights, you’ll see in Queen Victoria Park near the falls and the Dufferin Islands area travel outside the park to see more. Lundy’s Lane is ablaze with more lights and at the top of Clifton Hill on Victoria Avenue, there is a display of Korean JinJU lanterns. I took a few of… Read More...